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Most flights to Nice land at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE). The third busiest airport in France by total passengers annually, it is located 7 km southwest of the city centre.
The main gateway for tourists to the French Riviera, Nice is a focus city for Air France, and the airport, an operating base for easyJet.
The airport has two terminals, and offers transfers into the city by bus, taxi and car rental. It takes 20 minutes to get to the city by car.
Nice was founded by the Greeks and has always been an attraction for artists especially after it became a retreat for 19th-century European elite.
Named after Nike, the goddess of victory, who was believe to have helped resist an attack by the Ligures, Nice is located close to Italy and has a lot of Italian influences. Italian is taught in the schools alongside English, and is spoken all round the city. Nice cuisine also offers a number of Italian dishes.
A huge resort centre of the Côte d’Azur, Nice attracts tourists from all over the world to its unique and colourful charm.
Nice has the highest number of museums in all of France. The Musée Matisse has a collection of paintings spanning the career of former resident, Henri Matisse. This is the same with the Musée Marc Chagall and the major religious works of its namesake.
If art is not especially your thing, and you enjoy the uniqueness of a pebbly beach, then perhaps you will enjoy the beaches to the side of the Baie des Anges or a walk along the bay of the famous Promenade des Anglais.
With centres such as Sophia Antipolis and Acropolis, Nice has also become a hub for research in advanced technology, science and industry. Visitors are also attracted to the city’s architecture of Baroque influenced mansions and houses located on the hills of Mont Boron and numerous other buildings of the Belle Epoque style.
A visit to the city is incomplete without a stop at the parks and floral gardens of the Espace Massena or Chambrun park. Nice is known by many for its exceptional beauty, charm and wonderful climate.
Located on a hill overlooking the city’s Old Town, the Castle Hill park also known as le parc de la Colline du Château, offers stunning views of the city below. The five best view points from this location are a view of the airport and mountains, a view of the Bay of Angels from the Bellanda Tower. The castle also gives you a view of Belvedere, another of the pretty Cascade du Château, an artificial waterfall and a view of the hill of Mont Boron and the harbour.
The castle can be explored by elevator but it is recommended to take the stairs for the best experience. Visitors can also end their tour with a walk through the castle cemetery for a beautiful sunset and a most unique view of the city.
The rich and delicious cuisine Niçoise is enjoyed by guests to the city. From Salade niçoise, the great classic salad of the city, to the culinary specialty that is Socca, a slighty creamy creation made from chickpea flour. There’s also the Pan Bagnat, a sandwich version of the niçoise salad, and the daube niçoise, which is beef stew.
It would be a sin to visit this city without trying its cuisine, the pride of the niçois.