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  • OFFICE DU TOURISME E T D E S CONGRÈS CONVENTION AND VISITORS B U R E A U Practical Nice
  • Discovering Nice Guided tour of Old Nice “Discover the heart of Nice” Guided tour through the streets of Old Nice to discover its curiosities, history, baroque churches, colourful markets…Duration: 2? hours minimum…. Tour accompanied by guides certified by the Ministry of Culture. Every Saturday, guided tour in French/English. Departure at 9:30am Setting off to discover Nice - elegant and trendy, cheerful and bustling, proud of its past indepen- FROM THE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU OF NICE dence - you will be surprised by its personality, dynamism and passion for the arts and culture. Nice has countless surprises in store for visitors… monuments, churches, gardens, footpaths lin- 5, Promenade des Anglais. Reservation required. king the surrounding hills to the city centre, but also museums, artists, local arts and crafts, in- Price per person: €12 for adults - €6 for children under age 10 ternational gastronomy with the savour of garlic, olive oil and basil, folk traditions… It will also de- Free for children under age 5 light you with its beautiful neighbourhoods, unique light and mild climate.. C O N V E N T I O N & V I S I T O R S B U R E A U O F N I C E Information & reservations in our agencies - 5, Promenade des Anglais Avenue Thiers (SNCF railway station) - Airpor t Terminal 1 - Tel: 0 892 707 407 (€0.34/mn) - www.nicetourisme.com
  • Contents 67 5 Suggestions for stays Culture Location & weather History Excitement Family 73 8 Initiation Nature Starting from Nice Coastal towns & cities Thrills Balconies over the French Riviera Access & connections Carnival The hinterland of Nice & the valleys By air, by train, by sea… The Mercantour National Park Tourist roads Suggested itinéraries… Getting around Nice… 90 13 Practical information Emergency services 24 hrs/day Consulates Discovering Nice Consumer services Sights, monuments & churches Pets Parks & gardens Information for young people Hiking in the hills of Nice Rentals Museums, galleries & cultural activities Guided tours 47 Persons with reduced mobility Press Introduction to the specialities of Nice… Leisure and sporting activities 10 recommendations 101 Sporting activities in Nice & Greater Nice Beaches Annual Events Shopping Pictograms Attractions & animal parks h Disabled (with reservations) Venues Nice by night… Events in Nice 9 Boutiques s Children’s workshops (museums) j Cafés - snacks
  • Geography & weather Location Situated in southern Europe and at the southeasternmost tip of France, Nice is a privileged junction between the Alps, Provence, Corsica and Italy. The city occupies a remarkable natural site in the heart of the French Riviera. It extends in a broad stretch open to the South on the Mediterranean with a succession of wooded hills to the West. To the North, the first peaks of the foothills of the Alps appear, some reaching heights exceeding 3,000m above sea level, only 50km from the coast as the crow flies… Weather Nice enjoys an exceptional microclimate that has made its renown for nearly two centuries. Open to the sea, the city is protected from the wind by the surrounding hills, to the West by the Esterel Massif and, to the Northwest by the barrier of the Mercantour Alps. The climate is always mild in winter and never too hot in summer thanks to the sea breeze. It is not rare to have lunch outdoors on a terrace wearing no more than a T-shirt in February when the rest of France is shivering in the cold.
  • A land of hospitality since prehistoric times with the site of The Counts of Provence took over the ancient Greek site. In the 14th century AD, the Terra Amata (beloved land), Nice proudly displays its roots, people of Nice, wearied by constant political strife, placed themselves under the protection going back more than 400,000 years at the foot of Mont- of the House of Savoy. Boron, near the Lazaret Cave, which is still under excavation They remained so until 1860, with two interruptions: from 1691 to 1713, the French king to yield the secrets of those who lived there 160,000 years Louis XIV took over the Comté de Nice, and from 1792 to 1814, it was part of the French ago. Republic, then Napoleon I’s Empire, becoming the Alpes-Maritimes département for the In Ancient times, Phocaean Greeks founded Nikaia first time. Histor y (Victory) in the 4th century BC, a strategic trading post in In 1860, the population of Nice and its Comté voted in a plebiscite to become part of the western Mediterranean. Three centuries later, the France, thanks to the Treaty of Turin, signed by Napoleon III and Victor Emmanuel II, King Romans, wishing to control the Alps, settled in turn in this of Sardinia. ideal position where they built the town of Cemenelum, with its amphitheatre, baths and forum. This dynamic expansion attracted outsiders and a period of ten centuries witnessed the passage of Barbarian, Ligurian and Saracen invaders who put an end to this refined industrious society. From that time on, the town enjoyed considerable growth and prosperity. It became a fashionable resort, admirably served by the brand new railway. Today, Nice is the fifth largest city in France with its 400,000 inhabitants, very much open to culture and the arts, as well as services, scientific and high-tech activities. Thanks to such ambitious realizations as the Acropolis Convention & Exhibition Centre, the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, second airport in France after Paris, and the finest hotel facilities, the City of Nice today has the enviable reputation of international capital of tourism. Site archéologique de Cimiez 7
  • By Air By train Access & Connections Nice Côte d’Azur Airport h SNCF The gateway to the French Riviera, , the Nice Côte The national railway system provides rapid and express trains d’Azur Airport, the second busiest airport in France (TGV, corail) connecting the French Riviera with all parts of after Paris, is more than ever in the heart of the France and all major cities in Europe. The TGV Méditerranée economic growth of the Alpes-Maritimes high-speed train links Paris & Nice in 5hrs 25 min. Airport shuttle to the département. The available infrastructures make the From France : a 3635 (€0.34 /min including VAT) Airport a truly modern secure activity cluster, perfectly city centre and back From abroad a +33 (0)8 92 35 35 35 - www.sncf.fr integrated in the region’s economic and environmental Main railway station - Av Thiers Schedule & information available in Ligne development. It has two terminals: T1 & T2. SOS Voyageurs: a +33 (0)4 93 16 02 61 d’Azur agencies a 08 1006 1006 Other stations in Nice: Gares Nice Riquier & Nice Saint-Augustin from abroad: a +33 (0)4 97 25 89 36 From Nice: 51 airlines with regularly scheduled flights, Regional service www.lignedazur.com. 96 destinations and 29 countries are available for Tickets sold on the bus. passengers. 1 July to 30 Sept, the ‘Carte Isabelle’ provides for unlimited Nice offers daily flights to the main European cities, travel for one day in all trains with free seating (except TGV, • Line 23: Airport / Gare SNCF North Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. high-speed traiin) in 1st or 2nd class from Fréjus to Ventimiglia, From Terminal 1, every 20 min, 6am to 8pm. For information: between Cannes & Grasse and Nice & Tende. Available in all • Line 98 : Airport / Coach Station and back a 0 820 423 333 (€0.12/min) railway stations (19 stops) List of destinations and airlines offering flights out of Nice, flight times in real time: From both terminals, every 20 min, 6am to TER trains (Trains Express Régionaux) provide rapid Taxis 11pm (except Sunday & holidays) www.nice.aeroport.fr connections between all the main cities on the French Riviera Return: from the coach station (gare routière), from Cannes to Ventimiglia. At certain times of day, trains run Central Taxi Riviera 24/7 every 20 min, from 5:35am to 8:50pm (except every 30 min. a + 33 (0)4 93 13 78 78 Sunday & holidays) Left luggage open 7 days/wk from 6am to 11pm in Schedules & services: www.ter-sncf.com/paca Possibility of booking a taxi (the day in advance): From 15 June to 15 Sept: line 98 also goes to T1 & T2. Free shuttle bus between terminals from the Left luggage 7 days/wk from 7am to 22:45pm. a 0 899 70 08 78 the Port of Nice Taxis Niçois indépendants earliest to the last flight. • Line 99: Airport / SNCF central railway station USEFUL INFORMATION h Av Thiers (terminal in front of the SNCF railway station) (Nice Ville) and back (direct line) Book your hotel or excursions in the Convention & Visitors a +33 (0)4 93 88 25 82 From both terminals, every 30 min, 7:50 to Bureau office at the SNCF railway station - Av Thiers Night rate: 7pm to 7am, Sunday & holidays 9pm. (see p.104) Cash payment only. Return: from the SNCF railway station every 30 Claims: min, 8am to 9pm Inspection of taxis a +33 (0)4 97 13 26 51 USEFUL INFORMATION h Book your hotel or excursions in the Convention & Visitors Information Offices in Terminal T1 (see p.104) 8
  • By sea By road The Port of Nice Access & Connections At the foot of the Castle Hill, the Port of Nice, with its By car Genoan-style architecture, is made up of a 10-hectare Nice is connected to all the great European cities by a major body of water, 7 hectares of platforms, some ten wharves motorway network, in particular, the A8 motorway, ‘La and features 503 mooring posts. It is located 7km from Provençale’, running from Aix-en-Provence to the West to the the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and just a few minutes on Italian border on the East. foot from the main tourist sights. There are five exits from the motorway to reach all parts of Service Plaisance Nice: a + 33 (0)4 92 00 42 14 Exit n°50 : Promenade des Anglais a 0 820 425 555 (€0.12/mn) Exit n°51 : Saint-Augustin / aéroport From abroad a + 33 (0)4 89 88 98 28 Exit n° 52 : Saint-Isidore www.riviera-ports.com Exit n°54 : Nice nord Exit n°55 : Nice est Sightseeing itineraries To reserve space in the Port of Nice: The Alpes-Maritimes département, with its many 5 June to 30 Sept - 7days/wk, 9am to 6pm Information on road & traffic conditions: sightseeing itineraries, has recently benefited from major a + 33 (0) 820 422 600 - www.resaports.com Centre Régional de Coordination et d'Informations Routières : improvements providing the best conditions to reaching a 0 826 022 022 (€0.15/mn) the hinterland and neighbouring regions and countries. Two lines offer regular connections to Corsica: www.bison-fute.equipement.gouv.fr S.N.C.M. h Réseau autoroutier Escota (motorway conditions): The Route Napoléon (route départementale 6085, Gare Maritime, Quai du Commerce a + 33 (0)4 92 29 16 89 - www.escota.com formerly RN 85), a historic road between Golfe-Juan a 3260 say SNCM (€0.15/mn) ou a + 33 (0)4 93 13 66 99 and Grenoble via Grasse, Castellane, Sisteron and From abroad a + 33 (0)825 888 088 Digne. www.sncm.fr The Basse Corniche (route départementale 6098), the Corsica Ferries h coastal road from Hyères through Saint-Tropez, Quai Amiral Infernet - a 0 825 095 095 (€0.15/mn) Cannes, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Menton. From abroad a + 33 (0)4 95 32 95 95 - www.corsicaferries.com The former Nationale 7 (route départementale 6007): from the West, it goes through Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël The Port of Nice-Villefranche, a departure point as well as and Cannes; from the Italian border, it goes to Menton, a port for transit and excursions, is the top cruising port Monaco and Èze (on the Moyenne Corniche). in France with over 500,000 passengers in 2006. www.frenchrivieracruiseclub.com 11
  • Getting around in Nice By bus Discovering Nice Access & Connections Agences Ligne d'Azur : a 08 1006 1006 from abroad: a +33 (0)4 97 25 89 36 - www.lignedazur.com • Masséna - 3 place Masséna Monday to Friday, 7:15am to 7pm,;Saturday, 8am to 6pm. • Bel Canto - 29 av Malausséna Monday to Friday, 8am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 7pm. Lines 7,9,10 h There are some forty lines during the day and four at night: By bus or coach Service Noctambus : Lines N1 (Nice/La Trinité) - N2 (Nice/Rimiez) - N3 (Nice/Las Planas) - N4 (Nice/St-Laurent du Var). From the coach station (Gare Routière), there Departures every 30 min or hour starting at 9:10pm weekdays are several coach lines in the département, (8:10pm Sundays & holidays). Service until 1:10am (N1, N2, N3) the Region and eleven countries in Europe. & 2:35am (N4). Departure: JC Bermond (across from 10 av Félix Faure). Tickets sold on the bus. For information: Gare Routière 5 bd Jean Jaurès Setting off to discover Nice - elegant and trendy, cheerful and bustling, proud of its past indepen- By tramway h a 0 892 701 206 dence - you will be surprised by its personality, dynamism and passion for the arts and culture. Allo Tram : a 0 811 002 006 - www.tramway-nice.org Nice has countless surprises in store for visitors… monuments, churches, gardens, footpaths lin- Ticket for sale in Ligne d’Azur agencies (see above) Night service is provided three nights a king the surrounding hills to the city centre, but also museums, artists, local arts and crafts, in- For a better quality of life, the CANCA Conurbation has provided week and on the eve of holidays with ternational gastronomy with the savour of garlic, olive oil and basil, folk traditions… It will also de- a latest-generation tramway line 8.7km long connecting the service from Nice to Monaco, Menton, North to the East via the city centre along Avenue Jean-Médecin light you with its beautiful neighbourhoods, unique light and mild climate.. Cannes and Grasse. and Place Masséna. Information: Gare Routière Travel in the département: www.cg06.fr/transport/transports-tam.htlm Travel to foreign countries: Eurolines 5 bd Jean Jaurès a + 33 (0)4 93 80 08 70 - www.eurolines.fr No left luggage.
  • Opéra de Nice Chapelle de la Sainte-Trinité 4, 6 rue Saint-François-de-Paule Rue Jules Gilly Located in Old Nice and across from the sea and perfectly integrated This Holy Trinity Chapel (also dedicated to the Holy Shroud) was in the urban fabric, the Opéra de Nice was built in 1885 on the site of restored in the Neoclassical style in 1824 by the painter and decorator the previous theatre, destroyed by fire. The design was entrusted to the Paul-Émile Barberis of Nice. The symbols of the Red Penitents’ Sights, monuments & churches - Old Nice architect François Aune of Nice, who sought his inspiration in different Confraternity, which owns the chapel, are featured on the main door styles, baroque in particular. This listed historic building remains today and the façades. A splendid main altar of painted and gilded wood at the heart of the city’s cultural life. made by local craftsmen and topped by a painting of the Holy Trinity illuminates the interior of this emblematic structure in the city’s artistic Cours Saleya heritage. Rue Saint-François-de-Paule Built on the ramparts dismantled in the early 18th century, Cours Les Ponchettes Saleya, a pedestrian area in the heart of Old Nice, has become a Promenade des Anglais / Cours Saleya picturesque part of the city, a must for tourist and locals alike. In this Between Cours Saleya and the Sea, this row of buildings includes two rectilinear baroque ochre setting, the flower and vegetable markets (in 19th-century vaulted halls, now converted into municipal galleries, the 100 most picturesque market in France) are held every day except which host many exhibitions with a definite predilection for Monday, when they are replaced by an antiques market, provide a contemporary art. feast for the eyes and a delight for the taste buds. On summer evenings, tourists take advantage of the pleasant arts & crafts market. USEFUL INFORMATION Castle Hill The midday cannon shot Quai des Etats-Unis Palais de la Préfecture The site of the first town founded by the ancient Greeks, then the first Until the 18th century, the Old Town was home to In 1861, to respect the military tradition of the mediaeval town, today’s Castle Hill (Colline du Château) has preserved 1 place du Palais de Justice (rue de la Préfecture) The palace of the Dukes of Savoy in the 17th century, a hospital during virtually the entire population of Nice. ‘midday cannon shot’, a Scottish winter visitor, Sir only a few foundations and fragments of walls; but this park and the French Revolution and the Prefecture when Nice became French Baroque churches and palaces, colourful Thomas Conventry-More, paid to have a cannon botanical garden offers unique vistas over Nice and its surroundings, a in 1860, this building has been renovated several times. Today, after set up on the Castle Hill. Legend has it that he surprising artificial waterfall, remains of the former 11th-century façades and narrow streets: the heritage of Old having had different functions, the Palais de la Préfecture is the home used this to ask his wife to return to prepare lunch. Cathedral, walkways paved with colourful 20th-century mosaics… Nice is protected. Access: by lift (Cours Saleya) or on foot along Rue Rossetti, Montée of the Préfet of the Alpes-Maritimes department and remains an On 19 November 1875, a municipal decree was essential landmark in Old Nice. voted to officialize this reminder of the importance Menica-Rondelly & Rue Catherine Ségurane of having the right time. Chapelle de la Miséricorde Tour Bellanda Cours Saleya Castle Hill Park, Escalier Lesage (steps) Built after 1740 and designed by the famous architect Bernardo Built on the foundations of a defensive structure razed to the ground Vittone, the chapel has an elliptical nave, with semicircular side during the French occupation under King Louis XIV, Tour Bellanda was chapels. The wealth of the decoration inside, the originality of its home to the great 19th-century French composer Hector Berlioz while volumes and the murals by Bistolfi make this a genuine gem of he was writing the King Lear Overture. Adorned today with ceramic Baroque art, with exceptionally rich architecture. mosaics with ancient Greek motifs, the terrace offers a splendid panorama over the city and its surroundings. Since 1964, Tour Adam & Eve house Bellanda houses the Naval Museum. Rue de la Poissonnerie - angle Cours Saleya One of the few remaining examples of the decorated façades of Old Church of Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, or Église du Jésus Nice, this bas-relief dated 1584 shows Adam and Eve naked in the (Gesù in Niçois) Garden of Eden, threatening each other with clubs. Perpendicular to Rue Droite Cours Saleya, this façade of this house is famous for this mural. Built in the Baroque style starting in 1607 by the Jesuits, the ‘Gesù’ church is richly decorated with many ornaments, stucco, false marble, cherubs and medallions. The blue of its façade dominate the small square that bears its name and from its luminous architectures emanates great spirituality. Reserve your guided tour of Old Nice online at www.nicetourisme.biz 14 15
  • Palais Lascaris Cathedral of Sainte-Réparate 15 rue Droite Place Rossetti The finest example of baroque civilian architecture, Palais Lascaris was This church, which became the Cathedral in the 16th century, is the designed like the traditional palazzi of Genoa. In addition to its opulently largest sanctuary in Old Nice. Inspired by early Baroque architectural decorated façade and impressive portal, this home boasts a models from Rome, the structure has a basilical layout; with a triple Sights, monuments & churches - Old Nice monumental staircase whose elaborated painted vaults houses a nave and a transept. The decoration of the side chapels and choir is museum dedicated to decorative arts, folk art and traditions and particularly sumptuous and the interior reflects the influence of Saint musical instruments. Peter’s of Rome. Place Saint-François Church of the Annunciation, better known as Sainte-Rita Of the former Franciscan convent, all that remains is a small part of the 1 rue de la Poissonnerie cloister and the recently restored bell tower (Tour de l’Horloge) Generally known as Saint Rita’s, for the patron saint of desperate dominating the lively square where the fish market is held every causes canonized in 1900, the church was rebuilt in the 17th century morning (except Monday) around the dolphins’ fountain. and dedicated first to Saint Giaume (Saint James), then Notre-Dame- de-l’Annonciation. With its dark outer architecture, it goes almost Former Hôtel-de-Ville unnoticed, but the interior is richly decorated with baroque stucco, Place Saint-François false marble, gilded motifs and trompe-l’oeil paintings. The Palais Communal was first built in the 16th century, and later decorated in the Baroque style with grotesque bas-reliefs, one of the Palais de Justice few Baroque public buildings to have survived in Old Nice. Today it Place du Palais houses the Bourse du Travail (trade union centre). Built from 1890-1892 on the site of the former Dominican convent, the Hall of Justice was built according to the very traditional principle of a Church of Saint-Martin-Saint-Augustin colonnade and a great Neoclassical staircase. Place Saint-Augustin Eglise Sainte Rita The present church dates mainly from the 17th century; among the fine La Mairie Annexe works it contains, there is a Pietà, a panel painting attributed to Louis Rue Raoul Bosio Brea (ca. 1504). The Augustinian convent became a barracks after the This building, erected in the early 18th century, has a very fine staircase French Revolution, renamed ‘Caserne Filley’ in 1907, home to the with elegant stucco decorations. It was acquired by the City and now Foreign Legion. houses various municipal departments. Place Garibaldi L'Hôtel-de-Ville The first extension of Old Nice northward, Place Garibaldi today is lined Rue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville by elegant red façades with green shutters and vaulted porticoes, in Neoclassical on the outside and Art-Deco inside, this structure, built in which the Blue Penitents’ chapel, Chapelle du Saint-Sépulcre, is 1730, was used successively as a seminary for the Diocese, a hospital perfectly integrated. A statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi stands in the and a barracks. Since 1860, it has been the Town Hall. middle of this square that is central to the life of the city. Place Rossetti Ochre façades, fountains, flower-decked balconies, baroque cathedral and café terraces contribute to the life of this bustling square, one of the most picturesque in Old Nice. 16 17
