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    Nice - a brief overview

    Impressionist hero Henri Matisse was a Nice man: he slept at the Hôtel Beau Rivage, painted masterpieces now strung in the Musée Matisse and designed a unique chapel in nearby Vence. While other artists and aristocrats came for the sun, Matisse swore by January’s luminous days when Nice’s grand Belle Époque waterfront bathed

    in a warm wintery glow and old men sitting on benches on the Promenade des Anglais enjoyed epic sunsets undisturbed. The radiant colours remain and Nice’s old-world opulence, architectural heritage, thriving art and dining scene offer a universal appeal to everyone from romance-seeking couples to backpackers and jet-setters.

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    Vieux Nice

    Vieille Ville
    Nice
    France
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    The backstreets of Nice’s Old Town are filled with cafés, studios and flâneurs (strollers). Running parallel to the seafront is the Cours Saleya, the venue for one of the most vibrant local markets in southern France.

    Musée Matisse

    164 avenue des Arènes de Cimiez
    06000 Nice
    France
    Tel: 04 9381 0808
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    Opening times: Wed-Mon 1000-1800

    This 17th-century Genoese mansion pays homage to Impressionist master Henri Matisse, mapping out his evolution as an artist with paper cut outs, sculptures and experimental paintings.

    Promenade des Anglais

    Promenade des Anglais
    Nice
    France
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    Walk the length of this palm-line, 19th-century boulevard for a quick architectural tour including the iconic, pink-domed Hôtel Le Negresco and the art deco Palais de la Méditerranée.

    Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC)

    Place Yves Klein
    06364 Nice
    France
    Tel: 04 9713 4201
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    Opening times: Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    MAMAC is worth a trip for its avant-garde collection of 1960s art, including pop art from Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Niki de Saint Phalle. Don’t miss the panoramic views from its rooftop garden.

    Parc de la Colline du Château

    Rising 92m (302ft) above the eastern end of the Quai des États-Unis, this pine-shaded hillside park offers mesmerising views over the Baie des Anges. It’s a perfect picnic spot.

    Musée National Marc Chagall

    Avenue du Docteur Ménard
    06000 Nice
    France
    Tel: 04 9353 8720
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    Opening times: Wed-Mon 1000-1800 (May-Oct); Wed-Mon 1000-1700 (Nov-Apr)

    Nice’s year-round sunshine has long attracted Russian émigrés, one of whom was Marc Chagall. His seminal Old Testament paintings of the Genesis and Exodus are now housed in this small museum.

    Plage Publique des Ponchettes

    Rue des Ponchettes
    06300 Nice
    France
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    Nice’s pebbly beach throngs with bronzed bodies and operators hiring out catamarans and jet skis. The best free section of beach is opposite the Vieux Nice. Private sections of beach charge €15-25 for a sunlounger.

    Villa Masséna

    65 rue de France
    06364 Nice
    France
    Tel: 04 9391 1910
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    Opening times: Wed-Mon 1000-1800

    Explore the Riviera’s risqué history through an eclectic collection of furniture, objects, posters and photographs in this marvellous Italianate villa.

    Train des Pignes

    Gare de Nice, 12 avenue Thiers
    06000 Nice
    France
    Tel: 04 9703 8080
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    Opening times: Four services daily

    For an easy day trip, hop on the 151km (94-mile), narrow-gauge ‘Pine Cone Train’ for one of Provence’s most picturesque rides to Digne-les-Bains. The medieval village of Entrevaux makes a good lunch stop.

    Château de Crémat

    442 chemin de Crémat
    06200 Nice
    France
    Tel: 04 9215 1215
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    Opening times: Mon-Sat 0900-1230 and 1330-1730

    High in the hills, 9km (5 miles) northwest of Nice, is the tiny wine-producing area of Bellet. You can tour the picturesque vineyards and sprawling estates of Château de Crémat before indulging in a tasting.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    You could spend a lifetime’s worth of holidays in France and still not feel as though you’d done the country justice. It remains the planet’s most visited tourist destination, meriting this lofty standing with an almost overwhelming mass of historical treasures, storybook landscapes and cultural idiosyncrasies. The teeming glam of Paris makes for one hell of a centrepiece, matching any city on the planet for ambiance, individuality and set-piece sights.

