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Exuberant, sun-kissed Nice is a jewel of the French Riviera. Discover Mediterranean beaches, bustling markets, inspiring galleries and glamorous nightlife on holidays to Nice.
Modern art, Matisse and more
See Nice through the eyes of artistic greats and discover why the landscape is such an inspiration, by visiting the many galleries in town. Choose Nice hotels near Promenade des Arts to be close to The Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain (MAMAC), a key spot on the artist trail. Ponder over a great collection of European and American modern art and a significant number of works from the Nice School, a contingent of home-grown artists (including Yves Klein, Arman, Cesar) whose works are often compared to the Pop Art movement. If you head up the hill of Cimiez, close to Matisse’s previous home at the Hotel Regina, you’ll find the Matisse Museum. Devoted entirely to the work of Henri Matisse, this 17th century villa houses a fascinating assortment of Matisse’s paintings, drawings and personal objects, helping you get to know the man behind the easel.
Lounge on golden sands and take a dip in the azure waters of Nice’s beaches. Throw down your towel on the public beaches but be careful of the scalding pebbles. For a much more pleasant experience, why not splurge on a private beach? The small charge will get you a sun-lounger, lockers for your valuables, carpets leading down to the water’s edge and waiters who’ll bring ice-cold drinks to your chair. Join a hip crowd and head to Castel Plage at the end of the Promenade des Anglais where you’ll be surrounded by Art Deco elegance and palm trees. Many of the luxury Nice hotels offer guests exclusive access to a private beach so keep this in mind if you plan to spent a lot of time sunning yourself.
In with the old, out with the new
Stroll to Vieux Nice, the atmospheric old town where you’ll find alleys crammed with delis, boutiques and bars. You’ll probably stumble across beautiful Baroque churches and vibrant squares; plus, plenty of bars and clubs if you’re in the area at night. Head to Cours Saleya, to explore the vibrant flower market (open daily) and find a magnificent food market at the eastern end. It’s a great place to while away the hours, take some snaps and enjoy good coffee. When day turns to night, it’s time to try out Nice’s nightlife. You’ll find plenty of atmospheric bars in town such as Les Distilleries Idéales. Or, you can go for a classy glass of bubbly at Nice’s only champagne bar, L’Effervescence. Pick from our great range of cheap and luxury hotels in Nice to create your dream Cote d’Azur escape.
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