Nice is the capital of the Côte d’Azur where live about 350 thousand people from all over the world creating a cultural mix that is visible at every corner. The seaside promenade is 7 km long and the town is surrounded by mountains from three sides. Nice should be visited at any time of the year!
Nice is a cosmopolitan city where you will meet people from all over the world, hear all possible languages and eat dishes from the most remote places. Nice is a French city, but relatively not since a long time! It was only in 1860 when Nice and all the surrounding towns were permanently incorporated to France. Before that, the history of the area is turbulent, filled with numerous wars and battles.
Nice is one of those cities that, although they are pretty big, have this addictive holiday climate. On the one hand, it’s the beach, the other sidewalk along the English Promenade, the third of all the pubs and cafes that make you want to celebrate life and holiday here, in the south of France, every evening. And if you add to this wonderfully blue sky for most of the year, you know it will be beautiful.
Art, flowers and vegetables
The symbol of Nice is la Promenade des Anglais (The English Promenade). This part of the city is most likely to appear on folder photos and postcards. The Promenade is 7 km long sidewalk that stretches between the picturesque Bay of Angels and the old town. Its history dates back to 1822 and is associated with Britons fleeing the island’s slug. At the time, however, the English began to come to the Mediterranean Coast wishing to spend winters here. And they just came up with the idea of building a coastal road. Legend says that they wanted to relieve the beggars in travelling who followed them and came to Nice from the north of France.
In parallel to the English Promenade is Cours Saleya. It is the most famous square in the city, where from Tuesday to Sunday the flower market is open. By then, you can stroll among the dazzling stalls, listen to the hubbub, taste the vegetables, fruits and sweets that local farmers and manufacturers offer. And if anyone wants to catch a breath, you can sit in one of the many cafes and restaurants, or just go back to the sea.
Directly from Cours Saleya you can take the free lift to Castle Hill. There are remains of a former city founded by the Greeks, the medieval castle of the Provençal dukes, and a botanical garden with an artificial waterfall. Most of all, however, from the nearly 100-meter hill, there is an incredible view on the city and the Bay of Angels.
The most important building is certainly the neo-gothic Notre-Dame Basilica. It is the largest temple in Nice, built in the mid-nineteenth century, after the city was incorporated into France. The inspiration for its creators became the cathedral in Angers. Equally interesting is the cathedral of Sainte-Reparte in the Rossetti square. Among the Nice temples, the St-Nicolas cathedral is definitely the most distinctive, built on the model of the famous Basilica of St. Basil in Moscow.