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Blessed with an outstanding winter sunshine record, Nice has long been a favourite destination to visit out of season.

An intriguing mix of former Italian port and turn or the century Belle Epoque resort, this bustling city offers so much more that just a beach holiday.


Tempting shops and boutiques line the pedestrianised city centre and the winding alleys of the Old Town.

By night, the capital of the Cote d'Azur brims with lively pavement bars, restaurants and trinket stalls. Nice is a superb short break choice.

Nice Travel and Flight Information

With a population approaching 350,000, Nice is the fifth largest city in France. Stretching for 10km (6 miles) around the coast from the airport in the west to the port at the east end of town. The Promenade des Anglais is a magnificent 6.5km (4 mile) esplanade complete with corridors for joggers and roller-blading, summer exhibitions and public seating. This contrasts with the assorted collection of faceless apartments blocks.

Vestiges of a grander past are found in the luxury hotels close to the town centre. A favourite with visitors is the old town and its elevated castle. A warren of narrow lanes is bordered by 17th and 18th century buildings and churches. The port has handsome 18th century buildings, ferries to Corsica and a modern residential area. Overlooking the entire city, apartment blocks and some extravagant old villas are set on a steep hillside.

In the southeast corner of France on the Mediterranean Cote d'Azur; capital of Alpes-Maritimes region. 690km (430 miles) southeast of Paris. 22km (14 miles) west of the Italian border and 28km (17 miles) east of Cannes. Nice international airport is 6.5km (4 miles) west of the town centre.

Nestling in the south foothills of the Alps and centred on Baie des Anges, a tideless sea. Suburbs spread into the surrounding narrow valleys, with steep craggy hillsides and distant views of olives, and pines

Over 200 hotels of every category from grand palaces to convenient low-end options. Less choice of self-catering apartments.

Daytime: a number of art galleries and museums including the Matisse, Chagall and Asian Arts are perfect for celebrity spotting and have impressive architecture. Also two museums are dedicated to archaeology with archaelogical sites. City tours by double-decker bus, bicycle, electric rickshaw or segway. Cultural walks. Helicopter flights. The Phoenix Parc Floral has one of the largest greenhouses in Europe.

Nightlife: plenty of lively cafes, cabaret bars and discos. Three casinos. Theatre, opera and several cinemas.

The old town has an interesting choice of atmospheric restaurants with many small establishments offering local specialities such as Soupe au Pistou (leeks, carrots, celery, potatoes, courgettes and kidney beans with a sauce of basil, garlic and cheese), Porquetta (stuffed suckling pig) and Ratatouille.

There are fish specialists around the port, small bistros in the old town, steak bars and brasseries in Place Massena and top-bracket cuisine in the palace hotels. International restaurants add some variety as do snack bars and fast food outlets.

A wide range of options for all tastes and budgets, with department stores, luxury boutiques, antiques, souvenir shops galore, art and antique galleries. A number of markets include flea-market, flower market and antiques market.

Half day: Visit Monaco, Eze or Cap Ferrat. Olive and wine tasting. Evening tour: Nice, Cannes, Monaco.

Full day: Cannes, St. Tropez, San Remo, Grasse, Antibes.

The beach is a steeply shelving 4.8km (3 mile) crescent of large, smooth white pebbles. There are some patches of imported sand at the most exclusive concessions with cabins, showers, bars, restaurants and comfortable furnishings. The public sections have little more than first-aid and lifeguard stations

An efficient local transport network. There are 9km of tramways, 100 bus routes covering the local area and hire bicycles or 'Velos.' Taxis are frequent, and trains run along the coast and ferries to Corsica

All nationalities and most tastes. The attractive climate and easy access appeals to the business market, jet-setters, mid-market holidaymakers and those seeking winter warmth.

Getting There
Direct flights to Nice are available from most of the major UK international airports.  Flights to Nice take approx 2 hours.

Getting Around
The Old town of Nice (pedestrianised area) and the beaches are easily accessible by foot.  The bus network serves the city and surrounding areas.

Must See
For views of the bay, take the public lift from the Quai des Etats-Unis to the gardens, which surround the Castle above the Old Town.
Take a look in one of Nice's many museums or enjoy the architecture of its cathedrals.

Must Do
Wander around the pedestrian precinct behind the Albert 1st Gardens, where you will find a collection of bars, cafes, shops and boutiques.
Visit the Galleries Lafayette department store and the modern Nice Etoile shopping mall.
Couturier shops are to be found on rue du Paradis and avenue de Suede.
For more unusual items, try the Old Town streets of du Marche, de la Boucherie and du Collet.
The principal market is in Cours Saleya selling fruit, vegetables and flowers, and the old Flower Market is a beautiful sight in the morning.

To Relax
There are any number of eating out options, from reasonably priced pizzerias in the Old Town to restaurants of the highest calibre, or discover one of the numerous nightclubs and discos where you can dance the night away!

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Nice Highlights

> The Capital of the French Riviera offers warm Mediterranean air year round

> Visit the Cours Saleya Flower market in the Old Town which transforms into a bustling restaurant quarter in the evening

> Crammed with character from its old town, narrow and winding, to the cosmopolitan Promenade des Anglais

> Stroll through the picturesque square of Place Massena, built in 1835, where you will discover arcaded building and the Opera with its elaborate 19th century facade

> Take the lift to the top of Le Chateau, the rock that cuts Nice off from its harbour, and marvel at the spectacular views

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