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Nice : between sea and mountains

Regions and cities Provence-Alps-the French Riviera Nice

Mild winters, summers protected from the winds by the surrounding hills, Nice offers both sea and mountains. It is the 2nd largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and offers unequalled sunlight, at the heart of a region of timeless beauty.

Things to know

The Colline du Château

Nikaia was founded at the foot of the Colline in 250 B.C. by the Massalians, Greeks from Phocaea who had come from Marseille to establish a trading post. Nice was a border city with a military and maritime role until the 18th century. It became a tourist centre as of the 19th century.

Sites and Monuments

The Promenade des Anglais

Facing the Mediterranean and lined with palm trees, it incarnates Nice and gives it its identity. In the 19th century, the Baie des Anges was a favourite vacation spot for the English who gave their name to the sea walk that goes along it. It has become one of the most famous avenues in the world.


The Cours Saleya

This former park has become a pedestrian precinct in the heart of Old Nice, in an ochre, rectilinear and baroque décor. In this terribly picturesque location, the antiques market alternates with the flower and vegetable markets. They offer delights for all of the senses. 

Events and festivals

The carnival

Night and day, over the course of two weeks, floral floats and carnival creations parade through the decorated streets of Nice. Around them, dancers, jugglers and troupes from all over the world parade to the rhythm of lively music and “batailles de fleurs” (floral parades). Nice carnival was founded in 1294 and is one of the largest carnivals in the world. 


Sophia Antipolis

This science and technology park is nested in a natural setting of 2,400 hectares. Some 1,400 companies have opened offices between the scrubland and the woods. This city of innovation, focusing on communication sciences and technologies, welcomes 5,000 students of prestigious engineering schools.