Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice is the world’s largest greenhouse. Seven different tropical climates (damp, in other words) covering seven hectares, packed with 2.500 different plants. You can walk in the shadow of an (almost) unknown palm tree here, look at a baby shark, smell a thousand flowers and listen to bird song- on the loudspeakers.
Nice wants to make a name for itself as a centre for pop art. Admire Nice’s famous local artists such as Ben and Niki de Sainte Phalle in this imposing building. The latter has donated 170 of her works but there are also works of Andy Warhol, Picasso, etc.
Let’s face it, you are not going to find any of Matisse’s greatest works here. They are all in the USA. On the other hand, there is a clear picture of the artistic genius’ development, from his sickbed as a young man to his grave behind the museum. After a visit, you can walk around in the painter’s footsteps and compare the light in each painting. In addition, the red ochre villa is beautiful in its own right.
In the days of the tsars, the people who enjoyed themselves in the Riviera’s casinos until late on Saturday night, were not exactly short of money. They went here, to church though, on Sundays. After the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, things are much as they were in the old days, but thick wads of dollars now rain down on the Riviera - and the beautifully restored cathedral. Strict dress code.
Cours Saleya is the largest square in the city and a historic centre. Perfect at any time of day, for a coffee or lunch, beneath what used to be Matisse’s balcony. A market takes place at Cours Saleya daily, offering vegetables and fruit, flowers and a flea market (on Monday).
The classic and sports cars rental on the French Riviera! The French Riviera is one of the most beautiful places in the world to enjoy from behind the wheel of a classic sports car. Go for a drive in the country in a Porsche 356 Speedster, cruise down the Croisette in Cannes in a Ford Mustang, take on the sharp bends of the Monte Carlo Rally in an Alpine Berlinette or go for a dinner in Monaco in our Jaguar E-Type Nice and its region are a paradise for car enthusiasts...
Many tourist travel to Nice to enjoy its warm weather and the beautiful long beaches. You will not only find one beach but 30 amazing beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Along the beaches you will find the city´s famous Promenade des Anglais. It is lined with cafés, restaurants and hotels, definitely worth a visit. Some of the beaches in Nice are; Plage Beau Rivage-one of the most popular, Le Sporting -a private beach and Ruhl Plagewhich - one of the most famous beaches in Nice.
Musee de la Castre is a small museum but well worth a visit, located on the hills of old Cannes, in the ruins of a medieval castle and classed as an historic monument. This is home to an extensive collection of antiquities, mainly from the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Musee de la Castre is very interesting for art lovers and ethnographers.
For a nice view of the town, head over to this place where you can experience a stunning view of the sea and the coastline. Here you will find Saint-Tropez’s most impressive construction, a tower which was built 1589. There is also a museum where you can learn more about the navy and history of Saint-Tropez.
The islands of L’île Sainte-Marguerite and L’île Saint-Honorat are two beautiful getaways from the city of Cannes. Just a boat ride away from the harbour, behind the palatial cinema, you can travel to these islands which are fifteen and thirty minutes respectively away from Cannes. L’île Sainte-Marguerite used to be a prison island, where a mysterious, masked prisoner was held in the 17th-century. The peaceful, flower-decked island of Saint-Honorat houses a monastery.
Saint-Tropez beach (Pampelonne beach) is perhaps one of the most well-known beaches in the world. 5 kilometres of white sandy beach and clear blue sea await you. The sea is shallow and makes it perfect for children to swim and play in. There are also good facilities around like toilets, showers and activities. If you are feeling hungry or thirsty you will find restaurants and bars where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful view. There is also the famous Nikki Beach which is actually located in Ramatuelle but often considered as a Saint-Tropez beach.
This is one of the world’s first major casinos and offers an enjoyable visit in a charming and luxurious atmosphere. Here you can gamble in one of the beautifully decorated gaming lounges. With over 1,000 slot-machines and table games like Black Jack, European Roulette, Trente & Quarante and much more you will definitely find yourself busy. If you are feeling hungry or thirsty you will find restaurants that offers fine and exotic cuisine that will satisfy every palate.
With a world-wide reputation, this outstanding museum is devoted to all marine sciences and presents more than 6,000 specimens. It was Albert I who founded the museum in 1910 and today its collections of marine fauna are priceless and unique. In the well-known “Aquarium” you will find about 90 pools with the rarest species of fish in wonderful shapes and colours. It could also be worth coming here to gaze at the building where the museum is housed. The building is placed by the Monaco-Ville cliff and is one of Monaco's most fascinating buildings and built from 100,000 tons of rock.