    But the real beauty of France, in many ways, lies in the seemingly endless list of travel treats elsewhere. The country’s natural gifts are striking, with white sands, hulking mountains and fecund swathes of rolling countryside. It’s a land that has inspired dreamers and drinkers, revolutionaries and artists, gastronomes and geniuses.

    Geography

    France, the largest country in Western Europe, is bordered to the northwest by the English Channel (La Manche), to the northeast by Belgium and Luxembourg, to the east by Germany, Switzerland and Italy, to the south by the Mediterranean (with Monaco as a coastal enclave between Nice and the Italian frontier), to the southwest by Spain and Andorra, and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The country’s loose six-sided shape means it often gets referred to by the informal nickname “L’Hexagone”.

    The island of Corsica, southeast of Nice, is made up of two départements. France is home to an astonishing range of scenery, from the mountain ranges of the Alps and Pyrenees to the attractive river valleys of the Loire, Rhône and Dordogne, and the flatter countryside of Normandy and the Atlantic coast.

    The country has some 2,900km (1,800 miles) of coastline.

    Away from the mainland and Corsica, there are a number of French-administered overseas departments and regions outside of Europe. These include Guadeloupe (an island in the Caribbean), Réunion Island (located in the Indian Ocean just east of Madagascar), French Guiana (on the northeastern coast of South America), Martinique (another island in the Caribbean) and Mayotte (an island in the Mozambique Channel).

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    Key facts

    Population: 62814233

    Population Density (per sq km): 114

    Capital: Paris.

    Language

    French is the official language. There are many regional dialects, but these are rapidly declining, with the exception of Basque, which is spoken as a first language by some people in the southwest, and Breton,which is spoken by some in Brittany. Many people speak at least some English.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used.

    General business opening hours

    Generally Mon-Fri 0900-1200, 1400-1800.

    Public Holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Victory Day 1945: 08. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Bastille Day: 14. July 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Armistice Day: 11. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Victory Day 1945: 08. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Bastille Day: 14. July 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Armistice Day: 11. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Walking or taking the tram is the best way to get around the city centre. Tram line 1 gets you most places. Ligne d’Azur (tel: 08 1006 1006; www.lignedazur.com) runs the tram and buses. Buy tickets from the bus driver or at ticket machines at tram stops. Unlimited day passes are available and are good value.

    Taxis

    Locals don’t use taxis and many overcharge. Ensure the meter is on and the charges match the official tariffs printed on the card displayed on the back of the driver’s seat. Taxis can be found outside the Gare Nice Ville and on Avenue Félix Faure (tel: 04 9313 7878).

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    Nightlife in Nice

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    The cobbled lanes of Nice’s Old Town overflow with bars and cafés. Those on Cours Saleya are particularly lovely for an apéritif.

    Hotel bars offer a more glamorous cocktail scene. In summer, check out the weekly Semaine des Spectacles for a list of cultural events.

    Les Distilleries Idéales

    24 rue de la Préfecture
    06300 Nice
    France
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    The perfect place for an apéritif are the sidewalk seats at this Old Town bar.

    Le Bar des Oiseaux

    5 rue Saint Vincent
    06300 Nice
    France
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    A boho bar hosting jazz, chansons françaises (French songs) and cabaret.

    Opéra de Nice

    4-6 rue Saint François de Paule
    06300 Nice
    France
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    France’s principal opera (and ballet) venue is this 1885 beauty.

    Smarties Bar

    10 rue Defly
    06000 Nice
    France
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    Styling an orange-accented 70s vibe, Smarties Bar DJs spin house, techno and disco.

    Le Relais

    37 promenade des Anglais
    06300 Nice
    France
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    Handcrafted cocktails in the lap of luxury at the Hôtel Le Negresco.

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    Restaurants in Nice

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    Provençal cuisine is based on the rhythm of the seasons and farmers still gather at morning markets to sell their fruit and veg, olives and garlic plaits.

    In Nice it’s possible to eat extremely well, but watch out for a good smattering of tasteless tourist traps.

    La Petite Maison

    11 rue Saint François de Paule
    06300 Nice
    France
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    Price: Expensive

    Celeb-spotting by candlelight at Nice’s hottest contemporary table.

    Café de Turin

    5 place Garibaldi
    06300 Nice
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    Teetering tiers of fruits de mer and Nice’s best oysters.

    La Table Alziari

    4 rue François Zanin
    06300 Nice
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    A lemon-yellow bistro with local specials like cod with garlic, olives and potatoes.

