With its mix of real-city grit, old-world opulence, year-round sunshine, vibrant street life and stunning seaside location, no place compares with Nice.
The capital of the Côte d’Azur sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges, a location which made Nice a tourist magnet as early as the 1700s. An Italian influence is palpable, in Vieux Nice’s ochre-hued buildings and in fresh pasta shops on every corner. Art museums abound throughout the region, with three standouts – the Musées Matisse, Chagall and d’Art Moderne.
In true French style, the city celebrates its unique cuisine with street snacks like socca (chickpea pancakes), pissaladière (caramelised onion tart) or tourte de blettes (chard, raisin and pine nut pie), while its countless bistros serve everything from Provençal beef stew to salade niçoise, and from fresh lemon tart to vegan cheesecake.