Nice is an ancient and elegant city whose history began in the period BC. Saracen raids, pirate robberies, the war with Italy - which just did not happen over many centuries of existence. Today, Nice attracts hundreds of tourists, offering the best beaches, delicious restaurants and lots of entertainment for every taste. The old center is, of course, narrow winding streets and ancient buildings that preserve the memory of a wide variety of events. Rent a car and explore all areas of the city: Golden Square, where the palace of Maria Cristina, Cimiez Hill, which is considered the most bourgeois quarter, Mont Boron - a picturesque area of Nice. Having looked at one of the local restaurants, try a real salad with tuna "Nicoise" and a glass of champagne. Finally, be sure to taste the signature sweets at the Florian factory.
IATA code: NCE
Location: 7 km from Nice
Official website: http://www.nice.aeroport.fr/
Information: +33 820 42 33 33
The following companies provide car rental services at Nice Airport: Hertz, Inter rent, Budget, Europcar, Avis, Firefly, Enterprise, Sixt. Car rental desks are located in the parking area. There are 3 parking zones in Terminal 1, and 3 zones in Terminal 2.
Avenue nicolas ii
Having rented a car, go see the main attraction of the city - St. Nicholas Cathedral. In the architecture of the shrine, the classical elements that are used in the construction of Russian churches are clearly traced. The main asset is considered the miraculous icon of St. Nicholas. Believers always try to get to her to ask about the most important. Equally popular are the icons donated to the church by the royal family of the Romanovs and the miraculous image of St. Nicholas. After examining the holy guise, do not forget to go to the crypt of the cathedral, where the Museum of the Russian Colony of Nice is located.
The fact that the Promenade des Anglais is considered the hallmark of the city and is not worth talking about. On the main promenade of Nice, life does not quench either night or day. A walk along it can be considered a full-fledged tour. Luxurious boutiques, the most delicious restaurants and cafes are located here. Along the way, you will meet the “Royal”, “Veltmeister”, “Negresco” - these are hotels with a century of history, where famous figures once stayed.
You can get acquainted with the long and rich history of Nice by going to Castle Hill. There are preserved medieval buildings, which are especially proud of the local. Do not miss the opportunity to explore the ruins of St. Mary's Cathedral and the picturesque tower of Belland. If you have the time, be sure to visit the Castle Hill Park, where you can enjoy walking along shady alleys. The main reason that tourists come up here every now and then is dizzying views of the city and the sea.
4-6 Rue Saint-Francois de Paule http://www.opera-nice.org/en
In a rental car, go see the Nice Opera, which subtly resembles the Paris Opera Garnier. Outside, the building is replete with numerous forged elements of elegant French classical style against a light stone background. In the lobby, guests are greeted by charming sculptures of the four goddesses of art. Inside, attention is immediately drawn to the unique painted ceiling, which depicts the chariot of the Sun and a magnificent chandelier, consisting of 600 lamps.
If you like visiting historic sites, then a visit to the Roman hill will definitely impress. Once upon a time there was a quarter on this place, however, only the ruins of the ancient Roman settlement of Cemenelum have survived to this day. The forms of the amphitheater, public baths, therms and residential quarters are clearly traced. Excavations are still ongoing, and the unique exhibits that were found here can be viewed at the Archaeological Museum.
Antibes is an ancient port city, charming with centuries-old stone quarters and boardwalks of Cape Cap d'Antibes. Walking through the ornate streets of the Old Town, you can come across craft atelier boutiques, gastronomic shops or luxury villas. A daily morning market gathers at Cour Massena Square, offering guests a wide variety of products. The main attraction of the city is the castle of the Grimaldi dynasty, built in the XII century on the site of Roman fortifications. After walking around the city, be sure to climb the cape to the Garup lighthouse, where the miniature chapel of Notre Dame de Garup is also located. Note to those who decided to stay in Antibes for a few days: on the cape Cap d'Antibes is the fashionable hotel Du Cap Eden Roc, built at the end of the XIX century. World celebrities stayed here, including Charlie Chaplin,
Rent a car and go to one of the romantic towns located in the vicinity of Nice - Beaulieu-sur-Mer. It is permeated through with the grace of nature and the beauty of Mediterranean waters. An abundance of hotels, restaurants and bars will satisfy the needs of the most moody tourist. In addition to the golden sandy beaches, the city offers its guests interesting sights. Villa “Kerilos” invariably attracts the attention of travelers: the decoration of Carrara marble, mosaics, frescoes organically fit into the local landscape. No less interesting is the historical museum, where you can see archaeological exhibits telling about the history of the times of primitive settlements, objects of the ancient Roman period, unique finds of marine archaeological research. In the end, it's worth a glance at the Grand Casino and try your luck by playing poker.
25 kilometers from Nice is a picturesque town, deserving a one-day trip from Nice. More recently, Biot was awarded the sign “City of Artists”, which is why the interest of tourists only increased. The main attractions here are the natural parks Brag and Valmask, the national museum of Fernand Leger, the international glass gallery, and the Novaro gallery. The most vivid impressions will remain after a visit to the glass factory, during the tour through which you can get acquainted with the traditional glass-blowing process and learn the secrets of the craftsmen’s technology.
