At the southeast end of France, Nice has a central place in the national tourism industry. Its location, between the sea and the mountains, and its climate make it an inescapable destination on the Mediterranean coast.
But more than a seaside resort, Nice is also an important economic center, notably thanks to the proximity of Italy.
On a business trip in the “Alpes-Maritime”, take the opportunity to discover the highlights of the city.
1 – The Promenade des Anglais
It follows the bay of the angels for more than 7 km. On one side there are the beaches and the sea, and on the other are palaces, shops and restaurants.
Its name derives from the history of its construction.
Indeed, in the nineteenth century, many were the English to choose Nice as a holiday resort. These same British visitors would finance the construction of this road that eventually would be used as a boardwalk.
The people of Nice were accustomed to call it “Promenade des Anglais” (English’s boardwalk) before it became its official name.
2 – Cathedral of Saint Nicholas
While it is not uncommon to cross Catholic churches or cathedrals in France, places of orthodox worship are far less common.
However, in Nice, there is one of the most important Russian Orthodox buildings outside Russia: the Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
For the same reasons as those explaining the presence of English, Russians are very numerous since the nineteenth century to come to Nice.
It is in response to this influx that a cathedral was built, in replacement of a church that had become too tiny through the years.
3 – The great museums of Nice
If the great painters liked the Côte d’Azur, the Côte d’Azur has done them well. This is particularly the case in Nice where many museums are dedicated to them!
Matisse and Chagall each have a museum dedicated to their work.
And the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art hosts an impressive collection of paintings and other sculptures.
4 – The Place Massena
This square is the heart of Old Nice. Certainly less touristy than the Promenade des Anglais, it remains the heart of the city. Its rectangular shape and the colors of the buildings that surround it make it recognizable among a thousand.
5 – The back country of Nice
If you are lucky enough to stay a little longer on site, take the opportunity to visit the villages located on the heights of Nice or nearby.
Grasse and its perfumeries, the villages of Vence and Saint-Paul-de-Vence or Menton, on the road to Italy: the capital of the lemon. And if you prefer the sea, visit Villefranche-sur-Mer, enjoy the panorama from Eze …