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As the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes region, Nice is the perfect location for anyone wishing to explore the Côte d'Azur.
There is so much to discover, from the maze of streets in the Old Town, to the hustle and bustle of the markets and to the beautiful landscape of the Riviera. Those wishing to venture out of town can catch a glimpse of everyday life in France in one of the pretty countryside villages not far from Nice, such as St. Paul de Vence or Eze.
The Cote d’Azur is easily accessible by road and the new public transport system is also well developed. A network of trains, buses and trams makes it easy to explore Nice and the surrounding area.
In this section you will find suggestions of places to visit and practical advice for organising your stay in Nice.
Tourism - Events
Many events take place throughout the year in the Cote d’Azur region and in Nice. Amongst others:
February - March: Nice Carnival http://www.nicecarnaval.com/
Without a doubt one of the most important events on the Riviera is the carnival which takes place in February and March.
For example you will be able to see the Battle of flowers or the opening parade with the arrival of the King.
April - Monte Carlo Masters Series http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/
The famous Monte Carlo Masters series tennis tournament takes place in April every year. International players and amateurs alike take part in this display of high quality tennis.
May - Monaco Grand Prix http://www.grand-prix-monaco.com/
Every year large numbers of motorsport fans attend the F1 Monte Carlo Grand Prix. The famous circuit runs through the main town and sensational moments are guaranteed.
Not to be forgotten is the 6th historic Amateur Grand Prix of Monte Carlo which precedes the Grand Prix.
May - Cannes Film Festivalhttp://www.festival-cannes.fr/
The famous Cannes film festival is also held in May and the procession of film stars transforms the famous Croisette. For cinema fans it is an unmissable event which gives the town of Cannes a real festival atmosphere.
Things to see and do
Nice has plenty to offer and you certainly won't get bored during your stay! As the Metropolis of the Riviera, Nice has all of the cultural assets of a regional capital.
International House Nice is situated to close to the Library, the National Theatre and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Nice can be easily explored by foot, you can discover the maze of streets in Old Nice and the bustling markets on the Cours Saleya. You can climb the hill to the parks by the ruined Chateau where there are fantastic views of Nice and its Port. You can also visit the "Place Masséna" - renovated for the arrival of the tramway - and of course the famous "Promenade des Anglais" which stretches along the waterfront is a must see.
Outside the City
Don’t forget to visit towns outside of Nice such as Cannes and Monaco - where you shouldn't miss the opportunity to watch the changing of the guard at the Prince's Palace or visit the stunning Oceanographic Museum.
The villages in the region also have lots to offer; the medieval village of Eze boasts stunning seaside views, St Paul de Vence is a must for any amateur artist and Grasse is famous for its perfumery! There are also the pretty seaside towns of Beaulieu and Villefranche to consider.
The summer months are the perfect time to be at the beach. In the local area you can try parasailing, scuba diving or kayaking.
International House Nice may invite you to take a boat trip to St. Tropez during the summer. If you are more adventurous, you can try out abseiling, an adventure course, or hiking in some of the stunning scenery which can be found in the region.
In the winter the weather is still good enough to enjoy seaside walks, but the ski slopes of Auron or Isola 2000 are just an hour away by bus or car.
Those who enjoy jogging must not forget to bring their running shoes so that they can head out along the Promenade des Anglais, whilst another popular activity is rollerblading along the prom. This is really good fun and skates (plus all the protective gear to accompany them) are available to hire here in Nice.