  • Notre-Dame Basilica Palais de la Méditerranée Av Jean Médecin 11 promenade des Anglais The largest church in Nice and the first modern religious structure, the A temple of gambling and the arts in the Interwar years, in 1927, the basilica of Notre-Dame was built after Nice became French (1864- year of its construction, it became the world’s most grandiose casino. 1868). Inspired by the Cathedral of Angers with its two square towers, Closed in 1978, it was not until 2004, after three years of works, that Sights, monuments & churches - Other districts it is adorned with 19th-century stained-glass windows and a life was re-instilled in the legend with its Art-Deco architecture thanks sumptuous rose window with scenes of the Assumption. to a private developer who refurbished the interior of the building while preserving the sumptuous façade, a listed historic building. Today, it is Place Masséna one of the finest hotels in the world. Built in the 1840s, Place Masséna remains the jewel of Nice. On the north side, elegant arcaded buildings are painted with the famous Hôtel Négresco Pompeian red and to the East, there is a splendid perspective on the 37 promenade des Anglais hills with their Tuscan charm. The square was renovated in 2007, Built on the shores of the famous Baie des Anges in 1912 by Niermans accompanied by the installation of artworks along the tramway: seven for the Romanian Henri Negresco, this Belle-Époque landmark is the statues devised by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, titled only museum and luxury hotel in Nice. A listed historic building since ‘Conversation in Nice’ and representing the seven continents. 2003, it houses collections retracing five centuries of art history. The 121 rooms and 24 suites each have their own decoration. The styles Jardin Albert 1er of the most brilliant periods in French art are represented from Louis XIII Built at the end of the 19th century when the mouth of the Paillon River to modern art. The Negresco is listed as one of the world’s finest was covered over, it extends beyond Place Masséna. This vast area is hotels. ideal for strolling and relaxation with a bandstand and a theatre in the green (Théâtre de Verdure). It hosts many summer events. “Tête Carrée” 2 place Yves Klein Arc de Venet - 115°5 Devised by the sculptor Sacha Sosno, the ‘Square Head’ is the key Jardin Albert 1er symbol of the city’s contemporary architecture: 30 metres high and 14 Set up in 1988 as a gift from its creator, the artist Bernar Venet, this “Label Patrimoine du 20ème siècle en région Pro- metres wide, this monument-sculpture is not open to the public and huge black metal arch 19 metres high and illustrative of contemporary vence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur” houses the offices of the Louis Nucéra municipal library. art stands alongside the majestic Place Masséna. This “20th-century Heritage” status created by the French Ministry of Culture, is granted to the most Acropolis Promenade des Anglais remarkable 20th-century architectural complexes. For 1 esplanade J. F. Kennedy Nice owes this route its international standing! This famous seaside complete information and the list of these sites in the Acropolis, founded in 1984, has made Nice the top city in France, after road is always elegantly decorated with flowers and follows the Alpes-Maritimes, consult: Paris, for Business Tourism and is one of the world’s very best harmonious curve of Baie des Anges. Originally a footpath no more convention centres. The Convention Centre offers the best in the www.paca.culture.gouv.fr. than 6 feet wide, it was widened by an Englishman, Reverend Lewis technical facilities for the needs of each professional event: gala Way, at his expense in 1820 and the local population soon dubbed it evenings, entertainment… ‘Chemin des Anglais’. In 1931, when it was given its final form with two roadways separated by a central reservation planted with palm trees, the ‘Prom’ was inaugurated by the Duke of Connaught, one of Queen Victoria’s sons. 18 19 Place Masséna
  • Former hotel Régina The Port 71 bd de Cimiez This former hotel was built in 1896 for English aristocrats and essentially Place Ile-de-Beauté Queen Victoria; construction took only eighteen months. With its Aligned symmetrically on either side of the church of Notre-Dame du Sights, monuments & churches - Other districts impressive majestic silhouette, it bears witness to the splendours of the Port, the buildings and houses on the square form an exemplary Belle Époque. In the 1930s, it was converted into private flats. complex in the Neoclassical style. Also called ‘Place du Port’, its harbour is the main link between France and Corsica. Franciscan Church & Monastery of Cimiez Av du Monastère Church of L'Immaculée Conception, or Notre-Dame du Port The top port in France for shipping cement in On the site of a Benedictine chapel, the church was later part of a Place Ile-de-Beauté Franciscan convent and became the site of a popular pilgrimage in the Built in the Neoclassical style, the church of Notre-Dame du Port was connection with the Paillon Valley’s cement 16th century. The church houses three key works by the gothic painter completed essentially in 1853. Very popular with all sailors going off to factories that process river cobbles, the Port of Louis Brea of Nice and a monumental altarpiece of carved gilded wood. faraway places, it keeps watch over Place Île de Beauté and the Port. Nice, surrounded by 18th-century buildings in the Genoese style, is actually named Port Place du Monastère de Cimiez Monument aux Morts Lympia. The architectural complex seems The Franciscan cross on the square is a copy of the original inside the Place Guynemer inspired by the Italian Renaissance and church dated 1477. The marble cross 5.80 metres high bears several At the foot of the Castle Hill, where Nice was born, the War Memorial was influenced by the baroque urban planning of finely carved figures including the Seraph described in Saint Francis of inaugurated in 1928 in the old quarries cut into the sides of the hill, in Turin. Since this is the part of continental France Assisi’s visions. honour of the 4,000 people of Nice who died in World War I (1914-1918). that is closest to Corsica, sea links with the island further developed with the NGV (high- Cemetery of the Monastery of Cimiez Quai Rauba Capeu Av du Monastère Eastern end of Promenade des Anglais speed vessels) run by two competing One of the hills of Nice, Cimiez owes its name Raoul Dufy, Roger Martin du Gard and Henri Matisse are buried in this At the foot of the Castle Hill, Promenade des Anglais becomes Quai companies, Corsica Ferries and SNCM. cemetery which has many surprising monuments in memory of the des États-Unis along the old town, then Rauba Capeu, which offers to the amazing height of the trees growing departed. one of the finest vistas on the Mediterranean Sea and the beautiful blue there, so tall that, according to legend, their and ochre nuances along Promenade des Anglais. The latest tops literally caressed the sky. renovation of Quai Rauba Capeu was awarded the ‘Prix de Neighbouring districts l’Architecture’ 2004, in the urban renewal category. Saint Nicolas Russian Orthodox Cathedral h Av Nicolas II (bd Tzarévitch) Monument du Centenaire The Saint Nicolas Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Nice was built in the Jardin Albert 1er early 20th century near a monument to the deceased tsarevich where The ‘Monument du Centenaire’ was erected in 1893 in many Russian aristocrats lived. This listed historic building is one of the commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the creation of the first most important outside Russia. Inspired by the Muscovite style, it has Alpes-Maritimes department during the French Revolution when the a very richly decorated interior with many icons, murals and carved Comté de Nice was annexed to France. Facing Promenade des woodwork as well as an iconostasis of embossed metal. Admission Anglais and the sea, it stands on the edge of Jardin Albert Ier. charge. Information a +33 (0)4 93 96 88 02 Sainte-Jeanne d'Arc church 11 rue Grammont A stunning realization made of concrete painted white, the Joan of Arc church was built by the architect Jacques Droz in the early 1930s, with USEFUL INFORMATION exceptional consistency between the materials, shapes and aesthetic The sundial design. The 65-metre bell tower adorned with twisted flames, the three On Quai Rauba Capeu which links Promenade des Anglais raised domes and the ellipsoidal porch form a fine architectural complex. to the Port, a most unusual sundial gives the time thanks to 20 Cimiez of the human head. the shadow 21 Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas
  • Mont-Alban Fort Avenue du Mont-Alban City centre Built on a hilltop 222 metres above sea level, the Fort is a massive 16th- century structure with bastions and bartizans. It offers an exceptional Jardin Albert Ier h 1 Promenade des Anglais Sights, monuments & churches - Other districts panorama including Italy (point of Bordighera), Cap d’Ail, Saint-Jean This is one of the city’s oldest gardens, with many species of palm trees Cap-Ferrat, Baie des Anges, all the way to La Garoupe on Cap and roses. Arbours of greenery surround the vast stretches of lawn Parks & gardens Antibes... In perfectly clear weather, it is actually possible to see with ponds and fountains. Across from the sea, it extends to Place Corsica. The Fort will soon be dedicated to contemporary art. Masséna, the city’s geographic centre, providing a leafy alleyway over 2 km long in the heart of town, reaching to the seafront. Batterie du Mont-Boron The old fort known as ‘Batterie du Mont-Boron’ will soon be renovated by the world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, who is famous Castle Hill Park hj Rue des Ponchettes & rue de Foresta / Montée Montfort for the Musée du Quai Branly (Paris), Soho Hotel (New York), the great The city’s original site, the Castle Hill once boasted a reputedly urban park of Barcelona… to make it into an architectural centre for impregnable citadel that was entirely dismantled by the soldiers of the Nice has preserved its exceptional heritage of creativity and research in France, a bridge between heritage and French King Louis XIV in 1706. Truly a maze of greenery that has parks and gardens: 300 hectares of greenery and modernity. become popular for its cool undergrowth and surprising waterfall, this many private gardens are an integral part of the wonderful place for strolling offers a wonderful viewpoint over Baie des urban landscape. It is in no way surprising that Anges, Old Nice and the Port (orientation table). Spectacular lighting at Nice is one of the cities with the most flowers and night. Access on foot from OId Nice and Place Garibaldi, in an Art- vegetation in France… Deco lift or by steps (‘escalier Lesage’) at the end of Quai des États- Unis or on the Little Tourist Train (see p. 37 “ Guided Tours”). In the 19th century, the aristocracy of Europe discovered the French Riviera, settled here and, to enhance the parks surrounding their palaces, The hill of Cimiez imported many trees and other plants from distant lands thanks to the mildness of the climate to Monastery garden h satisfy their whims and create amazing Place du Monastère de Cimiez landscapes with rare species. Peace and harmony reign here, near the Amphitheatre (Arènes). This 9,550m2 park evokes an Italian-style garden: the monks’ former From the palm trees that have become orchard and vegetable garden, it has preserved its original layout emblematic of Promenade des Anglais and its around a well with old pergolas entirely covered with climbing roses. historic façades, to the olive trees of the The fragrance of a multitude of varieties of flowers fills the air. At the end neighbouring hills, Nice is now home to many of the garden, there is striking vista over the city. species that crossed the continents to be reborn here. Cimiez Gardens and Roman Arena h j 164 av des Arènes de Cimiez Across from the Monastery of Cimiez, this garden is a vast olive grove, with thousands of centuries-old trees; the lawns are easily accessible to everyone, which makes this a favourite haunt for family outings. Every year, it hosts traditional local events like the May Festival or the famous ‘Nice Jazz Festival’. This broad stretch of greenery also features several interesting tourist sights: Matisse Museum, the Monastery of Cimiez with its church and cloister, Archaeology Museum and Roman ruins. 22
  • Cap de Nice Neighbouring districts From Parc Vigier, Boulevard Franck-Pilatte leads to Jardin Félix- Rainaud (view on the sea and the Cap-Ferrat). From there, it is possible Parc Chambrun to follow the coastal trail for a short walk, or take the steps built in the Rue George Sand hillside to climb to the Mont-Boron district. Located in the residential district of Saint-Maurice, in the northern part of Nice, where the street names celebrate the names of great 19th- Parks & gardens Parc forestier du Mont-Boron century poets, this park is renowned for its calm and its music pavilion Route Forestière du Mont Boron - called the Temple of Love or Temple of Diana), a little masterpiece of 11km of marked trails Botanical garden in the heart of a 57-ha Belle-Époque architecture. Mediterranean forest (Aleppo pine and rare species): from the Mont- Alban Fort, a unique panorama unfolds from Italy to the Esterel Massif, Parc de Valrose including the Bay of Villefranche, the Cap-Ferrat peninsula, Nice and Av Saint-Lambert the mountainous relief of the Alps. A former aristocratic estate, Parc Valrose still boasts a splendid Château. This is the only ‘Second-Empire’ park in Nice to have kept its original 10 hectares of grounds, where the Sciences Division of the Parc du Vinaigrier h Access from the Grande Corniche, after the Observatory. University of Nice has been located since 1961, one of the most At the eastern end of the city, this stretch of greenery reveals a unique beautiful campuses in Europe. Along with rare trees, it also features a panorama on Baie des Anges. Owned by the Conservatoire du Littoral, genuine Russian isba made of fir wood and shipped by sea from this Park is the starting point for a botanical trail that leads to the Col Odessa and reassembled on the site. Like several other major de Villefranche-sur-Mer, which is home to dense varied fauna. The flora landmarks (the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the Fine Arts Museum…), benefits from exceptional soil conditions and exposure that further the it is a reminder of the presence of Russian aristocrats on the Riviera in development of rare species. the mid-19th century. Parc naturel départemental de la Grande Corniche Parc de loisirs Castel-des-Deux-Rois h j This 660-hectare park occupies several communes and offers a Corniche André de Joly breathtaking view from San Remo (Italy) to Saint-Tropez (Var) and Located on the slopes of the Mont-Boron, this park is a children’s sometimes, when the visibility is ideal, it is even possible to see Corsica paradise that offers many attractions. From the vast lawns with their on the horizon. This site is home to 450 plant species as well as palm trees, the view over the city and the Port further enhances this interesting fauna, including large birds of prey and rare bird species and garden’s charm. many mammals. Access from the A8 motorway, (La Turbie exit) or RD 2564. Parc de loisirs Carol de Roumanie h j 23 av de Fabron A park for young and old alike: wooden playing structures, ballgames Botanical garden h 78 av de la Corniche-Fleurie on the lawn, fitness trail, water games and wonderful walks. Miniature golf course nearby a + 33 (0)4 92 29 41 80/81 - www.nice.fr A wonderful hillside place for strolling and exploration, this garden offers a remarkable view on the mouth of the Var River and a vast panorama Parc Vigier h from the Alps to the Esterel Massif. This 3.5ha garden features 3,500 Bd Franck Pilatte varieties essentially Mediterranean plants. Certain tropical species are Located near the Port, this 10,000m2 Mediterranean garden open on constantly in bloom. What makes its originality lies in the reconstruction the sea offer a wide range of exceptional trees, two of the most of typical Mediterranean landscapes. National collections of sage and remarkable being the wild date palm (Phoenix zeylanica) and Agathis. agave. From 1 April to 31 Oct, 9am to 7pm; 1 Nov to 31 March: 9ap to 5pm Open every day. Admission free. Free guided tour (approx 1 hr) 24
  • Parc Floral Phœnix h 14 km of trails for a 4-hr & 45-min hike 405 Promenade des Anglais Exploration of the surroundings of Nice: pine & evergreen oak groves, a + 33 (0)4 92 29 77 00 - www.nice.fr vineyards, olive groves, flower & vegetable gardens; vistas over Baie Across from the city, this 7-hectare park at the western entrance to des Anges, the city and the hinterland; the cascade and church of Nice is ideal for a moment of relaxation and change of scene. Gairaut. It offers many activities and exhibitions on Nature all year long, with Starting point at the railway station of Lingostière (access via the Parks & gardens • Some twenty theme gardens display 2,500 plant species Chemins de Fer de Provence, see p. or several bus lines (Ligne d’Azur, • A lake, where a hundred birds - ducks, pelicans, black swans - live see p. 12). together in peace and in which are reflected the white marble façades Hiking in the hills of Nice of the Asian Arts Museum designed by the Japanese architect Kenzo Sentier du Vinaigrier Tange Route Forestière du Mont-Boron • One of the largest greenhouses in Europe: the ‘Green Diamond’, that For 2km between Col de Villefranche and the Grande Corniche, the takes visitors through seven different tropical climates to discover trail runs through the Parc du Vinaigrier, offering incomparable vistas several thousand rare plant species, including tree ferns, an orchid over the surrounding hill, mountains and the sea, from the Mont-Alban collection… and many more plants all the way to the Cap d’Antibes. Access: Chemin du Vinaigrier, then • Other areas display sharks, rays, spectacle caimans, iguanas and Chemin de la Compagnie Générale des Eaux and steps to the trail. free-flying exotic birds From 1 April to 30 Sept, 9:30am to 7:30pm; 1 Oct to 31 March, Sentier du Canal de Gairaut 9:30am to 6pm. Open every day - Price: €2 (free for children under 12). Avenue de Rimiez This trail, with its little bridges, offers splendid panoramas over the city and a lovely stroll under the olive and fig trees along an old canal, a favourite haunt for joggers. Access: Avenue de Gairaut, then Ancien Chemin de Gairaut near the Cascade. Cascade de Gairaut Cascade de Gairaut Avenue de Gairaut The picturesque waterfall of Gairaut and its chalet commemorate the opening in 1883 of the canal bringing the waters of the Vésubie River to Nice. The chalet stands atop artificial rocks structuring a broad waterfall dropping into a perfectly symmetrical pool. USEFUL INFORMATION Discovering Nice along its trails “Les Boucles découvertes” - Maison de l'environnement 31 avenue Castellane - a +33 (0)4 97 07 24 60 - www.nice.fr Open: Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm; Friday, 2pm to 6pm, Saturday, 9am to 1pm; closed Sunday & Monday 26
