Nice (pronounced like the English word “niece”) is a large city in France on the French Riviera. It is a popular destination for vacationers both young and old, with something to offer nearly everyone.
The Colline du Chateau overlooking the Baie des Anges and harbor offers a spectacular vantage point overlooking the city. There is an elevator, which will take you three quarters of the way up, for those who wish to avoid stairs. Nice is also known for several museums, some of the most famous of which are in Cimiez, the older, upper part of the city. The old town (Vieux Nice) beneath the hill is a maze of streets and alleys, with many picturesque houses, boutiques and home to the daily flower and fruit market of the Cours Saleya.
If you are thinking of going to Nice to lounge on the beach, you may wish to think again. The beaches of Nice consist entirely of large flat stones (“gallets”). Although the beaches are not suited for relaxing, many visitors enjoy the beautiful light blue sea for a swim. It is definitely an opportunity for swimming rather than play as the beach drops quickly and the tidal pull can be very strong. Nice beaches exist in other towns close by, such as Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes and Cannes.