By Frédéric Messina
Located between sea and mountains, the city of Nice will seduce you. With the second largest hotel capacity in France after Paris, Nice welcomes 4 million tourists every year who come to discover its historical and cultural wealth, its museums, its typical and colourful streets, its squares with Italian architecture and its famous Promenade des Anglais. In this blog, we will show you the most unmissable places to visit in the city and why the Cote d’Azur should be the best destination for your next holidays.
Visit the City
The Old town of Nice
Historic centre of the city, it was the entire urban area of Nice until the 18th century. Baroque palaces and churches, colourful walls and narrow streets, Old town of Nice will not stop surprising you.
Animated during the day by many shops and markets, one of them will for sure delight you. Born in 1897 and classified by the National Council of Culinary Arts among the exceptional markets in France, the “Cours Saleya” market is one of the liveliest places in the city. You will be able to stroll through Provençal essences and other local products which spread subtle scents, dominated by mimosa and lavender.
Restaurants, gastronomy and local specialities
Traditional and Mediterranean, you will have the opportunity to taste many local specialties made up of vegetables and other regional products (socca, niçoise salad, stew, stuffed or pissaladière and vegetable fritters). Served in a small restaurant, on a large table or on a terrace, and often accompanied by a view on the sea or on Old town of Nice, all the diversity of Nice cuisine will amaze you.
Discover our selection of 5 restaurants that will seduce you :
- La Rotonde, restaurant and brasserie located in the luxurious Hotel Negresco, offering creative and gastronomic food ;
- JAN, restaurant with modern and inventive French cuisine in an elegant and baroque setting ;
- Le Millésime, restaurant serving traditional French dishes in a contemporary room with sober and modern elegance ;
- La Favola, Italian cuisine restaurant, contemporary and neat decor, with white upholstered benches ;
- Le Boccaccio, restaurant designed as an old ship decor offering fine cuisine and seafood dishes.
Walk on the “Promenade des Anglais”
How to talk about Nice without mentioning the emblematic Promenade des Anglais? Along the seaside and the “Baie des Anges” for more than 7 kilometres, its history is closely linked to the beginnings of international tourism. Bordered by avenues of palm trees, numerous prestigious hotels, palaces and other casinos, it is one of the most famous avenues in the world.
The ideal time to stroll there is at the end of the day. That’s when the Promenade des Anglais and the Riviera sky will offer you a sunset and an unforgettable spectacle of colours.
Leisure, activities and events
Nice and its region have a geographical diversity and a mild climate which favour the practice of many outdoor activities. From water activities to hiking, paragliding or downhill skiing, the choices are many and varied.
As seen previously, the Nice coast stretches over 7 kilometres of pebble beach’s where you can enjoy the pleasures of the Mediterranean Sea. Fifteen private beaches compound it and offer mattresses, umbrellas, cabins and showers. In addition, each of them has a bar and a restaurant where you can sit with your feet in the water.
Discover our selection of 5 private beaches that will delight you :
- Plage Beau Rivage, ideally located along the Promenade des Anglais and next to the city centre, this private beach invites you to enjoy an emblematic seaside experience.
- Castel plage, nestled at the foot of the castle hill and a real local institution, this private beach is the promise of a unique moment in harmony with the Mediterranean sea ;
- Le Galet, this culinary beach embodies comfort and freshness. In white and woody tones, it offers a shaded terrace and live music by the sea ;
- Opéra Plage, formerly pavilion of the Opera, is the oldest beach in Nice. Since 1889, this private beach is above all else a family history ;
- Régence Plage by Radisson Blu, just below the Radisson Hotel, this private beach will offer you mattresses, blue and white umbrellas as well as a refined terrace with a Mediterranean restaurant and bar.
Nice is an extraordinary paradox: the blue of the sky and the Mediterranean Sea against the white of the snow-capped mountains. This is the privilege of the “Alpes-Maritimes”. 1h30 from Nice, the region and its 15 snow resorts will allow you to cover nearly 700 kilometers of tracks through diverse and sunny landscapes.
