The capital of the Riviera is known for being one of the centers of the tourist region of the Riviera, Nice is not only rich in history, but also the cradle of art masters such as Louis Brea and Van Loo, and was also Residence de Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani and Renoir, and two famous artists who, in turn, brought him fame: Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. All these characters have made this city a cultural legacy that is seen in more than 20 museums and art galleries, and mingle among the buildings, many of which can be considered as architectural jewels of all time.
In the case of the Matisse Museum, this is located in a seventeenth-century Genoese villa, while the Fine Arts was established in 1928. At the other extreme is the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, known as Mamac, which is a modern construction of simple shapes, and the Library Louis Nucera, an example of creativity and boldness that became the key symbol of contemporary architecture. This construction, also called La Tete Carree, was designed by Sacha Sosno.
During the month of February, the streets take joy and color to when it’s Carnival in Nice, which is the largest winter festival of the Riviera. This celebration will bring more than 1,500 people and attracts tourists who come from all over the world. The festival is that for two weeks, the area is busy and filled with masks, cardboard flowery floats, street art, and the famous battles of flowers that are added to give more color and joy to the city. At night he performs the Parade of Lights, with the presence of the King Carnival in person and invites all wear their costume and join the party.
As referred to gastronomy, in this region reflects the respect for regional products, which is compared with the Provencal and Italian cuisine. Some of its specialties is the salade Nicoise, which is presented by a mixture of raw vegetables with olive oil, the ratatouille and spinach pie. That is, in every area restaurants you can taste regional dishes, due to a rule that the menus should propose, at least three traditional recipes.
Nice is a city characterized by constant evolution. It is very easy to get lost in its streets, and that becomes a maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with colorful facades, retaining ocher and red colors, and style of architecture typical of Sardinia. A major restoration work, in order to preserve its unique appearance, was conducted a few years ago.
The Cours Saleya is one of the happiest places and with more life in the old city. Not only is it a must for tourists, but also the meeting point for residents. In this square opens Tuesday to Sunday from 6 to 1730, the Flower Market, with other markets that give color, flavor and a lot of movement to the area.
The Fruit and Vegetable Market selected by the Conseil National des Arts Culinaires as one of the best in France. The Antiques Market is installed in place of the vegetables on Mondays, from 7.30 to 18, with the exception of the eve of Feasts. From June to September when the climate reaches its peak, the Crafts Market encourages the Cours Saleya, in the evenings.
The accommodation is also distinct for its quality and taste. With prime location and is ranked among the most charming hotels in the world is the Negresco Hotel, an architectural treasure. Opposite the famous Promenade des anglai, this palace of the belle epoque palace is the only museum in Nice and in 2003 was declared a historical monument and contains collections that bring together five centuries of art history. It has 121 rooms and 24 suites, each with its own decor, where the styles are represented in the most brilliant periods of French art: from Louis XIII to modern art.
The park of the castle hill is a fort of the first medieval city in the region, of Greek origin, it still retains some of its walls, traces of the old cathedral of the eleventh century, offer a prime location to see the city from the heights.