NICE

With its blend of genuine city rough & tumble life, old-world plushness, all year sunlight by the barrel load, dynamic locals and staggering beach, no place in France offers as diverse a setting for a holiday as Nice.

What you need to know about Nice

Language: French is the national language but English is fairly well spoken.

Currency: France uses the Euro (€) as their currency, which is normally traded as one of the stronger currencies in the world.

Banking: ATMs are typical in shops, super markets and on most streets. All major bank cards are accepted by retailers generally.

Weather: The weather is seriously hot in summer. The perfect place to top up your tan.

Mediterranean marvel by the sea

The first thing that strikes you is the water, and the Mediterranean heat – the two things that make Nice a haven for sun-worshipping travellers. Nothing compares to the straightforward delight of a pleasant shoreline day sprinkled with a spot of people-observing on the back of the Promenade des Anglais' and its well known blue seats.

Regardless of whether you're skating, kayaking, swimming, spread on a sun chair or transfixed by nightfall over the ever-present Med, it's everything you could want from a summer travel destination.

 

 

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Spend some time relaxing in the summer sun on the famous beach in Nice.

A Franco-Italian love affair

For any admirer of French and Italian culture, Nice is the ideal half and half. Traditionally associated with Piedmont and Liguria toward the east, Savoy toward the north and Sardinia toward the south, Nice became a part of the republic of France in the mid 19th century and has constantly kept one foot in Italy, culturally certainly.

The Italian impact can be seen all over the place, in Vieux Nice's tall-covered, ochre-tinted structures that look transported straight in from Portofino, in the delicious pasta restaurants to be found along the main streets, even in the local team's football cheer of "Issa Nissa!" (Go Nice!), yelled in the nearby Nissart lingo that has been influenced by Ligurian Italian as much as Occitan French.

Nice is a haven for the arts

The Côte d'Azur has captivated many visitors with the magnificence of its light, including the world-renowned artist Henri Matisse, who travelled to Nice to convalesce from bronchitis.

At the point when the sun at long last sprung forth after what seemed like a never ending month of storms and rain, Matisse was smitten to the point that he made Nice his home for the following 37 years.

Chagall, Picasso and Renoir additionally began to look all starry eyed at this place, and Nice was later home to École de Nice. Venues to view artwork abound all through the area, however Nice's three must-see places artistically – the Musées Matisse, Chagall and d'Art Moderne – are reason enough to take a trip to France's Mediterranean jewel.

On your marks, get set, EAT

Be ready to feel full when you leave Nice. This city is intended for epicures. Everything begins at Vieux Nice's Saleya market, where independent, tiny traders from the Alpine lower regions bring all sorts of tasty bites of food, and the owners and chefs from nearby restaurants can be seen buying the goods to take back to their kitchens as fuel for a gastronomic tour de force.

The city reinforces its uniqueness culinarily with snacks available on the street like socca (chickpea flapjacks), pissaladière (caramelized onion tart) or tourte de blettes (chard, raisin and pine nut pie), while its endless comfortable cafes and dining options serve everything from generous Provençal hamburger stew to genuine salade niçoise to pasta with pistou, and from new lemon tart to veggie lover cheesecake. Bring your appetite. You are going to need it!

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The beach in Nice is awesome for relaxing on when the sun comes up.