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Nice Côte d'Azur

 The Greeks and Romans did it, as did rich lords, film stars, artists and thousands of tourists. They were just going to pass by, but instead remained in Nice and along the Riviera. Some for just a few weeks, others for months and years. They were too captivated by the light, enchanted by the scents and charmed by the taste of olives, wine and succulent vegetables. All this with a chance to dabble their toes in a turquoise sea! In addition to this, a Nice Nouveau has evolved – a sassy Mediterranean metropolis with pulsating nightlife, new avant-garde hotels and daring art galleries. The most fashionable street, the Promenade des Anglais, is the Champs-Elysées of the whole Riviera. Have you already bought your return ticket?

currency

1 Euro, € = 100 cents

phone

Émergence nationale: 112

newspaper

Nice-Matin
La Semaine des Spectacles

hours

Shops generally are open from 10.00 to 17.00 Mon-Sat and they are closed on Sunday. Bakns are open from 10.00 to 17.30 Mon-Sat.

population

Nice: 347.000
Cannes: 70.000
Saint-Tropez: 5.600

info

Tourist Office Nice
Av Thiers, Nice
+33 892 707 407

Promenade des Anglais 5, Nice
+33 892 707 407

Tourist Office Cannes
Boulevard de la Croisette 1, Cannes
+33 492 998 422

Tourist Office Saint-Tropez
Rue Francis de Pressensé 11, Saint-Tropez

website

www.nicetourisme.com
www.nice-coteazur.org
www.guideriviera.com
www.ot-saint-tropez.com
www.cannes.com
www.antibes-juanlespins.com

Port of Nice. France. Seascape. Summer day.

The City

If you arrive in Nice by air, you will get straight into the city’s most beautiful avenue – the Promenade des Anglais - the Mediterranean’s Champs-Elysées. The magnificent seaside promenade runs between the luxury hotels and the beach, all in the shade of the very typical feather duster palms. Roller skaters glide easily between sun chairs, limousines and beach restaurants. This is Nice’s cosmetic face. The city’s heart is a bit further away - by the Cours Saleya market square. The main artery is la rue Droite. Stroll around the maze of small streets in the old town, la Vieille Ville, you can turn off it into a tiny square here, a tiny alley there or a cool church beyond it.

Are you looking for shopping? You will find the shopping district above Place Masséna, where the big department stores and surrounding streets with names like rue Paradis and rue de la Liberté display their shops.

Most of the buses depart from Place Masséna, if you want to travel up into the hills above Nice. A number of fairly sleepy and well-heeled suburbs stretch from the Chagall museum to the inescapable Cimiez hills to the north. The hills are a must, both for the Matisse museum and the view, or just for a picnic in an olive grove, with or without the summer jazz festival. Eastern Nice is a bit more down-market and needs more local knowledge – apart from the area close to the harbour at Port Olympia. The nightlife there has been given a boost recently, ever since a low-cost cruise ship started to drop anchor at the port in the summer of 2005. To the east lies the billionaires’ playground of Cap Ferrat, the Eagle’s Nest of Eze and Beaulieu-sur-Mer, which has been there since antiquity. To the west, the road passes world-famous artist’s colonies such as Saint-Paul de Vence.

View of the beach in Nice, France

Do & See

The whole world envies the French for their quality of life while the French envy the Riviera residents for their life in paradise. Nice combines the best of both worlds. This is where you can find small Provençal squares, where you can happily spend hours over a cup of coffee, but also find famous museums, parks and cathedrals. Put your walking shoes on!

Nice Cathedral

Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice

Musée National Marc-Chagall

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Musée Matisse

Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Villa Arson

Cours Saleya

Rent a Classic Car

Beach

Palais Lascaris

Place Rossetti

Place Massena

Musee de la Castre

The Citadelle Saint-Tropez

Iles de Lerins

Saint-Tropez Beach

Monte Carlo Casino

Oceanographic Museum

Jardin Exotique de Monaco

Road signpost in Nice

Excursions

Nice is in the centre of paradise. Bus lines depart from Cours Masséna to all points of the compass. A few Euro will take you to small Provençal villages in any direction.

St Jean Cap Ferrat

Saint Paul de Vence/Fondation

Antibes

Eze

Peillon and Peille

Spaghetti with seafood in a small restaurant in Nice, France

Dining

Nice’s cuisine is a reflection of the city’s 300 days of sun a year. This means great tasting olive oil, garlic and lemons. Also a vast selection of all kinds of vegetables like aubergines, tomatoes, vegetable marrow, and lots more. If you put all this in a frying pan with olive oil, it makes ratatouille. Put it in the oven and you have a tian (au gratin). The city’s own traditional take-away food is la socca – a kind of pancake made from chick peas. Some say it has a salty bracing taste, others say it tastes of old socks. However, this does not stop a new generation of playful chefs who have started to prepare Provençal cuisine nouveau. Bon appétit!

