A Super Detailed Travel Guide To Nice

A must-have summer vacation destination.

When it comes to summer vacations on the island, how can you beat the famous Provence Côte d’Azur, with its 115 km of coastline dotted with more than 10 coastal countries and cities: Toulon, Saint-Tropez, Saint-Maxime, Fréjus, Saint-Raphael, Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Monaco, and Menton.

If there is only one choice for so many coastal cities, it has to be Nice. The recommended time to travel to Nice is from June to August, in addition, Nice has a carnival in February and can be skied in winter, both of which are also suitable for excursions and vacations.

How to get there?

By plane
Nice airport is the second largest airport after Paris airport, with excellent facilities. There are more than 30 flights a day from Paris to Nice, with a flight time of about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

By train
The TGV train from Paris to Nice takes about 6 hours and arrives in Nice at the central station of Nice, “Gare Nice Ville”. The TGV service now offers cheap TGV tickets from Paris to Nice for as little as 19 Euros each way, but they need to be booked online and are non-refundable.

Transportation within the city
Nice has a convenient tourist pass, the Sunpass, which allows you to travel around the city using the Sunbus bus routes.

How to play?

Baie des Anges
Nice is surrounded by mountains on three sides and the sea on one side. The large arc of the bay is like a perfect circle drawn with a circular rule, and the tips of the two sides are opposite each other, like two hands reaching out to embrace the sea, or more like the two wings of an angel, which is the reason for the name of the Bay of Angels. The beach here is very special, is paved by pebbles, stepping on some feet, but it is interesting.

La Promenade des Anglais
La Promenade des Anglais is a very famous promenade in Nice, and it is a superb promenade that leads all the way to the Bay of Angels. This boulevard was built in 1830 by the British expatriates in Nice and is now 5 km long. On one side of the boulevard are art galleries, stores, and hotels, and on the other side is the Bay of Angels, the beautiful coastline of Nice.

Vieux Nice
The old town of Nice, which is just down the hill from the castle, has preserved all the old buildings from the 18th century, such as Baroque churches and Italianate buildings. Attractions to visit in the old town: Nice Opera House built in 1855, Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, Place Garibaladi, Palais Lascaris, Chapelle de la Miséricorde, Palais de Justice.

Place Masséna
Masséna Square is a very lively square in Nice, named after the imperial marshal André Masséna, connecting the old town and the new town. Line 1 of the Nice Light Railway has two stations, Massena and Opera.

Colline du Château
Nice’s Castle Hill is the high point of the old town of Nice and is also home to many heritage sites, most of which date back to Roman times. The Castle Hill is just behind the Bay of Angels, and at the foot of the hill is Nice’s 1,000-year-old isolated city, which is also a great place to see the Bay of Angels, with direct elevator access for less walking and free of charge.

Le Cours Saleya
Le Cours Saleya is a very famous and beautiful market, every Sunday is a stamp and old book market, visitors who like to collect stamps or books can go panning, every Monday is a regular antique market in Nice, you can buy beautiful glass bottles or trinkets; Tuesday to Sunday is a flower market, fruit market, seafood market, etc., you can buy a lot of local produce from Nice and the surrounding area, and in summer, from June to September, there is a night market in Saleya Square: Marché Artisanal Nocturne, you can blow in the evening breeze to choose handicrafts.

How to eat?

When you come to Nice to taste the local cuisine you can’t miss the socca, salad, CONFISERIE …… Whether it’s street food or a great meal in a restaurant, the food here will open up your desire to eat.

Socca is particularly popular in Nice. It is similar to flatbread or pancakes, with the difference that it is made from chickpeas and baked in a copper pan over a very hot heat. Hot socca tastes salty, crispy, and very tasty.

Nice is famous for its salad, which is made with seasonal vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and fava beans, plus black olives, white boiled eggs, garlic, fish, followed by a sprinkling of olive oil and chopped basil, and other cilantro for a fresh, crisp taste.

There are four or five ice cream stores in the old town of Nice, each with dozens to hundreds of different flavors of ice cream, and it is said that there are also spicy ones, so in the summer heat, choose several flavors of rolls and eat them while shopping.

Recommended restaurants

Le Séjour Café
Le Séjour Café has a high reputation in Nice, the restaurant will introduce different dishes every day, here to taste the best quality meat products can meet your picky taste buds, and there are often innovative dishes introduced, especially recommended paella, octopus salad, dessert platter, etc., if you like dessert, you can order strong French characteristics of the Crème brûlée.

Oliviera Restaurant
Founded in 2000, Oliviera is a restaurant with an unassuming facade, but the food is screamingly good. The menu changes weekly, and almost all of the ingredients are sourced from fresh, seasonal local produce. The highlight of the restaurant is its rich olive oil collection. In addition to dining here, you can also buy their carefully selected boutique olive oil at Oliviera, which you can take home as a souvenir.

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