Med In Heaven
The French city of Nice is the cultural, political and administrative capital of the Cote D’Azur region. For the past 200 years, wealthy tourists have landed on these shores, and made Nice a home-from-home.
It was the British aristocracy, followed by the French and Russians that led the dash to the Riviera in the early 19th century. Having found a kind of paradise they previously only knew through books and stories, they set about building winter residences with the standards they used for their palaces at home. These buildings inspired a renaissance of architecture in the city that is known as the belle epoque period.
The unique charm that lured the wealthy and powerful of-the-day, 200 years ago, is the same charm that makes the Riviera one of the most popular tourist resorts in the world today. Year-round sunshine, incredible scenery and the unique French quality of life make Nice the natural destination for travellers wanting to get away from it all.
Nice is a city of art and culture. After Paris, it has the most museums in France, such as the renowned Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the equally famous Matisse Museum. Artists such as Van Goph and writers such as Scott F. Fitzgerald came to Nice for inspiration went on to create their most famous works.
Nice is host to many carnivals and festivals each year, such as the unique International Jazz festival that takes place in July on the grounds of the ruins of a 2000 year old Roman amphitheatre. The Palais Nikiai is a large venue where the great bands of today make regular appearances.
Bourgeois Cimiez, one of the three hills of Nice, is the oldest and one of most affluent areas of the city. Cimiez is middle class suburbia, French style. Mont Boron is home to many rich and famous celebrities, such as Elton John. With stunning views and baroque architecture, Mont Boron is the Hollywood hills of Nice. The Fabron hill is secluded, safe and perfect for families.
The Promenade des Anglais, the most famous image of Nice, is 7 kilometres of clean beaches, classy hotels and apartments with some of the best views in Nice. For those of you who want glorious sea views and a famous address, an apartment here is ideal.
What all of Nice has in common is a laidback lifestyle that has to be felt to be understood.