Any city which constantly remains bathed in golden sunlight while the azure waters of the Mediterranean lap at its shores certainly deserves pride of place among France’s top holiday destinations. Especially when it happens to be that silver lining in winter’s cloud, when the season holds the rest of the nation in its frosty grip. And that’s exactly what Nice is. A sunlit city, filled with beautiful surprises that will make you fall in love with it from the very moment you arrive. The largest city on the French Riviera, Nice lies close to the Italian border and south of Monaco, Menton and San Remo while Cannes is located to its south.

By day you will be able to sunbathe on the beach in the glorious warm sunshine, explore the Vieille Ville (Old Town), wander about its cafes, markets and museums and enjoy a panoramic view of the city and its bay. By night you will be able to experience the thrill of its colorful, vibrant nightlife and dance until a new day of exploring dawns. Although it is quite close to a number of glamorous neighbors such as Cannes, Saint Tropez and Monaco, Nice does a pretty good job of standing out as a tourist favorite.  Visitors arriving by helicopter from the famous host of the prestigious film festival, Cannes will actually be able to land at Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport in just seven minutes. Tourists who opt for a high-speed TGV train will arrive at the seaside city in about 40 minutes while those who intend to escape winter in Paris for Nice’s milder climes will arrive at Gare de Cannes in 6 hours. One of the best places to start your exploration of Nice is the Vieille Ville – Old Town ¬– known for its distinctive Italian style buildings. You will be able to begin your adventure with a hearty breakfast in one of its many cafes; visit the Cours Saleya Market filled with fresh, fragrant produce and even ascend to the Parc de la Colline du Château to enjoy panoramic views of the city.

If you love the arts, you will be able to visit Musée Marc Chagall and admire the works of the artist who actually helped in designing the museum. The Musée Masséna is also another museum which will delight visitors who will also be able to admire its exquisite gardens.