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Published on April 20, 2011 | by Andrea Guerriero

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Wonderful Côte d’Azur – Travel Guide to Nice

Charming and elegant cities, ports full of yachts, clubs and trendy restaurants, nice cars and palm trees lining the waterfront. This is the Côte d’Azur.

Nice can rightly be considered the capital of this beautiful region and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a favorite destination for lovers of bien vivre, for its great entertainment opportunities and its mild climate all year round, but especially because here in the Riviera, you can feel like a celebrity for a few days, without necessarily spending a fortune.

Despite being a very big city, Nice has been able to maintain a very informal and enjoyable holiday atmosphere, with young people roller skating on the legendary Promenade des Anglais in combination with elders reading or chatting on the benches along the promenade.

The Promenade des Anglais is the most famous walk in the world, where every year millions of people walk, jog or just contemplate the blue sea, and the beauty and charm of the famous luxury buildings standing on the other side of the street.

Those who travel to the Côte d’Azur appreciate especially its wonderful seaside resorts and Nice, in particular, has a wide variety of beaches to visit, some of which are among the best in the region. As the famous Ruhl Plange – opposite the Ruhl Casino – and Blue Beach, both right on the Promenade des Anglais, well equipped with restaurants and Sports Clubs, perfect also for families with children. and how not to mention the Opera Plage, dating back to 1889 – the oldest of the beach clubs in Nice. Castle Beach is located at the port end of the beach below Castle Hill. This is a wonderful place for its location and views. During the summer evenings, here you will enjoy many events.

After a bath, a visit to the old town and the flower market, for a meal or a snack you will be spoiled for choice. No doubt Nice is the most multicultural area of the Maritime Alps and in the city you can choose from plenty of restaurants where to enjoy cuisines from around the world. Among the best and most affordable, worth a mention the Brasserie Flo – in rue Sacha Guitry, and for those who love truffles, Terres De Truffles is a successful combination of bistro, bar and shop.

With regards to the many cultural attractions, it is almost impossible not to get caught by the magic of the many museums in Nice. The long stay in the area of famous artists is documented by great museums testifying their presence on the spot. The best known are: the Musée Matisse and the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall.

Nice is certainly one of the most lively cities of the Côte d’Azur also for its many festivals, congresses, exhibitions and fairs. Among the most famous, it is worth mentioning the Sea Festival – Fête de la St Pierre & de la Mer, with processions and celebrations at the port of Nice and folk music. July is dedicated to music, especially during the Jazz Festival, which takes place at Parc de Cimiez Arenes. Lasting from the 17th to 24th, this is the most important jazz festival in Europe, with performances by well-known groups among fans of the genre, such as Al Jarreau, Ornette Colemann, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny Group and many others.

Who gets to Nice during the summer cannot enjoy it, but certainly also the famous Battle of Flowers should be mentioned among the great events of the city – with a parade of floral floats on the Promenade des Anglais during the Carnival (February-March).

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Hi, I'm Andrea, a travel blogger, web programmer, seo apprentice and amateur photographer based in Milan. I love reading, I love music. I love to travel but only if I leave on a mission! I've been traveling through most of Europe and I love writing about it. I love photography, especially as a way to document experiences, places, events. My Nikon D300 camera is always with me, and it helps me in sharing my life with the rest of the world. Getting in touch with new people, different life styles and foreign traditions, and write about it, is all I can ask for.



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