NICE

Guide of NICE

Nice, on the French Riviera, is an enchanting town, full of culture, beauty and history. The city of Nice is known as a chic and elegant place with a mild and sunny climate.

History

The city was founded by the Greeks who gave it the name Nikaia, in honour of the goddess Nike, the goddess of victory, after they won the battle against the Ligurians. Halfway through the year 800 Nice was ransacked and destroyed by the Saracens. In the Middle Ages it was allied with Pisa against Genoa, and later it was in the hands of the counts of Provence and then of Savoy. The city was the birthplace of Garibaldi, who promoted the annexation of Nice to Italy.

Places to visit

A walk in the historic centre of Nice is a must, though its narrow streets you can discover colourful buildings, markets, restaurants and shops. In Piazza Rossetti, you can admire the Cathedral of Santa Reparata, in a Baroque style that decorates the entire old town. For those who love walking, the promenade invites you to walk along the sea on a large sidewalk, much loved by skaters and rollerbladers. The Promenade des Anglias is about seven kilometres long and filled with colours, music and many flowers during the city carnival. The Cathedral of St. Nicholas is the first Russian Orthodox cathedrals built in Europe in the mid-1800s. In one of the most elegant areas of Nice is the Cimiez district, where there is the famous Matisse museum.

Beaches

The Blue Beach and Galion Plage is ideal for families and groups of friends. The Blue Beach can be reached from the seafront and as its name suggests, the sea water is an intense blue. There is also an area dedicated to children and amenities. The most popular beach in Nice is Galion Plage, which is full of bars and restaurants where you can enjoy excellent seafood. The beaches of Centenaire and Carras can also be accessed from the seafront, they too have crystal clear waters and services for the disabled.

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