Nice, France – A Cosmopolitan Tourist Destination
With a 2006 population of 347,000, Nice is a major tourist center on the French Riviera. In fact, Nice is the second most popular tourist destination in all of France behind Paris. Accordingly, it has the second busiest airport in France.
Nice is a particularly cosmopolitan destination, attracting tourists of many nationalities. The city offers a classy sophisticated holiday destination with grand hotels, garden squares with fountains, classic 19th century villas, great shopping, hip nightclubs and many posh cafes and restaurants to choose from.
Besides wading in the water, there are many great places to hang out in Nice. The famous Promenade des Anglais runs along the bay, and is always bustling and full of life. You can grab a chaise lounge and order an overpriced cocktail and watch the humanity go by if you like. There are vendors selling crepes and drinks along with a vast array of restaurants.
Nice is second to Paris in another department as well – its number of museums and galleries, and that could keep you occupied for some time. Three of the top museums are the Matisse Museum, the Musee Chagall and the Musee des Beaux-Arts, where you can see the original plaster cast of Rodin’s « The Kiss ».
Another must-see in Nice is the famous Cours Saleya Flower Market. The plaza is lined with cafes, souvenir shops, produce stands and of course flowers. The old town is also a lively place and is a great place for shopping and touring. You’ll enjoy the many picturesque winding streets, alleys and interesting houses. Nice is also known for its ice cream, and a great place to partake of one of the 70 flavors is at the famous Glacier Fenocchio opposite the 17th century Cathedral.
The Nice pedestrian zone is another great place for shopping and souvenirs and enjoying the street entertainers. It is also a cool spot to grab a coffee and a crepe or have a delicious meal at one of the fine restaurants. Be warned though, Nice is not known as a bargain hunter’s town. Bring some money to spend, and expect to spend it.