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Nice is a city in southern France on the Mediterranean coast. The city is nicknamed Nice la Belle (Nissa la Bella in Niçard), which means Nice the Beautiful. It is the largest city of the French Riviera and tourists flock to the area for its climate and beautiful architecture.
Staying in Nice
We recommend you stay in the Nice Camelias hostel. It is described as a peaceful oasis in the heart of town. Located close to the train station, the beaches and the night life of Old Nice, this hostel is centrally located to all amenities.
Directions: 3, rue Spitalieri, 06000 Nice, (Alpes-Maritimes), France
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Things to Do and See in Nice
The Place Masséna is the main square of the city. Lined with palm trees and stone pines it is a great spot for public events. It is used for concerts, and particularly during the summer festivals, the Corso carnavalesque (carnival parade) in February, the military procession of July 14 (Bastille Day) or other traditional celebrations and banquets.
The Promenade des Anglais was so called after the English took to spending the winter in Nice. Some of the rich vacationers commissioned the construction of a walkway along the sea. To this day it is a popular spot for enjoying a stroll and has become a favorite place for boarders and skaters. Its chaises bleues and cabanas are perfect for a lazy time and for contemplation of the azure blue water of the Bay of Angels. Numerous events also take place here including the annual carnival and the Battle of Flowers.
Eating Out & Nightlife in Nice
While you are in Nice you should try a local dish called Pissaladière. It is a tart made with onions and anchovies. Socca is a type of pancake made from chickpea flour seasoned generously with black pepper and eaten while hot with the fingers; it’s a bit like pizza. Farcis niçois is a dish made from vegetables stuffed with breadcrumbs and salade niçoise is a tomato salad served with green peppers, sliced hard boiled eggs, tuna or anchovies and olives.
The city isn’t overflowing with clubs that stay open late. There is more of a bar culture and great little music venues playing jazz. In the warm weather nightlife usually spills onto the squares and streets where you can enjoy a beer or wine in the warm Mediterranean climate.
Getting Around in Nice
The Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is the main airport in this area. It is on the Promenade des Anglais, near l'Arénas and has two terminals. The main railway station is Nice-Ville. The high speed TGV train connects to Paris in less than 6 hours, while Marseille is reached in 2.5 hours. Nice also has international connections to Italy, Switzerland and Belgium.
Top Tip for Nice
Nice is a wonderful base to explore further afield. Ski resorts are only 90 minutes away, so this isn’t just a summer destination!