NICE – SOPHISTICATION ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA
Sun, sea, sand and culture – Nice has it all! Stay in the heart of the action at the luxury Radisson Blu Hotel on the famous Promenade des Anglais. Boasting a private beach, exclusive wellness centre and panoramic rooftop terrace, this luxury hotel is close to Nice’s historic Old Town and top attractions including the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the Cours Saleya Flower Market and the Matisse Museum.
Try something new in Nice
Swan Lake at the Acropolis
The Ballet and Orchestra of the Russian National Opera is bringing back the timeless masterpiece, Swan Lake, this spring. Experience the classic and most popular ballet performance in the unforgettable setting of the Acropolis in Nice. This enduring story will come to life for one night only, so be sure to get your tickets and stay close by with Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice.
- 31 March at 20:30
- Prices range from 34€ - 65€
Cimiez Gardens and Matisse Museum
Go for a stroll in one of the city’s top attractions and local hotspot. Find some shade under the magnificent centennial olive-trees and take in the rich history of the Roman ruins before you go on to visit the Villa Matisse. This museum boasts paintings, ceramics, tapestries and photographs from the renowned artists, Henri Matisse, one of the greatest painters of the 20th century.
- Open daily 11:00 – 18:00 (Closed Tuesday)
- Admission is 10€ (Free for students and people under 18)
Jazz Big Band at the Nice Côte d’Azur Opera
- 1 April at 11:00
- 9€ for adults (Free for children under 13)
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Spring holiday with kids
Easter Egg Hunt at Phoenix Park
Phoenix Park welcomes kids to join the Easter Egg Hunt every year and this year is no exception. From 31 March – 2 April, children up to 12 years old can join to find the hidden treasure. Kids age 6 and under can roam free to hunt their chocolate egg in an area specially made for the occasion. Meanwhile, 6 – 12-year-olds can venture around the park and solve riddles to access their chocolate eggs. Happy hunting Easter egg hunting!
- 09:30 – 19:30 (From 31 March – 2 April)
- 5€ per adult (13 and over)
- Free for children under 13 (Within the limit of 3 children per adult)
Head to the largest park in the Riviera, Vaugrenier Park has more than 100 acres of forests and bushes, offering exploratory fun for all. With picnic tables, playgrounds and discovery paths for kids, this park is the ideal family getaway. Curious souls can learn more about the local nature, birds and archeological remains found here. Likewise, those who wish to keep fit can enjoy the forest tracks and fitness trails throughout the park.
- Open 07:00 – 20:00 and free for all
Le Village des Fous Amusement Park
Fun for the whole family awaits at the Le Village des Fous Amusement Park where absurd is king and craziness an art of living. Enjoy adventures on the Flying Bath, Woodhouse “Buttoverhead”, SplashPlage, the new Experiencez District and many more exciting rides and games. Enter this curious village and discover many fun surprises.
- Opens 31 March from 10:00 – 18:00 on most days
- Adults are 16€ and children from 4 to 11 are 14€
Indulge this spring
Indulge in high quality chocolates handmade by Fabrice Zuppo and his talented team. These delicious works of art are not to be missed during Easter as Zuppo’s creativity truly comes to show during this holiday. Adding an extra pinch of wit, his delectable delights are a Nice must and an original French experience sprinkled with decadence.
- Open 10:00 – 19:00
Florian Confiserie & Chocolaterie
Tickle your taste buds with a true French delicacy and experience. The Florian Confiserie & Chocolaterie in Nice Old Town is the original home of the former Florian chocolate factory, beautifully decorated with furniture from the South of France dating back to the 17th and 18th century. Stop by for a visit and taste the sweet delicacies of this Cope d’Or du Bon Goût Francais (the Gold Cup of French Good Taste).
