Nice is a popular tourist destination for travellers and it is hard not to see why. Sun kissed bodies relax on lounges whilst sipping on cocktails, shopaholics drool over the designer labels in chic boutiques and history lovers delightfully explore the archaeological ruins. Indeed, Nice is a place suited for everyone.
Nice was established by Greek settlers in 360 BCE after settling Marseille. They named the colony Nikaia and a few centuries later were followed by the Romans. Nearly two thousand years later the 18th and 19th century British aristocracy discovered Nice and adored it for its beautiful weather, something that has made Nice the perfect destination.
The ancient Roman ruins are a definite highlight in Nice. Perched on a plateau, the ancient town of Cemenelum tells of its magnificent history by allowing you to imagine the five thousand people screaming for entertainment in the amphitheatre and the relaxation time in the baths. The Roman ruins are located in the Cimiex district and you will want to give yourself at least half a day to thoroughly explore this wonderful place.
Museums are a popular hotspot for tourism and Nice can certainly lay claim to some of the best museums in the country. The Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall showcases a collection of paintings of the talented artist, including several of his famous Old Testament scenes; the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain displays some of the finest contemporary artworks; and the Musee de Paleonthologie Terra Amata is dedicated to the understanding of a site found to be inhabited by the ancestors of modern Homo Sapiens more than 400,000 years ago.
For those who like something a little on the dark side, there are two gravesites which are hauntingly beautiful. The Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez was once a Benedictine monastery during the 16th century but was taken over by the Franciscans a century later. The monastery itself is now a stunning museum highlighting the life led by the Franciscans, but the cemetery draws visitors to pay their respects to the great Matisse, who is buried here. Another gravesite which is popular on tours is Garibaldi’s, who can be located in the Parc du Château cemetery.
A great historical attraction is the Parc du Chateau and exploring the beautiful grounds is a fun thing to do for all the family. The castle itself was originally built in the 12th century but in 1706 King Louis XIV had it completely destroyed in a terrible fit of rage. The castle was sadly never rebuilt, but the park gives some amazing views of the surrounding areas.
The food in Nice is to die for; one bite of a delicious dish and you are on your way to heaven. Nice has a range of many fine French and cosmopolitan restaurants and settings include soft romantic hideaways, comfortable chic cafes and stylish modern eateries.
Hotels in Nice are like its restaurants – there is something designed for everyone. Small intimate hotels ideal for lovers on romantic getaways hide in secluded areas of the city, historic grand hotels dominate the landscape and elegant modern hotels can be found in the heart of the city. No matter which you prefer, the staff are always there to help you in any way possible.
It may sound a touch cliché to say that Nice is exactly that, nice, but in this case the description fits like a glove. The city basks in its glory as one of the best cities in the country and thoroughly deserves its fabulous reputation.