Holidays to Nice promise gourmet food, stunning views and plenty of sun.
A glamorous past
Much of Nice’s charm comes from its harking back to another, glitzier era. The city has been a billionaire’s playground for centuries, and many of the landmarks of Nice’s wealthy past remain. The pedestrianised Old Town, or Vieux Nice, houses many relics from this bygone era, from the 18th-century Opera De Nice to a handful of cinematic grand hotels.
The Cours Saleya is a treat for the senses. This sprawling market is a mix of multi-coloured flower stalls and gourmet street food stands – making it the best smelling, best tasting, most visually stimulating spot in town. Local cheeses, patés, freshly-baked baguettes and veg are all part of the fray. On Mondays, Cours Saleya becomes an antiques market, which is ideal if you want to pick up a more permanent souvenir.
That seaside view
The most iconic sight in Nice is undoubtedly the Bay of Angeles – the curved bit of seaside that opens up onto the Mediterranean. Framing the bay is the Promenade des Anglais, a four-kilometre walkway that offers uninterrupted views of the sea. There is a dedicated lane for cyclists and skaters, and in good weather, it’s not uncommon to see families sprawled out on Nice’s traditional blue seaside chairs.