    La Merenda

    4 rue Raoul Bosio
    06300 Nice
    France
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    Price: Moderate

    Unusual Niçois delicacies served up with hard-to-find local vintages.

    Chez René Socca

    2 rue Miralhéti
    06300 Nice
    France
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    Price: Cheap

    Fast-food Provençal-style, including chickpea pancakes and stuffed vegetables.

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    Calendar of events

    Nice International Military Tattoo

    1 – 31 August 2014

    Venue: Around the city.

    A biannual French festival devoted to military music, the Nice International Military Tattoo focuses on military drum beats and marching songs. The itinerary includes a host church concerts and a big parade that closes the festival.

    Musicalia

    2 – 30 August 2014

    Venue: Theatre de Verdure.

    One of the most popular cultural events of the year, Musicalia is a celebration of the diverse music and cultures alive in Nice today. There is a strong Mediterranean flavour to the performances, which are complimented by dances.

    French Riviera Marathon

    9 November 2014
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    The 42 km (26 miles) course hugs the coast from Nice to Cannes, taking participants on a scenic albeit exhausting journey along this beautiful slice of the French Riviera. The course starts at the Promenade des Anglais and ends along Cannes’ most famous street, La Croisette. Little wonder it has been dubbed the ‘five star marathon.’

    Christmas Village

    6 December 2014 – 4 January 2015
    Website

    Venue: Place Massena.

    The sunshine and shimmering waters of the Mediterranean are hardly synonymous with Christmas. However, that doesn’t stop the local authorities making an effort to bring a bit of festive spirit to the city with Nice’s Christmas village. There are a host of attractions including an arts and crafts market, ice rink and food stalls.

    Nice Carnival

    13 February – 13 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: All over the city.

    Undoubtedly the biggest event in the calendar, Nice’s carnival galvanises the city for two weeks every year. The more enthusiastic members of the community will spend weeks making giant floats, which will be paraded around the city.

    Gourd Festival

    1 – 31 March 2015

    Venue: Cimiez.

    The Gourd Festival is held every March and celebrates the coming of spring, which brings with it a versatile vegetable that the locals love called gourd. This festival is the perfect opportunity to taste some traditional, regional dishes.

    Race to the Sun

    21 – 26 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Promenade des Anglais.

    Nice is the finishing point for the annual cycling competition called Race to the Sun. Competitors start in Paris and battle it out in a gruelling race to be the first to cross the line on the Promenade des Anglais.

    Fete des Mai

    1 – 31 May 2015

    Venue: Cimiez.

    Held every Sunday throughout May this festival celebrates the coming of the summer and the revival of nature after the winter. The event dates back hundreds of years but the consumption of regional specialities and locally produced wines is still central to the modern-day celebrations.

    Nice Jazz Festival

    7 – 12 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Cimiez.

    Nice has long had a love affair with jazz and this annual celebration of the music dates back to 1948, when it was first introduced to France. Taking place at the Place Messena and Jardin Albert, the festival attracts a strong line up of musicians and has remained popular throughout the years.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Nice

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    A Riviera hotspot for hundreds of years, Nice has ample accommodation to suit all budgets.

    Prices rise in the summer months and leap stratospherically in May when the city absorbs the overflow from Monaco’s Grand Prix.

    Hôtel La Pérouse

    11 quai Rauba Capeu
    06300 Nice
    France
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    Category: Expensive

    Sitting pretty on the promenade with unbeatable views from roomside balconies.

    Villa Rivoli

    10 rue de Rivoli
    06000 Nice
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    A 19th-century villa with charmingly styled rooms and a romantic garden.

    Villa La Tour

    4 rue de la Tour
    06300 Nice
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    A quaint boutique hotel at the heart of Vieux Nice with diminutive roof terrace.

    Villa Saint Exupéry Beach

    6 rue Sacha Guitry
    06000 Nice
    France
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    Category: Budget

    A superb hostel with a party-happy bar within walking distance of the beach.

    Nice Art Hotel

    35 rue d’Angleterre
    06000 Nice
    France
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    Category: Budget

    A hotel-hostel with private rooms in minimal-chic white-and-red.

