Situated in French Riviera, Nice is a huge city in France and it is a world famous destination for holiday vacationers, both the old and young, with something to offer almost everyone. Nice is very famous due to its beautiful views on Promenade des Anglais and its popular waterfront. The port city is ethnically diverse. Nice has s much to offer tourists starting with Colline du Chateau that overlooks Baie des Anges as well as its harbor. Besides the crumbling walls, you will see the ruined castle. There are several museums in Nice that make the city a hot destination for tourists with entry to most of these museums being free of charge. Most of the famous museums are found in Cimiez which has for long been a favorite for Queen Victoria.
The Museum of Asian Art in Nice offers free entrance and you will find a large collection of world art including Indian, Asian and Chinese art collections. Parc Phoenix is a beautiful botanical garden where you will find various animals, tropical glass houses and different plants. Musee Chagall is well known for its stained glass windows artistically drawn by local artists.
Musee Matise features charming painting collections, sculptures and drawings. Vieux Nice or old town is found beneath the hill and it is characterized by beautiful maze of alleys and streets with numerous boutiques and picturesque houses and it is also home to the local daily fruit and flower market of Cours Saleya. You will also find the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum near the local central bus station. The museum features contemporary and modern artists together with their paintings and sculptures as well as conceptual installations.
To the west of Nice, you will find Musee des Beaux Arts, which houses some of the best artistic collections by famous artists like Jules Cheret. Beaches in Nice are not the best and they majorly consist of flat, large stones. As such, tourists are advised to carry some sandals along if they want to go beaching in order to walk comfortably on the stones. You will also find a volleyball area at the beach for additional fun. However, the best beaches in Nice are found in nearby towns like Cannes, Antibes and Villefranche Sur Mer that are more sandy and beautiful.
Landscapes in Nice are awesomely beautiful and hiking trails will keep you busy during your vacation. If you are interested in learning French, there are many schools that offer French Courses in Nice like Alliance Francaise. Shopping in Nice is something you shouldn’t miss and most shops and restaurants are open even on Sundays.
While in Nice, you should observe safety precautions just like in other large cities in the western world. Pickpockets are constantly harassing locals and tourists especially in the most crowded areas such as in major tourist sites, train stations and bus terminals. While going to sea front can be rather tempting especially at night, it is advisable that you remain in your hotel room as it can be pretty dangerous out there.