Nice, France, is a near perfect holiday destination for a short city break - it's the Queen of the Riviera; the capital city of the Cote d'Azur; a superb winter and summer holiday resort and, thanks to cheap flight airlines, an inexpensive holiday destination that is extremely easy to get to.
Sitting proudly at the head of the Baie des Anges, the Mediterranean coastal city of Nice owes its fantastic climate to the circle of hills that protect it from grim northerly winds, including the fearsome mistral that can create havoc in less well protected holiday resorts along the Riviera coast to the west.
The city of Nice has been home to famous artists like Matisse, giving the resort a touch of cultural class and city break visitors will find some exceptional art galleries and museums. Food lovers also will delight in the famous food market of Nice, the city's quaint cafes, and the huge selection of restaurants.
The holiday resort of Nice is split in two by the Paillon, a river torrent that runs to the sea, often underground. The western side of Nice is the elegant, modern city where most of the holiday hotels can be found; to the east is the old city of Nice, with its narrow alleys and enticing shops, cafes and bars. The old town is also home to the attractive port and the castle hill. This is a great area to stay and there are plenty of cheap Nice hotels to be found.
Nice, France, is a Mediterranean city with more than a touch of Italy about it. Indeed the resort and the surrounding countryside were for centuries part of the Kingdom of Sardinia and became French for a short time under Napoleon. In 1814 Nice returned to Italian rule, and only in 1860 did the people vote to become part of France.
Many cheap flight airlines run holiday flights to Nice from most UK airports, and Nice Cote d'Azur Airport is the second busiest in France. There's a six times daily train service to Nice from Paris on the excellent French rail network and a new tram service has made getting around the city of Nice much easier.
Nice is a superb travel base for other short break holidays to many top Riviera attractions including St Tropez; Cannes; the Principality of Monaco and a string of smaller exclusive holiday and city break resorts along the Mediterranean Cote d'Azur.
Inland, ski resorts are within an hour's drive of the centre of Nice and Italy is just a short distance by car or train. If you're considering a hassle-free beach holiday with a touch of class, Nice France could be the perfect spot.
One of the biggest delights on a city break to Nice is wandering the splendid outdoor street markets especially the famous flower and food market in Cour Saleya. Traditional open-air markets are an integral part of any Nice city break.
The city of Nice on the French Riviera has its own distinct cuisine. Salad Nicoise may be the most famous local dish i but there's much more to the local specialist cuisine. Fortunately, many Nice restaurants offer local dishes well worth seeking out.
What's best for you in Nice - an hotel or apartment rental? With a Nice apartment rental, and a wonderful market to buy superb produce for self-catering. There's a wide range of Nice apartment rental options available through letting agencies.
A succinct summary of what is surely one of the best resorts in the world. To this day the city retains its unique atmosphere and is certainly one of the foremost French holiday resorts and it's not overly expensive in comparison to other Riviera resorts.