About Nice

Located in Southern Europe at the south-eastern extremity of France, Nice is a privileged crossroads between the Alps, Provence, Corsica and Italy. The city occupies an exceptional natural site in the heart of the French Riviera. It stretches over a coastal plain open southward onto the Mediterranean and bounded from East to West by a succession of wooded hills.

Home to an opera, numerous museums, bustling markets and a charming old town Nice stretches along eight kilometres (five miles) of pebbly beach. The Paillon River divides the city into two parts, the west side is a more modern district and the east one is more traditional.

It is certainly interesting to arrive in Nice by plane, to get an immediate bird's-eye view of the city and the reasons for its very special character. However, arriving by train also has its charm: after riding past a wild and rocky coastline, the sumptuous landscape of the Riviera leads you into the heart of Nice. By car, there is of course a wider choice: minor roads, national highways or the motorway, bringing you into the heart of the chosen area of the city (there are five different exits from the motorway, which runs round the city.

As far as the sea is concerned, it's still the most regal way to arrive ... with that inexpressible joy felt by all sailors when the horizon is suddenly broken by a tiny dot, and that tiny dot gradually transforms itself into Nice, white and opalescent in the morning, pink and mauve in the afternoon.

The diversity of the countryside surrounding Nice, its hills and mountains are a series of constantly changing landscapes. Lovers of fine food, subtle and sun-drenched flavours will take delight in ┬źNissarde┬╗ dishes.

To which Nice owes its fame and glory! This superb sea-front boulevard, always decked with flowers, follows the curve of the "Baie des Anges" and was originally a path just two metres wide! It was an Englishman, the Reverend Lewis Way, who had it built at his own expense in 1820. The locals immediately named it the "Chemin des Anglais". In its final form, two lanes of traffic separated by flowerbeds and palm-trees, the "Prom" was inaugurated in 1931 by the Duke of Connaught (son of Queen Victoria)