Discover our Top 3 of the best snow resorts in the Alpes-Maritimes :
- Auron, less than 2 hours from Nice, this resort, at an altitude of 1600m and at the gateway to the Mercantour National Park, offers you a holiday where skiing, conviviality and relaxation blend harmoniously ;
- Isola 2000, less than 2 hours from Nice, Isola 2000 will welcome you to the summits of the southern Alps and will offer you fresh air in a unique environment, between France and Italy ;
- Valberg, around 1h30 from Nice and at an altitude of 1600m, Valberg will offer you a ski area accessible to everyone, whatever your level and your desires, for moments of pleasure and sharing.
Carnival of Nice
In winter, the Carnival of Nice is the most important event of the Côte d’Azur. One of the biggest Carnivals in the world, after Rio and Venice, it offers you unforgettable shows over a period of 14 days and 3 weekends. Its giant parades and its famous battle of flowers take place day and night. They are animated by more than 1,000 musicians and dancers from all over the world.
Located 30 kilometres from Nice, the city of Cannes is a must-see on the Cote d’Azur. World famous for its international film festival, the city is a haven of golden sand. An ideal setting, whether you come for business or leisure.
Bordered by its palm trees, its luxury boutiques, its palaces and its sumptuous hotels, La Croisette, the most prominent road in Cannes, will offer you an exceptional panorama over the bay of Cannes and the “Lérins” Islands. This boulevard houses the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès where the famous climb stairs takes place during the Cannes Film Festival.
Located just 20 kilometers from Nice, Monaco will take your breath away. Capital of luxury, known for its prestigious casinos, its marina filled with yachts and its Formula 1 Grand Prix. The Monaco principaty will offer you an unforgettable stay.
Monte-Carlo, its main district, houses the elegant Place du Casino and its Opéra Garnier. This large central square is perfect for admiring the prestigious cars as well as its superb buildings which house the most beautiful casinos in Europe. You can also visit the Café de Paris as well as the restaurants and other luxury shops that surround the square.
From Nice, the essentials of the Cote d’Azur such as Cannes, Monaco or St-Tropez are easily accessible. But the countryside is just as rich and less crowded. Thus, not far from the shores of the Mediterranean, it will offer you a haven of peace, freshness and serenity.
The villages, nestled in lush greenery or culminating from the top of the cliffs, will invite you to stroll in their charming alleys and will make you discover a preserved historical heritage: churches, old oil mills, alleys, fountains and washhouses.
Discover our Top 3 favorite villages that we recommend you to visit:
Visit Nice by private jet: how to get there ?
Fly Aeolus connects 1,600 airports across Europe. Therefore, you are on average only 20 kilometers from the nearest airport for your departure.
In our case, our air taxis serve Nice Cote d’Azur and Cannes-Mandelieu airports. Select and determine the airport that’s right for you. We recommend to use our online private jet price calculator for this.
To ensure you have a pleasant stay at the Cote d’Azur and a pleasant journey, Fly Aeolus offers you a flight adapted to your needs. No loss of time, flights available for each travel opportunity, a 15-minutes check-in time before your departure and a unique flight experience sitting next to the pilot.
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Private jet to Nice Cote d’Azur
Nice Cote d’Azur airport
Located by the sea and 7 kilometres southwest of the city centre, Nice Côte d’Azur private jet airport will ensure you a spectacular landing along the coast of the Côte d’Azur with a breath-taking view of the “Baie des Anges” and the snow-capped mountains in winter.
This airport stands out from its European counterparts. According to the annual PrivateFly survey, Nice Cote d’Azur airport is named in the Top 3 most scenic airport landings in the world, for the fifth consecutive year, among more than 200 destinations.
The traffic is uninterrupted and possible 24/7. Besides having relatively expensive landing and handling fees, it does not distribute AVGAS, the fuel used by our air taxis (Cirrus SR22). Therefore, expect higher costs if you want to land in Nice. However, you can opt for another and more affordable airports like Cannes-Mandelieu Airport.
Cannes-Mandelieu private jet airport
The third largest business aviation airport in France, Cannes-Mandelieu is a dynamic platform that is attentive to your requirements. It offers many facilities, for example high security standards, very fast handling of passengers, free parking in the immediate vicinity of the terminal and personalized services.
Located between the agglomerations of Cannes and Mandelieu-la-Napoule, this airport is only 30 kilometers away from the city of Nice. Hours of operation are limited: in winter, private jets are permitted to take off from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm. In summer, from 6.30 am to nightfall.
Trip to Cote d’Azur by private jet
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