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One of the biggest cities on the world-famous French
Riviera, Nice is a great holiday destination which combines French glamour,
life on the coast and an old-town atmosphere, just a short distance from many
of our luxury South of France villas. Below are just seven of the many things
you can do to enjoy this wonderful city and get to know a new corner of France:

Visit Nice Cathedral

One of the city?s grandest buildings is the Cathedrale
Sainte-Reparate, also known as Nice Cathedral, home to the Diocese of Nice. The
cathedral is a fabulous example of the Baroque architecture which can be seen
all throughout the Old Town, an influence of the Roman occupation the city once
faced.

Stroll on the Promenade des Anglais

Offering miles of gorgeous sandy beaches, the Promenade des
Anglais stretches the entire length of the city, making it a great way to
explore Nice and its coastal scenery at a leisurely pace. Also known as the
?walkway of the English?, the Promenade is a great place to not only enjoy a
walk, but to simply relax, watch the sea and sunbathe on the beach.

See the Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Built by a Russian architect in 1912, this cathedral may
appear to be out of place in a city which mainly boasts Baroque architecture,
but the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in fact symbolises the historical importance
of a Russian colony who lived on the Cote d?Azur. Its impressive exterior
features 6 cupola decorated with golden bulbs, while the interior, shaped like
a Greek cross, offers incredible displays of woodwork, frescoes and icons made
from gold.

Enjoy some entertainment at the Opera de Nice

Home to the Ballet Nice Mediterrannee and the Nice
Philharmonic Orchestra, the city?s main opera house, the Opera de Nice, is a
great location to enjoy some of the finest evening entertainment the South of
France has to offer ? choose from an opera, a ballet or a classical concert.

Explore the city?s port

Like every major coastal city in France, Nice has its very
own thriving port, worth exploring to take in the sights of the extravagant
yachts as well as the colourful fishing boats owned by local fishermen. With a
host of restaurants and bars dotted around the port, there?s also plenty of opportunity
to relax and enjoy a drink while looking out at the surroundings.

Become enchanted by the Old Town

With its narrows streets home to where the local Nicois live
and work, bustling with shops, markets, cafes, restaurants and nightlife, the
Old Town is a real contrast to the sweeping Promenade des Anglais, but is a
part of Nice which is just as necessary to visit. Here you can watch life go by
and observe the pretty old buildings, all while enjoying a coffee or browsing
the markets.

Shop ?til you drop at the Rue de France

Running from the end of the Place Massena is the Rue de
France pedestrian zone, lined with shops, restaurants and cafes. This is the
place to head to if you?re planning on doing some boutique shopping, and you?ll
also be able to enjoy lunch or a coffee on one of the outdoor terraces.


Image: James
Rhodes
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