Sunshine, stylish buildings, shopping, culture, great food and nightlife are all on offer on a holiday in Nice. Centred around the stunning Baie de Anges with the Promenade des Anglais running alongside, the resort is split in two by the Paillon river torrent - to the western side is the elegant and modern city with stylish hotels, while to the east you'll discover the old city of Nice with its narrow alley and inviting cafes, shops and bars. Nice is a shopper's paradise, from the famous flower market on Cours Saleya to big store shopping in Galleries Lafayette, to the designer names and quaint boutiques on Rues Paradis and Massena and Avenue de Verdun. The heart of the city is an art-lover's delight, home to Musee d'Art Modern et d'Art Contemporain, Musee des Beaux Art and Musee Matisse, to name but a few. When the sun goes down, the resort comes alive with a great choice of nightlife, restaurants and music options to tempt you. Festivals and events fill the calendar in Nice including the Nice Carnival in February and the Nice Jazz Festival in July. Catch a train to the west of the resort and you'll discover the resorts of Antibes, Cannes and St Tropez, while to the east there's Monaco and Menton. Whether you're looking for romantic break for two or a sunshine getaway year-round, it's easy to see why a holiday in Nice tick all the boxes on your wish list.
There are lots of things to see and do during a holiday in Nice. Grab a spot on the pebbly public beaches or pay for sunlounger on one of the private beaches, suchas Castel Plage and Blue Beach. There are lots of watersports to experience including diving, windsurfing, canoeing and sailing. Head to the Palais de Sport St Jean Bouin, home to an olympic size swimming pool and an ice rink. Visit Parc de Chateau in the old town for the best views of Nice and the Baie des Anges. Enjoy a ride on the Pignes railway on a trip from Nice to Digne taking in pretty provencal villages and countryside along the way. When it comes to culture, there are lots of museums, art galleries and antique buildings to explore. Cathedral St Nicolas, an impressive Russian Orthodox church hidden in the heart of the resort, is a sight not to be missed.
Nice is famous for its nighlife from the pubs and bars with live music and dancing in the Old Town to the sophisticated and lively nightclubs in the modern part of the resort. Palais Nikaia and Nice Acropolis are the places to see rock and pop concerts and music events. Opera de Nice is tops for culture with regular ballets, symphonies and opera shows throughtout the year.
There are lots of cafes and restaurants to enjoy during a holiday in Nice. Try the local specialities such as Soupe de Poisson and Salade Nicoise, along with freshly caught fish and seafood. There's Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Italian and Mexican cuisine to enjoy too. Local french wines and beers make the perfect accompaniement to your meal.
Health & Entry Requirements It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
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