As part of the Côte d’Azur, (French: “Coast of Azure”), Nice is the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera. Founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for European elite during the 19th-century, Nice is the third largest city in France. The city has also long attracted many artists and is a true cultural region in southeastern France.
UNESCO recently named Nice the “Winter Resort Town of the Riviera,” the city became the vacation destination for English and Russian aristocrats at the beginning of the 19th century and has remained a favorite French Mediterranean city ever since. With its Belle Époque architecture, landmark hotels, world-class museums, open-air markets, relatively mild climate, and the famous beachfront promenade, Nissa la Bella (‘Nice the Beautiful’) is much more than the gateway to the French Riviera’s iconic cities such as Monaco, Cannes, and Saint-Tropez. This new UNESCO destination will ensure the Promenade des Anglais and Old Town will remain protected from urban development and its heritage will stay well preserved. I recommend adding Nice to your city destination with your next European vacation.