NICE - VACATION RENTALS - FRANCE - WONDERFUL ALL YEAR ROUND
• Luna Park
A great amusement park (exhibition hall and Esplanade de Lattre de Tassigny).
• New Year's Concert (Acropolis).
• Salon Métierama - l'Etudiant (special forum for students) (Acropolis).
• Salon du Mariage (Acropolis).
Carnival and flower processionsl is the leading event of the winter season on the French Riviera- Carnival parades (daytime and evenings).
Carnival and "Mardi Gras" parades and Flower processions
(Promenade des Anglais).
- Closing parade, bonfire and fireworks (Promenade des Anglais).
• Nice International Trade Fair (Palais des Expositions, esplanade de Lattre de Tassigny - Port).
• Finish of the Paris-Nice Cycle Race (Promenade des Anglais.
• Concerts (Acropolis).
• Nice Boat Show
• Festin des Cougourdons. A traditional festival with local folklore and decorated "cougourdons" which takes place every spring. The interesting shapes of these gourds grown in the area, lend themselves to a wide variety of interpretations ...
• Printemps des Poètes
• Nice International Semi-Marathon
• Regattas in Baie des Anges
• Rallye de Tunisie.
• Easter Egg-hunt (Parc Floral Phœnix).
• Printemps des Musées
• La Fête des Mai
This traditional family fête is held on all Sundays and holidays in May. Music, picnics and folk dancing brighten up the gardens and the Amphitheatre of Cimiez.
• Trimed Regattas (Port, Baie des Anges)
• Nice en Roller
• International Film Festival in Cannes
• Monaco Grand Prix (Formula 1)
• Sacred Music Festival (Churches in the old town).
• Fête de la musique, free concerts throughout the city.
• Salon du Livre (Book fair) (Jardin Albert 1er).
• Fête de la Mer
Every year the fishermen of Nice celebrate Saint Peter's day. The festivities open with mass in the Gesù church, followed by a processsion all the way to Les Ponchettes beach (in front of old Nice) where a boat is burned in honour of their patron saint.
• Nice International Triathlon- Ironman
• Salon Bionazur (natural and organic products show (Théâtre de Verdure)
• National Heritage Day
• Voucalia, Festival of Mediterranean Polyphony and Traditional Music
• Nice Jazz Festival
The Nice Jazz Festival is a subtle stroll in which the soul of the past blends beautifully with more turbulent new technologies. Concerts are held in the amphitheatre and gardens of Cimiez from 7pm till midnight with the most prestigious musicians playing on theree stages. An "alternative" festival in the city's various neighbourhoods accompanies the event in the mornings and afternoons until 6pm.
• Nuits Musicales de Nice / International Academy of Summer Music
Concerts in the Cloister of the Cimiez Monastery
• Musicalia (Théâtre de Verdure).
Mediterranean and world music : free concerts on Wednesday and Saturday evenings
• Bastille Day Celebration (14/07)
Fireworks Promenade des Anglais.
• La Castellada - Walking tour and performance on the Castle Hill. Actors and Musicians organize a 2-hour journey through the main events in the history of Nice and the castle. (Château de Nice)
• International Open Summer Chess Tournament.
• La Castellada - Walking tour and performance on the Castle Hill. (Château de Nice)
• Ball for the Libération of Nice (Place Masséna).
• Nuits Musicales de Nice / International Academy of Summer Music Concerts in the Cloister of the Cimiez Monastery.
• Musicalia (Promenade des Anglais / Théâtre de Verdure).
• Fête du patrimoine (heritage days)
• Fête de la San Bertoumieu - Grand market for tradtional arts and crafts (Old Nice)
• Fête patronale de la Ville de Nice Sainte Réparate
• Halloween celebrations around the city
• "Sadeca" furniture and decoration fair (Acropolis - Expositions).
• Festival Manca - Festival of contemporary music
• Challenge de Lutte Henri Deglane
• Cap Cyber Multimedia Show.
Christmas Village : located on Place Massena, it offers many stands with local arts and crafts, for original gift ideas.
The city of Nice has been a popular tourist destination for centuries, for royalty and commoners alike. It is a transportation center, with the Paris-Nice train and the international airport.
Nice is ancient. Inhabited for 400,000 years, the "modern" city of Nikaia was established by the Greeks. The Romans may have started the tourism with their extensive baths on Cimiez. In spite of modernization, the city retains its medieval heritage in the vieille ville (old town), with its narrow winding streets and closely-packed red-tiled roofs.
Nice is a center of activities. Lodging, dining, shopping, sunbathing and swimming, movies, theaters, opera, museums -- or just strolling along the Promenade des Anglais and enjoying the good life.
What's happening in Nice this week? The "Semaine des Spectacles" is a weekly guide available from every newsstand. It comes out every Wednesday, and contains everything that's going on in the towns of Provence and the Côte d'Azur (including Nice, Cannes, Aix). It lists restaurants, nightclubs, movies (many in "Version Originale"), museums, and other diversions.