  • National Museum Municipal museums Museum of Archaeology & site of Nice-Cemenelum 9 s Marc Chagall National Museum h9 160 av des Arènes Av du docteur Ménard a +33 (0)4 93 81 59 57 - www.musee-archeologique-nice.org a +33 (0)4 93 53 87 20 - www.musee-chagall.fr Cemenelum was proclaimed the capital of Alpes Maritimae, an ancient Museums, galleries & cultural activities Many works, including the 17 large Biblical Message paintings, Roman Province, in 14 BC by the Emperor Augustus, was. The ruins sculptures, stained-glass windows, mosaics and tapestries, 205 that can be visited include the amphitheatre (arènes) and baths (3rd preparatory sketches, gouaches (1931), 105 prints (1956) and 215 century AD), as well as paved streets and a Palaeo-Christian complex lithographs. (5th century AD). Every day, from July to September, 10am to 6pm, & from October The museum, inaugurated in January 1989, displays collections to June, 10am to 5pm. Closed Tuesday & some holidays. Price for ranging from the Bronze Age (1100 BC) to the Middle Ages: ceramics, the permanent collection: €6.50 - Reduced price (for young people glass, coins, jewellery, sculptures, tools… age 18 to 25 & on Sundays): €4.50 - Admission free on the 1st Closed Tuesday - Guided tour on Thursday at 3:30pm Sunday of each month. Museum of Art & History - Palais Masséna h Département Museum 65 rue de France & 35 Promenade des Anglais a +33 (0)4 93 88 11 34 - www.nice.fr Asian Arts Museum h9 Municipal museums The City of Nice undertook an ambitious architectural and 405 Promenade des Anglais museographic renovation programme for Villa Masséna, a listed Opening hours (except Prieuré du Vieux-Logis): a +33 (0)4 92 29 37 00 - www.arts-asiatiques.com historic building from the very end of the 19th century. After restoration Standing in the artificial lake in Parc Phoenix, in a building of white 10am to 6pm of the façades, the works are still underway, completely refurbishing the marble and glass designed by the Japanese architect Kenzo Admission: €4 - reduced price: €2.50 interior to create a new major municipal museum dedicated to the Tange, the Asian Arts Museum evokes the spirit of the main Price for a guided tour: €3 - reduced price: €1.50 history of Nice in the 19th century, with the status of ‘Musée de France’ civilizations of Asia, India, Southeast Asia, China and Japan and scheduled to open in 2008. Admission free on the first and third Sunday of through both classical and contemporary works. each month & all year for Palais Lascaris, Muséum Temporary exhibitions, as well as performances and other d’Histoire Naturelle & Prieuré du Vieux-Logis Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art h 9s activities, like the famous ‘tea ceremony’ illustrate the Museum’s Promenade des Arts All municipal museums are open every day except creativity. a +33 (0)4 97 13 42 01 - www.mamac-nice.org Every day, from May to mid-October, 10am to 6pm, and from Monday or Tuesday & certain holidays: 25 The MAMAC collections, with nearly 400 works, illustrate the key role mid-October to the end of April, 10am to 5pm, except Tuesday & December, 1 January, Easter Sunday & 1 May of Nice in the development of groundbreaking movements from the some holidays. Admission free . 7-day Museum Pass: valid 7 days for a 15-day 1960s and 1970s to the present: New Realists (César, Arman, Niki de period as from the first visit. Unlimited access to Saint-Phalle), Pop Art (Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann), Fluxus (Ben all municipal museums, single price: €7 Vautier), Minimal and Conceptual Art, School of Nice, Supports- 1-year Museum Pass: valid for one year to the day Surfaces, as well as more solitary figures associated with Nice, like for 15 admissions to all municipal museums, Ernest Pignon-Ernest and Gilli. The Museum hosts many temporary single price: €7 exhibitions. Closed Monday - Guided tour on Wednesday at 4pm (in French). Information: Direction Centrale des Affaires Culturelles a +33 (0)4 97 13 31 63 - www.nice.fr 29 Musée des Arts Asiatiques
  • Anatole Jakovsky International Museum of Naïve Art 9 s Matisse Museum h 9s Château Sainte-Hélène - av de Fabron 164 av des Arènes a +33 (0)4 93 71 78 33 - www.nice.fr a +33 (0)4 93 81 08 08 - www.musee-matisse-nice.org Inaugurated in 1982 in the perfumer François Coty’s former home, this A completely renovated 17th-century Genoese villa in the heart of the museum owes its existence to a major donation by Anatole and Renée olive grove of the gardens of Cimiez houses the personal collection of Jakovsky: 600 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures retracing the the painter, who lived in Nice from 1917 until his death in 1954. Works Museums, galleries & cultural activities history of Naïve Art worldwide from the 18th century to the present. from all periods offer a very complete panorama, from his very first Works by Bauchant, Bombois, Rimbert, Séraphine, as well as painters paintings made in 1890 to the famous gouache cut-outs, 236 from Croatia, Haiti, Brazil… A rich loan from the State (from the Centre drawings, 218 prints and a complete presentation of the books Georges Pompidou National Museum of Modern Art) further enriches illustrated by the artist. Temporary exhibitions this collection. Closed Tuesday. Guided tour on Wednesday at 3pm (in French - other Closed Tuesday - Guided tour by appointment. languages by appointment). Fine Arts Museum h 9s Terra Amata Museum of Human Palaeontology h 9s 33 av des Baumettes 25 bd Carnot a +33 (0)4 92 15 28 28 - www.musee.beaux-arts-nice.org a +33 (0)4 93 55 59 93 - www.musee-terra-amata.org This museum is the heir to the first Municipal Museum of Nice featuring With a campsite occupied by elephant hunters 400,000 years ago, loans from the State, encouraged by Napoleon III. In 1928, it was reconstructed prehistoric habitats, plaster casts, the Terra Amata moved to a sumptuous late 19th-century villa. The paintings and Museum was built on the very site of the discoveries. sculptures on display range from the 13th to the 20th century: Van Loo, Closed Monday. Fragonard, Chéret, Dufy, Impressionists, Rodin, Carpeaux. Closed Monday - Guided tour on Thursday & Saturday at 3pm (in French) & Palais Lascaris Friday at 3pm (in English). 15 rue Droite a +33 (0)4 93 62 72 40 - www.nice.fr Franciscan Museum - Church & Monastery of Cimiez The residence of the Lascaris-Vintimille family from 1648 to the French Place du Monastère Revolution, this listed historic building was restored after 1963 to a +33 (0)4 93 81 00 04 - www.nice.fr become a museum. Decorated in the Genoese Baroque style, this An evocation of the life of Franciscan friars in Nice from the 13th to the palatial home has preserved its monumental staircase, murals and 18th century, an illustration of Saint Francis of Assisi’s spiritual and luxuriously decorated rooms. An apothecary’s shop (originally in social message, paintings, sculptures, prints, illuminated manuscripts, Besançon), dated 1738, has been installed on the ground floor, while murals, chapel and reconstructed cells… the state rooms are on the second floor. The Palais Lascaris will soon Closed Monday. become the Museum of Music of Nice, thanks to a prestigious collection of musical instruments, one of the largest in Europe. Natural History Museum - Musée Barla Closed Tuesday - Admission free. 60 bis bd Risso a +33 (0)4 97 13 46 80 - www.mhnnice.org Prieuré du Vieux-Logis Founded in the mid-19th century, the Museum of Natural History is 59 av Saint-Barthélémy truly the memory of Mediterranean Nature, the better to understand a + 33 (0)4 92 00 41 90 - www.nice.fr regional biodiversity: a heritage to help protect the environment, with A reconstructed late mediaeval interior in a 16th-century home with over a million botanical, zoological and geological specimens. collections dating from the 14th to the 17th century. Admission free - Closed Monday - Admission free - Guided tour on Wednesday at 3pm Guided tour on Saturday at 3pm (in winter) & 5pm (in summer). (in French). 30 31
  • Municipal galleries Other exhibition venues The municipal galleries are dedicated exclusively to temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. Admission free. Villa Arson - School of Fine Arts & National Contemporary Art Centre Along the sea 20 av Stephen Liegeard a +33 (0)4 97 07 73 73 Museums, galleries & cultural activities Galerie de la Marine h This privileged venue, in an 18th-century villa set in contemporary 59 quai des Etats-Unis architecture made of river cobbles and concrete, surrounded by a +33 (0)4 93 91 92 90 - www.nice.fr 20,000m2 of terraced gardens, is home to the National Art School 10am to 6pm - Closed Monday & some holidays (École Nationale d’Art), National Contemporary Art Centre and accommodation for international artists in residence. From 2pm to Galerie des Ponchettes h 6pm in winter & 2pm to 7pm in winter. Closed Tuesday. Atelier Galerie Kiria - Vieux Nice 77 quai des Etats-Unis a +33 (0)4 93 62 31 24 - www.nice.fr Forum de l’Urbanisme & d’Architecture 10am to 6pm - Closed Monday & some holidays Place Pierre Gautier - Cours Saleya a +33 (0)4 97 13 31 51 - www.nice.fr Old Nice The Forum d’Urbanisme & d’Architecture presents the development of urban culture in all aspects: information, consultation, participation of Galerie du Château the population, training. Since May 2004, it has been extending its 14 rue Droite action by opening ‘La Maison des Projets’. This nearby venue (100m2) a +33 (0)4 97 13 32 17 - www.nice.fr is dedicated to presenting the local urban planning project (PLU - Plan 10am to 12pm & 2pm to 6pm Local d’Urbanisme), major projects, consultations and public enquiries. Closed Sunday, Monday & some holidays. Admission free - Closed Saturday afternoon & Sunday. Galerie Renoir Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image 8 rue de la Loge 27 bd Dubouchage a +33 (0)4 93 13 40 46 - www.nice.fr a +33 (0)4 97 13 42 20 - www.tpi-nice.org 10am to 12pm & 2pm to 6pm Exhibition rooms offer exhibition opportunities for all trends, from Closed Sunday, Monday & some holidays. photojournalism to art photography, from “straight photography” to digital images: portraits, landscapes, reporting, applied photography… Galerie Sainte-Réparate Documentation centre, bookshop, multimedia. Closed Monday. 4 rue Sainte-Réparate a +33 (0)4 93 80 07 48 - www.nice.fr 10am to 6pm - Closed Monday & some holidays. Art classes Galerie de la Tour Bellanda Benoist Chapel Colline du Château 10 corniche Frère Marc - Rés Belvédère a +33 (0)4 97 13 23 95 - www.nice.fr a +33 (0)4 93 62 98 36 - benoistchapel.com 10am to 6pm - Closed Monday & some holidays. Oil on canvas classes (supplies provided) & painting on porcelain Duration: 3hrs. Atelier Giorgio USEFUL INFORMATION 12 rue Caïs de Pierlas a +33 (0)4 93 55 64 46 Nice has some twenty municipal museums & galleries, a Watercolour, drawing & painting classes - Duration: 5 mornings - large number of private contemporary art galleries & artists’ July/August. studios. 32 33
  • Monic Pereira 4 rue Droite Theatres Thanks to the Centre National d’Art Dramatique (National Theatre of a +33 (0)4 93 80 36 65 Nice) and its successive directors, Nice has become renowned for its Arts & crafts studio. Beginners’ mosaic classes - 5 hrs. theatrical excellence. Certain museums offer artistic workshops: Archaeology Museum of Museums, galleries & cultural activities National Theatre of Nice Nice Cemenelum, Fine Arts Museum, Anatole Jakovsky Museum of Promenade des Arts Naïve Art, Matisse Museum and MAMAC (see p. 29) a +33 (0)4 93 13 90 90 Today, under Daniel Benoin’s direction, the TNN has become France’s Astronomy top Dramatics Arts Centre in terms of attendance, thanks to its French premieres. Built in 1989, the theatre is an octagon of pale marble, Astrorama inspired by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, near the Museum of Modern Route de la Revère - Eze & Contemporary, and its shape corresponds to the MAMAC’s inner a +33 (0)4 93 85 85 58 - www.astrorama.net courtyard. It can host all forms of theatre thanks to its 900-seat Italian- Discover, observe & understand the universe! ‘Open-sky’ evening from style theatre (Salle Brasseur), 300-seat amphitheatre (Salle Michel 6pm to 10:30pm, ‘Spectacle aux étoiles’ from 8pm to 11pm. Simon) and a rehearsal room. The theatre season runs from October to June. Observatoire Grande Corniche Many other theatres offer rich varied programming. Programme on a +33 (0)4 92 00 31 12 - www.oca.eu request or www.nice.fr The Observatory complex offers remarkable scientific, historical & natural heritage, in particular Europe’s largest mobile dome, designed by Gustave Eiffel. Walking tour (2 km) on Wednesday & Saturday at Art in the city… with the Nice Côte d’Azur 2:45pm. tramway Nice has always welcomed the arts, and the tramway is no exception, Libraries with fourteen works by world-famous artists punctuating the 8.7 kilometres of tracks with four artistic themes: major urban pieces, La grande bibliothèque Louis Nucéra daytime landscape, nocturnal landscape and the ‘fil rouge’ (common 2 Place Yves Klein thread)… a +33 (0)4 97 13 48 00 - www.bmvr-nice.fr The major urban pieces are on Place Masséna and near Place Located at the foot of the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art Garibaldi. (MAMAC), this library offers a vast area of 10,000m2, all on a single On Place Masséna, Jaume Plensa’s work ‘Conversation in Nice’ is level, highlighted by Sacha Sosno’s famous ‘square head’. The library made up of seven sculptures of colourful lit-up figures symbolizing contains nearly 750,000 works. Closed Sunday & Monday. dialogue between the seven continents. Near Place Garibaldi, the artist Maurizio Nannucci’s work ‘Discovering different directions’ is made up of seven poles supporting banners displaying coloured neon texts. Daytime landscapes entail treating public spaces as urban lounges by adding a dimension of hospitality. The artists Jean-Michel Othoniel, Pascal Pinaud, Stéphane Magnin, Michaël Craig-Martin, Sarkis and For information on the Tramway, please consult Emmanuel Saulnier created works specifically designed for each neighbourhood. Convention &Visitors Information Offices (see p. 104) Nocturnal landscapes involve works made of light punctuating the night in Nice with their brilliance. Here, the artists Ange Leccia, Jacques Vieille, Gunda Förster and Yann Kersalé reveal their work while a red thread links the 21 tram stations. The artist Ben created the calligraphy for the names of the stations and the words to be posted on each of the 42 shelters, Pierre di Sciullo created the totems and, finally, Michel Redolfi devised the original modular variable audio compositions identifying the tramway stops. 34 35
  • Walking tours Tours on request Tour guides organise tours in various languages for individuals and groups: Guided tour of Old Nice: "Discover the heart of Nice" Association Guide Interprètes Riviera (A.G.I.R.) Tour of the narrow streets of the old town to discover its sights, history, a + 33 (0)6 04 01 13 75 Baroque churches and picturesque markets Azur-Guides-Interprètes a + 33 (0)6 09 88 83 83 Centralisation Service Guides a + 33 (0)6 08 09 81 36 Guided tours General presentation from the ancient Greeks to the present, highlighting the Belle Époque and the Baroque period. The colourful Créative Riviera Guides tour is punctuated with anecdotes to bring back to life past events and a + 33 (0)4 92 09 05 18 / + 33 (0)6 60 15 34 31 persons. Euro-Guides a + 33 (0)6 11 53 48 67 Duration: approx 2? hrs Fédération des Guides Interprètes PACA a +33 (0)4 93 88 10 23 Saturdays at 9:30am year round. Departure in front of the Convention Guides Centre Riviera a + 33 (0)6 60 66 31 77 & Visitors Bureau - 5 Promenade des Anglais Guides du Soleil a + 33 (0)6 74 47 43 24 Languages: French - English - Price: €12 for adults, €6 for children Organisation Locale des Guides Azuréens (O.L.G.A.) Reservations at the Nice Convention & Visitors Bureau a + 33 (0)4 93 98 80 54 / + 33 (0)6 09 56 71 61 guides-french-riviera.com (see p. 104) Book your tour online: Nice Le Grand Tour www.nicetourisme.biz ! Tour of Nice from the top of a double-decker bus This original means of transportation, combined with a guided tour in ‘Heritage’ guided tours seven languages, offers the possibility of getting on and off the bus at Every day, tours on historical or architectural themes specific to Nice each of the eleven stops. Discover the city from the top, with the are available, each one concentrating on a given theme: cornices and ornaments of architecture from the Belle Époque or other Belle Époque - Monday periods, your head in the trees, to enjoy unique vistas along the way or Opéra - Monday take a cultural break in the Matisse and Chagall Museums in front of Garden of Cimiez’ Botanical Tour - Tuesday which the bus passes. Baroque art in Old Nice - Tuesday Duration: 1 1/2 hrs, departure every 30 min from Promenade des Anglais. Around the Ports of Nice - Wednesday Prices: 1-day pass for adults, €18 - 2-day pass for adults, €21 - 1/2- Castle Hill - Friday day pass for children (age 4 to 11), €9. Special price for the ‘last tour’: Neoclassical art - Saturday €10 without being able to get off the bus. €1 discount to collect in Hill of Cimiez - Sunday Convention & Visitors Bureau agencies (see p. 104). Tickets can be By appointment only: purchased from the driver. Nice: in the Tsars’ footsteps - Wednesday From Promenade des Anglais to Les Baumettes - Thursday Little Tourist Trains In Garibaldi’s footsteps - Saturday Departure every day from the Promenade des Anglais, across from Prieuré du Vieux Logis & its neighbourhood - Saturday Jardin Albert-Ier for a 45-min guided tour through the flower market, Neoclassical Nice - Sunday Old Nice and the Castle Hill Park - with a 10-minute stop to admire the Cimiez: From the Ancient Romans to Queen Victoria - Sunday superb panorama over Baie des Anges - and back Prices on request. Duration: approx 1? hrs. Language: French (English Price: €6 for adults - €3 for children - Departures every 30 min - Not by appointment only) available from 15 Nov to 20 Dec & from 5 to 20 Jan. Information: Centre du Patrimoine. 75 quai des Etats-Unis a +33 (0)4 92 00 41 90 - www.nice.fr (open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm) 36 37
  • Le Cyclotour Bird’s eye view of Nice Allo Cyclo : a +33 (0)826 10 00 03 (0,15 € / min) Panoramic flights over Baie des Anges and first flights from the Nice These electric tricycles with a completely new concept, driven by Côte d’Azur Airport (approx 20 min). young drivers called ‘Cyclonautes’, take you wherever you like. The (see p.87) Cyclotour is also an original ecological approach to theme tours to discover the City of Nice. Azur Hélicoptère h Guided tours Climb aboard and choose one of three tours: ‘Baie des Anges’, ‘Old Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur T1-T2 Nice’ or ‘Shopping’ a +33 (0)4 93 21 48 60 / 48 62 - www.azurhelico.com Monday to Saturday; 10:30am to 7:00pm (spring-summer) / 10:30am to 5:30pm (autumn) / Prices: €7 for 1 passenger - €10.50 for 2 Héli Air Monaco h passengers. Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur T1-T2 a +33 (0)4 93 21 34 95 et +33 (0)4 93 21 34 62 Tours in a horse-drawn carriage www.heliairmonaco.com For a more romantic tour… 15 min (8 persons max): seafront or Old Nice. Héli Sécurité h 30 min (8 persons max): seafront or city centre. Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur T1-T2 45 min (4 to 8 persons): seafront & Port. a +33 (0)4 93 21 45 85 / +33 (0)4 89 98 50 10 One-hour tour to “Discover the city” (4 to 8 persons): Old Nice, Place Garibaldi, Port & seafront. Nice Hélicoptère h Équiservice a +33 (0)6 07 85 72 26 - Price: €8 to €19/pers. Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur T1 Departure across from the Hôtel Méridien, in the afternoon starting at a +33 (0)4 93 21 34 32 2:00pm (April, May, June, September & October), 6:00pm (July & www.nicehelicopteres.com August) Survolez vos vacances / Air Nice Touring Nice along the water a +33 (0)4 93 497 298 - www.survolezvosvacances.com Enjoying the delights of sailing with a guided tour along he coast offers 25-min panoramic flight in an aeroplane. Day & panoramic flight & yet another perception of the landscapes to discover their riches, excursion in a minibus. Departure from Nice - Transfer from the hotel. splendid buildings and magnificent villas visible only from the sea This mini-cruise sails along Baie des Anges, the Cap de Nice, Cap Guided tours on a minibus Ferrat and enters the Bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer. Duration: approx 1 Tours are available for groups ranging from 2 to 8 persons, beginning hr. Departure: 11:00am & 3:00pm. March to April: Tuesday, from the hotel or any other meeting point to be defined with the service Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. May to October: every day except provider.. Monday. Price: €13 for adults - €7.5 for children (age 4-10). Book your tour online - www.nicetourisme.biz Reservation required. (see list of service providers p. 88 “Starting from Nice”). Trans Côte d’Azur h Quai Lunel - Port de Nice a + 33 (0)4 92 00 42 30 Book your coastal outing online - www.nicetourisme.biz 38 39
