With its vivid sapphire seas and pastel-hued, sun-bleached buildings, forget about theatrical Cannes and ostentatious Monte-Carlo and move to your own pace in Nice, the rustic gem of the French Riviera. A city accustomed to change yet true to its traditions, Nice remains a destination where the glitterati come to play while laissez faire locals go about their everyday business.
As an ancient Roman settlement caught in a strategic tug-of-war between Italy and France for many years, Nice developed a fierce character all of its own. Drawing on its French roots and Italianate influences, the city relishes its turbulent past with its very own 'Nizzard' language and offers a unique smorgasbord of gastronomic treats. Try wrestling with a local for a bench at one of Vieux Nice's famous socca restaurants, enjoy a salade niçoise, ratatouille or a pissaladière in market-rich Cours Saleya and round it all off with a gelato at Fennochio's; this is no place for the culinary faint-hearted.
An assortment of narrow streets, wide boulevards and one famous seafront promenade leads to ancient ruins, baroque cathedrals, art galleries and hip little bars, and while she may not be a city renowned for her nightlife, Nice loves an excuse to party. July's Jazz festival has kept the city swinging since the 1940s while the colourful and infectious Mardi Gras Carnival stands as further proof that Nice isn't just nice - it's fabulous.
Inhabitants in France:: Approx 65.4 million
Inhabitants in Nice:: Approx 345,000
Official language: French
Time zone: CET (UTC +1h)
Emergency number: 112 from a mobile, 17 from a landline
Country phone code: +33
Country code: FR
Local transportation: Bus, tram, train (SNCF)
|Inhabitants in France:||Approx 65.4 million|
|Inhabitants in Nice:||Approx 345,000|
|Time zone||CET (UTC +1h)|
|Emergency number||112 from a mobile, 17 from a landline|
|Country phone code||+33|
|Local transportation||Bus, tram, train (SNCF)|
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