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As the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes, Nice is the perfect location for anyone wishing to explore the Côte d'Azur region.
There is so much to discover, from the maze of streets in the Old Town, the hustle and bustle of the markets, to the beautiful landscape of the Riviera. Additionally, those wishing to venture out of town can catch a glimpse of everyday life in France in one of the pretty countryside villages which can be found not far from Nice, at St. Paul de Vence or Eze, for example.

The Cote d’Azur is easily accessible by road and the new public transport system is also well developed. A network of trains, buses and the tramway makes it simple to explore Nice and the surrounding area.

In this section you will find suggestions of places to visit and practical advice for organising your stay in Nice.


Tourism - Events

Many events take place throughout the year in the Cote d’Azur region and Nice. Amongst others:

February - March: Nice Carnival     http://www.nicecarnaval.com/
One of the most important demonstrations on the Riviera without a doubt is the carnival which takes place in February and March.
You will be able to admire the battles of flowers or the parade opening of the Carnival with the arrival of the King.

April - Monte Carlo Masters Series     http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/ 
The famous Masters series tennis tournament of Monte Carlo takes place in April. Every year many international players are present to offer high quality tennis matches to the amateurs.

May - Monaco Grand Prix     http://www.grand-prix-monaco.com/
Every year motorsport amateurs come in large numbers to assist with the F1 Monte Carlo Grand Prix. The famous circuit runs through the main town, which guarantees spectators sensational moments.
Not to be forgotten for the amateurs: the 6th historic Grand Prix of Monte Carlo takes place between the 13th to 16th May 2010.

May - Festival of Film of Cannes     http://www.festival-cannes.fr/
The famous film festival of Cannes is also held in May (from the 12th to 23rd May 2010), transforming the famous Croisette with the procession of film stars. For the fans, it is an unmissable event which transforms the town of Cannes into a true place of festival.


To see and to do

Nice has plenty to offer you and you certainly shouldn't get bored during your stay! As the Metropolis of the Riviera,
Nice has all of the cultural assets of a regional capital.

International House Nice is situated to close to the library, and the National Theatre and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Museums and galleries

Modern Art

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Departmental Museum of Asian Arts

Marc Chagall National Museum

Matisse Museum


Nice Cimiez Archeological Museum

Terra Amata Museum

Art and History

Masséna Palace

Lascaris Palace

Russian Cathedral

Monuments and Places of Interest

Nice is easily explored by foot and by taking a walk through town you can discover the maze of streets in Old Nice and the bustling markets on the Cours Saleya. You can also climb the hill to the parks by the ruined Chateau where you can expect a fantastic view of Nice and its Port. Then there is Place Masséna - renovated for the arrival of the tramway - and of course the famous Promenade des Anglais which stretches along the waterfront.

Outside the City

Don’t forget to visit towns outside of Nice such as Cannes and Monaco - where you shouldn't miss the opportunity to watch the changing of the guard at the Prince's Palace or visit the stunning Oceanographic Museum.
Equally, the villages of the region have lots to offer; the medieval village of Eze boasts stunning seaside views, St Paul de Vence is a must for any amateur artist and Grasse is famous for its perfumery! There are also the pretty seaside towns of Beaulieu and Villefranche to consider. 

Sporting Activities

The summer months are the perfect time to be at the beach. In the local area you can try parasailing, scuba diving or kayaking.

International House Nice may invite you to take the boat trip to St. Tropez during the summer. If you are more adventurous, you can try out abseiling, an adventure course, or hiking in some of the stunning scenery which can be found in the region.
In the winter the weather is still good enough to enjoy seaside walks, but the ski slopes of Auron or Isola 2000 are just an hour away by bus or road.

Those who enjoy jogging should remember to bring their running shoes so that they can head out along the Promenade des Anglais, whilst another popular activity is rollerblading along the prom. This can be really good fun and skates (plus all the protective gear to accompany them!) are available to hire here in Nice.


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