Parks and Playgrounds
There are parks and playgrounds all around Nice. Places to sit in the shade and rest your weary feet during a day of shopping or sightseeing, and let the kiddies burn off some energy.
Nice Public Library
The public library is on Rue Biscarra, behind the "Nice Etoile" mall. Open to anybody, the library has a good collection of books on local history and regional areas and villages. Mostly French, of course, but it also contains a selection of books and magazines in English, and some other languages, if you want to spend a few hours inside on a rare rainy day.
Walking along the Promenade des Anglais towards the port, the walk rises up to the Pointe des Ponchettes beneath the chateau rock. There's a good view from here back along the beaches and the town. You can become a part of the sundial (cadran solaire) here; stand at the correct place and your shadow will indicate the time.
The center of Nice is from the big fountain, Fountaine du Soleil, across the Place Massena, ringed by bright pastel buildings, and up the Avenue Jean Médecin. Continuing beneath the railway overpass beside the train station, Ave Jean Médecin becomes Ave Malaussena.
The Rue de France pedestrian shopping street runs from the end of the Place Massena, roughly parallel to the seaside. This area is full of shops, including some exclusive clothing boutiques, and restaurants and cafés with outdoor terraces - a great place to sit and watch the world go by, while you eat or drink.
"Le Chateau" isn't a chateau -- the castle on top of this high rock hill overlooking Nice old town and the port has been gone since 1706, but it's a great place to visit. There are cool walks in the shade of the trees, great views out over Nice and the Mediterranean, a large grassy park, playground, Roman ruins and a waterfall.
Access. You can walk up the stairs at the front, from the Quai des Etats Unis, and have a great view as you climb; there are 213 steps from the bottom to the observation platform on top of the Naval Museum, and then more steps and various walkways on to the top. An elevator is available from the same starting point if your legs aren't up to it.
In the old town, go up the Rue Rossetti from the Cathedral Ste. Réparate to find steps and walkways that go up past the cemeteries to the top. There's also roads that you can drive, or walk, up: the Monté Montfort goes up from the "point" between the Baie des Anges and the port, and from near the Place Garibaldi.
Cimiez sits on a hill a couple of km from the center of town. It's about an hour's walk, or a short bus ride, to this lovely site in a residential area above the hustle and bustle of the city. The grounds of "Cimiez" include a large park amidst olive groves, the Archeology museum, Matisse museum and the Franciscan Museum and Monastery. During a couple of weeks in August, this is the site of the Nice Jazz Festival, with music until midnight every night from three stages, in the olive groves and the Roman Amphitheater.
There aren't many cafés in this residential area, but the terrace café in the park, on the Allée Miles Davis, behind the bust of Lionel Hampton, has whole-wheat baguette sandwiches.
Promenade des Anglais
The promenade stretches about 7 km around the Baie des Anges, a favorite for leisurely "promenades" since the Belle Epoque at the turn of the last century. Activities include sitting and watching the sea - and the sunbathers on the beach, jogging and roller skating. Summer nights the activity actually increases.
The beaches of Nice, and along the coast to Antibes, are shingle (smooth stones). From Antibes-Juan-les-Pins to Cannes, the beaches are sand. It's obvious which you need for building sand castles, but many people actually prefere the grit-free shingle beaches. Also, it's not much fun trying to skip sand out across the water.
Vieille Ville (Old Town)
It is a part of Nice with narrow streets curving in irregular fashion between old buildings with red-tile roofs, this could be almost any medieval village of the region. The streets are packed with shops and shoppers. Small restaurants, food, meat, produce, pasta, clothes, gifts, anything and everything. You can buy wine by the bottle or the barrel (bring your own container) and an amazing variety of fresh-made ravioli and other pasta.
The Cours Saleya has a daily flower market and a food market in the mornings. There are scores of stands, from large, professionally displayed wares to folding tables set up by family farmers with their produce and live fowl directly from the farm. The length of the Cours Saleya is sided by the low buildings separating the "Cours" from the seaside. Once housing the fishermen's catch, they have given way largely to seafood restaurants. The other side of the Cours Saleya is lined by terrace cafés, lovely old buildings and the grand Prefecture.
Marche de Buffa. This is the best food market in Nice. Situated 3 min walk from our apartment, it is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry. Stalls with meat and Niceouase delikatessen burst with ready made food of fantastic quality and value.
Cours Saleya . The most famous market of Nice is the flower market and main market on the Cours Saleya in the old town (see above). On Mondays, the Cours Saleya has a large flea market, the Marché a la Brocante et Antiquités.
Ave. Malaussena. A very large, authentic market can be found most mornings along the Ave. Malaussena (continuation of Ave. Jean Médecin beyond the train station overpass).
Rue Raiberti. The covered market on Rue Flaminius Raibereti, just off the Place Général de Gaulle at the top of Ave. Malaussena, has produce in the street-side stalls, and mostly butchers and dairy-product stands inside.
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