Gourdon is an old town, fascinating with authentic architecture and beautiful views. Start your journey with a visit to the church and castle built in the 12th century. Walking along the winding streets leading up and down, go to Victoria Square, from where the most beautiful landscape of the city and its surroundings opens within a radius of 70 kilometers. Having a charge of unforgettable impressions, go to dine at a local restaurant. Be sure that you will not only be hospitably welcomed, but also deliciously fed with the best local dishes.
To spend unforgettable leisure time by renting a car, go to the resort town of Menton, which is famous for its gardens and parks. Moreover, it is not necessary to get to any particular place: unusual flowers and plants are planted everywhere in the city that delight the eyes of locals and visitors. Of course, first of all it is worth visiting the Old Town and going to the Saint-Michel church. The Bastion Museum will certainly attract attention with an unusual exterior and will cause a desire to look inside. In the evening it is worth taking a walk in the port: the nightlife here is in full swing, and the views make you wonder. Sitting in one of the establishments nearby, you can slowly drink wine and watch the surrounding bustle.
11 Rue Meyerbeer http://www.co-t-cafe.com/fr/
For breakfast in Nice, the Co-T-Cafe is perfect. This is a small cozy cafe where you can always try freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, milkshakes with fruits. If you want something to eat, you can order a hearty sandwich, omelettes, pastries. Fans of croissants, of course, will not be able to resist the alluring aroma of a crispy dessert. Even if you are full, here you can take coffee with you and continue to explore the city with your favorite drink.
1 Rue Moliere https://eater.space/la-route-du-miam
Getting started with true French cuisine is best at La Route Du Miam. The interior of the establishment is simple, without unnecessary details, made in the traditional French style. It is definitely worth trying a duck cooked according to a special recipe or a lamb. If you want something like that, you should order cheese, oysters and wine. In a relaxed atmosphere, you can leisurely enjoy the ordered dishes and conduct pleasant conversations in the company of loved ones.
35 rue Pairoliere https://www.thefork.com/restaurant/la-taca-d-oli/39392
When traveling by rental car, do not miss the opportunity to stay in the Taca d´Oli restaurant, which serves the most delicious seafood. The friendly staff will take pleasure in making you comfortable and receive the ordered dishes as quickly as possible. While waiting, it will be interesting to consider old photographs on the walls and unusual interior details. The highlight of the institution is dishes prepared according to the chef's own recipes.
1 Rue Centrale http://www.tandooriflame.fr/
If you are looking for a restaurant for vegetarians, then Tandoori Flame will do just fine. The menu offers dishes of Asian, Indian cuisine. The competent staff will help to deal with the names of dishes and ingredients, in addition, advise excellent drinks. Be sure that you will be served quickly here, and the food will be not only tasty, but also healthy. Book a table for the evening is better in advance on the institution's website.
38 Rue Droite https://eater.space/restaurant-acchiardo
For delicious Italian cuisine, head to Acchiardo. The institution is popular with locals and tourists, so it is always crowded here in season. The highlight of the institution is its original dishes and large portions. If you come to a restaurant with children, be sure that your children will be served exactly the portion in which you ask. By the way, children are served here primarily regardless of how many guests are in the restaurant.
61 route de Saint Pierre de Feric
+33 4 93 97 02 08 http://en.castel-enchante.eu/ double room - from € 150
Looking for a comfortable hotel where you can enjoy beautiful views? Check out Le Castel Enchante. It offers spacious rooms, a swimming pool and a terrace, where it is especially pleasant to have breakfast while watching the mountain landscape. The staff will do everything possible to make each guest feel at home. If you plan to rent a car, then you can use the free parking.
19 Bis Boulevard Victor Hugo
+33 4 93 87 15 00 http://www.hotel-villa-nice-centre.com/fr double room - from € 69
Do you want to plunge into the atmosphere of ancient France? For this case, La Villa Nice Victor Hugo is suitable. The hotel is located in the city center near the Promenade des Anglais. Stylish and cozy interior immediately impresses and has a great pastime. It offers beautiful views of the city and the cathedral. Be sure that here you can not only quickly be placed in the best apartments, but also take care that you do not need anything.
4 Rue Massena
+33 4 93 82 10 05 http://www.ajoupa.fr/en/ double room - from € 55
Ajoupa Apart´hotel Nice is a great option for a reasonable stay in the center of Nice. Nearby are many restaurants, shopping streets, Place Massena. The hotel rooms are comfortable and equipped with everything necessary. It offers guests a private beach with a sun lounger and umbrella, shuttle service, laundry. The friendly staff will be able to give sensible recommendations on the places and attractions that are worth visiting, regardless of how much you arrived in Nice.
6 Avenue Chateau de la Tour
+33 4 97 03 23 35 https://www.villalescygnes.com/ double room - from € 79
If you want to stay in a hotel that is located away from noisy places, then Hotel Villa Les Cygnes will do just fine. The interior is made in bright colors and complemented by original details. The rooms are imbued with true French charm and offer views of the pretty garden. On the small terrace you can enjoy morning coffee and head to the beach, which is a 7-minute walk away. Tourists using rental cars can use the free parking.
13 Prom. des Anglais
+33 4 93 27 12 34 https://nice.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html double room - from € 126
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee is an elite hotel in Nice that will definitely make your stay unforgettable. The first thing that impresses is the panoramic windows with sea views and a stylish interior with bright details. In the morning, working out in the fitness center, you can go to the beach or explore the sights of the city. In the evening, after active leisure, you will have a good time at the spa treatments. If you are a fan of excitement, a casino will be at your service.
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