Nice Travel Guide
The city of Nice has long attracted artists and was a famous retreat for 19th century European elite. Founded by the Greeks, Nice is the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera and sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges.
Nice is a mecca of art and culture, which is best experienced by visiting its sites like the Musée Matisse, which honors former resident Henri Matisse with a career-spanning collection of paintings, the Musée Marc Chagall, and the city's imposing Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (MAMAC).
The area of Vieux Nice is a maze of medieval streets that feature baroque churches and the colorful Cours Saleya market, famed for its flowers, fish and produce. The Promenade des Anglais, a boulevard fronting the bay, is lined with grand cafes and hotels such as the picturesque Le Negresco. Nice is known for dishes made with olives and seafood, for the street-food staple socca (chickpea pancakes), and it is the birthplace of delicious salade niçoise.
The weather in Nice is nice, no pun intended, all year-round due to its Mediterranean location. However, it is best to visit Nice during the months of September to October, or from mid-March to April, so you can take advantage of the low room rates.