Discover: The Walk Paillon
Inaugurated Saturday, October 26, 2013 , the Green Casting of Spangle is a true paradise that stretches 1.2 km between MAMAC and the Promenade des Anglais. 1000 trees, 6000 shrubs and 55000 perennials connect the two shores of the Spangle and give us the feeling of traveling, as we go through Asia with lemon trees and bamboo, Africa with Acacia , Oceania with eucalyptus, America South with the palm of Chile and North America with dogwoods. Not to mention the Nice floral touch with carnations.
The Promenade Du Spangle is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. until March 31 and will be open until 23:00 from April to September . Everything is done to enjoy this family park with fountains and playground. You can also stroll or jog through the grass.
Nice and its architecture
No visit to Nice is complete without an appreciation of its unique architecture. Nice, together with the whole coastline from Cannes to Menton, is synonymous with the Belle Epoque. In the space of a few years, a series of unmissable monuments to architectural exuberance sprang up along the shore, establishing the splendour of the capital of the Côte d’Azur.
The Niçois style owes much to famous architect Charles Dalmas, who from 1900 onwards put his stamp on the city, expanding on the Italian tradition of decorative relief-work, mouldings and painted friezes, along with gently sloping roofs. The Promenade des Anglais is a showcase of the period and style.
Contemporary Nice (near the Hotel)
The hotel is located on the “promenade des Arts”. Nice is the birthplace of many artists, with a reputation that does not disappoint. Come and explore this quarter where contemporary art surrounds you, including the famous Tête au Carré building/sculpture and the Museum of Modern Art.
The Promenade des Anglais
Famous the world over, the Promenade des Anglais, known as the “Prom”, stretches 8 kilometres along the sea front; its palms trees, blue sun-loungers and pebble beaches have taken on mythic status. Down the years the Promenade has become a historic meeting point, witnessing, for instance, a “chance encounter” between Tsar Alexander II and Napoleon III.
Gardens and green spaces
Nice and the Mediterranean climate combine to offer locals and visitors a wealth of gardens and green spaces. With its delightful microclimate (temperatures can reach 15° Centigrade in the winter), it is always pleasant to be able to find a shady spot in the city’s 7,400 acres of gardens.
In the 19th Century, Nice’s first public gardens took shape on Mont Boron and the Avenue Victor Hugo, while close to the port is the Parc Vigier, a former private landscape garden where many ancient palm trees grow. The city is also famous for its flower market, which takes place every morning on the Cours Saleya. The French National Council for Culinary Art has rated this market as one of the best in the country, and it is a real feast for a visitor’s eyes.
Plant lovers should make their way to the Parc Phoenix, at the end of the Promenade des Anglais, where they can explore one of the biggest greenhouses in Europe, with its 20 sound-tracked gardens containing some 2,500 species and occupying over 17 acres of Mediterranean landscape.
Nice and Gastronomy
The cuisine of Nice has of course been shaped and influenced by the Mediterranean climate and the 2,700 hours of sunshine it enjoys every year. The flavours of Provence and Italy can be found in numerous dishes. The two emblematic foods are the Nice olive, which has been AOC accredited since 2001, and Socca Niçoise, a thin pancake of chickpea flour cooked in a big copper dish. The famous and adaptable Salade Niçoise mixes seasonal vegetables, anchovies, eggs and peppers… The boldest will be able to sample another staple of Nice cuisine: “les petits farcis niçois” are vegetables – from tomatoes and peppers to aubergines, cabbages and even courgette flowers – with a meat stuffing.
A recommended family outing, for those who like sweets, is to the Florian confectioners, by the old port of Nice, where you can discover traditional techniques for making sweets and chocolates, and end your visit with a tasting – unmissable for sweet-lovers!
History and Heritage
History and museum lovers are well catered-for: from the Arènes de Cimiez Roman amphitheatre to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, not forgetting thebasilica of Notre Dame and Nice Castle, from where there is a magnificent view over the bay and the old port.
In the historic quarter of Vieux Nice, the cathedral of St Réparate, the chapel of the Miséricorde, and the churches of St Rita and Gésù are wonderful examples of Baroque architecture.
The city museums welcome all visitors. After Paris, Nice has more museums than any other French city, with the Museum of Modern Art, 5 minutes from the hotel, standing out, as do the museums dedicated to famous artists Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall.
Then there are the Musée Masséna, the Fine Arts Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Palais Lascaris and the Museum of Asiatic Art.
The Antiquarian and Book quarter
In Nice’s marina quarter more than 400 antique dealers will charm collectors and browsers. A flea market is held every Saturday on Papacino quay at the port.
Every Monday antique dealers from the quarter close their shops to bring their latest finds to the Cours Saleya and share them with amateurs and the curious, whether locals or tourists.
And for book buffs a second- hand and collector’s book market is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, on the square in front of the Palais de Justice.
Shopping in Nice
The shopping areas are quite concentrated, with two principal options. In the pedestrian area of Vieux Nice you can wander the colourful and characteristic alleyways, exploring little shops selling souvenirs and local produce. If you are looking for higher-end boutiques and named brands you need the Avenue Jean Médecin, the Nice “Champs Elysées”. There are also some boutiques on the pedestrian street running behind the Albert 1er gardens.
Nice nightlife centres on the Cours Saleya and Vieux Nice.
Culture and Shows
The “C’est pas Classique” Music festival
The Nice Jazz Festival in July
The Sacred Music Festival in June
The MANCA Festival of international contemporary music, in November
Two cinemas on the Avenue Jean Médecin (3 km from the hotel)
Acropolis: 100 m
The Palace, meetings and dinner shows: 100m
Promenade des Arts: 500 m
Vieux-Nice: 2.00 km
Cimiez: 3.00 km
Acropolis: 100 m
Théâtre de Verdure: 2 km
Palais Nikaïa: 10 km
The famous “perched villages” of Eze (15 Km) and St Paul de Vence (25 km)
Cannes (30 Km) and the Iles de Lérins.
Monaco (24 Km) and its museum of oceanography.
Antibes (15 Km) and the Marineland theme park
Ludi park la colle sur loup
The lake of St Cassien (40 km)
St Tropez (70 km)
To access the main attractions of the area, you can use the French Riviera Pass
The Vauban Stadium with soccer and basketball grounds and an athletics track is 1 km from the hotel.
New: ALLIANZ RIVIERA Stadium hosts games OGC NICE, Rugby matches and concerts.
The Nice Golf and Country Club and Mini Golf at the Carol de Roumanie Park.
The Nice watersports centre (sailing, kayaks etc.) 2 km from the hotel.
Jet Skis at St Laurent du Var, 11 km from the hotel.
Cycle rental: the “vélos bleus” (1€ for the day, 5€ for the week).
Bowling (and French billiards) 200 m from the hotel.
Skiing – the closest resorts are Isola 2000 and Valberg, 85 km from the hotel.
Nice Tourist and Convention Office
Côte d’Azur regional Tourist Office
Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Centre
Museum of Modern Art
Louis Nucéra Library
Nice National Theatre
Chamber of Commerce
Nice City Hall
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