Journey to Nice
France’s enchanting second city promises beach-life, history, entertainment and culture in abundance
Nice, France's fifth most populous city also happens to be one of the country's most popular and cosmopolitan holiday destinations. Nice's famous beaches, shingle rather than sand, may not be to every holidaymaker's taste but near-continuous Mediterranean sunshine, a naturally beautiful location on the French Riviera, an historic 'old town' that is fascinating to explore and an abundance of enjoyable sights, attractions and landmarks provide more than adequate compensation.
An important trading port since the time of the ancient Greeks, Nice fell under Italian control during the Middle Ages, but disputes in the following centuries saw ownership of the city alternate between Italy, the Alpine royal territory of Savoy, and France with the latter finally gained permanent ownership of Nice in 1860.
The advent of modern transportation, including the arrival of the railway, in the twentieth century saw the rise of tourism in Nice as visitors arrived to enjoy the city's Mediterranean climate, picturesque setting and an urban regeneration that brought new hotels and recreational facilities. Today, Nice is the second most popular French city after Paris, delighting visitors with its historic squares and buildings, a beautiful seafront promenade and a cultural feast of museums, galleries and ancient churches along with the many other attractions and entertainments expected of a modern city-resort.