Le Grand Café de Turin

La Reserve de Nice

Chantecler-La Rotonde

Le Vingt4

Restaurant JAN

La Route du Miam

The Cheese Steak House

Brasserie Carlton

Mocca

Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo

Le Louis XV–Alain Ducasse

Cafes in Vieille Ville, Nice

Cafes

Café culture thrives in the Riviera. Every terrace and bar counter has its own, special daily rhythm, get to know them yourself. All along the Cours Saleya, beyond the flower market, the seats are closely packed in a myriad of cafés and restaurants. The café bill will not be welcomed by low budget tourists, but you have to face facts – millions of visitors a year cannot be wrong. Sitting here – in the shade or the sun, is a delight for watching and being watched.

Fenocchio

Aqua Bar

Oliviera Café and Olive Oil Shop

Café de Paris

The beach and the waterfront of Nice at night, France.

Bars & Nightlife

Riviera nights reflect influences from the Orient, Paris and Barcelona, all year round. The foundation of a good night out is the tiny bars and cafés that can escalate into a giant party before the night has ended. Nice is one of the real hot spots to party all year, just go with the flow and rhythm.

Most of Nice club scene is along cours Saleya, rue Droite and Place Masséna.

Le Relais Negresco

High Club/Studio 47

Pub Akathor

Ghost Pub

Les Trois Diables

Jam Bar à scènes

Les Caves du Roy

VIP Room

Charly’s Bar

Le Baoli

Casino Palm Beach

Jimmy´z

Sass Café

La Rascasse

Outdoor flower market in Nice at night, France

Shopping

Fashion, food and drinks are not pastimes in France – they are the foundations of life. The range of goods in the shops reflects the French elegance and awareness of trends. There is also a noticeable influence of nearby Italy showing in the smartly dressed people and beautiful shoes. A weekend passes quickly in Nice, and shopping can easily become a full day activity. So if you are in a hurry, it is advisable to concentrate on just a few streets.

Galeries Lafayette

FNAC

Cours Saleya

Notre-Dame-Jean-Médecin-rue de Paradis

Rue St-François de Paule-Préfecturerue

Mamac - Gioffredo-Gubernatis - Masséna

Monoprix

Cap3000

Cop Copine

Agnès B.

Sylvie T.

Maison Auer

Bonpoint

Shopping - Saint-Tropez

Place des Lices Market

Beachfront, Saint-Tropez

Rue du General Allard

Shopping - Monaco

Fontvieille Shopping Centre

Monaco-Ville

Nizza, Cote d'Azur, France

Essential Information

Best Time to Visit

With a mild Mediterranean climate and over 300 sunny days a year, any time is a good time to come to Nice. The best time, however, is in the spring and autumn, when the weather in Nice is warm and sunny but not overly hot. Winters on the Cote d’Azur are sunny and crisp, with no crowds, and a real village feel. The only month to avoid, ironically, is late July and all of August, when temperatures are at their hottest and all of Europe goes on a month’s vacation, jamming the roads, beaches, hotels and restaurants.

Airport Nice-Côte d´Azur

Airport Nice-Côte d´Azur is 7 km outside Nice. The airport bus departs every 20 minutes. A ticket gives you unlimited travel for the rest of the day in Nice. Taxi prices vary, but there is an updated list on the airport web site.

Address: Airport Nice-Côte d´Azur, Nice

Phone: +33 489 8898 28

Website: www.nice.aeroport.fr

Public Transport

Buses and trams are an efficient way to travel in Nice and along the Riviera. You can use the same ticket on both bus and tram. Timetables and a map are available from the tourist information office.

Trains are the most comfortable and fastest way to travel along the Riviera. The station in Nice is on avenue Thier. From here, it takes 20 minutes to Thiers, Cannes, 20 minutes to Monaco and 1 hour to Saint Raphaël.

Bicycles can be rented from a company called Nice Allocation Rent. Rollerblades can be rented from the Roller Station.

Boats

From Saint-Tropez, noisy but pleasant boats travel to and from Saint-Maxime.

Phone: +33 494 4929 39

Website: www.bateauxverts.com

Taxi

Taxis are available when the taxi lamp on the roof is fully illuminated. There are taxi stations at places like the Hotel Méridien on the promenade des Anglais. Four people are not always accepted - or are charged extra, and the same applies to luggage.

Central Taxi Riviera:

Phone: +33 493 1378 78

Website: en.nicetourisme.com

Post

Most post offices are open Monday-Friday from 8 am-7 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to midday.

Main Post Office:

Address: Avenue Thiers 23, Nice

Phone: +33 493 8265 00

Pharmacy

Pharmacies are called Pharmacie and are identified by an illuminated green cross. If closed, there is generally a notice on the door with the address of the nearest open pharmacy, day and night.

24H pharmacies:

Rue Masséna 7
+33 49 38 77 894

Avenue J. Médecin 66
+33 49 36 25 444

Electricity

220 Volt / 50Hz

Telephone

Country code: +33

Area code: 0493

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