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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
5 Suggestions for stays
Location & weather
Starting from Nice
Coastal towns & cities
Balconies over the French Riviera
Access & connections Carnival
The hinterland of Nice & the valleys
By air, by train, by sea…
The Mercantour National Park
Getting around Nice…
13 Practical information
Emergency services 24 hrs/day
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
47 Persons with reduced mobility
Introduction to the specialities of Nice…
Leisure and sporting activities
Sporting activities in Nice & Greater Nice
Beaches Annual Events
Attractions & animal parks h Disabled (with reservations) Venues
Nice by night… Events in Nice
s Children’s workshops (museums)
j Cafés - snacks
Geography & weather
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…
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.
(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
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
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
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
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
(see p.104) Cash payment only.
Return: from the SNCF railway station every 30
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)
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
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.
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.
Getting around in 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:
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:
Travel to foreign countries:
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.
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
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
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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.
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.
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
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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
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
Former hotel Régina
The Port 71 bd de Cimiez
This former hotel was built in 1896 for English aristocrats and essentially
Queen Victoria; construction took only eighteen months. With its
Aligned symmetrically on either side of the church of Notre-Dame du
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
to the Port, a most unusual sundial gives the time thanks to
Cimiez of the human head.
the shadow 21
Avenue du Mont-Alban
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
many mammals. Access from the A8 motorway, (La Turbie exit) or RD
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.
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)
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.
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
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
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).
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
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
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.
4 rue Droite
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.
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,
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.
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
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
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.
Walking tours Tours on request
Tour guides organise tours in various languages for individuals and
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
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
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
(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.
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tourte de blettes 7 rue de la Terrasse - a +33 (0)4 93 85 65 79 - email@example.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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
13 rue Fontaine de la ville
Water sports a +33 (0)4 93 56 14 67 - www.locaventure.com
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
email@example.com 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.
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 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org a +33 (0)493 23 25 90 - email@example.com
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
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
(see “Starting from Nice” p. 83).
Whitewater Mountains Flying Other
Comité Départemental de la Fédération française Aboard Rafting Rafting - Canoe-raft
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rock climbing, canyoning, trekking, snowshoes, Trekking on skis… 175 chemin de Beauvert - Antibes
Canyoning Rock climbing Caving
+ 33 (0)6 61 76 34 41
Club alpin français Nice Mercantour Ac'roche & Eau
Route de la Maglia - Breil sur Roya Rock climbing
14 av Mirabeau + 33 (0)6 22 38 64 90 Via ferrata
a +33 (0)4 93 62 59 99 - www.cafnice.org
Mountain climbing, rock climbing, paragliding, snowshoes, trekking… Castellane Canoe - Canyoning Caving
+ 33 (0)4 92 83 79 39 Rafting - Aqua trekking Adventure course
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
a +33 (0)4 93 72 89 54 - email@example.com www.aetcanyoning.com
Altazur First ﬂights
Rock climbing, canyoning, trekking, via ferrata, snowshoes. Aéroport de Cannes-Mandelieu
+ 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
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
Attitude Eau-Vive Canoë-kayak
Lieu dit l'Ablé - Villars sur Var Canyoning - Rafting Rock climbing Adventure course
firstname.lastname@example.org Aqua trekking
8 rue de la Victoire - La Colle-sur-Loup Hot dog - Hydrospeed
+ 33 (0)4 93 32 98 42 Rafting - Aqua trekking
Aqua Verdon Canoe - Canyoning
9 rue Nationale - Castellane
+ 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
Aventures Loisirs Canyoning Rock climbing - Giant Climbing
+ 33 (0)4 93 37 03 59
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 email@example.com 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
+ 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
+ 33 (0)4 93 86 71 99 Rafting
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
Colmiane Forest + 33 (0)6 16 30 02 03
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
Canyoning Snowshoes - Trekking on skis
+ 33 (0)6 08 53 10 86 www.planete-riviere.com
ﬁorucci.firstname.lastname@example.org 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
+ 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
Snowshoes Sea kayak
67 av Georges Clémenceau
+ 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
Domaine de Valcros - Puget-Théniers
Rafting - Aqua trekking Via ferrata
+ 33 (0)4 93 05 15 77
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 - email@example.com
+ 33 (0)4 93 02 63 96 (réservation) Summer toboggan
www.valberg.com Mountain bike
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
Route de Gourdon - Le Bar-sur-Loup
+ 33 (0)4 93 42 48 08
10 pont du Loup - Tourrettes-sur-Loup Canyoning Via ferrata Caving
+ 33 (0)4 93 32 93 16 - www.funtrip.fr
40 bd Saint-Hubert - Théoule-sur-Mer
Waterskiing - Wake board
+ 33 (0)6 80 64 03 50
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
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
tip of Pointe des Ponchettes. For further information: : www.nice.fr a +33 (0)4 93 87 18 25 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
a +33 (0)4 93 86 64 15
Swimming pool & children’s playground - Restaurant: 60 seats.
