Carnival time in Nice Carnival time in Nice


Climb up through the gardens of Castle Hill which divides the Bay of Angels from the upmarket marina of the Bassin Lympia, or take the funicular if you’re feeling weary. The castle was razed to the ground in the 18th century, but there are fabulous views from the wooded summit.


Explore the maze of pedestrian streets which make up the Old Town beneath Castle Hill. Open church doors to see sumptuous baroque interiors and look up at the coloured facades, carved lintels and window arches. The flower market in Cours Saleya is a mass of colour every day except Monday, when the area is given over to antiques and bric-a-brac. Try some regional recipes at one of the many cafés and restaurants – socca (thin pancakes made with chick pea flour), pissaladière (onion tart topped with olives and anchovies) or salad Niçoise made with hard-boiled eggs, olives, tuna and anchovies.


Take in some culture at one of the city’s 19 museums and galleries. Visit the Marc Chagall museum which holds the largest permanent collection of the artist’s works; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art; or the Fine Arts Museum, housed in an elegant mansion which once belonged to a Ukrainian princess. Or how about a night at the Opera? 


Russian aristocracy flocked to Nice in the mid 19th century, prompted by Empress Dowager Alexandra Feodorovna who came to escape the northern winter. Don’t miss the brilliantly-decorated Russian cathedral in the St Etienne district.


February is carnival time in Nice and everyone gets into the party spirit for two weeks of spectacular parades and fireworks.
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