Nice, located in the South of France near the Italian border offers the glamor of the Riviera with the quaintness of an old town.
White rocky beaches lined with palm trees and colorful buildings is what one will find when traveling to Nice. It’s the second most visited city in France next to Paris, but offers a much different take on the country. It’s mild climate draws people from all over the world, but there is far more to see then the beaches. Here are some of the attractions to see when in Nice.
The Promenade des Anglais
Stretched across the shoreline of Nice is the Promenade das Anglais. Anytime of the year you’ll see people lounging in the chairs over looking the Mediterranean. The path which goes the length of the sea-side town is great for taking a stroll by foot or bike, and throughout the day locals and tourist alike fill the promenade. Sea-side restaurants can be found along the promenade offering a peaceful ambiance, perfect for a meal or glass of wine.
Port of Nice
The port in Nice also known as Lympia Port is not to be overlooked. Surrounded by pastel colored buildings and filled with giant yachts as well as small colorful sail boats the Nice Port is well worth the stop. Explore the island of Corsica while visiting France by catching a ferry in Nice as it is the closest point to Corsica from France.
Old Nice also known as Vieux Nice is just steps away from the water.Its picturesque buildings and markets are a tourist paradise. With numerous restaurants and shops, tourist can find anything from wine and cheese to clothing and house hold goods. Right next to Old Nice is the Cours Saleya where they have a flower market everyday except for Monday when it is a Flea Market.
Relaxing in Nice
More then anything people travel to the French Riviera to relax in the mild Mediterranean climate next to the clear blue waters. Nice, being only an overnight train trip from Paris is a very popular destination to many in France and other bordering countries. Exploring beyond Nice is also very easy to do, hop on the train in Nice and go east or west for short day trips to Antibes, Cannes, or Monte Carlo. The French train ends at Ventimiglia in Italy, though it is easy to continue on from there to Italian towns such as Sanremo.
Overall, Nice is has a little bit of everything; from museums and flower markets, to the Mediterranean and the proximity of many other great cities. This is one place that many tourist will find them selves longing for not too soon after they leave.
By Michelle Lee Lutz: works full-time as a media buyer at an internet marketing company. In her free time she fulfills her love for writing. She has a background in writing having received her associates degree in Journalism, before continuing on to receive her Bachelors Degree in Sociology at University of California Santa Barbara. Michelle enjoys staying active by practicing yoga, going hiking, kayaking and swimming just to name a few. She is also working to build out her photography portfolio, which has been a passion of hers for many years.