Nice

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BY PLANE

A dis­tinc­tive Mediter­ranean town in the far south-eastern cor­ner of France, Nice only be­came part of France in 1860. The main sea­side prom­e­nade along the Baie des Anges, the Prom­e­nade des Anglais, owes its name to the ear­li­est vis­i­tors from the Eng­lish up­per classes, who came in their droves in the sec­ond half of the 18th cen­tury.

Today, Nice is pop­u­lar with hol­i­day­mak­ers and expats alike – all drawn by the quaint old town, busy mar­kets and thriv­ing so­cial scene. The clean air and soft light here has been an in­spi­ra­tion to many pain­ters in­clud­ing Matisse and Chagall, whose work can be seen in the city’s many mu­se­ums, in­clud­ing the Musée Marc Chagall, the Musée Matisse, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. It is one of the most vis­ited cities in France, wel­com­ing 4m tourists ev­ery year, many of whom fly into Nice air­port, which is the third busiest air­port in France. Nice is home to 343,629 peo­ple and its good trans­port links with the UK make it a great choice for Brits in search of milder win­ters or a new life in the sun. High­lights fur­ther afield in the Alpes-Mar­itimes depart­ment, of which Nice is the cap­i­tal, in­clude Cannes, Grasse, An­tibes and Men­ton, while those who pre­fer to get away from the crowds will find peace and tran­quil­lity in the Parc Na­tional du Mer­can­tour.

FLY­ING HIGH

Bordeaux

Toulouse Prob­a­bly the most fa­mous lo­cal dish is salade niçoise, a plat­ter of tuna, olives, an­chovies and eggs on a bed of let­tuce, but there is also pissal­adière (a French take on pizza) and socca (a crêpe made with chick­pea flour).

AC­CESS

Monarch, Bri­tish Air­ways, easyJet, Jet2, Flybe and Aer Lin­gus all fly into Nice air­port.

CLI­MATE

• Av­er­age an­nual tem­per­a­ture: • 12.4°C/19.6°C • Av­er­age an­nual rain­fall: 733mm • Av­er­age an­nual sun­shine hours: 2,724.2

PROP­ERTY PRICES

• Av­er­age prop­erty price in Alpes-Mar­itimes: €430,000 • Av­er­age prop­erty price in Nice: €350,000

FES­TI­VALS

There are nu­mer­ous fes­ti­vals through­out the year in Nice and along the AlpesMar­itimes coast in­clud­ing the Fête du Citron in Men­ton, the Car­naval de Nice and the Fes­ti­val de Cannes, which sees celebri­ties from all over the world flock­ing to the re­gion to see the year’s new film re­leases.

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