To say Nice is nice doesn't quite cut it. This bustling port on the glitzy French Riviera region has - unsurprisingly - been a hugely popular destination for hundreds of years, attracting holidaymakers looking for summer getaways and winter sun. Located just an hour west of Sanremo, Nice is characterised by a seductive blend of French and Italian cultures, with sensational bars and restaurants that reflect its diverse lifestyle. Consistently sunny in peak season and mild during the colder months, Nice is the perfect place to escape to for a beach break.
With its pleasant Mediterranean climate, one of the major draws of Nice is obviously the beach - in particular, the seven-kilometre-long Promenade des Anglais, which extends from the airport on the west to the Quai des Etats-Unis on the east. The Promenade (or La Prom, to those in the know), is sort of like Los Angeles's Venice Beach promenade - a favourite hangout for joggers, skateboarders and bicyclists. For a real taste of Nice life, take a seat on one of the iconic blue chairs along the strip and do some people-watching.
But it's not just beaches that draw tourists to Nice for a holiday. The city itself - originally founded by the ancient Greeks - is also a hub of history, culture and art. You can learn all about the famous figures of old who spent time here by visiting the Musee Matisse or the Musee Marc Chagal. And the historic part of the city - known as Vieille Ville (Old Nice) - is the perfect place to get lost in, with its narrow streets, stately plazas and the vibrant Cours Saleya Market, one of the best French green markets around. Old Nice is where the most romantic restaurants and cafes are, as well as many of the top hotels. It's also where you'll find lots of boutiques and charming shops selling quirky souvenirs and handmade goods.
It wouldn't be a holiday without a bit of indulgence, and in this respect Nice certainly does not disappoint. Apart from the world-famous niçoise salad, which originated here, the local cuisine is also heavy in seafood, fresh vegetables and Italian influences. Keep an eye out especially for pissaladière (a pizza-like flatbread topped with anchovies and olives) and raviolis niçois (pasta stuffed with braised beef, chard and cheese).
Wash it all down with a crisp glass of rosé, which is high-quality and inexpensive in the Cote de Provence region.