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Whether you’re visiting Nice for business or pleasure, it’s essential to carve out time to enjoy the French Riviera’s largest city. This charming city has 19th-century mansions, a scenic promenade and an Italianate old quarter.
To make the most out of your visit, hire luxury car services so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Here’s a guide to your stay in Nice.
Arriving at Nice Airport
Regardless if you’re a frequent flyer, dealing with passport control, baggage collection and customs can be a hassle. For a stress-free process, consider an airport VIP service. You can pick either a Fast Track option or a VVVIP Service.
The Fast Track service transports you to immigration where you can use priority counters to speed up the process. The Fast Track service collects your luggage, takes care of passport control and customs.
Or why not try the VVVIP Service? You’ll get transported to the luxury lounge where you can refuel with snacks and hot or cold beverages. As you take a minute to catch your breath, the service will do all the heavy lifting including passport control, luggage pickup, and customs.
Both options include a professional chauffeur to take you either to the Nice airport hotel or to the heart of the city. If you need to go to Nice’s neighboring regions, that’s no problem, the VIP chauffeur will take you there safely.
A List of Where to Visit
Here’s a list of what to see in the beautiful city of Nice.
Promenade des Anglais
Have an afternoon stroll on this 5-mile promenade and enjoy the views. On one side, you’ll get a sweeping view of the Mediterranean whilst the other has iconic architecture, delightful restaurants, and luxury hotels.
If you visit in February, head to the promenade to watch the Nice Carnival and celebrate with the locals. Otherwise, in warmer months, sit on a bench beneath a pergola and take in the view.
Did you know Nice wasn’t French until 1860?
Vielle Ville is proof of this as it’s filled with Italian architecture in this part of the city. It’s the oldest quarter with a maze of alleyways between earth-toned buildings. La Colline du Château sits above and adds even more charm to the city.
Creperies and cafes are dotted throughout Vielle Ville and they stay lively until the early hours. If you’re in no rush, watch the world go past from one of the quaint eateries.
Nice has many pebbled beaches but if you’re after white sands, head to Castel Beach. Spend the afternoon soaking up the sun and taking a dip in sapphire waters to cool off.
After all that relaxing, you may become a little peckish. Stop by a beachfront restaurant to recharge before heading back to relax. To guarantee a table, especially during high season, ask your VIP chauffeur to make a reservation for you to avoid any unnecessary stress.
Colline du Château
For the best views of the French Riviera, visit the highest point in Nice. This is where you’ll find the stunning Colline du Château. At the top, there’s a grassy area and shady trees so you can cool off from the blazing sun. There’s also an artificial waterfall to add to the charm of the place.
Here, you’re spoiled with an incredible view of the old town, the port and the Provençal hills. You can either reach the top by foot from the Vielle Ville or take a free elevator, a lifesaver in the summer.
Take your time to explore Colline du Chateau and don’t worry, your driver won’t rush you. They’ll be ready when you are to take you to the next sight-seeing spot.
Take in the Baroque Architecture
Baroque architecture began in the 16th century and stayed in style until the early 18th century. Nice is filled with gorgeous Baroque architecture and you mustn’t miss the following four structures.
Palais Lascaris: This building is now a historic monument and a museum. Since 1648, the Palais Lascaris was home to the Lascaris-Ventimiglia, an aristocratic family. When you visit, take your time to admire the salons and the lavish staircases.
Eglise de Gesu: You’ll notice this building from its blue and yellow facade. Inside is inviting with all its marble and adorable painted cherubs.
Chapelle de la Misericorde: This Baroque church is renowned for its rich architecture. From the frescos to the circular walls and windows, Chapelle de la Misericorde screams opulence.
Nice Cathedral: This cathedral looks like it belongs in Spain or Italy. Once you step inside, you’re greeted with lavish Baroque design such as the ten ornate chapels filled with beautiful sculptures and paintings.
If you’re on a tight schedule, your driver will be efficient so you don’t miss anything on your sight-seeing list.
Marc Chagall National Museum
Marc Chagall is one of the most celebrated Jewish artists of the twentieth century. He’s famous for painting stained glass and his incredible attention to detail.
Chagall is part of Nice’s cultural landscape so the museum is a must-see. To add to its allure,
Chagall also helped map out the museum, making it another one of Chagall’s masterpieces. He decided where his works would be placed, the layout of the garden and designed the stained-glass windows.
The museum displays seventeen of Chagall’s biblical-themed paintings, divided into the New and Old Testament. Among these is the famous Resistance, Resurrection, Liberation triptych which he painted before, during and after the Second World War.
Place Massena, in the heart of Nice, is a top tourist destination because of its great atmosphere. You can take a stroll through the gardens in the evening when all the fountains light up. People watch as you sip local wine in a restaurant or shop at the French boutiques nearby.
Take a glimpse inside a Belle Epoque mansion. The gardens are the brainchild of renowned Edouard Andre, who also designed the Monte Carlo Casino gardens. You’ll find classic 19th-century art alongside intriguing relics such as Napoleon’s death mask and his wife’s tiara.
Enjoy the Cuisine
Dive into Mediterranean cuisine with its light meals and delicious, fresh vegetables. Try Nice’s famous salade Niçoise with its hard-boiled egg, anchovies, green beans, tomatoes, and olives.
Or try Socca which is a casual street-food. It’s a mix between a flatbread and a pancake and you’ll find many vendors selling it in the old quarter. Indulge in homely cooking with a bowl of ratatouille. It’s a vegetable stew made with aubergine, peppers, courgettes, and tomato. It’s perfect for a healthy but hearty option.
Cours Saleya Market
Every Monday, you’ll find a market in Nice’s old quarter where you can browse for flowers and fresh produce. It’s perfect if you’re staying in a holiday home as you can stock up on regional delicacies like socca and enjoy the seller’s free samples.
Parc Pheonix is the perfect way to reconnect with nature. There are 20 themed zones, filled with 2,500 different plants growing around ponds and inside one of Europe’s largest greenhouses.
Visit an animal enclosure and spot otters, turtles, Chilean flamingos and iguanas free to roam in the greenhouse.
Monastère de Cimiez
France is famous for its gorgeous monasteries and Nice’s monastery is no exception. The Gothic monastery buildings date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. They boast intricate frescoes and once you step outside your exquisite gardens.
The gardens are vibrant with flower brands, pergolas, topiaries, and geometric lawns. The gardens are the oldest on the Côte d’Azur which monks plotted in 1546. Spend the afternoon sitting on the terrace and marveling the view.
Let Luxury Car Services Show You Around Nice
No one should have to explore a city alone. Professional VIP drivers are the gateways to local knowledge and are ready to follow your sight-seeing schedule. Nice is a glorious city where you can fill your days with culture, excellent views, and stunning views.
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