01 Mar DMC in Nice
With the Mediterranean lapping on its shores, Nice is the capital of the French Riviera, and one of the most popular touristic destinations in the world. A single look is enough to understand the reasons of its success. Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, just a few kilometers from the Italian border, Nice boasts a mild climate, bright sun, diverse landscapes, and of course beautiful beaches with blue azure waters.
Don’t expect miles of golden sand, however : the beach is stony and rugged. Despite this, the place is invariably packed with bronzed sunbathers, and its waters are the paradise of nautic activities : wakeboarding, jetskiing, parasailing, and diving. Nice has some fantastic dives sites, great wrecks and caves nearby to explore.
Yet there’s still much to recommend in Nice, beyond sun and sea. Between two sun baths, in the hours of blazing heat, the best way to discover the city is to wander its network of alleys and lanes in the Old Town. This way you can shake off the hordes of less adventurous tourists and find the city’s finer bars and restaurants. An opportunity to try socca (a crepe made from chickpea flour) and taste a glass (or two) of the local rosé. The most adventurous visitors can climb to Le Chateau (Castle Hill) and its ruins, its lush vegetation… and its splendid views of the city below.
At the end of the day, after a cultural bath in the Niçoise culture with its great museums and galleries, time is come to discover local decadent nightlife. Nice is nice in the day, but become splendid with the night.
While it might sound like Nice has ditched the Dior bags of yore for gardening gloves, the glamour of the Côte d’Azur is still present. Millionaires’ yachts jostle for space in the harbour and there’s no shortage of exclusive bars, restaurants and boutiques. Sure, Nice might not have the same exclusivity that its fin-de-siècle high society patrons once sought, but this bustling city has plenty to keep visitors entertained.