Nice, the town of Nice, sits upon the attractive sandy beaches of the Baie de la Maritima. Founded by the ancient Greeks and later a favorite retreat for early 19th-century European royalty, the town has always attracted artists. Former resident Henri Matisse was honored with a lengthy series of paintings at the prestigious Musée Matisse. The recently renovated, modernized Musée Chabanne, where Matisse lived for several years, houses some of his most famous works.
Where to go when in Nice: Nice is a great place to go on holidays or to visit during a holiday. The main areas of interest are Nice beach, where you can find public and private beaches, and Cannes, which is France’s Cannes Film Festival. Nice offers a wealth of cultural experiences and is famous for its cuisine. Many tourists who come to France learn French while they are there.
When to go there: Nice is a popular location for European summer holidays. It lies within easy reach of Cannes and Paris, and even easily accessible from London via coach. The nice thing about visiting during the Nice summer season is that the climate is perfect for an enjoyable stay any time of year, even in November and December. The Nice carnival takes place in Nice during the second week of May every year, and is internationally renowned.
Places to Visit in Nice: A visit to Nice will give you a chance to sample much of Nice’s shopping options. Nice caters to the high-end tourist market, and has many boutiques, shops, and restaurants where you can shop for your vacation budget. However, the best shopping opportunities are found in Cote D’Azur (French Riviera) in the southern part of town.
What to do: One of the major attractions of Nice is the Nice Jazz Festival, which happens in Nice every year. During this premier jazz festival, world renowned jazz musicians from all over the world come to perform music that is inspired by the unique architecture and history of Nice, France. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that not everybody gets to experience. You will be able to see many stars such as Jamie Cullum, pianist/composer Don Williams, as well as world class DJs from England, Germany, Spain, Norway and Belgium.
What not to see and what to do: Nice is a wonderful place to visit, but it is not without its drawbacks. Tourism is very expensive, especially if you choose to visit during the winter (which is mostly the case). There is also plenty to do when it is not raining in Nice, in other parts of France, or even in the United States. In order to save money, you should consider staying at one of the several cheap hotels in Nice that are conveniently located. This will give you the ability to enjoy the nice weather in Nice, while still saving money on your vacation.