Your travel guide to Nice
If you are old, young, hip, active, cultured, sporty or anything in between the city has something for you. It’s said about a lot of places but Nice really is great for everyone.
The Bay of Angles didn’t get its name for nothing. The palm trees, the cocktail bars, you’ll feel like you’re in a really cool French film.
If its bars and dining you like then you’re in for even more of a treat when you come off the beach. The newer part of town has some of the best bars in France (outside Paris maybe). You will almost consider wanting to take up smoking to join in with all the ultra-cool set. A great bar to try out to get a real taste would be the aptly named Happy Bar on 3 av des Fleurs, W of Vieux Nice, which has some cracking resident DJs and attracts some of the coolest people in town and from out of town too.
If you fancy a bite to eat in Nice then you’re in for a real treat. Because it’s right beside the coast, you can expect to see plenty of fresh fish and seafood on the menus. There is no shortage of smaller and more affordable places to grab something for lunch or for dinner but then there’s also plenty of the Rolls Royce of the restaurant world with more Michelin stars between them than Gordon Ramsey. Try some Socca too if you get the chance. It’s only really found around Nice and is a pancake of sorts made from chick peas and olive oil and is like a crepe…but not.
If you fancy buying and then cooking your own food then don’t worry about a thing. There a dozens of markets all over the city, especially around the old town area, where you can scoop up some amazing ingredients and lots of little knick knacks too that you can palm off to someone for Christmas. Some of you might be thinking is there anything for the more discerning and cultural? Well there’s plenty. The ancient Roman city ruins of Cemenelum are a marvel to be seen and the little streets of the medieval old town are like being in a fairy tale. Don’t leave without paying a visit to the Matisse Museum either. It’d be a brilliant way to sum up the whole trip, as the artist found Nice the most inspirational place for his work.
Visitors from all over travel to Nice to enjoy the Mediterranean climate, pebbled beaches, glorious gardens and world-famous landmarks. Whether youre considering Nice boutique hotels for guests who will be attending your underwater wedding at Our Lady of the Seabed or looking for a hotel where you can get away alone, this city isnt likely to disappoint you. Lovers of art, history, culture and food will all find something to fall in love with in this romantic city by the sea.
Museums Near Nice Hotels
Lovers of art and history will relish time spent in Nice museums. The Musee Massena, located on Nices famous Promenade des Anglais, on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, is surrounded by lush gardens and filled inside with the history and art of the city. Art lovers must visit Musee National Marc Chagall to view sculptures, paintings and other works of art from the Russian-born Marc Chagall. These and several other art and natural history museums are also located near boutique hotels in Nice.
Transportation from Your Hotel
Several modes of transportation are available to visitors in Nice. Perhaps the best way to get from your hotel in Nice to museums, beaches and other attractions is by using the bus system. A little research on bus lines and schedules will help a great deal during your stay. For excursions away from Nice, the train provides convenient travel. Cars are also available for hire, although less convenient than the public transit. Those staying at a downtown hotel might prefer to walk to nearby attractions.
Markets Near Your Hotel
Most visitors to Nice experience Cours Saleya and thoroughly enjoy the time there. For a slice of local life, however, youll want to catch the tram to Joseph Garnier and shop among stalls kept by the housewives of Nice. While there, take the time to soak in the colorful houses, narrow alleyways and quaint shops of old town. Before returning to your boutique Nice hotel, stop for a snack at a local pastry shop or savor a meal at a neighborhood bistro.