Nice

Nice, France

Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, and it is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes département. Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, it is located very near the principality of Monaco, and its airport is a gateway to the principality as well. The area of today's Nice contains Terra Amata, an archaeological site which displays evidence of a very early use of fire. Around 350 BC, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. The city's main seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais (‘the Walkway of the English') owes its name to the earliest visitors to the resort. For decades now, the picturesque Nicean surroundings have attracted not only those in search of relaxation, but also those seeking inspiration. The clear air and soft light has been of particular appeal to some of Western culture's most outstanding painters, such as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle and Arman.

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Main Sights

  • Modern Art and Contemporary Art Museum
  • La Colline du Château
  • Cours Salya Market
  • Lascaris Palace
  • Rossetti Place.


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