- Open 09:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 18:30
Directly placed on the famous “Promenade des Anglais”, the hotel offers to its visitor a seavview rooftop. Located on the 8th floor of Radisson Blu Nice, this is one of the best spots downtown: an outdoor swimming pool, a cocktail bar and a gourmet restaurant will entertain you all day long. Come and discover all the tasty dishes of “Calade Rooftop Restaurant”: our new restaurant with a stunning view on the “Bay des Anges”. The ambiance of the restaurant is inspired by Mediterranean colors and materials: blu, white and woods are the leit motif of this restaurant. Discover on our Design Talk page all the design details of this new rooftop restaurant.
A charming hotel for the trip of your dreams
Nice is a multifaceted city, appealing as much to lovers of architecture as holiday makers looking to chill out, families looking for a mix of cultural discoveries and water sports, and even groups of friends wanting to visit the tourist attractions during the day and make the most of the nightlife after dark. The Radisson Blu Hotel in Nice offers couples and families high standards of comfort and all the services you need for an idyllic stay. As well as the private beach and panoramic swimming pool, this luxury hotel offers three first class restaurants.
Discover Nice’s heritage
The capital of the Riviera is particularly well known for its magnificent coastal landscapes, charming Mediterranean beaches and happy, sunny atmosphere. Year round you will be able to enjoy walking on La Promenade des Anglais. In summer you are ideally situated to bathe, discover new water sports or relax on the beach. But Nice also boasts many museums and other places of interest. Grand town houses and villas grace the city’s roads, while a large number of religious landmarks dating from throughout history will intrigue you as you walk around the city.
Nice, at the heart of the French Riviera
At the entrance to the Côte d’Azur, Nice is a key destination on the French Riviera. Nice is easily accessible, with a major train station and its airport just ten minutes from the city centre. With a trip to Nice you can also visit Monaco, just 30 minutes away by car, or perhaps Menton or Antibes, both just over half an hour away, and even Cannes which is less than an hour’s drive. Nice is a city which basks in a pleasant climate all year round. A summer stay in Nice will allow you to absorb a maximum amount of sun and sea, but travellers enjoy the city in autumn and winter too: the temperature rarely drops under 10 degrees, and it is usually sunny.
A city with a millennium of history
Founded by the Ancient Greeks, Nice grew around commerce and fishing. Even now we can visit remains from the Roman period in Nice, including the Roman baths of Cimiez. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the city’s history was shaped by constant feuds between neighbouring kingdoms; the city was fought over by the Italian Genoans, Provence, the Duchy of Savoy and the kingdom of Piedmont before becoming permanently French. Nice has retained a varied heritage and a rich, welcoming atmosphere from its sometimes stormy past.
La Promenade des Anglais runs along the Bay of Angels for 7 kilometres, and the symbol of Nice. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, the promenade is a relaxed place where Nice natives and visitors alike stroll or meet up. On roller skates, by bike or on foot, this charming promenade runs between the American Quay and the Var Viaduct. Along the promenade we can admire the sea and the beach, stop at a beachside café to enjoy an ice cream, or simply admire the architecture along the promenade. Don’t forget that the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nice is directly located on La Promenade des Anglais.
Castle Hill (la Colline du Château)
Bucolic, breathtaking and relaxing, Castle Hill is one of Nice’s must-see attractions. The town developed at the foot of this hill. Nowadays it is known for its castle, park and unbeatable view of Nice and the surrounding area. A romantic spot at sun rise and sunset, this is a favourite daytime space to play and relax for young and old alike and for locals to meet up and walk or have a picnic. Castle Hill has something for everyone; it is accessible on foot from the Old Town or by using the city’s little train.
Nice Old Town
Nice Old Town is a must-see; it is lively and varied, blending traditions with modernity. In Old Nice you will find small traditional boutiques, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Nestled between Castle Hill and the sea, Old Nice is as warm during the day as it is lively by night. Among the many monuments worth checking out, don’t miss the Saint Réparate Cathedral, a 17th century baroque construction. Then take the rue de l’Abbaye to travel through time and finish up on Place Garibaldi, the city’s iconic square.
