Car Hire Nice

by : Fiona Hiliard

Car Hire Nice

Nice Mini Guide:

Nice is France's fifth largest city and is regarded as the capital of the Cote d'Azur /French Riviera region. The French Riviera region enjoys year-round sunshine, making Nice a popular destination with sunshine holidaymakers as well as short break tourists.

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Things To See/Do in Nice:

A guided walking tour is one way to see what cultural and historical attractions are to be found in Nice. This way you're guaranteed to take in interesting features such as The Chapelle de la Miséricorde, the Cathédrale de Sté-Réparate and the Palais Lascaris.

Nice has a fine selection of art galleries and museums that are also worth exploring at your leisure. The Musée des Beaux-Arts boasts an original piece of Rodin's Le Baiser (The Kiss), while Villa Arson showcases the best in modern art.

Shopping in Nice is a treat for every budget. High-fashion slaves will be in designer heaven in rue du Paradis, rue Masséna and rue de la Liberté, while thrifty types will enjoy scouring Avenue Jean Médecin for low cost high-street labels and cheap, discount prices on designer pieces.

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Eating Out in Nice:

Nice offers excellent choice in terms of eating out. Vieux Nice is one of the best areas of the city in terms of restaurants and eateries. Here you're guaranteed to find something to suit every budget and taste-whether it's French fine dining you're after or simple cheap eats. Those cooking from scratch should look no further than the market at Cours Saleya, where fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats can be purchased for a low cost. Local recipes worth a try include Pissaladières, a type of onion and anchovy tart, vegetable and tuna sandwiches known as Pan Bagnat, the Salade Niçoise and the region's famous Ratatouille-a stew of tomatoes, aubergine, cucumber and squash. Local pressed olive oil is a staple ingredient in most dishes, as well as black Nice olives called Caillettes.

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Day Trips/Events in Nice:

Nice's enviable location on the French Riviera makes it an ideal base for exploring the nearby towns and cities of Monaco, St Tropez and Cannes. Meanwhile, the enchanting villages and towns of Old Provence such as St Paul are to be found just 20km away. St Paul's charm captivated artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Chagall over the centuries and is well worth a journey by hire car.

Nice is the venue for a number of exciting events and festivals during the calendar year including Nice Carnival in February and King Carnival Mardi Gras, which takes place just before Lent. Nice Jazz Festival in July is another popular draw.