Panoramic view of Nice, populated green hills, harbour and beach, blue ocean with lots of small sailboats © Freesurf/
Panoramic view of Nice, populated green hills, harbour and beach, blue ocean with lots of small sailboats © Freesurf/

Nice – The Queen of the Blue Coast

Published: 25 January 2024, 13:00

Nice is considered the queen of the Blue Coast, the pearl of the Côte d’Azur: joie de vivre, culture and pleasure are very important here. Provence’s second largest city casts a spell over visitors with its elegance, baroque atmosphere of the Old Town and a fascinating light that once inspired famous painters’ masterpieces, such as those of Matisse and Chagall. There is a high density of museums and art galleries. You can stroll for hours along the chic Promenade des Anglais, enjoy the marvellous view over the azure sea from the Colline du Château and buy the most beautiful flowers at the Cours Saleya Market.

As the heart of the Côte d’Azur, Nice is an ideal starting point for excursions along the French Riviera to places such as Menton, Monaco and Cannes. This is the perfect place if you want to combine a city trip with a beach holiday. The sea is ever-present, there are more than 300 days of sunshine a year and fantastic beaches, such as those in Villefranche-sur-Mer and Juan-les-Pins, are just around the corner. 

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 340.000
  • Official Language: French
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

Nice highlights

Travelling along the Côte d’Azur

The Côte d’Azur is a place of longing: the mild climate, deep blue water, Mediterranean atmosphere and spellbinding sunlight have always attracted artists, travellers and France fans to the southern French coastline between Cassis and the Italian border. Nice works wonderfully as a base from which you can visit places such as glamorous Cannes, the wealthy city-state of Monaco, the medieval perfume capital of Grasse or the colourful, somewhat quieter Menton. In addition to the more popular coastal towns, the pretty mountain villages and the hinterland of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region are particularly worth visiting. There are great horse riding, hiking and mountain biking options here for active tourists.

Excursions from Nice

Nizza from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais

2. Wander through the Old Town and the Cours Saleya Flower Market

3. Enjoy the view from Colline du Château

4. Admire the famous painter’s collection at Musée Chagall

5. Dip at least your feet in the water at the city beach

1. Most authentic in Nice: the popular classic Salade Nicoise 

2. An absolute must: socca, the French flatbread

3. Fresh out of the water: moules frites are mussels with fries

4. Savoir-vivre: enjoy a baguette with tapenade and a glass of wine

5. If you have a sweet tooth, head to a patisserie and try tarte aux pommes!

1. Musée Matisse at the top of the hill in the Cimiez district

2. Also in Cimiez: Musée National Marc Chagall

3. Modern art with a great roof terrace: MAMAC

4. A jewel of the belle époque: Villa Masséna

5. Interested in photography? Then visit the Musée de la Photographie Charles Nègre!

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