A trip along the Côte d'Azur will prove to be one of the most exciting trips you'll ever take, but with so much to see and do in Nice and surrounding towns, it can be hard to figure out exactly how you want to spend your time in Nice. In order to help you make the most of your time on your upcoming trip to France and the stunning region of the Côte d'Azur, Auto Europe has compiled a list of the best things to do in Nice.
Although Nice's world-famous beaches are just the beginning of the list of exciting things to do in Nice, catching some rays on the pebbly shores of the French Riviera should still be on the top of your list! If you're keen on working on your tan in relative seclusion, there are approximately 15 private beaches where you're able to do so, but you should expect to pay top dollar just to spread out your towel. The luxurious beaches make summertime in this region one of the absolute best times to visit France.
Commonly referred to as one of the most scenic drives on the planet, driving along the Côte d'Azur will prove to be a truly breathtaking experience. Drive along the Mediterranean Sea to visit some of Nice's most popular tourist attractions, including Promenade de Anglais. Park your car and walk along the promenade to absorb the enchanting Riviera atmosphere and to revel in the beauty of the crashing waves.
The extensive collections housed inside the Fine Arts Museum cover periods from the 18th through 20th centuries. Much of the focus is on French art from the 19th century, as well as both impressionism and post impressionism. Inside the Fine Arts Museum, travelers are able to see masterpieces by Monet, Carpeaux, Boudin and Vuillard, to name a few. Nearby at the Massena Museum of Art and History, visitors will get a firsthand look inside the history of Nice beginning in the 11th century. Permanent exhibits include sculptures and paintings, along with gold and silver artifacts.
Deepen your appreciation and knowledge of French wine when you arrange a wine tasting in Nice. Travelers will get an authentic look into the wine trade, and many tour operations provide samples of wines cultivated in the six unique wine regions of France. Master the art of wine-tasting and learn about how Champagne is made. After your wine tasting, purchase a bottle of your favorite vintage to bring home for later consumption, or to give to one of your friends back home.
If you've purchased a bottle of wine for yourself or someone back home, you'll need something to pair it with, and what pairs better with wine than chocolate? When traveling through the French Riviera, you'll be able to purchase goods from some of the finest chocolatiers in the industry. Other great souvenirs in Nice include locally made olive oil. To find the perfect bottle, travelers can wander through Cours Saleya, Nice's open-air market, and then continue browsing through the other specialty food shops throughout the city.
If your vacation in France falls between mid-February and early March, head to Nice to experience the biggest winter event in the country! Bursts of color, vibrant music, giant floats and thousands of flowers fill the streets of Nice, and travelers get the fluttering feeling that anything is possible at Carnival in Nice.
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