Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, is located conveniently between Cannes and Monaco. Known from many movies, the town is a real hot spot of business, tourism, marine life, and travel. Nice offers a competitive meeting location for many occasions, which are frequently used by conferences, congresses, ETSI meetings or project groups.
Nice has a long beach promenade, la promenade des Anglais – the Englishmen’s promenade. It stretches from the Airport to the harbor. It is named after the fact that rich English families spent the winter in Nice, residing in the promenade hotels – and walking their youngsters up and down the promenade to network with other lords and ladies.
Complementary to the beach, Nice offers two hills – one inside the town, with old cemetaries and a beautiful view point, and the other – Mont Boron and Mount Alban (two summits on the same ridge) limit the city on the east side.
What to do
- Nice is full of interesting restaurants, art museums, shops and sights. You can walk the old town alleys and check the local specialties offered in the shops there.
- Check La Cité du Parc, a market place surrounded by restaurants, very close to the beachfront promenade.
- Walk up to the old cemeteries and fortress on the old town hill (where you’ll inevidently discover the spot for your personal “Above the roofs of Nice” photo).
- Or hike up Mount Boron, and cross the saddle to Mount Alban, while inspecting the medieval fortifications on both hills on a sunny day.
- From Mount Alban, enjoy the view over Cap Ferrat, where some of the richest Russian oligarchs own the villas around Villa Rothschild and its amazing botanical garden.
- Or simply buy a cold bottle of rosé, a baguette and a piece of cheese before sitting down on the promenade or the beach – and enjoy the local beach life, where the students party all night from April to October.
Where to stay
- La Maison du Séminare, a former catholic seminarium right on the shore east of the old harbor. Can’t find a better place to host your workshop in downtown Nice!
- Comfort Hotel Nice Vieux Port. Cheap enough, and right on the corner of the harbor basin, and just a few minutes from Place Garibaldi.
- Bus transfer from the airport to the town bus terminal is swift and cheap.
- Inside Nice, you can use a mobile to subscribe to the Nice city bike project – Vélo Bleu.
- As long as you’re staying in town, you will not need a rental car. Buses, trams, ferry boats take you around town – end even to Antibes, Cannes or Monte Carlo, if you can afford.
Where to eat
Nice’s cusine is strongly influenced by both seafood and Italian cuisine. In addition, the southern French herbs and flavors blend in. Keep reading menus, and enjoy!
- Café de Turin, on the corner of Place Garibaldi. Don’t get fooled by the name – this place is both a seafood bar for those who’d like a French fingerfood snack of shells, lobsters, crab, oysters and sea urchins. Or a full-blown evening seafood dinner. Check your wallet… and get a reservation in time!
- Lou Balico, just on the other side of the theater in Rue Av. Sainte-Jean-Baptiste, seen from Place Garibaldi. Lou Balico’s cuisine presents the local flavor of Nice traditions, a blend of French and Italian traditions with local flavor. Affordable, and unique!
What to bring home
- Sweets from Confisérie Florian in 14, Quai Papacino, on the west side of the harbor basin. Florian is a traditional candy maker. The Nice branch contains both production and sales. Your dentist will love you for eating this! However, the main factory in Le Busquet on the Loup canyon (near Gourdon) beats this location.
- Olive oil. Virgin. DOC. From Nice’s olive yards. While roaming the old town, you can’t miss the shops selling metal cans of locally produced olive oil. Virgin. With truffel flavor. With lemon flavor. Organic. Whatever. Beats your supermarkt, anyway!
Maps & other information
- Google maps
- Via Michelin – French map server
- Nice’s tourism office web page
- Guide to fishing in the Alps Maritime region (in French)