Nice : A Beautiful City to Visit in France
Nice, France's second-largest city and a dignified queen of the Cote d'Azur, certainly has plenty to offer the tourist. This part of the glorious French Riviera is the perfect resort for sun lovers, with many people choosing to relax along Nice's spectacular coastline during the sunny summer months and mild winters, where you are able to sunbathe, paddle in the azure sea, swim, waterski, parascend, jet-ski, or simply sip a smooth cocktail. Nice is home to many free stretches of beach and also a total of 15 private beach areas, referred to as 'plages concédées', where sun loungers can be hired for a nominal charge.
When to Visit
Nice is famous for its mild winter climate. Hot, sunny summer weather is also more or less guaranteed. In fact, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, it's little wonder that Nice's climate has earned it a reputation as an all-year round resort. Spring is a pleasant time of year to visit Nice. With an average temperature of 15°C / 56°F and plenty of sunny weather, sightseeing is relaxed and there are relatively few crowds.
Nice Tourism and Attractions
Tourists visiting Nice will find plenty of sightseeing opportunities all around the city. Many of these are historic and date from the 17th century, such as the magnificent Palais Lascaris, the Cathédrale de Sainte Réparate and the buildings of the Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez. However, for many visitors, the legendary coastline is Nice's main tourist drawcard and in particular the polished pebbles of Neptune Beach are simply unmissable, along with its sun loungers, pedalos and children's play areas.
What to See
Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St. Nicolas : Nice's Russian Orthodox cathedral is one of the city's top tourist attractions. Built by Russian Tsar Nicholas in the early 1900s, this church boasts some particularly fine wood work, as well as an extensive icon collection, and many other historic objects.
Neptune Beach : Nice's beaches always feature among its top tourist attractions. Nepture is a popular private beach area, accessed from the Promenade des Anglais. Visitors can choose to relax on the beach's sun loungers, take a trip out on a pedalo, or watch the children enjoy themselves in the beach's adventure playground.
Cathédrale de Sainte Réparate : Nestled among the narrow streets of Vieux Nice is the baroque cathedral of Sainte Réparate. Although the main building dates from the 17th century, the most notable attractions are its 18th-century bell tower and distinctive tiled dome.
Old Port : Although not as big as some of the harbours along this part of the coast, Nice's Old Port is a monument to its position as capital of the French Riviera. As well as an impressive number of expensive-looking yachts, the Old Port boasts the imposing Notre Dame du Port church and many fine 18th-century buildings, with their traditional shutters and red exteriors.
Arc de Venet : In the beautiful surroundings of one of Nice's most popular parks, the Jardin Albert Ier, is a gigantic metal arc. Created by sculptor, Bernard Venet, this contemporary sculpture has become one of the city's unmissable and iconic landmarks, contrasting in a rather dramatic way against the surrounding palm trees and greenery.