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Nice


Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, Nice is a city in southern France, on the Mediterranean Coast near the border with Italy. As of 2004, Nice had an estimated population of 347,100.

Nice is a major tourist center, and one of the leading resorts on the French Riviera (French: Côte d'Azur).

Promenade des Anglais:
Promenade des Anglais


Key Facts about Nice


Hotel Negresco:
Hotel Negresco in Nice, France
Here are some facts about Nice:
  1. Nice is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France, on the Mediterranean Coast near the border with Italy.

  2. As of 2004, Nice had an estimated population of 347,100.

  3. People from Nice are known as Niçois.

  4. Nice is believed to have been founded by the Greeks of Marseille in around 350 BCE. Their settlement was named Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory.

  5. Nice is one of the main resorts on the French Riviera (French: Côte d'Azur), and is very popular with tourists and vacationers.

  6. Nice is often called "Nice la Belle" (Nice the Beautiful). This is also the name of the unofficial anthem of the city, which was written by Menica Rondelly in 1912.

  7. The famous beachfront in Nice is known as the Promenade des Anglais (Promenade of the English), often simply known La Promenade or La Prom.

  8. The most famous hotel in Nice, is the Hotel Negresco. Hotel Negresco is palatial hotel on the the Promenade des Anglais. The Hotel Negresco first opened in 1913, and contains a gourmet dining (two stars in Guide Michelin) restaurant called Le Chantecler. In 2003, Hotel Negresco was designated by the French government as a national historic building.

  9. The annual Nice Carnival, which spans the two weeks prior to Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), takes place on the Promenade des Anglais. The carnival attracts around 1 million visitors each year.



Attractions and Places of Interest in Nice


Attractions and places of interest in Nice include:

Weather in Nice


Nice has a Mediterranean climate. Winters are mild, and Summers are generally hot, dry, and sunny. Rainfall most falls during the Winter, and in the Summer is much less frequent - typically there are only one of two days of measurable rain in July for example.

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Fodor's Provence & the French Riviera (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor s Travel Guides
Released: 2016-11-15
Paperback (416 pages)

Fodor s Provence & the French Riviera (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

The darlings of French tourism, Provence and the French Riviera have always been beautiful destinations attracting everyone from the rich and famous to world-renowned artists. With unbelievable coasts and rustic-chic villages, the regions draw travelers eager to experience their azure skies and legendary landscapes. This full color-guide highlights the best of this region, from the urban buzz of Marseilles and Nice to the glamorous meccas of St-Tropez, Cannes, and Monaco.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps 
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· In-depth breakout features on Provence's Lavender Route, the region's artistic legacy, and the area's outstanding cuisine
· Major sights such as Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, the Calanques, the Camargue, the Lavender Route, Marseille, Pont du Gard, St-Paul-de-Vence, St-Remy-de-Provence, St. Tropez
· Coverage of The Alpilles, Arles and the Camargue; The Vaucluse; Aix, Marseille, and the Central Coast; The Western Cote D'Azur; Nice and the Eastern Cote D'Azur; Monaco

Planning to visit more of France or focus on Paris? Check out Fodor's travel guides to France and Paris.

French Riviera, Nice, Cannes, & Monaco Marco Polo Guide (Marco Polo Guides)

By Marco Polo Travel Publishing

Brand: Marco Polo Travel Publishing
Released: 2012-05-28
Paperback (152 pages)

French Riviera, Nice, Cannes, & Monaco Marco Polo Guide (Marco Polo Guides)
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Marco Polo FrenchRiviera: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips


The French Riviera is the ultimate product of the modern leisure society, a playground of the jet-setting elite, where the luxury world of the coast, with its palaces, chic harbor fronts set against azure sea contrasts with the tranquil, dramatic landscapes and remote mountain villages found away from the shore.


Marco Polo French Riviera takes you along the coast, and through three of France's most beautiful departments: Alpes-Maritimes, Var and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. The 'Perfect Route' takes you to the most idyllic stretches of coast as well as the most beautiful villages and the best natural scenery inland.


The Best Of pages highlight some unique and free things to do, and have tips for rainy days and where you can relax and unwind. Discover What's Hot on the coast, whether glamping (camping in style) or tea mania, which has really established itself in this country of coffee drinkers.


The Insider Tips reveal where flower petals are crystallized and turned into sweets, and where in Nice you can immerse yourself in the art of Yves Klein.


The Trips & Tours take you to the 'land of perfume' around Grasse and mountain villages in breathtaking locations. The Dos & Don'ts explain why your swimming trunks might cause you problems in St Tropez and why you should keep your hands off those beautifully hand-painted olive oil bottles.


Marco Polo French Riviera provides comprehensive coverage of the region, including Monaco. To help you get around there's a detailed road atlas inside, city maps of Cannes and Nice in the back cover, plus a handy pull-out map. A must-have for all travellers, including those who haven't bought a travel guide in the past.


Discover the best hotels, authentic restaurants, the region's trendiest places and night spots; get tips on shopping and what to do on a limited budget; plus plenty of ideas for travel with kids. Also contains: the Perfect Route, Travel Tips, Links, Blogs, Apps & more, French phrasebook and index.



Monaco & Nice Travel Guide - Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay

By Brendan Kavanagh

Kavanagh Brendan
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Monaco & Nice Travel Guide - Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay
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  • Monaco Nice Travel Guide Attractions Eating Drinking Shopping Places to Stay
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Tourists have long enjoyed the sunshine and the French “joie de vivre” in Nice, the elegant city on the French Riviera. The city is the second-most visited tourist destination in France with four million arrivals a year. Its Mediterranean beaches stretch for miles along the famous “Promenade des Anglais.” Close to Nice and the French Riviera, the small, exclusive country of Monaco offers a touch of elegance and a taste of the high life. Monte Carlo features elegant resorts, a world-famous casino and just about everything the rich and famous look for. Monte Carlo is also known for its annual events including the Tennis Masters Series, Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo Rally.

Insight Guides: Explore Nice & the French Riviera (Insight Explore Guides)

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Despite the crowds, Nice and the French Riviera have maintained their allure as a playground for the rich, suntanned and beautiful. Its rich artistic legacy and unspoilt hinterland add to the heady mix. Explore Nice and the French Riviera is part of a new series and is the ideal pocket companion when discovering this colorful and glamorous part of southern France: a full-color guide containing 14 easy-to-follow routes which lead you from the labyrinthine streets of Old Nice and the elegant Promenade des Anglais to the majestic views along the Corniche. Insight’s trademark cultural coverage perfectly sets the routes in context, with introductions to southern France’s wonderful Mediterranean cuisine, shopping, and nightlife, as well as its history. The best places to eat and drink are highlighted in each route and in the directory section, which also contains a wealth of practical information, including our selection of hotels to suit all budgets. All routes are plotted on the useful pull-out map, and evocative photography captures the magical light and color of the Riviera.


 
 
 

 
 
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