Nice - Taste the atmosphere of its narrow streets or the Promenade des Anglais
Nice is a commune in southeast of France, main city of the Alpes-Maritimes and the second largest city in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur after Marseille. Located at the southeast corner of France, about thirty kilometers from the Italian border, it is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, along the Bay of Angels and the mouth of the Paillon. This is the heart of the French Riviera.
The castle hill is the old center of the town. The castle was destroyed in the XVIIIth century by Louis XIV and demilitarized in the 2nd half of the XIXth century. Since then, it is essentially a place of promenade. The old town of Nice has developed from the XIVth century. Until the XIXth century, the majority of people, places of power and economic activities were located here. The area has been for a long time the seat of the Holy Réparate Cathedral, the Palazzo Comunale (Labour Exchange, today Place Saint-François), the governor's palace (now the city hall Palace), the Senate (former Court) and the Cours Saleya main square of the city. It also hosted many religious buildings. The old Nice is now the tourist heart of the city and home to many cafes and restaurants. The port has long been a popular working area. The port itself is now the home of pleasure boats and cruise ships. It is also here that the boat to Corsica leaves.
The Promenade des Anglais is for the whole world, the symbol of the city. Nice has a large number of places. Many are located in the old town, such as St. Francis Square, Place Garibaldi and Cours Saleya. Place Courthouse, the old Place Saint-Dominique, and the place of the Prefecture, created in the XIXth century, are also located in the old town. Most other town squares were designed in the XIXth century and are located on the edge or outside of the old town. This is the case of Charles Albert Square and the Place Massena Square or the Marble Cross. The Place Arson, between Auguste-Gal Street and Arson Street, is from the late XIXth century a special place to play "Pétanque" (our local bowling).
Nice also retained few traces of its military past, apart from the height of Mount Alban. It kept, however, a number of interesting buildings from the modern era, as the Nice communal Palace, Nice Senate Palace or the Palace of Nice Prefecture, which is also used sovereigns of Savoy during their stay in Nice.
Nice is known for:
- The Promenade des Anglais
- The old city and its streets
- Its castle
- The cruise ships
- The carnival of flowers in February
You can also visit :
- The Matisse Museum
- The Museum of Fine Arts
- The archaeological site of Terra Amata & many others...