  • Traditions Starters Folk traditions Aïoli Costume Mayonnaise with garlic and olive oil. Introduction to the specialities of Nice For girls, the most widely used is that of the ‘bouquetière’ (flower girl): Farcis a red and white striped skirt, black velvet blouse and corset with Tomatoes, onions, round courgettes, aubergines, bell peppers, each embroidered black satin apron and shawl and, of course, the famous with their own stuffing. flat straw hat or capeline! For boys, fishermen’s garb: red and white Fleurs de courgettes striped breeches, broad red wool sash and white shirt with a broad Fritters, to be eaten warm with tomato sauce. closed collar. Mesclun Nice has four groups of folk musicians and dancers who perform at Mixed greens: dandelion, roquette, chicory, purslane, bitter lettuce, local fetes and national and international events: La Ciamarda chervil. Nissarda, Li Pichini Granuià de Nissa, Lou Caïreu Nissart and Nice la Pan-bagnat Belle. A small round loaf of white bread, split in two, rubbed with garlic on both slices and filled with lettuce leaves, slices of tomato, radishes, The language of Nice spring onions, celery, purple artichoke hearts, tuna in oil, three anchovy Nissart is part of the linguistic family known as Occitan spoken from fillets, vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil. Catalonia to the Piedmontese valleys and as far north as the Limousin. Pissaladière The vocabulary is essentially drawn from Latin, spoken by Roman Onion tart with anchovy fillets and black olives. colonists who built the town of Cemenelum. Salade niçoise The language of Nice is very much alive and, thanks to the efforts of Bell pepper, tomato, celery, onion, hard-boiled egg or tuna, black olives dynamic cultural associations, it is being transmitted to younger of Nice and, according to the season, tiny artichokes and young broad generations. beans. Socca Traditional music & theatre A very thin crepe made with chickpea flour and olive oil. Theatre and song contribute to preserving a language and saving it from oblivion. Thus, the ‘Théâtre Niçois Francis Gag’ et ‘Lou Rodou Main courses Nissart’ regularly organize plays and the vocal groups ‘Lou Corou de Berra” and ‘La Belugada’ perform works from the traditional regional Gnocchis repertoire at festivities and during recitals. There are two kinds of gnocchi: made durum wheat semolina (Roman- style) or potatoes. Porquetta Culinary specialities Stuffed suckling pig. To highlight the authenticity of the cuisine of Nice (cuisine nissarde), Ratatouille UDOTSI (L’Union Départementale des Offices du Tourisme & Syndicats Tomatoes, bell peppers, aubergines, courgettes, onions and garlic d’Initiative des Alpes-Maritimes) created the label ‘Cuisine Nissarde, sautéed separately then simmered together. respect de la Tradition’, which is granted to restaurants featuring in their Raviolis niçois menu three traditional recipes selected and developed by a technical Filled with beef daube (stewed in wine sauce) and chard greens. committee. Soupe au pistou Soup made with leeks, carrots, celery, courgettes, green beans, red or For the list of affiliated restaurants: white beans and diced potatoes, and served with pesto (“pistou”)made www.cotedazur-en-fetes.com / UDOTSI : a +33 (0)4 92 47 75 15. with basil, garlic and cheese. Stockfish (estocafic) Dried cod, soaked four or five days in running water, then cooked with onions, tomatoes and wine. After simmering for two hours, some anchovies and handful of olives are added. 40 41
  • Desserts Clot Dou Baile 277 chemin de Saquier - a +33 (0)4 93 29 85 87 Galette des rois Visit and sampling by appointment, Monday to Friday. In the Comté de Nice and Provence, rather than the traditional French Introduction to the specialities of Nice galette popular for Epiphany and the beginning of the year, people have Sampling of AOC wines from Bellet in some wine cellars in the always preferred the ‘Gâteau des Rois’, a circle of brioche flavoured city centre with orange-blossom water and decorated with candied fruit. Cave Bianchi Tourte de blettes 7 rue de la Terrasse - a +33 (0)4 93 85 65 79 - cavebianch@aol.com Pie made with Swiss chard grown on the hills of Nice and pine nuts. Cave de la Tour The wine of Bellet 3 rue de la Tour - a +33 (0)4 93 80 03 31 - cavedelatour@free.fr www.vinsdebellet.com Wines that enhance the cuisine of Nice: these AOC (Appellation La part des anges d’Origine Contrôlée) wines, red, white and rosé, have earned an 17 rue Gubernatis - a +33 (0)4 93 62 69 80 excellent reputation in particular on the ‘star-studded’ tables of great restaurants in Nice and are made with grapes grown on the hills of Vin / Vin Nice, just a 20-minute drive from the city centre. 18 bis rue Biscarra - a +33 (0)4 93 92 93 20 Château de Crémat Olives / olive oil 442 chemin de Crémat The AOC ‘olive de Nice’ is grown on a variety of olive tree called the a +33 (0)4 92 15 12 15 - www.chateau-cremat.com ‘cailletier’ that thrives on the hills of the Alpes-Maritimes. Table olives Visit & sampling by appointment, Monday to Friday. Access by bus are kept in brine made with sea salt for three months before being from the city centre: line 11. eaten, when they offer their incomparably fine, crisp fruity taste. AOC olive oil from Nice is made with olives picked from November to April, Clos Saint-Vincent traditionally using the gaulage technique, beating the branches with a Collet des Fourniers long pole. This extra virgin oil is produced in the 27 mills remaining in a +33 (0)4 92 15 12 69 - www.clos-st-vincent.fr the département. Visit & sampling by appointment, Monday to Saturday. Access by bus from the city centre: line 62. Discover how olive oil is made: Moulin à huile Alziari Collet de Bovis 318 bd de la Madeleine 370 chemin de Crémat a +33 (0)4 93 44 45 12 (free admission) a +33 (0)4 93 37 82 52 - www.vin-de-bellet.com Visit & sampling every day, no appointment necessary. Access by bus À l’olivier h from the city centre: line 11. 7 rue St François de Paule a +33 (0)4 93 13 44 97 - nice@olivier-on-line.com Domaine Augier 680 route de Bellet - St Roman de Bellet Boutique Alziari a +33 (0)4 93 37 81 47 14 rue St François de Paule - a +33 (0)4 93 85 76 92 Visit & sampling every day by appointment. Access by bus from the city centre: line 62. Boutique Ardoino 4 rue de la Terrasse - a +33 (0)4 93 62 20 72 Domaine de la Source 303 chemin de Saquier Le Comte de l’olivier a +33 (0)4 93 29 81 60 - www.domainedelasource.fr 8 rue du Pont-Vieux - a +33 (0)4 93 62 87 52 - bellet@wanadoo.fr Visit & sampling every day by appointment. Escale en Provence h 42 7 rue du Marché - a +33 (0)4 93 85 23 90 43
  • Huilerie des Caracoles L’Oiseau d’or h 5 rue Saint-François-de-Paule - a +33 (0)4 93 62 65 30 20 rue de l’Hôtel des Postes - a +33 (0)4 93 92 47 82 Traditional chocolate maker in the region for three generations; maker Maison de l’Olive h of unique specialities: ‘petit niçois à l’abricot’, ‘grimaldine au lait & au Introduction to the specialities of Nice 18 rue Pairolière - a +33 (0)4 93 80 01 61 jus d’orange’, chocolates sold in hand-made packages Oliviera Le Pêché mignon h 8 bis rue du Collet - a +33 (0)4 93 13 06 45 41 rue Bonaparte - a +33 (0)4 93 89 75 56 An unchallenged reference for tasting the famous Galette des Rois so typical of Nice, brioche-style, flavour with orange-blossom water and Gourmandises / Confectionery decorated with candied fruit. Maison Auer h Speciality shops 7 Rue Saint-François-de-Paule a +33 (0)4 93 85 77 98 - www.maison-auer.com Auer Gourmet With its Florentine-style interior and carved wood decoration, this 7 rue Saint-François-de-Paule - a +33 (0)4 93 85 77 98 chocolate maker and confectioner’s shop has been handed from A complete range of fine foods, salmon, caviar, foie gras, truffles, fine generation to generation since 1820. Assorted chocolates, candied wine, champagne, liqueur, preserves made with sun-drenched fruit, marrons glacés, citrus peel candied or coated with chocolate and vegetables, spices from every continent… other fruit paste. La ferme fromagère Confiserie Canel 27 rue Lépante - a +33 (0)4 93 62 52 34 21 rue de France - a +33 (0)4 93 88 03 29 A fine cheese shop, where goods can be purchased - and sampled The realm of fine sweets, Confiserie Canel offers macaroons, fruit (only on Thursday evening, Friday noon and evening and Saturday paste, chocolate covered ginger, marzipan, liqueurs. evening). Terre de Truffes Confiserie Florian 11 rue Saint-François-de-Paule - a +33 (0)4 93 62 07 68 14 quai Papacino Here, everything is made with truffles, even the desserts. Products also a +33 (0)4 93 55 43 5O - www.confiserieflorian.com available for sale. Free guided tours in five languages for individual visitors, to watch the processing of the region’s finest fruit and loveliest flowers into confectionery: Classes - Workshops for learning to prepare the aperitifs, liqueurs, candied fruit, flavour sugar, orangettes, jams, candied fruit cuisine of Nice and flowers, fruit paste and jellies, Florian chocolates, marrons glacés, crystallized flowers, syrups, honey, caramels, almonds, calissons, Cercle de la Capelina d’or nougats… 163 bd René Cassin - a +33 (0)4 93 84 68 86 Classes to learn and perpetuate the culinary tradition of Nice: one 3- Lou Canice hour session each month from November to April. Lycée d’Hôtellerie & 7 bis rue Mascoïnat - a +33 (0)4 93 85 41 62 de Tourisme de Nice Paul Augier. The home of gourmet foods, offering all the wealth of regional products, sweet biscuits, savoury biscuits (olive, rosemary, goat Cuisine sur cours cheese…), AOC olive oil of Nice (with garlic, with basil from Opio…), 75 av Borriglione wines from the hills of Nice, pureed local vegetables… a +33 (0)4 93 96 17 29 - www.cuisinesurcours.com Gastronomic cooking class using local products in season to prepare the cuisine of Nice and Provence: 3-hour class & tasting. Confiserie Mimosa h 27 av Jean Médecin - a +33 (0)4 93 88 35 11 Restaurant l’Estocaficada With its pink Carrara marble, Confiserie Mimosa is one of the oldest in 2 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville - a +33 (0)4 93 80 21 64 the city (1936), featuring some fifteen different kinds of candied fruit ‘Creative cuisine of Nice’ classes: demonstration, participative (apricots, tangerines from Golfe-Juan, prickly pears, peaches, pears) workshop, teaching of tasting criteria and meal; possibility of preparing wrapped in ‘capeline’ and sold in boxes decorated with hand- a starter and main course or a main course and dessert 44 embroidered flowers. Duration of classes: 3 hours 45
  • Leisure & sporting activities Sport and leisure come together in Nice, a seaside city on the Mediterranean, where life is so wonderful, and the temptation of recreational and athletic pursuits is vast and contributes to further enhancing your stay. Whether for water or winter sports, going to the beach or shopping, gambling or nightlife, Nice offers a multitude of pleasures.
  • Nice and Greater Nice offer both the sea and mountains. Plongée Club Nausicaa This privileged location makes it possible to enjoy a complete range of 45 rue de Roquebillière activities, athletic, outdoor and aquatic. a +33 (0)4 93 81 03 49 / +33 (0)6 03 34 20 34 plongee.club.nausicaa@wanadoo.fr The geographic diversity and the mild climate promote the practice of Deep-sea diving, exploration, first dives. all outdoor activities, hiking in complete safety along marked trails, canyoning, paragliding, mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting... and Equipment rental the winter resorts are only a one-hour drive from Nice. Locaventure 13 rue Fontaine de la ville Water sports a +33 (0)4 93 56 14 67 - www.locaventure.com h Sport Aigle Nautique Sub-Marine/Locaventure 50 bd Franck Pilatte a +33 (0)4 93 56 77 99 (all activities) 4 rue du Béal a +33 (0)4 93 56 77 99 kayak de mer a +33 (0)4 93 89 84 63 - www.submarine.wanadoo.fr a +33 (0)4 93 89 65 37 voile a +33 (0)4 93 89 23 33 plongée Swimming pools aiglenautique@wanadoo.fr Consult the complete list on www.nicetourisme.com Catamaran: for children age 12 and up and adults, Monday to Friday in summer (5 half-day classes). Optimist: for children age 8 and up, Piscines couvertes Monday to Friday (5 half-day classes). Windsurfing (in July only): for • Jean Bouin - Palais des Sports children age 14 and up and adults (morning). Esplanade de Lattre de Tassigny a +33 (0)4 97 20 20 30 - c.fremont@ gesclub.fr Centre école de plongée le Poséidon • Jean Médecin Quai Lunel - Port de Nice 178 rue de France a +33 (0)4 92 00 43 86 - www.poseidon-nice.com a +33 (0)4 93 86 24 01 Deep-sea diving and underwater outings. First dives for children, age • Saint-François Closed in July / August 8 and up, for 3 hrs in a day. May to October every day - weekends in 13 place Saint-François April and November. Reservation required. a +33 (0)4 93 85 53 08 • Comte de Falicon Centre international de plongée de Nice 13 bd Comte de Falicon 2 ruelle des Moulins (Rue du Lazaret) a +33 (0)4 92 07 86 90 a +33 (0)4 93 55 59 50 /+33 (0)6 09 52 55 57 - www.cip-nice.com Lessons for beginners to instructors. Children accepted, age 8 and Outdoor swimming pool (in summer only) up. April to November. • Fernand Anelli (ex.Piol) 36 av Paul Arène Club nautique de Nice a +33 (0)4 93 96 92 07 50 bd Franck Pilatte - Bassin de la Tour Rouge a +33 (0)4 93 89 39 78 - www.cnnice.org Other sporting activities Rowing, sailing - beginners & advanced. (Non-exhaustive list) Nice Diving Indoor rock climbing 14 quai des Docks - a +33 (0)4 93 89 42 44 - www.nicediving.com Art Bloc First dives, exploratory dives, lessons, equipment. Children accepted, 23 av Auguste Vérola age 7 and up. From March to November, by appointment every day, a +33 (0)4 93 29 84 51 except Sunday afternoon; by the session, by the day, in series of les- Indoor rock climbing, year round. sons, or private lessons. 48 49
  • Horseback riding Via ferrata • Crazy Horse Club The via ferrata provides for trekking and rock climbing against sheer Route du Mont-Leuze rock faces. Progression is possible by the presence of ladders, a +33 (0)4 93 01 84 11 cables, bars and bridges facilitating access. • Nice Equitation 368 rte de Grenoble Via Ferrata “les Demoiselles du Castagnet” a +33 (0)4 93 71 24 34 Maison de Pays - Puget-Théniers a +33 (0)4 93 05 05 05 - www.provence-val-dazur.com Golf Golf Country Club de Nice Via Ferrata “Baus de la Frema” 698 route de Grenoble Office de Tourisme - Valdeblore a +33 (0)4 93 29 82 00 - golfcountryclubdenice@wanadoo.fr a +33 (0)493 23 25 90 - otcolmiane@wanadoo.fr Sport Practice compact nine-hole golf for beginners and advanced. Via Ferrata “Escale” For all levels, from beginners to international competitors, Mairie - Peille check out the Riviera’s golf courses at www.guideriviera.fr a +33 (0)4 93 91 71 71 Kart Via Ferrata “la Traditionnelle” • Fun Kart Office du Tourisme - Auron Route de Gourdon - Bar-sur-Loup a +33 (0)4 93 23 02 66 / +33 (0)4 93 02 41 96 - www.auron.com a +33 (0)4 93 42 48 08 / +33 (0)6 07 72 92 36 www.fun-karking.com Via Ferrata “Comtes Lascaris” Every day, year round. Bureau Municipal du Tourisme - Vallée Roya-Bévéra • Monaco Kart Indoor - Monaco a +33 (0)4 93 79 09 34 - www.labrigue.fr a +33 (0)377 97 70 41 97 Via Ferrata “Balma Negra” Ice rink Bureau du Tourisme Palais des Sports Jean Bouin Quartier Village - Roubion Esplanade de Lattre de Tassigny a +33 (0)4 93 02 10 30 - www.roubion.com 2 rue Jean Allègre a +33 (0)4 97 20 20 30 Via souterrata 2509 route de la Plaine - Caille Tennis a +33 (0)4 93 60 34 51 - www.lou-pais.com • Tennis-Squash Club Vauban Via souterrata: the first underground via ferrata; 1 1/2 hrs of caving in 18 rue Maréchal Vauban two well secured caves in Parc de la Moulière, starting from Caille. a +33 (0)4 93 26 09 78 Possibility of renting courts by the hour. • Nice Lawn Tennis Club 5 av. Suzanne Lenglen a +33 (0)4 92 15 58 00 - www.niceltc.com Possibility of renting courts by the hour. • Centre Sport et Loisirs (CSL) Espace Infos Loisirs - 1 av Borriglione a +33 (0)4 93 84 86 11 Possibility of renting courts by the hour by appointment. Other activities in Nice: www.nicetourisme.com 50 in the Alpes-Maritimes: www.guideriviera.fr 51
  • Mountain sports & Trekking Multi-activities in Greater Nice Nice and Greater Nice offer both the sea and mountains. With 40km of beaches, the French Riviera offers opportunities to enjoy Mercantour Park the sea with intensity: trekking with jet-skis off the coast of Nice, sea kayaking, deep-sea diving, outings at sea to observe dolphins, Just 90km from Nice and the beaches of the Riviera, many hikes parascending… Then, change directions, head for the hinterland and the mountains for skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, bungee and outdoor sports can be practised in the Mercantour National jumping, via ferrata, rock climbing, outings with sleigh dogs, rafting, mountain biking, outings in 4x4 vehicles, meetings with wolves, Park. marmots and chamois… Nature offers itself to you in all its splendour. Administrative Headquarters: 23 rue d’Italie a +33 (0)4 93 16 78 88 - www.stationsdumercantour.com The table below presents a (non-exhaustive) list of multi-activity service providers and possible activities, both water and mountain sports. (see “Starting from Nice” p. 83). Whitewater Mountains Flying Other Comité Départemental de la Fédération française Aboard Rafting Rafting - Canoe-raft Sport 8 place de l'Eglise - Castellane Air-boat - Hydrospeed Forest adventure course Mountain bike de la montagne et de l'escalade +33 (0)4 92 83 76 11 Canyoning - Aqua trekking a +33 (0)4 93 24 98 34 - ffecmd06@wanadoo.fr www.aboard.rafting.com Accro d'Aventures Rock climbing, canyoning, trekking, snowshoes, Trekking on skis… 175 chemin de Beauvert - Antibes Canyoning Rock climbing Caving + 33 (0)6 61 76 34 41 sounier@club-internet.fr Club alpin français Nice Mercantour Ac'roche & Eau Route de la Maglia - Breil sur Roya Rock climbing Canyoning 14 av Mirabeau + 33 (0)6 22 38 64 90 Via ferrata a +33 (0)4 93 62 59 99 - www.cafnice.org www.accroche-eau.com Action Aventure Mountain climbing, rock climbing, paragliding, snowshoes, trekking… Castellane Canoe - Canyoning Caving + 33 (0)4 92 83 79 39 Rafting - Aqua trekking Adventure course www.action-aventure.com Bureau des moniteurs du Pays Niçois AET Nature Rock climbing 392 chemin du Foussa - Breil-sur-Roya Canyoning - Hot dog Trekking - Snowshoes Travel - Mountain bike 23 bis av Auguste Vérola, Hibiscus Parc D + 33 (0)4 93 04 47 64 Rafting Via ferrata a +33 (0)4 93 72 89 54 - nicebdm@free.fr www.aetcanyoning.com Altazur First flights Rock climbing, canyoning, trekking, via ferrata, snowshoes. Aéroport de Cannes-Mandelieu Sightseeing flights + 33 (0)6 86 97 86 12 - www.altazur.fr Alpes d'Azur ULM Ski Club de Nice Club et Ecole Pendulaire Multi-Axes Route départementale n°5 Ultra-light aircraft 12 rue d'Italie Lieu dit La Pinée, a +33 (0)4 93 81 69 60 commune de Cipières - Andon Altitude Via ferrata - Rock climbing Thursday, 5pm to 9pm. 71 bd de la Rocade - Mougins Challenge expédition Canyoning Trekking on skis + 33 (0)4 93 75 27 39 Consult mountain, nature, trekking guides, etc perso.wanadoo.fr/altitude Ski hors pistes - Heli-skiing Atea www.cg06.fr - www.randoxygene.com 321 Costa Plana - Cap d'Ail Rock climbing Canyoning Bungee jumping Adventure park + 33 (0)4 93 37 03 59 Via ferrata www.atealoisirs.com Attitude Eau-Vive Canoë-kayak Lieu dit l'Ablé - Villars sur Var Canyoning - Rafting Rock climbing Adventure course accueil-canyoning@orange.fr Aqua trekking Aqua Rêve 8 rue de la Victoire - La Colle-sur-Loup Hot dog - Hydrospeed Sea kayak + 33 (0)4 93 32 98 42 Rafting - Aqua trekking www.aquareve.org Aqua Verdon Canoe - Canyoning 9 rue Nationale - Castellane Hydro Rafting + 33 (0)4 92 83 72 75 www.aquaverdon.com Aqua trekking Aqua Viva Est Sea kayak - Mountain bike 12 bd de la République - Castellane Canyoning - Hydrospeed Rock climbing Adventure course + 33 (0)4 92 83 75 74 Rafting - Aqua trekking www.aquavivaest.com Hiking Aventures Loisirs Canyoning Rock climbing - Giant Climbing + 33 (0)4 93 37 03 59 www.atealoisirs.com Aqua trekking Wall - Via ferrata Azalpes Mountain climbing 20 bis rue du Collet - Sospel Canyoning Rock climbing - Trekking + 33 (0)4 93 04 07 19 52 suivezleguide@azalpe.fr Snowshoes - Via ferrata
