City summary: Nice

Press release


For years, the city of Nice has turned decidedly and understandably toward the sea – from the nearly five miles of beach, the world-famous Promenade des Anglais and many sunset viewpoints like those in the Parc du Château. That makes sense since Nice is the self-styled capital of a Riviera full of pleasure crafts and water sports. In recent years, however, new attractions, infrastructure, transport and perspective have helped turn the spotlights back on the burgeoning city itself, from its in-town prehistoric past to its wine- and food-rich present and how it all connects with the hinterland.

Fun Facts

  • Nice's ancient past is immersed in its present: Terra Amata is an archeological site with evidence of very early use of fire, and right on the edge of town is the Grotte du Lazaret, a cave with vestiges of prehistoric human occupation.

  • France's first city to have been granted a special wine-producing label across its municipality.

Significant Site

Vieux Nice: a lively commercial area of narrow streets little changed since the 1700s

Extraordinary Exhibit

Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC): avant-garde art from the 1950s to the present, including works from the Nice School, New Realism and Pop Art

Delectable Delights

  • ratatouille: a concoction with tomatoes as a foundation for sautéed vegetables and herbs

  • Bellet wine: one of the oldest vineyards in France yields remarkable white, red and rosé wines

Legendary Local

J. M. G. Le Clézio: author of over 40 works, which won him the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature for his life's work

Daring Development

New infrastructure: Line 2 of the Nice tramway will begin service in 2018, running from the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport to the center of the city

Also in the Area

  • Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and Gardens: one of the grandest palaces in the Renaissance style, built on the narrowest part of the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula

  • Greek Villa Kérylos: a splendid early 20th-century villa, reminiscent of the villas of Ancient Greece and with an exceptional view of the Mediterranean

Access from Paris

  • by road: about 8 h 30 min (296 miles) via the A6 and A7 autoroute du Soleil

  • by train: about 5 h 30 min by TGV from the Gare de Lyon

  • by plane: 1 direct flight from NYC every day and from Paris 30 times a day

For more about what to see and do in and around Nice, including on the “On the Sunshine Route" itinerary, visit