Nice is widely regarded as the capital of southern-France’s Cote D’Azure. The popular holiday destination is full to the brim with sun-worshipping tourists during the months of July and August. Sandy beaches, palm trees and the deep blue sea are images most associated with the area, however the city is bustling all year round with things to do and see.
February sees the Nice Carnival and the King Carnival, the latter often being compared to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. There are numerous narrow streets to wander around, with museums, markets and an opera in the quaint old town (Vieux Nice), as well as five miles of pebbly beach. The Cours Saleya area where the Marche aux Fleurs, or flower market is held, is one of Nice’s prettiest sights.
There is plenty for culture vultures to do. The Musee d’Art Moderne is just off the Place Garibaldi, and is worth a visit for those interested in post-1950s art. The Musee des Beaux-Arts has a selection of older works by Rodin, Sisley and Picasso. The Matisse Museum and Musee Archeologique next door are other interesting attractions.
Despite its seaside location, it is possible to take the Cheminde Fer de Province, or Railroad of Provence, through the hills and all the way up to a spectacular view of the Alps and the Mediterranean. In fact, there are three ski resorts only 40 miles away from Nice, should the wintry sport take your fancy.