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Nice has something for all visitors: a medieval old town; grand architectural monuments; a wide selection of museums, restaurants and bars; fine climate, and easy access to beaches.
 
Nice is the 5th largest city of France and the 4th largest urban area after those of Paris, Lyon and Marseille. It is located on the French Riviera, not that far from the border with Italy. Nice has a mild Mediterranean climate and is a popular destination for vacationers from all around the world, it has something to offer nearly everyone. The city's famous seaside promenade, Promenade des Anglais, dates back almost 200 years and lines the city's Mediterranean coast. It stretches for around 6 km (4 mi) and offers beautiful views, delightful seaside restaurants and plenty of bars.
 
 
 
The climate and landscape are what attracts most visitors. Nice has the second largest hotel capacity in the country and is the second most visited place in France after Paris. Nice is also second only to Paris in the number of museums and galleries. The Old Town has a lot of atmosphere, with narrow streets, many shops and numerous restaurants in the area. Immediately behind the houses that front the harbor is the best market in Nice; the Cours Saleya flower market. The edges of the market are lined with cafés and restaurants, and the stands themselves are packed with amazing produce and a myriad of flowers. It operates six day a week, replaced on Mondays by a flea and antiques market.

Nice is not really a destination for bathing holidays, especially if you bring children. The beaches consists entirely of large flat stones that drops quickly when you get into the water and the tidal pull can be very strong. A few private beaches have added a layer of sand, and they all offer the rental of lounge chairs and towels as well as various services from restaurants and bars, but the private beaches can be rather expensive. Much nicer beaches exist in other towns close by, such as Villefranche-sur-Mer and Antibes. Villefranche is a particularly preferred beach choice, especially if traveling with children, and it is only twenty minutes away by the TAM 100 bus.

The Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is the second busiest airport in France after Paris. The airport is located at the western end of Nice on a landfill. There are frequent daily flights to Paris, and direct connection to most major cities in Europa, including Moscow, as well as New York. There is also direct connection to a number of destinations in Africa and the Middle East. Arrival and departure in clear weather provides beautiful views of the French Riviera. Nice is also connected to the rest of France via the SNCF train network. A direct TGV fast train from Paris to Nice takes about 6 hours.
 

 

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