Promenade des Anglais (across from the Hôtel Negresco)
Beau Rivage a +33 (0)4 93 87 16 60 - email@example.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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 - email@example.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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Zoo Parc h Other activities
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
Acti Loisirs Bowling et Billard
a +33 (0)4 93 62 00 16 / +33 (0)6 03 78 30 85
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
email@example.com - 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
Observe marine mammals in the Mediterranean just 20 nautical
miles from the coast onboard a cruising boat leaving from
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suggestions for stays
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
Coastal towns from Nice Tourist Bureau
a +33 (0)4 92 41 76 76 - www.menton.fr
Sights: the old town, the Saint-Michel-Archange basilica and its parvis,
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
Museum, Naval Museum, Villa Thuret garden and Parc Exﬂora.
Principality of Monaco
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
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
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.
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.
Saint-Tropez (Var département)
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
the peninsula of Saint-Tropez that can be explored along several
‘Conservatoire du Littoral’ coastal trails.
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
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.
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)
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
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
Museum and millennium-old olive trees; picturesque village of Cros-de-
a +33 (0)4 93 63 82 58 / +33 (0)4 93 63 73 12
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.
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).
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
Tourist Bureau Ofﬁce de Tourisme
a +33 (0)4 93 79 62 93 - www.escarene.fr a +33 (0)4 93 04 56 93 - email@example.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
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.
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.
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”).
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).
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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).
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
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.
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,
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,
remarkable for its spiritual, intellectual and aesthetic qualities.
On the road of perched villages
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.
Excursions by minibus Excursions in 4x4 vehicles
Another way to discover the hinterland and its pristine sights.
COMPANY CONTACT DEPARTURE TIME GUIDED TOUR
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 email@example.com
Starting from Nice
Excursions in a 4x4 on the trails of the hinterland and mountains and
a +33 (0)6 11 54 09 95 9am or through the Mercantour National Park. Transfers to ski resorts.
4 hrs - English, Spanish, Italian
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
a +33 (0)6 22 20 20 82 9am or
Cannes / the Isles of Lérins
Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and
Russian on request Saint-Paul / Gorges du Loup / Grasse
3 hrs - English, German, Vallée des Merveilles (in a jeep or on foot)
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)
The market of Bordighera
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
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
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
151 rte Saint-Antoine de Ginestière a +33 (0)4 92 03 60 89
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
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)
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…
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
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
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 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)*
City centre (see map Nice H5)*
Luxury car rental
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 &
Car Pound ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES FOR NICE AND GREATER NICE: JET-SKI, OUTING
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
38 bd Raimbaldi
a +33 (0)4 92 17 53 69 - www.semiacs.com
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).
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
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
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
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)
• “Paysages de Nice” J.P Potron et S. Amic - Ed. Gilletta
• “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
• “Nietzsche à Nice de R. Denuit” - Ed. Mols
“Métro” free of charge
• “L’aristocratie anglaise à Nice à la Belle Epoque” I. Pintus
Distribution: bus shelters, shopping centres, cinemas, car parks…
Weekly papers Maps & guidebooks
“Le Petit Niçois” (in French only) - www.lepetitnicois.com
3 rue d’Italie - a +33 (0)4 93 82 31 81
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 - email@example.com 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
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
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 -
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.
Events in Nice Blues Festival / Forum Nice Nord & Palais Nikaïa
Non exhaustive list
Cap Cyber / Acropolis
International Tourist Fair / Acropolis
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
Carnival & Flower Parades / Promenade des Anglais
Furniture & Decoration Fair / Acropolis-Exhibition Hall
Manca Festival / Contemporary music all over town
“C’est pas classique” / Classical Music Festival / Acropolis-Exhibition Hall
International Fair - Salon Bâtir / Acropolis-Expositions
International Paris Cycling Race / Promenade des Anglais
Nice Côte d'Azur Boat Show / Port de Nice
Christmas Village / Place Masséna & Forum Masséna
Luna Park / Acropolis-Exhibition Hall
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
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