  • Whitewater Mountains Flying Other Whitewater Mountains Flying Other Azur Canyoning Libellule AGAAM - Bureau du Val de l'Estéron Ecole professionnelle de Parapente First flights 139 chemin de Berdine - Le Broc Canyoning Trekking 7 hauts de Saint Jeaume Paragliding + 33 (0)4 93 29 36 74 Chateauneuf de Grasse Stage www.perso.wanadoo.fr/azur.canyoning + 33 (0)4 93 02 83 88 - www.libellule06.com Biplace Parapente Paragliding Natur'aile + 33 (0)6 64 13 54 07 Chemin Notre-Dame - Saint-André-les-Alpes Paragliding + 33 (0)6 82 08 29 02 - Camp 4 Rock climbing www.naturelements.com Cerre de la Trinité - Le Cros d'Utelle Canyoning Via ferrata Adventure course Odyssée Verticale + 33 (0)6 62 24 02 14 www.camp-4.com Via cordata 146 b rue de France - Nice Canyoning Via ferrata Canyon Forest + 33 (0)4 93 86 71 99 Rafting www.odysseeverticale.com 26 route de Grasse - Villeneuve-Loubet Adventure course Parapente Baptème + 33 (0)4 92 02 88 88 www.canyon-forest.com 11 bd Pasteur - Grasse Paragliding Colmiane Forest + 33 (0)6 16 30 02 03 Sport La Colmiane www.parapente-bapteme.com Via ferrata Forest course + 33 (0)4 93 02 83 54 Planète Rivière www.colmiane.com 2 le Raphaël - Les Hameaux du Soleil Canoe-kayak - Rafting Compagnie des Guides du Mercantour Mountain climbing Villeneuve-Loubet Rue Cagnoli - Saint-Martin-Vésubie Rock climbing - Heli-skiing + 33 (0)6 10 46 51 31 Aqua trekking Canyoning Snowshoes - Trekking on skis + 33 (0)6 08 53 10 86 www.planete-riviere.com fiorucci.pierre.guide@wanadoo.fr Via ferrata Canyoning Riviera Trek Trekking Déambule 101 av Saint-Augustin - Nice Canyoning 14 montée des Romains - Sospel Kayaking - Rafting Snowshoes trekking themes + 33 (0)6 60 97 60 31 - www.rivieratrek.com + 33 (0)4 93 05 15 97 Aqua trekking Destination Merveilles Raft Session Canoë - Canyoning 10 rue des Mesures Route des Gorges du Verdon - Castellane + 33 (0)6 20 12 92 01 - www.raft-session.com Rafting - Aqua trekking Villeneuve-Loubet Trekking + 33 (0)4 93 73 09 07 Trekking Stays - Mountain bike www.destination-merveilles.com Roya Evasion Canoe - Canyoning 1 rue Pasteur - Breil-sur-Roya Via ferrata multiactivities Destination Nature + 33 (0)4 93 04 91 46 - www.royaevasion.com Rafting Snowshoes Sea kayak 67 av Georges Clémenceau Canyoning La Colle-sur-Loup + 33 (0)6 86 66 35 49 - www.denature.fr Sport-Loisirs-Découvertes Archery - Mountain bike Espace Eau Vive d'Azur Canoe-kayak - Canyoning Quartier Le Cervagné - Roquebillière Cross-country skiing + 33 (0)4 93 03 48 83 “Rallye Olympiade” Domaine de Valcros - Puget-Théniers Rafting - Aqua trekking Via ferrata + 33 (0)4 93 05 15 77 www.espaceauvive.midi-bip.com Tubing Espace Valberg Aventure Tinée Aventure Amusement park La Férière - Le Planet - Valdeblore Canyoning Trekking Serm Myrtilles - Valberg Hiking Tennis - Archery + 33 (0)4 93 02 88 87 - tineeaventure@free.fr + 33 (0)4 93 02 63 96 (réservation) Summer toboggan www.valberg.com Mountain bike Top Jump Eau Vive Evasion Inflatable canoe - Canyoning 42 chemin des Presses - Villa n°4 Base de Guillaumes - Annot Rock climbing Bungee jumping Whitewater swimming Bungee jumping Cagnes-sur-Mer + 33 (0)4 92 83 38 09 Via ferrata + 33 (0)4 93 73 50 29 - www.topjump.free.fr www.eau-vive-evasion.com Rafting - Aqua trekking Euroc Via Souterrata Via souterrata Mountain climbing 2509 route de la Plaine - Caille Canyoning Caving B.P. 12 - Valberg Canyoning Mountain bike Via ferrata + 33 (0)4 93 02 32 15 Rock climbing - Trekking + 33 (0)4 93 60 34 51 - www.lou-pais.com Evolution 2 Côte d'Azur Centre Administratif Diving Aéroport de Cannes-Mandelieu Canyoning Rock climbing Mountain bike - Sea kayak BP 9 - Cannes-La-Bocca Rafting Via cordata + 33 (0)4 93 90 83 83 Sailing coteazur@evolution2.com Fun Kart Route de Gourdon - Le Bar-sur-Loup Go-kart + 33 (0)4 93 42 48 08 www. Fun-karting.com Fun Trip 10 pont du Loup - Tourrettes-sur-Loup Canyoning Via ferrata Caving + 33 (0)4 93 32 93 16 - www.funtrip.fr GD Organisation 40 bd Saint-Hubert - Théoule-sur-Mer Waterskiing - Wake board + 33 (0)6 80 64 03 50 gdorganisation@wanadoo.fr H.A.C Ecole Multi-Axes 7 bis av du Docteur Hochet Juan les Pins Ultra-light aircraft + 33 (0)4 93 67 05 11 www.hydro-ulm.com/morosini.html
  • Galion The Beaches 3 Promenade des Anglais (across from the Hôtel Méridien) Over 7 km, you can choose from 15 private beaches and 20 public a +33 (0)4 93 88 17 23 beaches. The water is regularly tested and the quality is generally Restaurant: 150 seats. considered to be very good according to European standards. The different water sports available are clearly marked out. Swimming areas Lido with lifeguards are located between the nautical base at Carras and the 15 Promenade des Anglais Leisure Activities tip of Pointe des Ponchettes. For further information: : www.nice.fr a +33 (0)4 93 87 18 25 - lidoplage@wanadoo.fr All private beaches offer mattresses, parasols, beach huts and Restaurant: 200 seats. showers from April to October and they all have restaurants by the sea. Two public beaches have specific facilities providing access to the sea Miami for disabled persons: Plage du Centenaire and Plage de Carras 197 Promenade des Anglais (across from av de Fabron) a +33 (0)4 93 86 11 25 Bambou Children’s playground. Sheltered terrace. Pontoon-solarium on the sea with mattresses. Restaurant: 120 seats. Open in the evening from June 165 Promenade des Anglais - (across from Rue Lenval) to September. a +33 (0)4 93 86 64 15 Swimming pool & children’s playground - Restaurant: 60 seats. Neptune Promenade des Anglais (across from the Hôtel Negresco) Beau Rivage a +33 (0)4 93 87 16 60 - chantevert@aol.com 107 quai des Etats-Unis (across from the Hôtel Beau Rivage) Pedalos, swimming pool & playground with lifeguards, pontoon. a +33 (0)4 92 47 82 82 - info@nicebeaurivage.com USEFUL INFORMATION Billiards, pinball, table football. Restaurant: 200 seats - sheltered Restaurant: 1,000 seats. terrace. Year round. Creation at Carras of ‘Audioplage’, a special beach for the blind and visually impaired, with four buoys Blue Beach Opéra positioned in the sea, each at a distance of 15 metres. 32 Promenade des Anglais (across from the Hôtel West End) 30 quai des États-Unis (across from the Opéra) a +33 (0)4 93 87 10 36 - www.bluebeach.fr Users wearing an emitting device on their wrist can a +33 (0)4 93 62 31 52 activate the buoys as they move around in the sea. The Aerojump. Restaurant: 200 seats. Children’s swimming pool, volleyball, table tennis. Open year round & only requirement is to be a good swimmer. in the evening in July & August. Restaurant: 200 seats. Régence Castel 223 Promenade des Anglais (across from the Hôtel Radisson SAS) 8 quai des Etats-Unis (at the foot of the Hôtel La Pérouse) a +33 (0)4 97 07 03 09 Aquagym, swimming lessons, massages. Restaurant: 130 seats. a +33 (0)4 93 85 22 66 - www.castelplage.com Open for lunch & dinner. Sheltered terrace. Restaurant: 200 seats. Ruhl Florida 1 Promenade des Anglais (across from the Hôtel Méridien) 71 Promenade des Anglais a +33 (0)4 93 87 09 70 (across from the Centre Universitaire Méditerranéen) Children’s swimming pool. Restaurant: 200 seats on the terrace. a +33 (0)4 93 44 72 86 Jacuzzi - Restaurant: 60 seats. Sporting 25 Promenade des Anglais (across from the Hôtel Westminster) Forum a +33 (0)4 93 87 18 10 - contact@plagesporting.com Promenade des Anglais (across from Jardin Albert Ier) Restaurant for lunch & dinner: 150 to 200 seats. a +33 (0)4 93 44 52 38 Children’s swimming pool & playground. Restaurant: 250 seats. Voilier 58 Promenade des Anglais (across from the Hôtel Élysée Palace) a +33 (0)4 93 44 08 56 Children’s swimming pool & playground. Restaurant: 130 seats (closed veranda) Evening musical entertainment in July & August (Friday & Saturday: 56 theme soirees). 57
  • Water sports Shopping These establishments provide a chance to practise various activities on the beaches along Promenade des Anglais. The boutiques Boat-towed sports Le Carré d’Or Parascending, waterskiing, wakeboarding, fly fishing, boat-towed Like all major international cities, the heart of Nice offers some fifty Leisure Activities buoys, canoeing & kayaking. shops and the most prestigious brands in what is truly a ‘golden square’ (Alphonse Karr, Rue Paradis, Av de Suède & de Verdun): Louis Glisse Evasion Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès, Cartier, Armani, Ventilo, Façonnable, Lepage, Blue Beach/Neptune (across from the Hôtel Negresco) Longchamp, Kenzo, Max Mara, Sonia Rykiel... and many more a +33 (0)6 10 27 03 91 - www.glisse-evasion.com boutiques displaying elegant creations. Nikaia Water Sports Pedestrian streets & the city centre Opéra/Beau Rivage (across from Old Nice) The area of Place Masséna and the neighbouring pedestrian streets offer a +33 (0)6 09 16 02 16 - www.nikaiaglisse.com a succession of famous brands, couturiers, jewellers and luxury boutiques. Avenue Jean-Médecin and its side streets are bustling with Jet-skis & sea scooters activity. Jet Evasion Department stores Plage de Carras a +33 (0)6 61 45 87 97 / + 33 (0)6 98 10 50 62 Nice Étoile shopping mall h www.jetevasion06.com 30 av Jean Médecin June to September. Beginners, broad selection of discovery outings at a +33 (0)4 92 17 38 17 - www.nicetoile.com sea. In the very heart of Nice, on the city’s main street, this urban shopping mall offers 95 shops on 19,000m2, for all the pleasure of shopping in Condition of the sea spacious contemporary architecture. Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 7:30pm (8:00pm in July & August) Parking 24h/day. beach with lifeguards, no particular danger Galeries Lafayette Nice Masséna h swimming dangerous, but lifeguards present 6 av Jean Médecin because of choppy sea, etc a +33 (0)4 92 17 36 36 - www.galerieslafayette.com Largest after Paris, the Galeries Lafayette department store, while no swimming confirming the heritage of Baron Haussmann, offers a total of 13,000m2 on 5 levels with a new design for displaying famous brands including Dior, for which they are sole distributor; 600 brands in all, represented in a broad range of items. For a coffee break or a convivial lunch, ‘La Table d’Hédiard’ provides a breathtaking view on Place Masséna. Two car parks nearby: Corvésy (first 45 min free) and Masséna. 58 59
  • Old Nice, artists & craftsmen Leisure Parks With over 600 shops, Old Nice is the largest outdoor shopping area on the French Riviera. Many boutiques offer local specialities and typical Parc Phœnix h gifts, in particular around Cours Saleya. Nearby, Place Garibaldi marks 405 Promenade des Anglais the boundary between the old town and the new, opening eastward a +33 (0)4 92 29 77 00 - www.nice.fr on Avenue de la République, a bustling street with many shops near On the west of Nice, this floral park is entirely dedicated to Nature. This Leisure Activities the Acropolis Convention Centre.. is a fabulous place for fun educational botanical discovery on 7 hectares for young and old alike. Parc Phoenix is also an area for the general public The markets of Nice h with a scientific platform linked to the environment. Admission free for Cours Saleya is one of the busiest parts of Old Nice with its flower children under age 12. 2 hours free parking at Parking de l’Arénas market; many of its products from the greenhouses on the hills of Nice (weekends / holidays and in summer). exhale their subtle fragrances dominated by the perfume of mimosa in winter. Every morning (except Monday). Parc de la colline du Château h Rue de Foresta / Montée Monfort The fruit and vegetable market was selected by the National Rich with history and legend, the Castle Hill is where Nice originated. It also Culinary Arts Council as one of France’s most picturesque markets. offers its quiet undergrowth, refreshing waterfalls and remarkable vegetation to create a paradise for children with many games.. Once a week, the antique show replaces foodstuffs under the tents Le Labyrinthe de l’aventure with their brightly colour stripes. Monday, 7:30am to 6:00pm exception 2559 route de Grasse - Villeneuve-Loubet on the eve of holidays a +33 (0)4 92 02 06 06 - www.lelabyrinthedelaventure.com A challenge-filled course through 4km of paths and cul-de-sacs in an An arts & crafts market livens up Cours Saleya from June to September, environment of plants and flowers with clues and passwords to find every night, alongside the works of painters. your way through the maze: 40 games to discover. Place Saint-François hosts the fish market every morning from 6:00am Animal Parks to 1:00pm (except Monday). Espace Marineland h A marvellous example of success and renovation, Place du Palais de 306 av Mozart - Antibes Justice hosts theme markets: used & antique books on the 1st & 3rd a 0 892 30 06 06 - www.marineland .fr Saturday of each month from 8:00am to 5.00pm, antique postcards Marineland - Shows by marine mammals, attractions... Aquasplash, on the 4th Saturday of each month. Adventure Golf, the Wild West Farm and Antibes Land amusement park... Antique dealers Scenoparc Alpha Village Ségurane Le Boréon - Saint-Martin Vésubie Rue Antoine Gautier, rue Catherine Ségurane, a +33 (0)4 93 02 33 69 - www.alpha-loup.com rue Emmanuel Philibert et rue de Foresta Le temps du Loup: just an hour’s drive from the coast, in the heart of Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm & 3pm to 6:30pm. the Mercantour National Park, a visit with the family for 2 or 3 hours to discover the world of wolves and their story. Thanks to ‘scenovision’ (multi-sensorial shows), discover the time of humans, with four Flea Market (“marché aux puces”) colourful characters who share their knowledge of wolves, before Place Robilante entering the time of wolves through the forest house to meet the Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm. inhabitants of this pristine site. 60 61
  • Zoo Parc h Other activities Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat a +33 (0)4 93 760 760 - www.zoocapferrat.com Boulodrome Over 500 animals in a lovely botanical setting. Catering service, Port de Carras - 240 Promenade des Anglais children’s games. Every day, year round. Parking facilities. a +33 (0)4 93 72 35 26 To learn to play pétanque - 4 pétanque grounds by the sea open to Meeting marine mammals Leisure Activities everyone. Acti Loisirs Bowling et Billard a +33 (0)4 93 62 00 16 / +33 (0)6 03 78 30 85 www.dauphin-mediterranee.com Bowling / billards Acropolis A striking experience: an excursion in the Mediterranean Reserve, 4 5 Esplanade Kennedy hours leaving from Villefranche-sur-Mer. June to September. a +33 (0)4 93 55 33 11 - www.bowling-amf.com With 24 bowling alleys & 9 billiard tables, the Bowling de Nice is one of AMV the largest in France. Open 7day/wk, 12:pm to 2:30am weekdays & a +33 (0)4 93 76 65 65 - www.amv-sirenes.com 10:00am to 4:00am weekends. Safari photos in the Mediterranean Sea to see marine mammals. 4 hours leaving from Villefranche-sur-Mer. June to September. Académie de billard Louis XI 45 bd René Cassin a +33 (0)4 93 72 55 05 Caves 22 tables. La grotte du Lazaret Billard Club de Nice 33 bis bd Franck Pilatte - Nice 35 av du Ray a +33 (0)4 92 00 17 37 - lazaret@larret.unice.fr a +33 (0)4 93 84 49 13 At the foot of Mont-Boron, an cavern 40m long and 15m wide in which French billiards: 13 tables. archaeological excavations have been conducted since 1967 under the supervision of Henry de Lumley. The cave has preserved evidence La Boule Noire (billard) of prehistoric human occupation over the very long term. 35 av Jean Médecin a +33 (0)4 93 82 52 18 Les grottes de Saint-Cézaire 1491 route des Grottes - Saint-Cézaire sur Siagne Salle Emeraude (billard) a +33 (0)4 93 60 22 35 - www.lesgrottesdestcezaire.fr 12 rue Papon Exceptional discovery of the underground world. a +33 (0)4 93 89 88 55 - www.snooker-passion.com Every day (except Wednesday) from 4:00pm till dawn. Domaine des grottes des Audides 1606 route de Cabris - Saint-Vallier de Thiey a +33 (0)4 93 42 64 15 - www.grottesdesaudides.free.fr A cave, a prehistoric park and an 800m itinerary to follow in the footsteps of prehistoric men. 30-min audioguide tour. Le Souterroscope de la grotte de baume obscure Chemin Sainte-Anne - Saint-Vallier de Thiey a +33 (0)4 93 42 61 63 - www.baumeobscure.com Sound & light guided tour. 62 63
  • Inline skates & quad Nice by night Inline skates The golden hues of the morning give way to the powdery mauve of the a +33 (0)4 93 13 97 64 / +33 (0)6 09 07 57 19 evening... Aperitif on Cours Saleya or a trendy lounge bar, gastronomic, www.nice-roller-attitude.com exotic or trendy dinner, late-night salsa, disco, jazz, cabaret or casino... Urban night-time trek on inline skates on the 2nd Friday of each month, You can prepare your evening as you like! Leisure Activities starting in front of the Beau Rivage at 9:00pm. For rental of athletic Cours Saleya, Old Nice, the Port, the Pedestrian Area and the city equipment, (see p. 93 “Practical information”). centre: within this perimeter, you will find a concentration and variety of theme bars, clubs, discotheques and lounge bars to make merry until Quad the wee hours of the night. Quad 06 a +33 (0)4 92 60 41 85 - www.s.quad06.com Excursions, outings, exploration. Suggestions at www.nicetourisme.biz and in La Semaine des Spectacles, L'Officiel des Loisirs & Nice Matin (available in Tango newsstands). www.bailando-tango.com Learn to dance the Argentine Tango outdoors or admire the dancers: in front of the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art on Tuesdays & Fridays at 9:00pm; Quai Rauba Capeu on Saturdays at 9:30pm. Casinos Casino Ruhl h 1 Promenade des Anglais a +33 (0)4 97 03 12 22 - www.lucienbarriere.com The largest selection of slot machines on the French Riviera, a sumptuous gaming room as well as two restaurants, two bars & an auditorium with concerts, one-man shows, theme soirees, fashion shows. Open every day, 10:00am to 4:00am (5:00am Friday/Saturday). Casino du Palais de la Méditerranée h 15 Promenade des Anglais a +33 (0)4 92 14 68 00 www.lepalaisdelamediterranée.com - www.casino-partouche.com 200 latest-generation slot machines. Restaurant, auditorium, dinner show. Open every day, 10:00am to 5.00am. 64 65
  • BLUE BEACH - PLAGE 4 BOUEES Suggestions for stays One of the best beach restaurants, specialized in fish, live lobsters, fine selection of salads, open for lunch year round and for dinner from June to September. 32 Promenade des Anglais 06000 Nice - Tél. : +33 (0)4 93 87 10 36 - Fax +33 (0)4 93 87 04 73 blue.beach@libertysurf.fr - www.bluebeach.fr Being in Nice means wanting to see and explore everything… but all these desires may also abound to the point they seem impossible to organize… We would like to offer suggestions for stays, whether for a weekend or several days… stays to satisfy your expectations and according to the seasons, oriented towards the sea or Nature… It’s for you to choose the option that best suits you and, if others still tempt you, they may make you want to return…
  • Suggestions for stays Excitement Culture Observe marine mammals in the Mediterranean just 20 nautical miles from the coast onboard a cruising boat leaving from Morning Villefranche-sur-Mer. Start in Old Nice to explore its narrow streets with their multicoloured Or façades, its Baroque monuments and lively picturesque markets. Set off to the heart of the Mercantour National Park to see the Then, seated on a terrace in the sun, sample local specialities in one fascinating wolf packs in the wild thanks to several blinds and, at the of Nice’s typical restaurants. Scénoparc in Saint-Martin Vésubie, explore the history of Man and Wolf through tales and testimonials by shepherds and ethologists. Afternoon Visit the Hill of Cimiez with its many Belle-Époque monuments and Evening luxury hotels, remarkable museums, parks and gardens with their To recover from the day’s excitement, enjoy dinner by the sea with a luxuriant vegetation. Prepare your stay with panoramic view over the legendary Promenade des Anglais. www.nicetourisme.biz Evening Enjoy the city’s cultural life by going to the Nice Opera for a Family stay performance, a concert or theatre (see “Nice your Rendezvous” for the programme). Morning Discover the plant heritage and flowers at Parc Phoenix with its 2,500 plant species, a greenhouse featuring seven tropical climates, wild animals, a shark, rays that are neither venomous nor electric, that can be touched, spectacled caimans, iguanas, free-flying exotic birds and tarantulas. Picnic in the heart of these seven hectares of unique flora and fauna. Afternoon Relax on one of the beaches - public or private - on Promenade des Anglais, many of which offer fun activities for children and adults and some provide a chance to practise water sports. Evening Meet in one of the largest bowling alleys in France with computerized lanes. The complex also features a restaurant decorated to delight aficionados of racing cars, a television area, video games and eight billiard tables. There are light bowling balls and bumpers for children.