This amazing garden has managed to stay unique since it opened its doors to the public in 1933 and set beautifully upon the side of the rock. In this garden you can have a nice walk and at the same time enjoy a wide variety of plants in the outstanding open-air surroundings. 7,000 species of succulent plants and cactuses can be admired here as well as colourful diurnal flowers.
The peninsula which projects straight out into the Mediterranean lies nine kilometres west of Nice. A playground for billionaires, the Prince of Monaco’s illegitimate children and various jet-setters. The promenade along the beach, with its tiny bathing beaches, is open for everybody. Wonderful at any time of year! The Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild’s extravagant pink palace is in the centre of the peninsula. These days it is a museum surrounded by seven perfumed, flowering gardens and open for visits. Foundation Ephrussi-de-Rothschild.
Peillon is one of the most famous Provençal villages, located high up on its mountain top. If you are not tired from walking in the small streets, you can visit the Via Ferrata in nearby Peille. Via Ferrata offers obstacle courses and mountain climbing, plus walking along a rope bridge between the hills.
La Reserve de Nice is a one star Michelin restaurant with a panoramic view of the best of what Nice has to offer - a lovely ocean view and a sunset over the Baie des Anges. The chef Sébastien Mahuet works with locally produced flavourful vegetables which brings exquisite taste to his cuisine.
Brasserie Carlton holds a lovely view of the ocean and La Croisette, located in the Carlton Inter-Continental Hôtel. This famous restaurant has a certain way of bringing together a lovely lunch with the longing of a relaxing day. Here you will find a well-stocked buffet and a la Carte with Mediterranean tones.
This renowned restaurant with two stars from the "Guide Michelin" offers sophisticated cuisine in a Mediterranean style ambiance and where high quality products are essential. With the open Teppanyaki-style kitchen and the warm décor, it creates a unique experience which will enhance all the senses. The menu changes regularly but there are some dishes that remains for a longer term like grilled filets of John Dory seasoned with "perfumes of the Mediterranean", lamb chops from the Sisteron region and crayfish served with crisp-cooked pasta and basil sauce. If you are craving for something sweet then why not try the "chocolate temptation"?
This restaurant is located in the luxurious Hôtel de Paris and with three stars from the "Guide Michelin" it will be an experience of your life time. The staff is dedicated to good taste and fantasy and offers an outstanding menu inspired by the French and Italian Riviera. You will enjoy this delicious food in an elegant room set in light and gold and with an impressive décor.
This trendy nightclub is divided into two different clubs, the High Club and Studio 47. The High Club attracts the younger crowd anyone over 20, while Studio 47 is designed for the clients in their 30´s. High Club hosts some of the most celebrated international DJ´s each weekend. This is the place where you can dance to hip music and party until six in the morning.
Ghost Pub is a popular nightspot for locals and usually packed with fun-loving crowd. This is one of the city’s hidden gems and looks closed from the outside, only thing you need to do is to ring the doorbell and the bouncer will welcome you. When the DJ´s starts spinning cool jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop you will only feel like dancing.
Les Trois Diables is one of the most interesting nightclubs located in the old town square. The name Les Trois Diables means "The Three Devils," and offers a fun night out with a wide variety of music, cheap drinks and karaoke night on Wednesdays. The fun-loving atmosphere attracts the students from the local universities.
It does not cost anything to rub shoulders with the jet-set in the Les Caves du Roy – at least if you are beautiful enough or eccentric enough to get past the bouncers. Drinks at the bar are expensive, however. But if you want to mix with the jet-set, this is the place to do it!
The VIP Room is well-known for attracting the rich and famous, as well as locals, a superb dance club located in the centre of the village. This is the place where you can dance to modern music and enjoy a luxurious night out. The club oozes modern style with a décor that consists of deep purple and green colours. This club might be the ultimate place to experience the high life.
If you really want to party in Cannes this is most definitely the place to be! The bodyguards at the front door will determine if you are one of the lucky ones to get in and if you are you will be amazed by the luxurious interior. Le Baoli has a minimalist design with an Asian theme with oversized loungers and tiki-lamps and this is just the indoor environment.
Casino Palm Beach, a venue with an area of over 6800 m². This is the place where you can easily spend a night out and enjoy gambling or dancing at the casino’s disco called Palm Club. If you are feeling hungry you will find a restaurant serving tasty food in an elegant environment.
You will find this trendy nightclub by the sea at the heart of the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex. Jimmy’z is one of the world’s legendary nightclubs where you can have glamorous nights out. The club is spacious but yet intimate and offers a unique design. This is a place that attracts chic and international clientele who likes to relax or celebrate important events.
