Panorama of City and Port
Built in the mid XIX century, it marks the beginning of exotic styles erected in Nice
Nice is a cosmopolitan city on the Côte d’Azur with a rich and fascinating history. It’s a desirable destination in its own right, with unique attractions such as the famous waterfront along the Promenade des Anglais, the bustling and atmospheric Old Town, as well as numerous interesting museums.
Not to mention an average 300 days’ sunshine per year. Its excellent rail connections mean that Nice is also an ideal base from which to explore the likes of Monaco, Cannes and Antibes.
Promenade des Anglais:
The Promenade des Anglais (literally, ‘Walk of the English’) is the famous waterfront walkway that borders the sandy beach of Nice’s Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). Perfect for admiring the azure waters of the Mediterranean. In its style reminscent of the Belle Epoque. It is classified as a historical monument. The most popular image of Nice the world over. The Promenade, which gracefully follows the majestic curve of the Baie des Anges was originally only a pathway 2 metres wide. Built in 1860 by the English Reverend Lewis Way, it was officially “opened” in 1931. Here you’ll find the famous hotel NEGRESCO.
Just behind the Promenade, Vieux Nice (Old Town) is a maze of bustling, narrow streets full of tranquil squares, delightful churches, fascinating shops and plenty of cafés and restaurants.
Dating from the 18th century, this elegant square was the first extension of the old town toawrds the new. Renovated on several occasions, the building facades are now ochre-coloured with green shutters. In the centre of the roundabout – once a gathering place for festivities – stand a statute of Giuseppe Garibaldi, born in Nice in 1807.
Re-opened in 2008 after lengthy renovation, the Massena Museum boasts a spectacular facade, 23 exhibition rooms and lush, relaxing gardens. Exhibits trace the history of Nice although, currently, signage is in French only.
Devoted to painter and former Nice resident Henri Matisse, the Matisse Museum is housed in an impressive 17th-century Genoese villa that’s surrounded by a 36,000m2 park of Mediterranean trees.
Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain:
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art houses work from French and American artists, including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, from the 1960s to the present day.
La Place Massena:
In its new look, the statues of Plensa have joined the red coloured facades, its flower-gardens and ornamental fountains. This is also a starting-point, accessible by the tramway, to explore the different shopping streets of the city centre.
La Colline du Chateau:
The views from the pleasant gardens on the castle hill over the Baie des Anges on one side and the port on the other are most impressive. There is an arificial waterfall and the remains of an cathedral dating back to the 11th century. As for the “castle” itself, oncly a few remains of its walls can still be seen.
The Old Port:
The port of Nice started its commercial activities in 1749, but today has found its real vocation as a cruise port. Ferries leave from here for the island of Corsica and luxury vessels set off for Mediterranean cruises. The “place Ile de Beauté” is a remarkable example of neo-classic architecture in the buildings surrounding the church. The war memorial is a colossal building erected in memory of the 4000 nicois soldiers who lost their lives for France during the World Wars.
Le Cap de Nice:
This road which passes through a residential area offers magnificent views over Nice and the Baie des Anges.