Nice resort in France
Founded by the ancient Greeks, Nice, which was a favorite vacation spot of the Victorian aristocracy in the 19th century, is located in the southeastern part of France and is one of the most important resorts of the Cote d’Azur. Included in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. Nice is the administrative center of nine cantons (from Nice-1 to Nice-9), the center of the Nice district and the Alpes-Maritimes department. The city stands on the shore of the Gulf of Angels of the Mediterranean Sea, in the extreme southeast of the continental part of the country. Air connections Nice – Cote d’Azur – the third airport in France in terms of passenger traffic. It is widely used by tourists from different countries for traveling to Nice, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Monaco and part of the Italian Riviera, adjacent to the French Riviera. The second terminal serves the HOP! (local French airline) and local flights Air France and Air Corsica. Regular and charter flights from Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities use the first terminal, from where express trains and other public transport to Nice and buses to all the major resorts of the French and Italian Riviera go. From Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo almost daily you can fly to Nice Cote d’Azur by airplanes of “Russia” and “Aeroflot”. As of the summer of 2016, flights SU6639 “Russia” (Vnukovo) and SU2470, SU2472 and SU2474 “Aeroflot” (Sheremetyevo) regularly depart from Moscow. From St. Petersburg Pulkovo – SU6633 “Russia”. From other Russian airports you can fly by regular flights with only one or more transfers. Many airlines offer charters. Direct flights from Moscow are usually more expensive than connecting flights, and travel times often vary slightly. Hospitality Based on Booking.com in Nice, there are 1,229 places to stay, of which 640 are hotels. The vast majority of institutions are concentrated in the coastal zone. There are many hotels on the first or third line, almost all of them are quite expensive for the wallet of the average Russian. More budget hotels and apartments can be found in non-central areas of Nice: in the western part of the city (Napoleon, Manyan, Fabron quarters) and in the northern (Saint Sylvester, Sessol, Liberation). In hotels, the most common types of food are RO (without food), half board and BB (breakfast only). Younger people and lovers of “drive parties” often stop in the Old Town, where there are especially many bars, gourmet restaurants, nightclubs and discos. Two / three star hotels will cost from 30-35 euros / day. “Fours” and “fives” – from 65 and 145, respectively. The most budget hostel accommodation (from 15 euros per day). A number of first-line establishments have their own beaches. If you do not stay on the coast, a decent private beach can cost 12-35 euros. Attractions in and around Nice The main local attraction is Nice itself. It is easy to travel around the city by public transport, but you should definitely take a walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais, a six-kilometer coastal boulevard. The longest street of the resort stretches along the turquoise sea, passes by pebble beaches, stylish cafes, old mansions and fashionable hotels, passing to the Quai de Etat Unis promenade, where the most elegant restaurants of Nice are located. In Nice, you must definitely visit the Florian factory to enjoy the world famous signature sweets; look into the historical museum and admire Josephine’s clock and other amazing exhibits; drop into the bar of the Negresco hotel; to do shopping (or just take a walk) in the Kur-Saleya market; appreciate the salad with tuna “Nicoise” in one of the resort’s many restaurants. At catering establishments, you can also taste turt de blett pies with savoy cabbage, de poisson wow and pan-banya sandwiches – the most remarkable local dishes. Russian France In Nice there are saints for Russians and all Orthodox churches: the Church of Saints Nicholas and Alexandra and St. Nicholas Cathedral (Cathedral of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker). The latter is the largest Orthodox sanctuary in all of Western Europe. Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich and his wife, many other representatives of the aristocratic Russian emigration, are buried here. More than three thousand Russians, including writer Zhemchuzhnikov, Egyptologist Golenishchev, Colonel Raevsky and General Nikolai Yudenich, were buried at the Russian cemetery Kokad (formerly Nikolaevskoe, founded in 1867). St. Nicholas Cathedral is often called “Moscow in the heart of Nice.” To the “Russian places” can be attributed the former boarding house “Oasis”, now a hotel in which Chekhov and Lenin used to be guests. Shopping Shopping in Nice is quite expensive, but here you can find interesting things at fairly reasonable prices. For relatively inexpensive shopping, you need to go on sale in large shopping centers (usually held in mid-winter and mid-summer); to Alfonso Carr street, where there are many stylish boutiques of notable, but interesting designers.