The Matisse Museum in Cimiez is in the heart of an old villa and surrounded by an attractive park. Its vast collection includes several hundred paintings, engravings and other pieces by Henri Matisse. As well as the permanent collections, the museum regularly organises temporary exhibitions and cultural activities such as conferences and concerts. The museum is located at 164, avenue des Arènes de Cimiez. It is open every day except Tuesdays and public holidays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Workshops to learn new painting techniques or as an introduction to artistic creation are also organised for adults and children.
Nice’s reputation as the capital of the French Riviera is in part due to its ideal position on the Mediterranean coast. Around 20 public beaches, and just as many private beaches, play a large part in its attraction. The Ponchettes Beach is one of the most popular public beaches, particularly appreciated by locals. Situated at the beginning of La Promenade des Anglais, this shingle beach is very popular in summer and boasts a beach volleyball court. To avoid the crowds and enjoy this iconic place in peace, go early in the morning or during the evening.
This private beach and its restaurant has all-day appeal for its varied visitor base. Some come in the morning for a swim then sunbathe on a deckchair; others arrive at the start of the evening for a cocktail with friends; finally, you could also visit for dinner: what could be better than enjoying local Provencal food overlooking the sea? Castel Beach gives a taste of Riviera glamour in a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere.
You won’t want to miss the Régence Beach which belongs to your Radisson Blu hotel. Situated on the seafront below La Promenade des Anglais, the Régence Beach is calm, private and has lifeguards. You can rent sunshades, deck chairs and beach towel as required. The Régence Beach also has a restaurant where you can enjoy local specialities in a charming setting. The beach is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round, and from 9a.m. in July and August.
Carras Beach is a public beach which, because it is some distance from the main hotels, has the advantage of being relatively quiet in summer. It does however boast several other plus points: it is accessible to people with disabilities, has a beach volleyball court, and offers jet-ski sessions. To the west of the beach there is a small fish market open from Tuesday to Sunday every morning; the ideal spot to pick up some freshly caught fish. Families in particular enjoy this beach if they want to avoid the crowds. It is free and has lifeguard supervision.
During your stay in Nice, do make time to visit Antibes which is 30km from the Riviera capital. A coastal town where beaches and culture come together, Antibes is the ideal destination for a day trip. Don’t miss the Picasso museum: as well as the interesting art collection this museum is housed in a waterfront castle which is well worth a visit. Also in Antibes have a look at the Vauban Port, otherwise known as “Billionaires’ Port” and take a look at the gorgeous yachts. Then follow the marked path for an unforgettable coastal walk.
The charming Nice countryside and the village of Èze
Get away from the Riviera crowds, take a breath of fresh air and spend the afternoon visiting the village of Èze in the Nice countryside. This village, only 30 minutes by car from Nice, is perched on a seaside hill offering a spectacular view and an authentic experience. Climb to the top of the village and allow yourself to dream as you wander the picturesque streets and alleys: you will see many dry-stone houses, some of which date from the medieval period. This is a must-do trip to discover the local culture and sample some Southern Alpine specialities.
A charming trip to Monaco
Far from the calm and simplicity of the village of Èze, the Principality of Monaco offers a change of scenery. The Rock is distinguished by the beauty and luxury of its sites, and allows us to dream in a setting filled with yachts, casinos and luxury villas. Monaco is also a city between the sea and mountains, with breathtaking scenery and top class urban architecture. Monaco is easily accessible from Nice, by car in 30 minutes or within 20 minutes by train.
The natural beauty of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Situated 30 minutes to the east of Nice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat makes for a particularly pleasant day trip. This small community is both traditional and sophisticated, offering a calm setting for seaside walking or relaxation. Don’t miss out on visiting the Ephrussi-de-Rothschild Villa, a magnificent Renaissance-style palace with a small museum and beautiful gardens. Among the other villas in the town, take a look at Cedar Villa which is at the heart of a pleasant botanical garden where some plants essential for the Grand Marnier recipe are grown.