Located in Southern Europe at the south eastern extemity of France, Nice is the ideal location to explore the French Riviera: Ventimiglia, San Remo and its markets, 20km away from Monaco, 30km away from Menton and Cannes, 90min away from St. Tropez.
Nice enjoys an exeptional microclimate for which it has been renowned for nearly 2 centuries.
Open southward into the Mediterranean Sea, the town of Nice is sheltered from the wind by his surrounding hills and also, to the west by the mountain range of the Estérel Massif and to the nord-west by the first peaks of the Alpine foothills.
The climat is always mild in winter and not too hot in summer thanks to a steady sea breeze.
Even in February, it is not rare having lunch outdoors on a terrace wearing no more than a simple T-shirt, while the rest of France is shivering in the cold.
Every day except mondays from 7.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
If you would like to get to know the “real Nice and the local people” go towards “Avenue Malausséna” and the “Place Général de Gaulle” where one of the biggest markets of the town takes place. The crowd squeezes around the fruit and vegetable stalls decorated by farmers from the surrounding countryside, while the fresh fish, just caught in the Mediterranean Sea, shine on their frosty beds. The real “Nice ambiance” is guaranteed!
Nice has no less than 7 000 shops, most of which are concentrated in the city centre near the major tourist attractions, without omitting the thirty or so shops at the airport. There are luxury items (ready-to-wear, leather goods, jewellery), local products (olive oil, confectionary, flowers) and gifts (souvenirs, decorations, fabrics) for all tastes and budgets.
Discover the villages of the alpine hinterland by train : the savage landscape, the rich diversity (historical, cultural, architectural), the great spaces of liberty for all those who want to escape the bustling town and love the nature.
Passed villages: Villars-sur-Var, Touët-sur-Var, Puget-Thénier, Entrevaux, Annot, Saint-André les Alpes et Digne
Internet : www.trainprovence
4 daily connections Nice-Digne in 3 hours 10 min
164 av. des Arènes-de-Cimiez
This completely renovated 17th-century Genoan-style villa in the heart of the olive grove in the Gardens of Cimiez houses the personal collection of the great Fauvist painter who lived in Nice from 1917 until his death in 1954. The exibition shows works from all periods, from the first paintings made in 1890 to the famous gouache cutouts and the complete presentation of the books illustrated by the artist.
Av. du Docteur-Ménard,
Collection: biblical scenes illustrated in 17 large paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows, mosaics and tapestries, 205 preparatory sketches, 39 gouaches (1930), 105 engravings (1956) and 215 lithographs.