Nestled in one of France's most beautiful bays, Nice is amazing as much for its turquoise waters and its sprawling beaches as for its scents and accents of Provence.
The Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) isn't named by coincidence: there you will feel in perfect harmony with the gentle breeze of the Riviera, the fragrance of jasmine and the iodine tang of the sea. In Nice, with its seafront lined with 1930s mansions, you can enjoy a walk full of the Latin charm of nearby Italy.
You'll certainly walk along the five miles of the promenade des Anglais gazing upwards to admire the frescoes, the trompe l'oeils, the hanging gardens and exotic birds of the vividly coloured houses.
Fancy diving into... a crowd? On the pedestrianised cours Saleya you will soak up the atmosphere of the market and breathe in the smell of pissaladière. This classic tart topped with anchovies and onions will certainly make you want to eat in one of the squares in the Old Town.
The locals' southern accent and infectious laugh will inspire you to continue your walk, heading for the arcaded buildings of place Masséna. Nicknamed the "jewel of Nice", this recently renovated 19th-century esplanade is today home to seven statues representing the seven continents.
Be sure to visit the Matisse museum, located in a superb Genoese residence where the painter lived for some 15 years. The Russian orthodox cathedral of Saint Nicholas is also well worth a visit. It is the symbol of the city's international influence which, thanks to its beauty, its gentle pace of life and temperate climate, attracts visitors from all over the world.
Being connected to the motorway network, with an international airport and a TGV train station, the city has excellent transport links. Count on Expedia to take care of your whole stay. Transport, accommodation and car rental; even your holiday plan will start to fire up your imagination. The Côte d’Azur is at your fingertips!