Enjoy your comfortable SWISS flight to Nice (NCE) and explore a beautiful town on the Cote d'Azur. This stunning city is located just a few kilometers from Cannes and Monaco, making it an ideal spot for those planning a tour of the Riviera and the surrounding lush, green countryside.
The city of Nice sits nestled between the sea and the mountains and offers unwatchable Mediterranean charm, rustic provincial cuisine and gourmet dining, as well as countless superb cultural events year-round. Nice has a rich history in tourism: Starting in the 1850s Nice was the destination of choice for wealthy aristocrats from all over Europe as a winter getaway. Here, the English high society, including Queen Victoria, walked along the beach promenade, so it is still called the Promenade Des Anglais. The Russian Czar and his family also preferred Nice to St. Petersburg in the winter. Even today you can find the Russian-orthodox church Saint-Nicolas, named after a Russian prince who died in Nice.
They were hardly the first to appreciate the great location between the mountains and the sea. The Earliest humans had settled here; archaeologists found artifacts of Homo Erectus (400.000 years old), Neanderthal and early modern humans. The name Nice had been given to the place by Greek settlers after their goddess of victory, Nike. The Roman town of Cemenelum is today the noble quarter of Cimiez, with an arena still in use today and the ruins of a giant Roman bath house.
If you take a stroll through the charming old town you will find a lot of different architectural styles next to each other. From baroque, classicism, belle époque and art déco to contemporary architecture, you will find everything in Nice. You can also have a look at the private collection of the famous French artist Henri Matisse. Another genius, Marc Chagall, created an amazinh work of art consisting of "Biblical Messages", several paintings and a house to display them.
Between all this art and culture, don't forget you are on a beautiful coast, so why not enjoy a day at the beach or get a sailing boat with lessons from the world-famous Club Nautique de Nice. You can also indulge in the local cuisine, enjoy the wines from the region and make little day tours to Monaco, Cannes and St. Tropez.
Shoppers will love the city's colorful and vibrant Cours Saleya Market in the old town, its nostalgically narrow streets lined with locally owned boutiques, and the countless small local crafts that are on sale. Those in search of high fashion will love the Golden Square, where major fashion names can be found among exclusive restaurants and hotels. With flights leaving to Nice regularly, this beautiful city is within easy reach and offers something for everyone.