  • Initiation Thrills Suggestions for stays Morning Morning Take a class to learn how to cook genuine ‘Cuisine Niçoise’, which Enjoy trying whitewater sports through red gorges just a few reflects a tradition based on the tasty trilogy of olive oil, garlic and kilometres from Nice in communion with Nature and its elements. ‘fines herbes’. Made with sun-drenched vegetables, fruit and aromatic herbs, prepare a refined colourful melodic cuisine before Afternoon tasting a typical meal. Meet the challenge of a daunting ‘via ferrata’, a trail that climbs up a mountainside, for its breathtaking panoramas over the valleys of Afternoon Greater Nice. Meet on Promenade des Anglais, where all those who love fun and sport gather, for a bracing ride on a bicycle or inline rollers. Evening Savour the art of living and respect for regional products in a Evening traditional setting with sunshine colours in one of the many In summer, participate in ‘La Castellada’, an entertaining night-time restaurants specialized in local cuisine where the fare is as much a stroll on the Castle Hill with professional actors and musicians in feast for the eyes as for the taste buds. costume retracing the key events in the history of Nice. Carnival Morning In the late morning, meet at Jardin Albert Ier for ‘La Carnasocca’, Carnival brunch, to sample ‘socca’, the most typical culinary Nature speciality of Nice. Then have lunch on a terrace on ¨Promenade des Anglais or in Old Nice to enjoy the winter sunshine. Morning Head for Vallée des Merveilles for a trek in a 4x4 to discover the flora, fauna, natural curiosities and Afternoon archaeological sites in this extraordinary setting. Then take a break for a picnic in the great outdoors This is the time for the most beautiful of battles, the ‘Bataille de by a lake lined with wild rhododendrons and other wild flowers. Fleurs’, a carnival parade that combines the splendour of floats decorated with thousands of flowers, the irresistible charm of lovely During the day young models who watch over these moving gardens - in every sense of the word. As you walk, admire exceptional panoramas, parks and wilderness and the rock carvings, the largest concentration in Europe. Evening Evening Put on a disguise and join in the Parade of Lights (‘Défilé aux Lumières’), punctuated by the passage of King Carnival in person, Observe the sky and its planets at the Astrorama to discover and better understand the universe then go to one of the many costume parties, or ‘Veglioni’, that are and the laws governing it, through the lenses and telescopes provided, with the help of scientists organized during Carnival in the hotels and trendy discotheques of ready to share their passion. Old Nice.
  • Starting from Nice From Nice, along the tiny winding roads of the hinterland or the legendary busy roads along the sea, you can discover the splendid coastal towns, lovely perched villages, rugged valleys, natural parks, towering mountains... The surroundings of Nice are brimming with ideas for outings and unexpected discovery.
  • Menton Coastal towns from Nice Tourist Bureau Antibes-Juan-les-Pins a +33 (0)4 92 41 76 76 - www.menton.fr Sights: the old town, the Saint-Michel-Archange basilica and its parvis, Tourist Bureau the harbour, Jean Cocteau Museum, Regional Prehistory Museum, a + 33 (0)4 97 23 11 11 - www.antibesjuanlespins.com exceptional gardens: Palais Carnolès (citrus trees), Villa Maria-Séréna, Sights: Port Vauban, the old town, its narrow streets and flower- Starting from Nice Clos du Peyronnet, Serre de la Madone, Val Rahmeh Museum (exotic decked squares, Cathedral, ramparts, Picasso Museum, Peynet botanical garden). Museum, Naval Museum, Villa Thuret garden and Parc Exflora. Principality of Monaco Beaulieu-sur-Mer Tourist Bureau Tourist Bureau a + 377 92 16 61 16 - www.monaco-tourisme.com a + 33 (0)4 93 01 02 21 - www.ot-beaulieu-sur-mer.fr Sights: on the Rock - Princes’ Palace and changing of the guard, Sights: Villa Kerylos, a listed historic building recreating an ancient Oceanographic Museum, the old town; Monte Carlo: the Casino, Greek home, and its Mediterranean garden; open in the afternoon National Museum of Dolls, Japanese garden; Fontvieille: HSH the (guided tours available); film on the history of the Riviera. Prince of Monaco’s collection of vintage cars, the Naval Museum and the Animal Garden; Monéghetti: the Exotic Garden, Observatory Cave Cannes and Anthropology Museum. Tourist Bureau - Palais des Festivals a +33 (0)4 92 99 84 22 - www.palaisdesfestivals.com Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Sights: La Croisette and the Festival Hall, luxury shops in the city Tourist Bureau centre, Old Cannes and the hill of Le Suquet, the square tower, Musée de la Castre, panorama over the Bay of Cannes, the Estérel Massif and a +33 (0)4 93 76 08 90 - www.ville-saint-jean-cap-ferrat.fr Sights: the village, the harbour, Sainte-Hospice Chapel (18th century) the Isles of Lérins. Château de la Napoule and the Black Madonna, Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild and its theme gardens, Museum of Shells, Zoo. Cap d’Ail Tourist Bureau Villefranche-sur-Mer a +33 (0)4 93 78 02 33 - www.cap-dail.com Tourist Bureau Sights: its rocky promontories and luxuriant parks and gardens, maritime pines with Mediterranean fragrances, Belle-Époque villas, a +33 (0)4 93 01 73 68 - www.villefranche-sur-mer.com Sights: the Bay, 16th-century citadel and the Volti Museum, the gardens, beaches; a coastal trail offers a particularly pleasant walk with harbour and its colourful façades, Saint-Pierre Chapel, the old town, a panoramic view. Rue Obscure; guided tours every Thursday. Mandelieu-la Napoule Saint-Tropez (Var département) Tourist Bureau Tourist Bureau a +33 (0)4 92 97 99 27 - www.ot-mandelieu.fr a + 33 (0)8 92 68 48 28 - www.ot-saint-tropez.com Sights: the Gulf, Château de La Napoule, the San Peyre natural park Sights: the village, its picturesque narrow streets and Provençal on a promontory facing the sea. Panorama over the Gulf of la Napoule, squares, the harbour, 16th-century citadel and Naval Museum; famous the Isles of Lérins, the Estérel mountains and the pre-Alps and the sandy beaches (Pampelonne, Tahiti...) and splendid pine groves along mimosa forest. the peninsula of Saint-Tropez that can be explored along several ‘Conservatoire du Littoral’ coastal trails. 74 75
  • Sainte-Agnès Balconies over the French Riviera Tourist Bureau (Syndicat d’Initiative) Biot a +33 (0)4 93 35 87 35 - www.sainteagnes06.free.fr The highest coastal village in Europe, 780m above sea level Tourist Bureau Sights: the Maginot fort, Notre-Dame des Neiges Church, mediaeval a +33 (0)4 93 65 78 00 - www.biot.fr Saint-Sébastien Chapel, ruins of the mediaeval castle and the garden, Sights: the old village and its 15th-century Church, Fernand Léger Starting from Nice ‘Espace, Culture & Tradition’ Museum. National Museum and glassblowers. Saint-Paul-de-Vence Èze village Tourist Bureau Tourist Bureau a +33 (0)4 93 32 86 95 - www.saint-pauldevence.com a +33 (0)4 93 41 26 00 - www.eze-riviera.com Sights: the fortified village, 12th-century Church, 16th-century Sights: the mediaeval village perched high above the Mediterranean ramparts and panorama over the hills and the sea, Fondation Maeght with its narrow streets lined with artists’ and craftsmen’s studios and (contemporary art), Contemporary Art Museum, Local History perfumeries. The Baroque Church with its altarpieces and trompe-l’oeil Museum. Nearby: la Colle-sur-Loup and its antique dealers. decoration; the exotic garden in the ruins of the mediaeval fortress on the rocky peak overlooking the sea. Tourrettes-sur-Loup (city of violets) Tourist Bureau Grasse Tourist Bureau a +33 (0)4 93 24 18 93 - www.tourrettessurloup.com Sights: the mediaeval village and its ramparts, Rue de la Bourgade, a +33 (0)4 93 36 66 66 - www.grasse.fr Aqueduc du Moulin, Saint-Grégoire Church, Saint-Jean Chapel, The perfume capital - free tours of perfumeries Gorges of the Loup River. Citrus garden of Confiserie Florian created in Sights: the old town, the Cathedral, Place aux Aires and its market 1996 featuring citrus trees and plants for confectionery (Seville oranges, (14th-century arcaded square); the International Perfumery Museum, lemon, tangerine, orange trees…) and Mediterranean plants (violets, Fragonard Museum, Museum of Art and History of Provence, Naval verbena, roses, jasmine, rosemary, myrtle…) Museum, Museum of Provençal Costume and Jewellery. In the heart of this exceptional site, the golden fruit of the Riviera have been transformed for over a half-century to make candied fruit and other Les Hauts de Cagnes-sur-Mer delicacies. Tourist Bureau Confiserie Florian - Le Pont-du-Loup a +33 (0)4 92 02 85 05 - www.cagnes-tourisme.com Sights: the fortified mediaeval town of Haut-de-Cagnes, its steep a +33 (0)4 93 59 32 91 - www.confiserieflorian.com narrow streets decked with flowers, 14th-century castle; Renoir Vallauris Golfe-Juan Museum and millennium-old olive trees; picturesque village of Cros-de- Tourist Bureau Cagnes. a +33 (0)4 93 63 82 58 / +33 (0)4 93 63 73 12 www.vallauris-golfe-juan.fr Mougins Sights: The Castle-Museum, Magnelli Museum and Museum of Tourist Bureau Ceramics in the Castle compound, National Picasso Museum in the a +33 (0)4 93 75 87 67 - www.mougins-coteazur.org Romanesque Chapel. Sights: Museum de l’Automobiliste and Museum of Photography. Vence Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Tourist Bureau Tourist Bureau a +33 (0)4.93.58.06.38 - www.ville-vence.fr a +33 (0)4 93 35 62 87 - www.roquebrune-cap-martin.com Sights: the historic town and 11th-century Cathedral, Chapelle du Guided tour of the mediaeval village and castle Rosaire decorated by Matisse, Château de Villeneuve, Château de Walk along the coastal trail with the famous architect Le Corbusier’s Notre-Dame des Fleurs (Galerie Beaubourg). cottage. 76 77
  • Villeneuve-Loubet Lucéram Tourist Bureau Maison de Pays du Haut Paillon a +33 (0)4 92 02 66 16 - www.ot-villeneuveloubet.org a +33 (0)4 93 79 46 50 - www.luceram.com Sights: the old village and its narrow paved streets, Saint-Marc Church, Sights: Sainte-Marguerite Church, defensive tower and ramparts (14th mural and old washhouses, Museum of Culinary Art, Art History century), seven Chapels, Museum of old tools and local traditions, oil Museum. mill. Not to be missed: the Christmas cribs in winter. Starting from Nice The hinterland of Nice Peille Mairie de Peille Le canton aux 10 sourires a +33 (0)4 93 91 71 71 - mairie.peille@laposte.net Tourist Association of the Canton of Levens Sights: the old fortified gate of L’Arma, Tower in the rampart, Sainte- a +33 (0)4 93 08 76 31 - www.cantondelevens.com Marie Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Church (12th century), Palais of The Association groups several villages, rich in history and tradition. the Lascaris family (17th century) on the edge of the cliff, Saint- Theme days and weekends: ‘Route des Saveurs’ (the Route of Sébastien Chapel (13th century), Chapelle de la Miséricorde, Saint- Flavours, to discover local cuisine), ‘Route des Oliviers’ (Route of Olive Joseph Chapel, Musée du Terroir (local tradition), via ferrata. Trees, to visit oil mills and sample local products), ‘Route des Chevaliers’ (Knights’ Route, to discover art and history and visit Peillon mediaeval sites). Tourist Bureau (Syndicat d’Initiative) a +33 (0)4 93 79 91 04 - si_peillon@yahoo.fr Coaraze Sights: White Penitents’ Chapel (1495), Saint-Sauveur de la Tourist Bureau Transfiguration Church, ruins of the fortress at the highest point in the a +33 (0)4 93 79 37 47 - office.de.tourisme.coaraze@tiscali.fr village, ancient Roman road to Peille, oil and flour mills, bronze Sights: sundials designed by famous contemporary artists, Saint- sculpture studio. Sébastien Chapel, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, the mediaeval village and mediaeval ruins of Roccasparviera, Notre-Dame du Gressier Roya-Bévéra Valley Chapel. Welcome to the Roya-Bévéra Valley www.royabevera.com Breil-sur-Roya Gourdon Tourist Bureau Tourist Bureau (Syndicat d’Initiative) a +33 (0)4 93 04 99 76 - www.breil-sur-roya.fr a +33 (0)4 93 09 68 25 - www.gourdon-france.com Sights: the little town in a bend in the Roya River, the spectacular Sights: listed among the most beautiful villages in France, this Church of Santa Maria in Albis (17th century), Chapelle de la mediaeval town in perched on a rocky peak 650m above sea level, Miséricorde, seven organs in the valleys, Notre-Dame du Mont Chapel, with an incomparable view over 80 kilometres of the French Riviera Saint-Marc Church, Sainte-Catherine Chapel, Porte de Gênes (Genoa between Nice and Théoule-sur-Mer; many gardens. gate). Not to be missed: Les Baroquiales, baroque music festival. L’Escarène Fontan Tourist Bureau Office de Tourisme a +33 (0)4 93 79 62 93 - www.escarene.fr a +33 (0)4 93 04 56 93 - md25@cote-dazur.com Sights: Square of the Saint-Pons Benedictin abbey, Saint-Pierre parish Sights: Notre-Dame de la Visitation baroque parish Church, Château Church, former Hôtel de la Gabelle (where the salt tax was collected), de la Causéga, old central fountain, façades of houses with trompe- 18th-century oil mill, mausoleum of the First Free French Division. l’oeil decorations, free guided tour of village year round Levens Tourist Bureau a +33 (0)4 93 79 71 00 - www.levenstourisme.com Sights: Saint-Antonin parish Church (12th century), Chapels of the White and Black Penitents, ‘Maison du Portal’ (art gallery), the Church tower of Saint-Antoine de Siga, old oil mills. 78 79
  • La Brigue Lantosque Tourist Bureau Tourist Bureau (Syndicat d’Initiative) a +33 (0)4 93 79 09 34 - www.labrigue.fr a +33 (0)4 93 03 00 02 - www.vesubian.com Sights: Saint-Martin Collegiate Church, Annonciation Chapel (18th Sights: its many hamlets, Saint-Pons Church, Sainte-Claire Chapel century), Saint-Michel Chapel, Assomption Chapel, Notre-Dame des (15th century), Notre-Dame des Anges Church in Pélasque, St-Arnoux Fontaines sanctuary, ruins of the mediaeval castle of the Lascaris Church and ruins of the 13th-century castle in Loda, Pont du Martinet Starting from Nice family, Museum of Beekeeping Traditions, Museum of Old Tools. (bridge), Gordolon fort, Notre-Dame de la Balma Sanctuary, Poggioli Museum, Notre-Dame de Lourdes Chapel. Saorge Mairie de Saorge Roquebillière a +33 (0)4 93 04 51 23 - www.saorge.fr Tourist Bureau Sights: Saint-Sauveur parish Church (15th century), Franciscan a +33 (0)4 93 03 51 60 - www.roquebilliere.com convent, La Madone del Poggio Chapel, Saint-Jacques Chapel, Saint- The French Riviera’s only health resort Sébastien Chapel, panoramic view from the ruins of the castle of Sights: Saint-Michel de Gast Church (early 14th century), White Mallemort. Hiking and trout fishing. Penitents’ Chapel, Madone de Berthemont Chapel. Sospel Saint-Martin Vésubie Tourist Bureau Mairie and Tourist Bureau a +33 (0)4 93 04 15 80 - www.sospel-tourisme.com a +33 (0)4 93 03 21 28 - www.saintmartinvesubie.fr Sights: the mediaeval town, trompe-l’oeil façades, Saint-Michel Sights: Rue Cagnoli, Sainte-Anne Gate, the parish church, Musée des Cathedral and its square (Baroque architecture). Traditions Vésubiennes. Hikes: Madone de Fenestre Sanctuary, Vallée des Merveilles Not to be missed: Parc Alpha, to observe wolves Tende (see p. 61 “Leisure Activities”). Tourist Bureau a +33 (0)4 93 04 73 71 - www.tendemerveilles.com Utelle Sights: the mediaeval town and its vaulted passageways, chapels, Mairie d’Utelle Collegiate Church, ruins of the Castle, Musée des Merveilles (a tribute a +33 (0)4 93 03 17 01 to Vallée des Merveilles, the largest outdoor museum featuring over Sights: the mediaeval village, its original trompe-l’oeil façades, 30,000 Bronze Age rock carvings). remarkable sundials, Saint-Véran Church, oil mill, Sainte-Croix Chapel, La Madone d’Utelle (sanctuary overlooking the village). Vésubie Valley Venanson Belvédère Mairie de Venanson Tourist Bureau (Syndicat d’Initiative) a +33 (0)4 93 03 23 05 - www.venanson.mairie.com a +33 (0)4 93 03 61 12 - belvedere.si@wanadoo.fr Sights: Saint-Michel Church, Sainte-Claire Chapel, Saint-Roch Chapel, Sights: its picturesque narrow streets, Maison du Chevalier, Maison du communal bread oven, Les Granges district, old washhouse, varied Tribunal, tall fortified houses, the oil and flour mill, Place des Pénitents flora. Blancs, Saint-Pierre et Paul Church, Museum of Milk. Outings and treks in the Gordolasque Valley, Vallée des Merveilles and in the Mercantour National Park. La Bollène Vésubie Tourist Bureau (Syndicat d’Initiative) a +33 (0)4 93 03 99 10 - www.labollenevesubie.fr Sights: Museum of Entomology, Saint-Laurent Church, flour mill, L’Authion Massif, Vallée des Merveilles, Turini-Camp d’Argent ski resort, Le Rustique Cultural and Tourist Centre. 80 81
