Nice is the capital of the Côte dAzur and is the 5th largest city of France. The area of Nice is believed to be among the oldest human settlements in the world. One of the archaeological sites, Terra Amata, displays evidence of a very early usage of fire. Throughout the ages the town changed hands many times. Culturally and architecturally enriched over time, today Nice has become a truly cosmopolitan tourist destination.
The spectacular natural beauty of the Nice area, its mild Mediterranean climate and its beaches run along the entire seafront attract many visitors every year. The beaches are some of the most visited of all French Riviera beaches. They extend uninterrupted for more than 4 miles, following the Promenade des Anglais from the international airport all the way to the foot of the Château in the Vieux-Port.
Nice lies at the foot of Château hill, named after the castle which once stood there. Be sure to stop on the Cours Saleya, the daily flower market which is sight not to be missed and a excellent spot for a refreshing drink from one of the countless cafes and restaurants that line each side of this Nice landmark.
A must see during a visit in Nice is the Musee Matisse, which is located in the fashionable district of Cimiez, the museum is open daily and has a fine collection of works to all to see.
One of the purest joys of Nice is wandering the streets and famous Promenade taking in the fantastic belle époque architecture, stopping at any one of the numerous cafe’s , enjoying a drink or perhaps trying the cities own cuisine, Socca, Chickpea pancakes baked in a pizza oven giving them a beautiful Italian flavour.
If you are in search of night time fun and games, head to the old town (vieux nice) once the flower stalls have closed down, the market comes to life as a mecca for alfresco diners and party people alike. Everywhere you turn in the old town you will find a dazzling choice of restaurants and bars to suit everyone.
Nice occupies a privileged position on the French Riviera in between Marseille in France and Genoa in Italy. Nice has already made itself a name as a top yacht charter destination for tourists of many nationalities. It is the first city most Yacht Charter crews visit when coming to the Cote d’Azur because it is the most easily accessible and provides interesting links to other locations.
The Port of Nice is also known as Lympia port, this name comes from the Lympia spring which fed a small lake in a marshy zone where work on the port was started in 1745.
Today this is the principal harbour installation of Nice – there is also a small port in the Carras district. There is a marina for yachts near the Yacht Harbour Office, it offers 650 berths for yachts having a maximum length of 140m long and with a maximum draught 7m.