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    Climate and best time to visit Nice

    With nearly 300 sunny days in the year, Nice was traditionally a winter escape for European aristocrats who ventured south to escape the snow. While Christmas is still a fun time to visit with festive Christmas markets and February’s famous Carnival, these days it’s the summer months that see most visitors. May attracts jet-setters for the Grand Prix and July is jazz season with a prestigious week-long festival held in the Arènes de Cimiez. For good weather and reasonable prices though, June, September and October can’t be beat.

    Climate & best time to visit France

    France has a temperate climate in the north; northeastern areas have a more continental climate with warm summers and colder winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with some snow likely in winter. The Jura Mountains have an alpine climate. Lorraine, sheltered by bordering hills, has a relatively mild climate. There’s a Mediterranean climate in the south; mountainous areas are cooler with heavy snow in winter.

    The Atlantic influences the climate of the western coastal areas from the Loire to the Basque region where the weather is temperate and relatively mild with rainfall throughout the year. Summers can be very hot and sunny – sunburn can be a risk if you’re unprepared. Inland areas are mild and the French slopes of the Pyrenees are renowned for their sunshine record. A Mediterranean climate exists on the Riviera, and in Provence and Roussillon. Weather in the French Alps is variable. Continental weather is present in Auvergne, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Very strong winds (such as the Mistral) can occur throughout the entire region.

    Climatic variations – and in particular the long summer holiday period – mean that mainstream tourism in France peaks in July and August. If you’re visiting the country at this time, prepare to face higher-than-usual demand at major sights, attractions and coastal resorts. There’s likely to be plenty of queuing involved – some roads may even get clogged at particularly busy times.

    By contrast, visiting during the low season – from October through to February or March – is not only far quieter, it also sees a drop in costs. This doesn’t apply to ski resorts, of course, which see peak demand over the winter months. 

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +33

    Telephone

    Card-only telephones are common, with pre-paid cards bought from post offices and tabacs; coin boxes are being phased out throughout the country. International calls are cheaper between Mon-Fri 1900-0800 and all day Sat-Sun. Calls can be received at all phone boxes showing the sign of a blue bell. Information in English and other languages can be accessed by pressing the button with a two-flags icon.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is excellent.

    Internet

    Public access is available at internet cafés in all large towns and cities.

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    Shopping in Nice

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    Key Areas

    Vieux Nice is crammed with artisan shops and outdoor markets. West of the Old Town, the part-pedestrian zone defined by Rue Paradis, Avenue de Suède, Rue Alphonse Karr and Rue du Maréchal Joffre is where you’ll find high-end fashion and independent boutiques. Rue de la Boucherie and Rue Pairolière are excellent for food shopping.

    Markets

    Nice’s famous street markets are concentrated on Cours Saleya and are split between flowers, fruit and vegetables. They set up at 7am and run until lunchtime. On Monday, the food makes way for an all-day antiques market. The daily fish market is located on Place Saint François.

    Shopping Centres

    Over 600 brands are represented at Nice’s version of the Parisian department store, Galeries Lafayette, on Avenue Jean Médecin. Similarly enormous and located on the same avenue is Nice Étoile.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Shaking hands and, more familiarly, kissing both cheeks, are the usual forms of greeting. The form of personal address is simply Monsieur or Madame without a surname and it may take time to get on first-name terms. At more formal dinners, it is the most important guest or host who gives the signal to start eating. Mealtimes are often a long, leisurely experience. Casual wear is common.

    Social functions, some clubs, casinos and exclusive restaurants warrant more formal attire. Evening wear is normally specified where required. Topless sunbathing is tolerated on most beaches but naturism is restricted to certain beaches – local tourist offices will advise where these are. A smoking ban for workplaces and public spaces has been in place since February 2007.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    This being France, the only real problems posed by the local food and drink are mild stomach complaints resulting from overindulgence. Tap water is safe to drink (although you’ll find a huge amount of bottled water for sale too) and cooked food, assuming it’s come from a hygienic kitchen, is certainly no more risky to consume than that of any developed country. Some travellers steer clear of unpasteurised dairy products due to a perceived risk of disease, while others laud the same products for their perceived health benefits. If you’re at all unsure, it’s probably best to stick to what you’re used to.

    Other Risks

    Visitors to forested areas should consider vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis. There was an outbreak of canine rabies in 2008. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    In more universal terms, sunburn is perhaps the most common complaint among visitors to France, particularly over the summer months – temperatures are generally higher in the south but it’s wise to be cautious across the country. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

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    34 Avenue de la Liberté
    06360 Eze-sur-Mer
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    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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