  • Tinée Valley Mercantour National Park Mercantour National Park, France’s 7th national park, is the only cross- St-Etienne-de-Tinée - Auron Altitude: 1,140m and 1,600m border park with Italy a +33 (0)4 93 23 02 66 - www.auron.com Exceptionally rich flora: over 2,000 varieties of flowers identified (out of Winter activities: skiing, snowboard, skating, hiking 4,000 known flower varieties in France), 200 of them are rare species, Summer activities: rock climbing, excursions, golf, gym, acrobatic 30 are endemic; some of them since the end of the Ice Age. Forests Starting from Nice forest itinerary, swimming pool, horseback riding, Les Trinitaires lake, (larch forest with the oldest larch trees in France going back some tennis, hiking, archery, via ferrata, trampoline, mountain bike. 1,300 years), alpine lawns, meadows, flowers, waterfalls, lakes, gorges… All this forms an exceptional natural heritage. The fauna Isola - Isola 2000 Altitude 862 m and 2,000 m includes chamois, ibex, marmots, eagles and wolves. Vallée des a +33 (0)4 93 23 15 15 - www.isola2000.com Merveilles, in the eastern part of the Park, is accessible from the village Winter activities: skiing, snowboard, ice skating, go-kart on ice, hiking, of Tende. Mont Bégo, culminating at 2,872m, offers the richest series skidoos, snowshoeing, horse-drawn carriage, heliskiing, night skiing. of open-air rock carvings in Europe, with over 15km2 on which 40,000 Summer activities: mountain bike, horse-drawn carriage, Aquavallée petroglyphs have been identified dating from 3800 to 1880 BC. centre, bungee jumping and trampoline, horseback riding, country www.parc-mercantour.com kids, golf and mini-golf, paintball, tennis, gondola lift, adventure park. Access from Nice Valberg Altitude 1,670 m Winter activities: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, mountain trekking By car Summer activities: Espace Valberg Aventure (tree climbing), golf, Vallée de la Vésubie : RD6202 then RD2565. tennis, swimming pool, quad, mountain bike, Fun Trampo (trampoline), Vallée de la Tinée : RD6202 then RD2205. summer toboggan, trout fishing, canoeing and kayaking, archery, Vallée du Var/Cians : RD6202 then RD2202 RD6202 then RD28. mountain trekking, horseback riding. Vallée du Verdon : RD6202 then RD908. Vallée de l’Ubaye : RD6202 then RD2205 & RD64 via col de la Valdeblore - La Colmiane Altitude 1,500 m Bonette. Open from June to September. a +33 (0)4 93 23 25 90 - www.colmiane.com Roya-Bévéra Valley: motorway, towards Menton/Gênes, exit at Winter activities: skiing, snowboard, quad, hiking, snowshoeing Ventimiglia (Vintimille); then N204 towards Col de Tende, Cuneo. More Summer activities: Colmiane Forest tree climbing, paragliding, picturesque: the road over the passes, Col de Braus & Col de Brouis, horseback riding, canyoneering, gondola lift, mountain bike, summer Sospel & Breil / Roya RD2204 & RD2566. toboggan, ‘trottinerbe’ (cross-country scooter), golf and mini-golf, via ferrata, swimming pool, tennis, etc. By coach Gare routière (coach station) 5 bd Jean Jaurès a +33 (0) 892 701 206 There is regular coach service daily from Nice to each of the Mercantour valleys (Alpes-Maritimes). By train Contact : see p. 9 “Access & connections” The Roya Valley is accessible by train from Nice The train stops in Sospel, Breil-sur-Roya, St-Dalmas de Tende and Tende The so-called ‘Train des Pignes’ (pinecone train), although it does not go into the Mercantour Park, goes through the Var and Verdon Valleys (Puget-Théniers, Annot, Thorame, Digne-les-Bains), starting from Nice. 82 83
  • Suggested itineraries Mini cruises Enjoying the sea as a means of transportation or as a place for Here are some ideas for devising your own discovery tour using excursions. different means of transportation to reach the selected towns and villages (non-exhaustive list). Corsica Ferries Quai Amiral Infernet Starting from Nice Baroque art in the Comté de Nice and Liguria a +33(0)8 25 09 50 95 - www.corsicaferries.com a + 33 (0)4 93 04 22 20 - www.royabevera.com ou www.cg06.fr Regular traffic to Corsica with the NGV (high-speed boat). From the coast to the hinterland of the Alpes-Maritimes, this route includes 80 of the finest sacred and civil monuments that are part of a SNCM - Ferryterranée priceless architectural heritage. Signs have been placed along the way Quai du commerce to guide visitors. Guided tours every Monday in summer. a +33(0)4 93 13 66 66 / 3260 (0,15 €/mn) - www.sncm.fr ‘Corsican escapades’ in a single day of discovery: Île Rousse/Ajaccio Gardens of the Riviera with excursion, typical lunch, shopping… Regularly scheduled. a +33 (0)4 92 41 76 76 - www.villedementon.com From Mandelieu to Menton, this bucolic route includes some sixty fine Trans Côte d’Azur gardens designed for rich winter visitors, crowned heads and amateur Quai Lunel artists who came to the French Riviera in the late 19th and early 20th a +33(0)4 92 98 71 30 - www.trans-cote-azur.com centuries to enjoy the gentle life. Coastal outings: Monaco, San Remo, Isles of Lérins, Corniche d’Or, St-Tropez. Niçois primitive painters: the Brea family General Council of the Alpes-Maritimes - www.cg06.fr Discovery of sacred art in the former Comté de Nice and Western Year round. Reservations at the Nice Convention & Visitors Bureau Liguria: often hidden, these treasures form a unique religious heritage, www.nicetourisme.biz remarkable for its spiritual, intellectual and aesthetic qualities. On the road of perched villages www.agglo-nice.fr/culture-tourisme The CANCA (Communauté d’Agglomération Nice Côte d’Azur) Conurbation offers many suggestions for tours and discoveries through the thirteen perched villages that so beautifully complete its coastal façade (Aspremont, Saint-Jeannet, Falicon, la Roquette-sur- Var, Saint-Blaise, Castagniers, Èze, Duranus, Coaraze, Levens, Tourrette-Levens, la Gaude and Colomars). Suggestions for itineraries, excursions and leisure activities in the ‘Guide de la Nature Active’ printed by the Comité Régional du 84 Tourisme: www.guideriviera.fr 85
  • The French Riviera by train By helicopter Along the coast, the TER (Transport Express Régional) provides regular Another way to discover Nice and its region! service to all the coastal towns between Saint- Raphaël and Many possibilities for discovery and panoramic flights available; prices Ventimiglia. In the hinterland, the Nice-Tende-Turin line is a picturesque vary according to the number of passengers (5 max) train that takes passengers daily to the villages in the Roya-Bévéra Departure from the Airport of Nice www.nice.aeroport.fr Valley and beyond to Limone, Cuneo and Turin. Starting from Nice (see p.9 “Access & connections”) Azur Hélicoptère h Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur T1-T2 Service Transport Express Régional (TER) a +33 (0) 4 93 21 48 60 / 48 62 - www.azurhelico.com a 0 891 70 3000 (€O.23/min) - www.ter-sncf.com (timetable/services) First flights, panoramic flights. a 0 892 35 35 35 - www. sncf.fr (information) Héli Air Monaco h Le Train des Merveilles Aéroport de Nice Côte d'Azur T1 - T2 Service Transport Express Régional (TER) a +33 (0)4 93 21 34 95 / 34 62 - www.heliairmonaco.com a 0 891 70 3000 (€O.23/min) - www.ter-sncf.com/paca (timetable/services) Regularly scheduled flights. Association développement tourisme Roya Bévéra (ADTRB) a + 33 (0)4 93 04 92 05 - www.royabevera.com Héli Sécurité h This tourist train provides service to the Paillon and Roya-Bévéra Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur T1 - T2 Valleys and the Mercantour Park (where Vallée des Merveilles is a +33 (0)493 21 45 85 / +33 (0)4 89 98 50 10 located). Small picturesque villages can be seen all along the railway. www.helicopter-saint-tropez.com There is an ‘espace rotonde’ with panoramic windows so travellers can In summer, the SNCF offers the ‘carte Isabelle’ with Flights around the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. admire the mountain landscapes. In summer, activities are organized preferential rates to discover the tourist sights of the for tourists on the train that leaves Nice at 9am. coast and hinterland (see information p. 9). Nice Hélicoptère h Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur - T1 Le Train des Pignes a + 33 (0)4 93 21 34 32 - www.nicehelicopteres.com Chemins de Fer de Provence Panoramic flights (approx 20 min), custom excursions to all a + 33 (0)4 97 03 80 80 - www.trainprovence.com destinations; first flights. Discover the villages of the hinterland by train: its rugged landscapes, historical, cultural and architectural riches and vegetation. A protected Survolez vos vacances / Air Nice Touring historic monument, this tourist train with a steam engine offers daily a +33 (0)4 93 497 298 - www.survolezvosvacances.com service, with stops in the perched villages, between Nice and Digne. Its Panoramic flight (25 min) - full day + panoramic flight + excursion in a maximum speed is 70km/h and it climbs to altitudes over 1,000m minibus. Departure from Nice - from your hotel. above sea level through 50 tunnels, bridges and viaducts. Year round. 4 return trips daily between Nice and Digne-les-Bains Discover Nice... and the Comté de Nice! www.gecp.asso.fr The minibus provides an opportunity to explore the neighbouring towns and villages in small groups, an ideal solution for families! Itineraries to the main tourist sights on the French Riviera: a day in the hinterland, escapade on the Italian Riviera and its markets, to Saint- Tropez with its stars, a mini-cruise to Corsica… another way to visit the In summer: tourist activities are organized daily in the Train des Riviera by night! Glamorous, romantic Monte Carlo by night, Mougins Merveilles that leaves from Nice at 9am. Connection by coach from or Cannes through ‘art movies’ and gastronomy… Saint-Dalmas de Tende for Vallée des Merveilles Theme tours are also available and special excursions can be organized for cruise passengers Departure at 9am or 2pm in front our your hotel. 86 87
  • Excursions by minibus Excursions in 4x4 vehicles Another way to discover the hinterland and its pristine sights. COMPANY CONTACT DEPARTURE TIME GUIDED TOUR Alternative Tours Azur Connection a +33 (0)6 37 29 99 47 9am or 4 hrs - English, German, a + 33 (0)4 93 04 06 22 / + 33 (0)6 12 88 45 36 www.azurconnection.com 2pm Spanish, Italian, Russian guillaumelecuyer@aol.com Starting from Nice Excursions in a 4x4 on the trails of the hinterland and mountains and Easytour a +33 (0)6 11 54 09 95 9am or through the Mercantour National Park. Transfers to ski resorts. 4 hrs - English, Spanish, Italian www.loisirs-services.com 2pm Sunny Days a +33 (0)4 93 51 84 32 9am or 4 hrs - English, German, Italian, a +33 (0)4 93 71 10 75 - www.sunnydays.fr Gateway Full-day outings, excursions: Cians or Daluis gorges, or the hinterland www.gt-way.com 2pm Norwegian, Swedish, Russian of Grasse. Label Bleu a +33 (0)6 07 17 62 91 9am or Excursions by coach 4 hrs - English Voyages www.label-bleu-voyages.com 2pm Another way to visit the French Riviera, through excursions for a full day or shorter periods: discover territories (Provence, Luberon, hinterland Med Tour a +33 (0)4 93 82 92 58 9:30am or 3 hrs - English, Italian, Spanish, of Nice), culture, nature, leisure activities and entertainment, www.med-tour.com 2pm German, Russian gastronomy and oenology. Let yourself be guided according to the seasons and your interests and take advantage of our comprehensive 3 hrs - English, German, Italian, My Riviera a +33 (0)6 21 33 57 46 9am or theme offerings Spanish, Chinese. Russian, www.myriviera-nice.com 2:30pm You can consult the calendar and make reservations in Information Portuguese and Greek on request Offices and at the Santa Azur agency. Revelation Tour a +33 (0)4 93 53 69 85 9am or Santa Azur 4 hrs - English www.revelation-tours.com 2pm 11 av Jean Médecin With the ‘Ligne d’Azur’ tourist pass, you can travel a +33 (0)4 97 03 60 00 - www.santa-azur.com freely with an unlimited number of rides on the entire Riviera Kanko a +33 (0)6 03 69 38 47 9am or Service www.rivieraservice.fr 2pm 3 hrs - Japanese ‘Ligne d’Azur’ network in the ‘Nice Côte d’Azur’ Conur- Suggested tours bation as well as the shuttle from the centre of Nice to the Airport Principality of Monaco-Monte Carlo a +33 (0)6 03 03 00 00 9am or 4 hrs - Russian, English, On sale in all ‘Ligne d’Azur’ agencies Riviera Shuttle The 2 Corniches www.rivierashuttle.com 1pm Spanish, Italian, German a +33 (0)8 1006 1006 - www.lignedazur.com Menton / Èze 3 hrs - English, German, Italian, The Gulf of Saint-Tropez / Port Grimaud Sunny days a +33 (0)6 22 20 20 82 9am or Cannes / the Isles of Lérins Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and www.sunnydays.fr 2pm Russian on request Saint-Paul / Gorges du Loup / Grasse 3 hrs - English, German, Vallée des Merveilles (in a jeep or on foot) Tour Azur a +33 (0)4 93 44 88 77 9am or La Riviera dei Fiore: Italy Spanish, Italian, Russian, www.tourazur.com 2pm San Remo & Dolceaqua (market day) Portuguese, Dutch The market of Bordighera Travel Expert a +33 (0)6 29 54 32 52 9am or 3 hrs - English, Italian www.travelexpert.fr 2pm Consult: www.guideriviera.fr Reservation of tours and excursions up to 7 days in Nice Convention & Visitors Bureau offices a +33 (0)892 707 407 (0,34 € ttc mn) - www.nicetourisme.biz 88 89
  • Telephone number in case of loss (or theft) of the main bank Emergency services 24/7 cards a 0 892 705 705 Police Secours: a 17 Telephone number in case of theft of cheque books (bank or Police Secours (from a mobile): a 112 post office): a 0 892 68 32 08 Fire Department: a 18 Lost & Found SAMU (emergency medical care) - Centre 15: a 15 Municipal Police - rue Raoul Bosio a +33 (0)4 97 13 44 10 Practical information S.O.S. Médecins a 0 810 85 01 01 Open Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 5pm, Friday till 3:45pm. Doctors on call a +33 (0)4 93 53 03 03 Emergency medical care a +33 (0)4 93 52 42 42 Currency exchange CHU de Nice (Teaching hospital) - Saint-Roch Hospital American Express 5 rue Pierre Dévoluy (entrée piétons) a +33 (0)4 92 03 33 33 Nice Côte d’Azur Airport - T 1 a + 33 (0)4 93 21 59 79 Poison Centre in Marseille a +33 (0)4 91 75 25 25 Change Méditerranée Laboratory on call a +33 (0)4 93 16 68 68 17 av Jean Médecin a +33 (0)4 93 87 99 72 SOS Dental care a +33 (0)4 93 76 53 53 / +33 (0)4 92 13 00 99 Cofima (weekends, holidays & in the evening after 8pm) 2 rue de France a +33 (0)4 93 88 63 00 SOS Dos (care for back problems) a +33 (0)6 07 45 02 13 Comptoir Financier Arin & Sauclières Riviera Medical Services (English-speaking doctors) 9 av Jean Médecin a +33 (0)4 93 87 82 62 a +33 (0)4 93 26 12 70 Office Provençal Maison de la Chance 17 av Thiers a +33 (0)4 93 88 56 80 Emergency for children Travelex h Hôpital Lenval 13 av Thiers a +33 (0)4 93 88 59 99 57 av de la Californie a +33 (0)4 92 03 03 03 Hôpital l'Archet 151 rte Saint-Antoine de Ginestière a +33 (0)4 92 03 60 89 Consulates For information: Secrétariat Général du Corps Consulaire des Alpes-Maritimes Pharmacies 24/7 107 quai des Etats-Unis “Le Beau Rivage” Pharmacie Masséna a + 33 (0)4 93 62 03 16 - www.corpsconsulaire-am.com 7 rue Masséna a +33 (0)4 93 87 78 94 / +33 (0)4 93 27 30 34 Sunday after 7pm Austria - Honorary Consulate Pharmacie Riviera 6 av de Verdun a + 33 (0)4 93 87 01 31 66 av Jean Médecin a +33 (0)4 93 62 54 44 Belgium Sunday after 7pm 5 rue Gabriel Fauré a + 33 (0)4 93 87 79 56 Canada - Honorary Consulate In case of loss or theft 10 rue Lamartine a + 33 (0)4 93 92 93 22 Central Police Station24/7 Denmark - Honorary Consulate 1 av Maréchal Foch a +33 (0)4 92 17 22 22 30 av Jean Médecin “Nice Etoile 412” a + 33 (0)4 93 85 35 49 commissariat.nice-aideauxvictimes@interieur.gouv.fr Germany - Honorary Consulate Foreign visitors department 34 av Henri Matisse a + 33 (0)4 93 83 55 25 a +33 (0)4 92 17 20 63 Spain - Honorary Consulate Open: 9am to 5pm - interactive terminals in all languages 4 bd Jean Jaurès a + 33 (0)4 93 62 98 21 Passport & National Identity card United States of America - Honorary Consulate Thefts can be reported at the police station. Please report the loss of 7 av Gustave V a + 33 (0)4 93 88 89 55 French ID cards to the Town Hall (Mairie). 91
  • Finland - Honorary Consulate Hôtel Radisson SAS Information for young people 223 Promenade des Anglais a + 33 (0)4 93 20 43 51 Centre Régional Information Jeunesse Côte d’Azur Greece a +33 (0)4 93 80 93 93 - www.crijca.fr 2 av Désambrois a + 33 (0)4 93 85 41 40 Auberges de jeunesse (Youth hostels) Practical information Italy FUAJ - Nice Mont-Boron 72 bd Gambetta a + 33 (0)4 92 14 41 11 Route Forestière du Mont Alban Netherlands a +33 (0)4 93 89 23 64 - www.fuaj.org 14 rue Rossini a + 33 (0)4 93 87 52 94 FUAJ - Nice Les Camélias Norway - Honorary Consulate 3 rue Spitaliéri a +33 (0)4 93 62 15 54 - www.fuaj.org 45 rue Saint-Philippe “Le Palmeira” a + 33 (0)4 92 15 57 57 Relais de la Jeunesse Sweden 26 av Scudéri a +33 (0)4 93 81 27 63 - www.clajsud.fr 37-41 bd Dubouchage a + 33 (0)4 93 16 90 15 United Kingdom - Honorary Consulate 22 av Notre-Dame a + 33 (0)4 93 62 94 95 Rental of bikes, motorbikes, inline rollers… Energy Scoot Consumer services 2 rue Saint-Philippe Direction Départementale de la Concurrence, de la a +33 (0)4 97 07 12 64 - www.thierrymotosservices.com Scooters, mountain bikes, tandems, bicycles. Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (D.D.C.C.R.F.) 37 av Thiers Holiday Bikes 34 av Auber - a +33 (0)4 93 16 01 62 - www.holiday-bikes.com a +33 (0)4 97 03 33 00 - www.service-public.fr Bicycles, motor scooters, motorcycles. Monday to Friday: 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Free Guides for young people Union Départementale des Consommateurs PLACES OF WORSHIP Nicea Location Rent The great majority of religious practices is present in Nice “Le Pitchoun” - www.lepitchoun.com 12 rue Belgique des Alpes-Maritimes (U.D.C.A.M.) “Lindic”, for students - www.lindic.fr 30 rue Pastorelli a +33 (0)4 93 82 42 71 - www.nicealocationrent.com Scooters, motorcycles, bicycles, mountain bikes, inline rollers. a +33 (0)4 93 80 91 92 - www.abcconso.org Roller Station Monday to Friday, 9am till noon & 2:30pm to 5:30pm. 49 quai des Etats-Unis a +33 (0)4 93 62 99 05 - www.roller-station.com Pets Bicycles, inline rollers. Société de Défense des Animaux (S.D.A.) 38 bis rue Maréchal Joffre a +33 (0)4 93 88 71 47 Rental of boats Assistance aux Animaux Moorings Yachting 27 av G. Clemenceau a +33 (0)4 93 82 34 59 10 quai Papacino S.O.S. Vétérinaires a +33 (0)4 93 83 46 64 a 0 800 00 42 00 - www.moorings.com night, Sunday & holidays From the monohull to the catamaran (for 2 to 10 people). Clinique vétérinaire 24h/24 Prestige Boat International 3 rue Maurice Mignon a +33 (0)4 93 71 21 41 23 rue Antoine Virello Animaux perdus ou trouvés (A.P.O.T) a +33 (0)4 92 09 81 35 - www.prestigeboat.com a 0 800 037 016 (toll free number) Motorboats, sailboats, yachts. Société Centrale Canine (dogs with a tattoo or electronic identification) Three’ B Yachting a +33 (0)1 49 37 54 54 a +33 (0)4 93 39 94 24 - www.threeb-yachting.com Alliance pour le Respect et la Protection des Animaux (A.R.P.A) Sailboats, yachts, catamarans. 10 rue Sorgentino a +33 (0)4 93 26 29 70 Au fil de l'eau Refuge de Carros a +33 (0)4 93 42 08 45 - www.aufildeleau.com 92 Z.I. 1ère avenue, 13ème rue a +33 (0)4 93 08 11 79 93
