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If a chic, classy and cultured Mediterranean break on the uber-cool French Riviera tickles your fancy then look no further than the Cote d’Azur capital of Nice. France’s fifth city, Nice is glamorous and bewitching in equal measure, regardless of the time of year you visit. Curving around the Bay of Angels, don’t be surprised if you refer to your trip as nothing short of heavenly afterwards.

Getting there

Roughly two hours from Shannon Airport, taxis aplenty are on hand to whisk you away to your accommodation once you arrive.  There is also an airport shuttle, the one-way ticket for which is valid for the rest of the day on all of Nice’s city buses and trams.

Nice itself is perfect for those looking to get away from it all. Although many of the beaches overlooking the Mediterranean are of the pebbled variety, the locals will accommodate with hessian carpets leading the way to the sea.  Some hotels have their own private beach, which include waiter service and lockers so you can concentrate on topping up your tan.

While away your time

If lounging in the sun all day isn’t your thing, head to the city centre and take in some of the collections of fine art. Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain stands out with its permanent exhibits of New Realism and Pop Art, while those seeking a more haunting biblical experience will find exactly what they’re looking for at the Musee National Message Biblique Marc Chagall. Henri Matisse lovers will be thrilled to find a dedicated museum to the artist right here too, while the Russian Cathedral and the ancient Roman ruins are must-sees.

The best view of the city is arguably from Le Chateau, which overlooks the town and out to sea. The castle itself is now a ruin with only small sections remaining, but for a panoramic analysis there’s no better place to go, as long as you’re able for a hike to the top of the hill on which it stands. There’s also a lift to the top for those who have been left breathless by what they’ve seen! Expect to pay a small charge for the pleasure though.

When it’s time to up the tempo, Nice won’t be found wanting. The Cours Saleya Flower Market is open Tuesday to Sunday and is positively dripping with atmosphere. You’ll be amazed by the assault of colour on show while the perimeter is lined with lively cafes, souvenir and gift shops, bars and restaurants when it’s time to take a break. At night, the city comes alive. From the pedestrian zone in the centre, right up to the restaurants on the seafront, you’re bound to get caught up in the revelry. The Old Town is especially vibrant when the sun goes down with lots of fun bars and nightclubs to choose from.

Five for free

  • Park yourself on the Promenade

    With a hugely impressive shoreline, it’s no wonder that the Promenade des Anglais is thronged most days. It’s the perfect spot to watch the world and fitness enthusiasts go by. Find a bench to base yourself or stroll along the boardwalk – the decision is yours.

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  • Marvel at the architecture

    With a whole host of influences, Nice boasts an unusual eclectic mix of historic and modern architecture. Striking examples of Russian Orthodox and Boroque architecture are waiting to astound visitors along the way.

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  • Zone in on the Pedestrian Zone

    Packed to the gills with shops and cafés, Nice’s pedestrian zone is also where you’ll find the city’s most exuberant street performers. Grab a coffee here and watch jugglers, mime artists, musicians and singers in action.

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    Nice street performers image
  • A port of call

    Some locals believe that Nice Port is one of the best unexplored areas of the city by tourists, when it really shouldn’t be. It houses some of the best nightlife that Nice has to offer while those looking for a more sedate experience can watch the coming and going of the Corsica ferries during a lazy day.

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    Nice port image
  • Visit the Old Town for new experiences

    Nice’s Old Town doesn’t show its age when it comes to a bustling atmosphere. Visitors simply must sample the mood here – it’s worth it just to get a taste of the famous local ice-cream if nothing else.

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    Nice old town image
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