The largest city on the exclusive Cote d’Azur is, surprisingly, one of its more peaceful places, compared to other tourist destinations in the area, such as Saint Tropez and Cannes. Bathed in Mediterranean waters and only 30 kilometres from Italy and 20 kilometres from Monaco, Nice is an elegant and cosmopolitan city, perfect for both a relaxing and fun-filled getaway. Take one of our cheap flights to Nice and discover an oasis, which was not only home to Giuseppe Garibaldi, renowned for his part in the Italian unification, but its stunning beaches and resorts have also attracted the likes of artistic celebrity Henri Matisse and Nietzsche, the philosopher.
Nice’s reputation as a sophisticated resort city make for roads filled with impressive hotels and private mansions, built during the Savoy period in the second half of the 19th century and during the Belle Époque, in the late 19th and early 20th century. Hotels such as the Negresco, declared a National Heritage site by the French government, the Alhambra and Excelsior Regina Palace stand side by side with mansions, castles and palaces, including the Gubernatis Palace (home to the Matisse Museum), 16th century Bellet Castle, 17th century Lascaris Palace and l’Anglais Castle. With its gothic style and touches of oriental inspiration, l’Anglais Palace is a spectacular 19th century construction, located at the top of Mount Boron, offering stunning views of the surroundings.
For equally breathtaking views of Nice and its coastline, head up to Le Chateau Park on Chateau Hill, where you can see the remains of Nice’s main castle, which used to stand here. The city also boasts a wealth of religious monuments, such as the beautiful 17th century Baroque Nice Cathedral and the Saint Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral. Built by Tsar Nicholas II in 1912, it is the largest Orthodox Church outside of Russia, and draws attention with its bright red colour and onion-shaped domes.
In addition to impressive and luxurious buildings, Nice boasts a beautiful old town, a labyrinth of alleyways dotted with small terraces and old, brightly coloured houses with red roofs. Here you will find Saint François Square, renowned for its picturesque fish and flower markets, where you can go to relax and enjoy the carefree spirit of Nice.
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