Holidays to Nice dish out pretty pebble beaches, history and grandeur by the bucketload.

Nice city breaks

Nice pairs a historic old town with a balmy beach scene, and makes it look easy. The seafront prom’s well geared up for people-watching, and the pebbly shoreline’s up to its elbows in beach clubs. Throw a glitzy marina and a line-up of luxury shops into the mix, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a glamourous getaway on the French Riviera.

Stacks of art

It’s not all about the beachfront around here – Nice has a corker of an arts scene up its sleeve, too. The likes of Picasso, Matisse and Chagall have all left their stamp on the place. The latter even designed his own museum – from the stained-glass windows in the concert hall right down to the Mediterranean gardens. And you can clap eyes on a massive collection of Matisse’s work in the aptly named Matisse Museum.

A historic old town

Nice’s old town’s had a pastel paint job. And the colours don’t stop at the buildings – just wait until you clap eyes on Cours Saleya’s rainbow-hued flower and fruit markets. This rest of the area’s jam-packed with historic sites, like the Sainte-Reparate Cathedral. Behind its bold, Baroque facade, this 17th-century gem squeezes in almost a dozen chapels – each one dedicated to a different saint.

At a Glance

  • Flake out at a swanky beach club
  • Gawk at masterpieces in the Matisse Museum
  • Saunter around the historic old town

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