Stretching elegantly along the crescent shores of the Baie des Anges, Nice is an intoxicating blend of old world opulence and contemporary chic: an ancient, historic city bathed in the enduring glamour of the French Riviera. With a sun-drenched Mediterranean climate and plenty of museums, markets and other attractions, it is easy to understand why Nice has long been one of the most popular destinations on the Côte d'Azur.
Settlement in the area dates back to Roman times, and you can still view the remains at the Musée et Site Archeologiques de Cimiez, tucked away in the hills overlooking the harbour. Wander the narrow, winding streets and alleys of Vieux Nice, the Old Town, for a further glimpse of the city in times past – the quaint, pastel-hued buildings are now home to an eclectic array of boutiques, restaurants and cafés, where you can browse and relax to your heart's content.
Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, the spectacular esplanade that runs along the city's waterfront, and savour the stunning sea views. You can also swim and sunbathe on the city's pebbly beaches, or even climb the stairs to the Parc du Château for even more breath-taking views over the city. Culture vultures will find plenty to admire in the city's excellent museums and galleries, many of which are free to visit. Highlights include the museums devoted to Matisse and Chagall, both of whom lived in the area, as well as the impressive Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC). You can also visit the extravagant Palais Masséna and Palais Lascaris to get a sense of how the local aristocracy once lived – both are now museums full of beautiful artefacts and artwork.
After you've had your full of cultural treasures, unwind by browsing the colourful fruit and flower stalls in the bustling open-air market on the Cours Saleya. Be sure to indulge in some local cuisine, freshly prepared from the area's flavoursome produce, then plan to take in some of the vibrant nightlife for which the French Riviera is famed.
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