Sass Café is a restaurant, piano bar and club; it is not until about 23.00 Sass Café gets livelier and turns into a nightclub. This is a popular place where you can dance around the tables to live music and where good champagne and cocktails flows. It is the Monaco’s hip party crowds that are attracted to this place but beware it gets very busy late at night.
La Rascasse is renowned in the world of Formula 1 due the fact that the Monaco Grand Prix passes right by this venue. This is the perfect place to relax after the beach or after work and listen to live music. Later on the night the La Rascasse turns livelier and transforms into a nightclub and continuing until dawn. You will also find 85 fun gaming machines inside and on the terrace. There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.
This is France’s Rolls-Royce of department stores. Here you will find many of the finest things that France has to offer in the way of clothes and souvenirs. It is also centrally located – even if slightly hidden behind its pillared arcades. Essential place to shop during the big sales in January and July.
An increasing number of tourists have discovered FNAC - France’s answer to Media Markt. The perfect place to fill your suitcase with French film and music. In addition, there is a small Fnac-Eveil-jeux store next door. This has all the educational toys you might want if you have small children at home.
First take a walk along the avenue de Notre Dame. You can find some labels at bargain prices for children in places like Bisque-Bisque Rage! At the Basilica, turn south along the avenue Jean-Médecin. This avenue cannot (and should not) be missed. This is where you will find many of the major brands like Zara - Spain’s answer to H&M, Monoprix, Quick Silver and Virgin Megastore. In addition, there are a number of brasseries where you can take a break. Turn off onto the rue de la Liberté, (this is when the fashion thermometer starts to rise) and end up with the rue de la Liberté. This could be called Nirvana. It is hotter than hot here – you should be able to find everything that makes French fashion what it is - Kenzo, Chanel, Mont Blanc… End by going back to the Place Magenta and turn left onto the designer street, the rue Buffa, and visit, for example, Halogène at number 21.
At rue St-François de Paule, you can revel in tasting Alziari’s world-famous olive oil. Or why not enjoy the fragrance of Bruno, the truffle king’s black fungi? Not to mention the sweets at Maison Auers! Take a look at Nice’s pulsing heart, the ProvProvençal- scented flower market (marché aux Fleurs), then turn eastwards along the rue de la Préfecture. Don’t miss either the Antic Boutik or one of the other stylish fashion shops (Asso, Habit Magique). If the Cours Saleya is Nice’s heart, its main artery is the rue Droite. Walk along it. Look in on some of the many art galleries and souvenir shops, or stop and relax in a café.
After a visit to the Modern Museum (Mamac) and its souvenir shop, walk along rue Defly to rue Gioffredo. This houses an interesting range of everything from home furnishings to a milliner. Take a peek at rue Gubernatis – if for no other reason than to stock up on wine bottles at nos. 16 and 17. If you still have not found what you want, try the Galeries Lafayette department store.
Saint-Tropez offers great shopping with the greatest international brands, especially when it comes to summer fashion. The main luxury fashion companies have established themselves, one after the other, in this summer resort. You will find fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Dior.
Beachfront is where the main shopping scene is located; you will find small stores dotting the alleys around the harbour and chic boutiques on the beach. If you fancy high-end shopping, walk to Rue Gambetta for the designer names. Another great shopping street is Rue du General Allard that runs west from the port, a winding streets in the old town. This is where you will find a good mix of old and new, top designers and ordinary things.
Monaco is definitely the international capital of luxury and where you will find the finest name in haute couture, perfume and jewellery including Dolce & Gabbana, Sergio Rossi, Dior, Tod’s, Chloé and Jimmy Choo. These high fashion stores can be found on the prestigious area Carré d’Or.
With a mild Mediterranean climate and over 300 sunny days a year, any time is a good time to come to Nice. The best time, however, is in the spring and autumn, when the weather in Nice is warm and sunny but not overly hot. Winters on the Cote d’Azur are sunny and crisp, with no crowds, and a real village feel. The only month to avoid, ironically, is late July and all of August, when temperatures are at their hottest and all of Europe goes on a month’s vacation, jamming the roads, beaches, hotels and restaurants.
Buses and trams are an efficient way to travel in Nice and along the Riviera. You can use the same ticket on both bus and tram. Timetables and a map are available from the tourist information office. Trains are the most comfortable and fastest way to travel along the Riviera. The station in Nice is on avenue Thier. From here, it takes 20 minutes to Thiers, Cannes, 20 minutes to Monaco and 1 hour to Saint Raphaël. Bicycles can be rented from a company called Nice Allocation Rent. Rollerblades can be rented from the Roller Station.