The Natural Splendour of Nice
Nice is renowned for its cosmopolitan glamour, beautiful beaches and delightful decadence, and offers visitors a glittering array of architecture, natural wonders and gastronomical jewels. Located on the glittering Cote d'Azur in the French Riviera, Nice's inimitable combination of gorgeous natural beauty and fashionable flair make it a place guaranteed to please every travelling palate.
Rise with the sun and head to the famous Cours Saleya Flower Market for a kaleidoscope of colours and a myriad of enticing aromas. Wander along the curving coastline, stopping for a freshly baked croissant and café au lait on your way, until your reach an array of vibrant tents that house delights to treat all of the senses. Friendly vendors sell blooming flowers, ripe fruit bursting with juice, aromatic olives and crusty bread – stock up on delectable treats for the day then set out to explore the architectural marvels of the city centre. Historic highlights such as La Chapelle de la Miserecarde and the striking Opera House are peppered amongst the market stalls, so ensure you appreciate their classical splendour while browsing. A short stroll will then lead visitors to the charming heart of Nice's Old Town, where sun bleached buildings with faded blue shutters neighbour traditional boulangeries selling crisp pastries and creamy cakes.
After experiencing the quaint authenticity of Old Nice, immerse yourself in the contemporary style of the New Town. Sprawling boulevards feature elegant town houses and designer boutiques, and two dynamic departments stores (Galeries Lafayette and Nice Etoile) are a paradise for shopping enthusiasts. Visitors with a passion for culture will revel in the intriguing exhibits housed in the Musee d'Art Moderne and the Museum d'Histoire. Take a relaxing break from sightseeing to dine on traditional French fare in one of the elegant restaurants that line the boulevards; regional specialities include Salade Nicoise (a delicious amalgamation of seared tuna, salty anchovies, hard boiled eggs and ligbhtly steamed green beans) and rich Ratatouille.
The sun soaked Promenade D'Anglais bursts with vibrant energy, seductive scents and festivities; it is therefore, a wonderful place to enjoy the late afternoon sunshine upon the Cote d'Azul. Beaches are rustic and covered in pebbles, and an adrenaline fuelled array of water-sports are available to sample upon the crashing waves. Parascending and speed boat hire are just a couple of the invigorating activities available, while energetic opportunities for volleyball and in-line roller skating can also be taken advangtage of. Before the sun sets, admire the stunning architecture of the iconic Negresco Hotel and the Palais de la Mediterranee. Street vendors fry indulgent waffles and traditional crepes before your eyes, so ensure you enjoy one of these sweet treats smothered in chocolate spread and crushed hazelnuts. Nice is famous for its refined French cuisine therefore a perfect place to indluge in gourmet cuisine; the Le Chantecler restaurant is housed within the architectural splendour of the Hotel Negresco and was recently awarded its second Michelin star. Feast upon signature dishes such as foie grass filled beef beneath the glittering opulence of the chandeliers for a truly theatrical dining experience.