About Nice, France
Situated on the south-eastern coast of France, Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, and the second largest city on the Mediterranean coast. Because of its strategic location, it is considered a maritime powerhouse since time immemorial. Nice hosts more than four million tourists from all over the globe annually, and is the second most visited city in France after Paris. Visitors are attracted to the city for many reasons, including its picturesque surroundings and warm Mediterranean climate.
Popular Destinations in Nice
Nice has plenty of seafront promenades, beautiful beaches, and breathtaking scenery to offer. Here are some of its most visited attractions:
Promenade des Anglais: Running the entire length of Nice’s seafront for more than three miles, this walkway houses plenty of lively restaurants, beautiful Belle Epoque mansions, and elegant hotels. At Promenade des Anglais, you can also find the luxurious five-star Le Negresco hotel, which has been listed as a National Historical Monument. This famous attraction also faces the deep blue seas of the Baie des Anges.
Neptune Beach: Due to Nice’s strategic location on the Mediterranean coast, Neptune Beach is one of the most popular beaches here, which can be accessed from the Promenade des Anglais. Visitors seeking family fun on Neptune beach should know that it has Adventure Playground for children, while adults can go out to the sea on a pedalo.
Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez: Built in the 17th Century, this monastery is located up the hill in the Cimiez district. Here, you can explore several medieval masterpieces including the Crucifix by Bréa. Today, a museum inside this monastery helps its visitors understand how the Franciscan monks lived their lives in Nice between 13th Century and 18th Century.
Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas: Constructed by Tsar Nicholas in 1912, this Russian Orthodox cathedral is considered one of Nice’s top tourism spots, and is perceived as one of the most beautiful Orthodox cathedrals outside of Russia. The church is decorated in a rich style with carved woodwork, murals, and beautiful ornament icons. Today, Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas is still used as a place of worship. There are rules for entering this church: Women should have their shoulders covered and should not wear shorts or mini-skirts while men should not be in shorts or enter the premises bare-chested.
Old Town of Nice:Also known as Vieille Ville as well as BabaZouk, this is the oldest quarters in Nice where you can relive the city’s history. At this prestigious landmark, there are open-air markets, churches, and museums for you to feast your eyes on. When you get hungry, there are also many sidewalk cafes for you to recharge yourself.
Musée Matisse: One of its permanent collections houses the impressive ensemble of Matisee’s masterpieces which include 56 sculptures, 68 paintings, 218 drawings and 236 designs, all donated by Matisee’s family. This lively museum is situated in a villa setting surrounded by lush gardens. From time to time, Musée Matisse will screen art films and host temporary exhibits annually.
Luxury Lodging in Nice
With Nice’s extensive range of five-star hotels to choose from, there are a multitude of places to stay. Here are some of the top recommendations:
- Boscolo Exedra
- Cap Estel Hotel
- Chateau De La Chevre d’Or
- Chateau Eza
- Grand Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat
- Hotel La Perouse
- Hotel Le Negresco
- Hotel Royal Riviera
- Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
- Le Chateau Du Domaine St Martin
- Le Mas de Pierre
- Le Saint Paul
- Royal Hotel Sanremo
Restaurants in Nice
The Michelin-starred restaurants below all offer something unique, whether it be their individual play of cuisine or their sumptuous surroundings.
3 Michelin stars:
- Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse:
pl. du Casino 98000 Monte-Carlo
2 Michelin stars:
37 promenade des Anglais 06000 Nice
- La Chèvre d’Or:
r. du Barri 06360 Èze
- Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo:
4 av. de la Madone 98000 Monte-Carlo
1 Michelin star:
20 av. du Mar. -Foch 06000 Nice
25 r. Gubernatis 06000 Nice
- Keisuke Matsushima:
22 ter r. de France 06000 Nice
- Restaurant Des Rois:
5 bd du Mar. -Leclerc 06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer
- Le Cap:
71 bd du Gén. -de-Gaulle 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
- Château Eza:
r. Pise 06360 Èze
- La Table De Patrick Raingeard:
1312 av. Raymond-Poincaré 06360 Èze-Bord-de-Mer
- Hostellerie Jérôme:
20 r. Comte-de-Cessole 06320 La Turbie
- Les Bacchanales:
247 av. de Provence 06140 Vence
- Alain Llorca:
350 rte de St-Paul 06480 La Colle-sur-Loup
square Beaumarchais 98000 Monte-Carlo
4 avenue de la Madone 98000 Monte-Carlo
- Le Blue Bay:
40 av. Princesse-Grace 98000 Monte-Carlo
av. Princesse-Grace 06190 Roquebrune
- Les Terraillers:
11 rte Chemin-Neuf 06410 Biot
21 Grand-Rue 06140 Tourrettes-sur-Loup
- Le Figuier De St-Esprit:
14 r. St-Esprit 06600 Antibes
664 bd Bacon 06160 Cap d’Antibes
- Les Pêcheurs:
10 bd du Maréchal-Juin 06160 Juan-les-Pins
Airports In or Nearby Nice
Seeking a private jet charter to Nice, France? There are many airports that are readily available for your private charter flight in Nice and its surrounding regions. Some of the airports include:
- Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE): Located only 3.7 miles southwest of Nice, and four miles away from the city center, this airport is the best air transportation hub serving the city of Nice. Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is the third busiest airport in France, after Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris-Orly Airport respectively. It has two passenger terminals and 1 freight terminal. NCE features two runways and two helipads. In recent years, this airport is also promoted as the gateway airport to Monaco by some commercial airlines, due to its proximity to the Principality of Monaco.
- Cannes-Mandelieu Airport (CEQ): Serving the city of Cannes, this airport is located three miles west of Cannes and 1.2 miles southeast of Mandelieu-la-Napoule. Cannes-Mandelieu Airport is situated 19.2 miles away from Nice and is the next-best airport to access Nice apart from the Côte d’Azur Airport. Currently, it features 2 asphalt runways.
- La Môle Airport (LTT): Located in La Môle and mainly serving Saint-Tropez, this airport can serves up to 40,000 passengers annually. It is situated 52.3 miles away from the city center of Nice. LTT usually serves civilian aircraft but requests for international air services can be made if a 24-hour notice is given. Note that this airport is not equipped to handle flights during nighttime due to the lack of runway lights.
- Albenga Airport (ALL): Formerly known as Villanova D’Albenga International Airport, this airport is situated in Albenga, Italy. Though it is not a French airport, ALL is one of the nearest airports to access Nice via a private jet flight because it is 49.2 miles away from Nice, even nearer than the La Môle Airport.
- Toulon-Hyères Airport (TLN): Located approximately 70 miles away from Nice, Toulon-Hyères Airport first opened in 1966. Although it is a public airport with two asphalt runways, this airport also features military utilization because it is shared with the French Naval Aviation, as well as the French Navy. This airport handles a small amount of international flights, as well as domestic flights, and is open for private jet usage too.
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