Tourism in Nice, jewel of the French Riviera
Nice, jewel of the Côte d’Azur, is a blend of glamour, charm, culture, energy, relaxation and nightlife. During your stay in the Hotel de Berne, you’ll have the opportunity to discover why foreign tourists and the French alike adore this city and why it is the second most popular city for tourists in France after Paris.
Charm and history
Nice is the ideal destination for relaxing on the shore of the incredible turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and for sunbathing on its urban beach and at beaches in surrounding areas, practically year-round. Enjoy a stroll along the sea on its attractive Promenade des Anglais that carries this name because, at the beginning of the 20th century, the majority of the buildings on this avenue were bought or constructed by wealthy Englishmen in search of the mild Mediterranean climate. Majestic buildings from the Belle époque will not go unnoticed. From the Hotel de Berne, visitors can get to this promenade by tram in just ten minutes.
After exploring the splendor of this zone, we suggest that you wander the magical streets of the Vieille Ville (historic quarter), where you can observe the Italian influence and will have the impression that you are in a Tuscan villa. Here, it will be impossible for you to resist the charming shops that sell local products and souvenirs.
Enjoy your meal ou buon appetito?
It’s time to forget about your diet and enjoy the local cuisine. Especially noteworthy is the peasant and Mediterranean cuisine, such as the niçoise salad, the tourte de blettes (a type of Swiss chard pie), or the ratatouille. In addition, Nice considers itself the inventor of the gnocchi and ravioli, which is logical considering its historical past with Italy. Nevertheless, its most famous dish is the pissaladière, a type of pastry pizza with garden vegetables and anchovies.
Tourism, leisure and culture
Aside from the pleasure of dining in its countless restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and hotels, the city has an excellent cultural offering. Nice, that is famed for its special light that numerous artists have attempted to capture, has been nourished by the heritage left by those people who have passed through the city before. The most significant places of interest and monuments are the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Fine Arts Museum, the National Marc Chagall Museum and, of course, the Matisse Museum. The Matisse Museum is found on Cimiez hill, where visitors can also find the Franciscan monastery and roman ruins. It is upon this very hill that the Nice Jazz Festival takes place each July, and in February, Nice’s Carnival enjoys great popularity.
Other must-see places of interest are the Parc du Château (Castle Park), with impressive gardens and views from the romantic Colline du Château; the Place Masséna (square), where a diversity of shows and entertainment take place; the Palais de Justice (Law Courts); the Palais de la Préfecture (palace); the Cours Saleya and flower markets, in which you can take in the airs of Provence; the Saint-Nicolas Orthodox Cathedral, and the Opera House.
Other marvels nearby
If you have time, don’t miss the chance to tour and visit the Côte d’Azur. The Hotel de Berne, being located close to the station, is the perfect starting point from which you can visit the picturesque surrounding zones such as Antibes Jean-les-Pins, Beaulieu-sur-mer, Biot, Villefranche-sur-mer, Cap d’Ail… or more glamorous places such as Monaco, Saint-Tropez and Cannes.