  • Car rental Car rental agencies are located at the following strategic points: BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE, BOOK YOUR STAY OR YOUR HOTEL ROOM RESIDENCE, FURNISHED FLAT, ‘CHAMBRE D’HOTES’.. Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (see map Nice B8)* Railway station (Gare SNCF) Avenue Thiers (see map Nice H3)* Practical information City centre (see map Nice H5)* Luxury car rental Chabert 4x4 La Glacière - Lingostière a +33 (0)4 93 29 83 16 - www.chabert4x4.com Elite Rent a Car For further information, inquire in Convention & 11 Promenade des Anglais Visitors Bureau agency or at a +33 (0)4 93 94 61 00 - www.eliterent.com www.nicetourisme.com Riviera Kanko service a +33 (0)8 92 707 407 (0,34 € ttc mn) 6 av Durante a +33 (0)6 03 69 38 47 Repairs - 24/7 Auto Best Dépannage Transport a +33 (0)4 93 18 10 00 Dépannage Côte d’Azur Transports a +33 (0)4 93 29 87 87 Help Dépannage a +33 (0)4 93 89 80 89 Nice Dépannage a +33 (0) 810 06 24 24 (cost for a local call) AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE IN NICE, THE CONVENTION & VISITORS Racing Auto Dépannage a +33 (0)4 93 72 11 12 BUREAU AGENCIES* OFFER CUSTOMIZED SERVICES. NO CHARGE FOR BOOKING YOUR ROOM, GUIDED TOURS, EXCURSIONS, SPORTING & Towing away Car Pound ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES FOR NICE AND GREATER NICE: JET-SKI, OUTING USEFUL INFORMATION 31 rue Fontaine de la Ville a +33 (0)4 93 89 18 08 AT SEA, DIVING, VIA FERRATA, TOUR IN A MINIBUS, 4X4, ETC the “Forfait Temporaire” (temporary pass) Cost: €96.10 on the first day + €4.60 per day (+ €35 fine) 10 Sémiacs car parks offer a single ticket for the dura- *list of offices: see p. 104 Expert’s report fees applicable from the 3rd day onwards: €61. To get tion of your stay: 5, 10, 15 days your vehicle back, please provide: registration book, insurance, driving Semiacs license. 38 bd Raimbaldi a +33 (0)4 92 17 53 69 - www.semiacs.com Parking facilities Many parking facilities are available in most parts of the city. Inquire directly from each one for the times, rates, number of spaces for disabled persons. Six car parks offer free parking for the first 45 min (See their location on the map of Nice available in our agencies). www.nice.fr NICE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Information and reservations: 0 892 707 407 (€0.34/min including VAT) *Map of Nice available in Convention & Visitors Information Offices 94 (see p. 104) www.nicetourisme.com
  • Places accessible for people with reduced Transports Ulysse mobility Non-exhaustive list 234 rte de Grenoble Post offices a +33 (0)4 93 71 07 00 35 rue de France Service Transport for persons with reduced mobility Practical information 2 bis av du Petit Fabron a +33 (0)4 97 03 20 40 34 rue Barbéris a +33 (0)4 97 11 40 53 a +33 (0)4 92 00 00 59 Children Cinema theatres Babysitting Cinéma Pathé Masséna (4 rooms) These services are available according to needs, at home or on holi- 31 av Jean Médecin day. It is best to contact them on average 48 hrs in advance. a +33 (0)8 92 69 66 96 Allo Mary Poppins Cinéma Pathé Lingostière (All rooms) a +33 (0)6 12 39 01 08 (private individuals) 604 rte de Grenoble a +33 (0)6 03 02 46 63 (for hotels) a +33 (0)8 92 69 66 96 Family Sphère (approx 3 years old) a +33 (0)4 93 92 09 25 - www.accueil-enfant-service.fr Swimming pools Lys Call Services SAP (approx 3 years old) 17 bd Pierre Sémard a +33 (0) 820 62 20 06 - www.une-baby-sitter.com a +33 (0)4 97 00 13 20 Ramatoa 13 bd Comte de Falicon a +33 (0)4 93 71 56 75 / +33 (0)6 24 51 24 28 a +33 (0)4 92 07 86 90 www.aideadomicile06.com Rue Guiglionda Sainte Agathe S.A.F.A. (approx 3 years old) a +33 (0)4 93 54 94 30 a +33 (0)4 92 00 71 43 / +33 (0)6 76 17 53 04 - www.06safa.com Tennis courts Equipment rental Tennis courts for wheelchairs HOLIDAYS Troc Bidule Chouette Nice Saint Augustin 2008 2009 37 bis rue Maréchal Joffre - a +33 (0)4 93 16 17 62 114 rte de Grenoble New Year’s Day 1 January 1 January Rental of pushcarts, highchairs, car seats, folding beds a +33 (0)4 92 29 46 56 Package rates by the week + deposit. Year round, Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm. Easter 3 April 12 April Easter Monday 24 April 13 April Public parks with children’s games Dance May Day 1 May 1 May Castel des Deux Rois - Corniche André de Joly HandiDanse Help Ascension 1 May 21 May (see map of Nice J4/5)* a +33 (0)4 92 08 08 93 World War II Victory 8 May 8 May Carol de Roumanie - Av de Fabron (see map of Nice D/E5)* Year round. Pentecost 11 May 31 May Parc du Château de Nice (see map of Nice I5)* Pentecost Monday 12 May 1 June Jardin des Arènes de Cimiez (see map of Nice I2)* Hiking National Holiday 14 July 14 July Jardin Albert 1er (see map of Nice H5)* Association des Paralysés de France Assumption Day 15 August 15 August 3 av Antoine Véran All Saints’ Day 1 November 1 November a +33 (0)4 92 07 98 00 Centre d’accueil de jour “Le Trident” Armistice Day 11 November 11 November 46 av Denis Séméria Christmas 25 December 25 December a +33 (0)4 92 00 28 70 *Map of Nice available in Convention & Visitors Bureau agencies (see p. 104) 96 97
  • • “Paysages de Nice” J.P Potron et S. Amic - Ed. Gilletta Press • “Nice paysages en mouvement” C. Mollie - Ed. Gilletta Daily papers • “ Eglises baroques de Nice” H. Bernardi - Ed. Gilletta “Nice Matin” • “Matisse à Nice 1917-1954” X. Girard - Ed. Assouline Local, regional information, events. • “Les façades peintes à Nice” D. Santi et P. Castela - Ed. Melis www.nicematin.fr Practical information • “Nietzsche à Nice de R. Denuit” - Ed. Mols “Métro” free of charge • “L’aristocratie anglaise à Nice à la Belle Epoque” I. Pintus www.metrofrance.com Ed. Alandis Distribution: bus shelters, shopping centres, cinemas, car parks… Weekly papers Maps & guidebooks Librairie Magellan “Le Petit Niçois” (in French only) - www.lepetitnicois.com 3 rue d’Italie - a +33 (0)4 93 82 31 81 Librairie Rontani All newsstands in the city centre, at the Airport & the SNCF railway 5 rue Alexandre Mari - a +33 (0)4 93 62 32 43 station offer the national & international press Maison de la Presse 1 place Masséna USEFUL INFORMATION: a +33 (0)4 93 87 79 42 - maisonpressemassena@wanadoo.fr Online information: www.maville.com Every day. Foreign language newspapers. Ten independent bookstores in the city centre, generalist or specialist, Tourist Guides created the Association Libraire(S) in Nice, thereby forming the Très Le Petit Futé Côte d’Azur - Monaco www.petitfute.com Grande Librairie (Very large bookstore) for the purpose of privileging ACCOMMODATION Le guide du Routard Côte d’Azur www.routard.com hospitality, service & the ‘freedom of choice’ from among over Le guide vert Côte d’Azur Michelin Reserve your hotel on www.niceres.com or in 200,000 references representing all the areas of publication. Le Geoguide Côte d’Azur Gallimard one of our information offices (see p.104) Le guide bleu Provence - Hachette Les guides Gilletta : Nice, Côte d’Azur mer et montagne, Route des vins et patrimoine Books on Nice Provence Côte d’Azur dans la poche Architecture, culture, history, gastronomy, traditions, some book to Non-exhaustive list discover (see p.33, cultural activities in “Museums, Galleries & Cultural Activities”) USEFUL INFORMATION: • “Histoire de Nice et de son Comté” André Compan - Ed. Serre “Gay friendly” tourist guides - www.gay-provence.org • “Nice 1900, La Légende du Siècle”- Ed. Serre (The city through old postcards and texts) • “Nice Cité d’Histoire, ville d’art” Luc Thevenon - Ed. Serre • “Un voyage de mots et d'images pour découvrir l'intimité de Nice la Belle” Jacques Gantié - Ed. Gilletta • “Promenade des Anglais, la Belle Epoque des Villas”,history of the villas on Promenade des Anglais - Ed. Baie des Anges • “Couleurs de Nice” J. Louis Martinetti Preface by Louis Nucéra - text by Anne Martinetti • “Carnaval à Nice”Annie Sidro - Ed. Serre. A very complete book on Carnival by Annie Sidro, daughter and granddaughter of Carnavaliers. • “La bonne cuisine du comté de Nice” Jacques Médecin. Ed. Gilletta • “Le monde de l’huile d’olive à Nice” A. Alziary - Ed. Alandis 98 99
  • Venues Cabaret du Casino Ruhl h 1 Promenade des Anglais - a +33 (0)4 97 03 12 22 Each year, the Cabaret offers rich and varied artistic programming: concerts, theme soirees, dinner shows, fashion shows. Closed in July & August. Annual Events Nice Acropolis - Auditorium Apollon h 1 Esplanade Kennedy 10 recommendations to take full advantage a +33 (0)4 93 92 83 00 - www.nice-acropolis.com This 2,500-seat auditorium with its exceptional acoustics fits in of your stay perfectly with the prestigious setting and perfect visibility. It hosts plays, Be vigilant at all times! concerts by French and international stars and, especially, the most prestigious operas. It also features the smaller, 750-seat Auditorium Don’t let anyone deprive you of your holiday. Athéna, for theatre and humorists. By car: Opéra de Nice 1 - Remember to lock your doors when driving and when at a stop 9 rue Saint-François-de-Paule 2 - In town, keep your windows closed at all times a +33 (0)4 92 17 40 00 / 40 - www.opera-nice.org 3 - Protect your belongings: don’t leave anything in sight A harmonious blend of premieres of contemporary works, rediscovery of gems of the operatic repertoire and the adaptation of more traditional fare offers eclectic and daring programming for an audience In public places: of connoisseurs and music lovers. 4 - Never carry large sums of money or valuable objects; leave them in your hotel safe Palais de la Méditerranée - Salon Vénitien h 5 - Protect your passport or other ID: make copies 15 Promenade des Anglais - a +33 (0)4 92 14 68 21 6 - Never let your belongings out of your sight (bags, mobile A Temple of the Arts and Gambling in the Interwar years, this landmark phones…) also has an auditorium for plays, operettas and performances by 7 - When in a crowd, watch out for pickpockets international artists and comedians. 8 - Never buy counterfeit merchandise Palais Nikaïa h 163 route de Grenoble - a +33 (0)4 92 29 31 29 Don’t forget: Programmation : a 0 892 390 800 - www.nikaia.fr 9 - Before going to the beach or to the mountains, check the The region’s largest multipurpose venue, this concert hall of glass has weather conditions and inform friends or family of your wherea- drawn the greatest international stars. Whether for indoor or outdoor bouts or itinerary concerts, Nikaia offers the possibility of staging the most spectacular theatrical creations (from 27,000 seated spectators to 52,000 standing 10 - Always plan on the appropriate attire and equipment for your guests). A special bus service is provided for concerts (line 95 - activity www.lignedazur.com) Théâtre de Verdure h Espace Jacques Cotta - Promenade des Anglais a +33 (0)4 97 13 37 55 Facing Baie des Anges on Promenade des Anglais, the Théâtre de Verdure (Theatre in the Green) is located in the heart of a garden. This venue can accommodate up to 3,000 spectators. The many different configurations and the scenic and technical facilities make this theatre ideal for all performances and festivities.
  • OCTOBER Events in Nice Blues Festival / Forum Nice Nord & Palais Nikaïa Non exhaustive list Cap Cyber / Acropolis International Tourist Fair / Acropolis JANUARY Creative Arts Fair / Acropolis New Year’s Concert / Acropolis International Festival of Military Music / Different venues in Nice Prom classic / Footrace, activities / Promenade des Anglais International Tourism on the French Riviera Fair / Acropolis FEBRUARY NOVEMBER Carnival & Flower Parades / Promenade des Anglais Furniture & Decoration Fair / Acropolis-Exhibition Hall Annual Events Manca Festival / Contemporary music all over town MARCH “C’est pas classique” / Classical Music Festival / Acropolis-Exhibition Hall International Fair - Salon Bâtir / Acropolis-Expositions International Paris Cycling Race / Promenade des Anglais DECEMBER Nice Côte d'Azur Boat Show / Port de Nice Christmas Village / Place Masséna & Forum Masséna Luna Park / Acropolis-Exhibition Hall APRIL Rowing / Crossing of Baie des Anges International Half-Marathon of Nice / Promenade des Anglais Christmas Dip / Plage du Ruhl, Promenade des Anglais Regattas in Baie des Anges / Baie des Anges & Bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer Lou Présépi “Crèches” (Christmas cribs) / Place Rossetti, Old Nice Festin des Cougourdons / Amphitheatre & Gardens of Cimiez City of Nice International Open Chess Championship / Grand Hotel Aston Sailing, International Star regattas / Baie des Anges MAY Wine and Gastronomy FAIR / Acropolis Traditional May Festival / Amphitheatre & Gardens of Cimiez Salon des Entreprises de la Côte d’Azur (Corporate Trade Fair) / Acropolis Springtime in the Museums / Museums of Nice Trimed Regattas / Port, Baie des Anges OTHER CULTURAL VENUES JUNE www.nicetourisme.com - ‘What’s on’ Sacred Music Festival / Churches in Old Nice Conservatoire National de Région de Nice (CNR) Events in the City of Nice: www.nice.fr 127 Avenue de Brancolar Fête de la Musique / All over the city Events on the French Riviera: www.cotedazur-en-fetes.com Festival du Livre (Book Fair) / Jardin Albert Ier a + 33 (0)4 97 13 50 08 – www.cnr-nice.org Saint Peter’s Feast & Festival of the Sea / Port, Baie des Anges This flagship of music and musical education, with its 730 seat Annual schedule, ‘Nice, your Rendezvous’, available in auditorium (the largest in France and open air theatre of 300 seats. Salon Bionazur / Théâtre de Verdure (Theatre in the Green) Nice Convention & Visitors Information Offices (see p. 104) Numerous masters of the international scene studied here. Local Heritage Days / In the city Iron Man (triathlon) / Baie des Anges, hinterland of Nice, Promenade The Nice CNR, the offical holder of Joseph Kosma copyrights, offers des Anglais free concerts of exceptional quality open to the public on a regular basis. : « les lundis de Kosma » JULY - AUGUST Nice Jazz Festival / Amphitheatre and gardens of Cimiez Centre Universitaire Méditerranée (CUM) Voucalia / Théâtre de Verdure (Theatre in the Green) 65 Promenade des Anglais Musicalia / Théâtre de Verdure (Theatre in the Green) a +33) (0)4 97 13 46 10 /11 - www.cum-nice.org Nuits Musicales of Nice / Cloister of the Monastery of Cimiez The Centre Universitaire Méditerranéen (C.U.M.), offers conferences, National Holiday / Promenade des Anglais musical evenings and other cultural entertainment to the general public. La Castellada / Castle Hill of Nice Assumption Day Feast - 15 August / Port of Nice Théâtre National de Nice Europétanque / Promenade des Anglais Promenade des Arts a +33 (0)4 93 13 90 90 -www.tnn.fr SEPTEMBER (see p. 35, “Cultural Activities”) Fête du Port / Port of Nice Directed by Daniel Benoin since 2002, the TNT is the leading national Heritage Days / Throughout the city dramatic centre in terms of the number of creations and the number of Septembre de la Photo / Théâtre de la Photographie spectators. Aquathlon / Port of Nice 102 103
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau B.P. 4079 - 06302 Nice Cedex 4 - Fax : +33 (0)4 92 14 46 49 - info@nicetourisme.com Information Offices 5 Promenade des Anglais Off-season: 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday Full season: 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 7pm on Sunday Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur (T1) h Off-season: 8am to 9pm, Monday to Saturday Full season: 8am to 9pm, Monday to Sunday SNCF Railway station - Avenue Thiers h Off-season: 9am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm on Sunday Carnival of Nice Full season: 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 7pm on Sunday Ferber - 333 Promenade des Anglais / E. Corniglion Molinier h Full season: 8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 7pm on Sunday During Carnival: 9am to 6pm a +33 (0) 892 707 407 - www.nicetourisme.com - www.nicetou- risme.biz CRÉDITS PHOTOS : Photos Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Nice : © Nice and You - Ralph Hutchings / Photo du cours de cuisine Florian : © Jean-Jacques l’Héritier pour la Confiserie Florian / Atelier confiserie Florian : © Edith Andreotta pour la Confiserie Florian / Photos Ville de Nice : © photo Ville de Nice - photo- graphes Philippe Viglietti - Priscilia Tallon - Didier Quillon / Photo Menton : © Office du tourisme - www.menton.fr / Tramway, L'art dans la ville : Collection de la Com- munauté d'Agglomération Nice Côte d'Azur - Jaume Plensa, Place Masséna, “Conversation à Nice” ; Yann Kersalé, avenue Jean Médecin, “L'amorse du bleu” / Monaco : Port Hercule - 8 © CPR / © Éditions Gilletta • Nice-Matin / Ville de Cannes : Pieuchot, Kell / OT Antibes - M. Monticelli / Mosaïque Le Prophète Elie - Crédit © photo P. Gérin - Musée National Marc Chagall / Atelier galerie Kiria / © NCAF, tous droits réservés et © CALDER, tous droits réservés. (Liste non exhaus- tive). Création & Réalisation : Artketype - Atelier de créations graphiques - www.artketype.fr - a : +33 (0)875 737 158 / +33 (0)6 15 08 09 44 Coordination : Stéphanie Camous - Impression : Imprimerie Zimmermann - Traduction : Attic Ce document n'est pas contractuel et n'engage en aucun cas la responsabilité de l'Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Nice. Il en est ainsi tout particulièrement pour les prix donnés à titre indicatif. Cette liste n'est pas exhaustive et si, malgré le soin apporté à l'élaboration de cette brochure, des inexactitudes ou des omissions s'y sont glissées, nous vous demandons de bien vouloir nous en excuser. la reproduction même partielle des textes, photographies, dessins ou créations graphiques publiés dans ce document est interdite. Tous droits réservés. L'éditeur n'est pas responsable des informations fournies par les annonceurs. Celles-ci sont susceptibles de modifications. Informations arrêtées en 2007. www.nicecarnaval.com
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