Nice Cote d'Azur at the French Riviera, one fine summer

From lively towns and undisturbed caves to hilltop villages, hikes and the majestic Meditteranean. What’s not to love about Nice.

Situated on the south-east coast of France at the foot of the Alps, Nice Côte d’Azur (External link) is a Mediterranean masterpiece that attracts 5 million visitors annually. It’s hardly surprising, with its seductive Mediterranean shoreline, awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks and a generous mix of galleries, museums and restaurants enriching any itinerary.


Nice’s towns and villages provide the perfect playground for adventurers, with countless trails, mountain stations, bike paths and 300 days of sunshine. The Parc National Du Mercantour, featuring 600km of paths and spanning seven alpine valleys, is a haven for skiiers, snowboarders and hikers, attracting 800,000 visitors each year. New and enabling people to seamlessly reacthe highest peaks of Mercantour on the French Riviera are electrically-assisted mountain bikes. Ride a seven-step, 261km route between Auron and Nice that crosses 16 towns. It is set to pass through La Bonette, the highest road pass in Europe, arriving on the Promenade des Anglais!

Visitors are spoilt for choice. Mountain biking in Nice (photo © OTCMNCA - ACP)
Visitors are spoilt for choice. Mountain biking in Nice (photo © OTCMNCA - ACP)


Tavellers seduced by water sports can jump on a wakeboard or jet ski and ride the waves in the Baie des Anges. The view is spectacular from the 7km Promenade des Anglais, packed with coloured buildings overlooking the majestic Mediterranean. Water sport lovers are well catered for, with paddleboarding and jumping on a ‘flyfish’ (an inflatable raft) among the popular options.


Nice is renowned for its monuments, churches and generous gardens. The 660-hectare Natural Park of the Grand Corniche is a park lover’s paradise. In the city’s heart is the Paillon Walk. In the art of discovery, visitors are spoilt for choice: there’s MAMAC (with its 1,300 works by over 300 artists such as Calder and Warhol), Musée Marc Chagall, Musée Matisse and Musée des Beaux-Arts.


Museums (External link) , art, local crafts, gastronomy…Nice captivates, with the beauty of its neighbourhoods, unique light and mild climate. There are flower markets (External link) In the Old Town (Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya). Or, 93m above sea level, there’s ‘Castle Hill’ (Parc de la Colline du Château), the sunny, family friendly vantage point from which to gaze upon the bay of Nice.


Along the beaches (External link) , or high in the hills (External link) , delightful hotels (External link) , palaces, international chains and cosy hideaways abound. Nice is alive with activity, with 10 hotels under construction. The Plaza and the Park Hotel are reopening as five-star. In Nice urban and boutique hotels stand shoulder to shoulder with seaside options and luxury options,such as those in Eze and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Off the beaten track, try yurts or Bulles de Nature. People watch in the historic pink-domed Negresco, where great artists (Matisse, Picasso), royalty, stars and politicians have resided. Or, come to the laid back Cabane du Val in Tournefort. Whatever the itinerary or holidaymaking style, Nice is the ideal launchpad from which to explore nearby Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Èze, Villefranche-sur-Mer, or Cagnes-sur-Mer.

Nice OTC 17©H.Lagarde 56A
Nice OTC 17©H.Lagarde 56A

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