Name: Port of Nice
Address: Quai Amiral Infernet, 06300, Nice, Cote d’Azur, France
Phone: +33 4898 89828
Nice is located on the southern coast of France in the region known as the Côte d’Azur about 20 miles west of the Italian border. The port’s location is in the heart of the city and connects Corsican destinations with Nice. Nice is a trendy tourist center and provides an ideal base for exploring the French Riviera.
The ultra modern TGV (super fast) train connects Nice with Paris. The journey takes six hours, 30 minutes. SNCF (French Rail) offers 11 international connections and 20 national services everyday.
The Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport is the second largest in France with more than eight million passengers traveling through it yearly. With more than 300 flights a week and some 45 daily flights, the Paris-Nice route is the busiest in France. It is four kilometers from the city.
You can transfer from Nice airport to a variety of destinations including Monaco, Cannes, Antibes, San Tropez, Villefranche and Grasse.
If you’re going into Nice itself, most airlines use Terminal 1 (the older terminal) while Terminal 2 is used primarily by Air France (and partners) and Easyjet. There is a free shuttle bus between the terminals. Taxis are available outside the terminals.
Various bus lines depart from the airport. The best and most reliable way to get from the airport to central Nice or the Nice Ville train station is the airport express buses 98 to the Nice bus station and 99 to the Nice main railway station, cost 4 euro, from both T1 and T2. Pay the driver on boarding and the ticket acts as a “Pass de Jour” for unlimited travel on local buses and the new tram that day.
Convenient for some destinations, there is also a small train station close to the airport, Nice St Augustin, where you can pick up a TER train eastward to Nice, Monaco and all stations to the Italian border at Ventimiglia, or west back to Antibes and Cannes. The station is reached on foot around a half kilometer via underpasses and road-crossings, the other side of the Arenas office complex.
Some hotels offer shuttle buses from the airport — inquire at your hotel before or upon arrival.
Nice has been a popular tourist destination for centuries and is within easy driving distance to other popular holiday destinations such as Cannes, Antibes and Villefranche-sur-Mer. Part of the port is devoted to ferry service. Two ferry companies operate sailings from Nice to Corsica: Corsica Sardinia Ferries and SNCM Ferries. Two types of vessels are in service, conventional car ferries and NGV ferries (high speed). SNCM run ferries to and from Calvi, Bastia, Ajaccio and Ile Rousse. Corsica Sardinia Ferries also sail to Ajaccio and Calvi.
Smaller ships dock near downtown Nice and it’s possible to walk into Nice to enjoy the beach, shopping and general sightseeing. Larger ships anchor in nearby Villefranche, tender into the wharf there and then you can either take the train, a taxi, or the bus to Nice, which is some three miles away.
As you would expect in a world-class tourist destination, the city and region is filled with hotels ranging from one to five stars near the airport and downtown.
The Modern Radisson SAS Hotel is located on the Seafront Promenade Des Anglais. The beach is across the road from the hotel and the Jakovsky Art Museum is one block away. The Port Of Nice and the Old Town are within four kilometers.
The Comfort Hotel Roosevelt is two blocks off the beach and away from the old town and has Armani, Louis Vuitton, Flo, Les Viviers as neighboring businesses. The nearby the pedestrian area and the main train station are nearby.
Located in an enviable location – facing the Mediterranean and only minutes away from the Old Town — the Le Meridien Nice hotel is one of most prestigious hotels in the area.
Le Vendome Hotel has 57 rooms located in the heart of Nice near the beach, has been recently completely renovated and it combines its 19th Century architecture with modern comfort.
The Ibis Nice Centre Hotel is located in the city center, close to the railway station and a 10 minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais. And the Best Western Premier Hotel West End is located on the world famous Promenade des Anglais, facing the French Rivera’s Angel’s Bay.
Nice is France’s second-largest city and, located on the Cote d’Azur, certainly has plenty to offer the visitor. But, this area of France is also filled with wonderful hilltop villages, upscale resort cities, an independent principality in Monaco and neighboring Alps villages. It’s also just a short jaunt to Italy.
The area called the Côte d’Azur is in fact a compact area of the French coast, just 40 miles (64km) from Cannes to Menton. But it encompasses some of the most expensive real estate in the world, as it has since the mid-1920s.
It’s worth taking the time to discover Nice in depth, to wander through the narrow streets of the old town and then stroll along the famous “Promenade” before entering into the heart of the city with its rich architectural and cultural heritage and its parks and gardens.
Old Nice is a lively and bustling mass of winding lanes chock with little boutiques, patissieres, restaurants and snack bars. The original architecture dates back to medieval times. You can see it in the pointed arches above some of the shops that have been restored, especially in Rue du Pont-Vieux and Rue de la Prefecture.
These features only add to its quaint charm that has been attracting people for decades. The streets leading from Place Rossetti, in the heart of Old Town, with its many restaurants and lively atmosphere enjoy high ceilings giving a spacious feel.
Nice has excellent shopping. The Ave. Jean Médecin, running from the Place Massena up through the center of the city has many of the city’s main shopping and department stores. Halfway up the street is a large mall known as the Nice Etoile that offers floors of shops and boutiques.
The Rue de France pedestrian shopping street runs from the end of the Place Massena, (runs parallel to the beach). This area is full of shops, designer clothing boutiques, restaurants and the proverbial French cafés with outdoor terraces.
Like most of the cities on the Cote d’Azur, Nice is loaded with high-end merchandise costing a fortune, such as couture at Givenchy and Chanel, antique stores, avant-garde art at the many galleries, and jewelry from some of the world’s best jewelers. But you do get what you pay for – the very best.
The city is more than a gigantic high-end shopping mall. Nice has 19 museums and galleries, 32 classified historical monuments and 300 hectares of parks and gardens, woodland and green areas in addition to 150 ornamental lakes and fountains. It is second only to Paris in the number of museums.
La Cathedral Sainte-Reparate, one of the old town’s most historic landmarks, was built in the 17th century with elegant gateways, an high altar and marble choir stall. Its bell tower dates back to the 18th century and can be seen on approach to the old town.
The Matisse Museum is located on the hill of Cimiez, not far from the Franciscan monastery with its Italianate gardens, the Hotel Regina where Matisse lived, and the Gallo-Roman ruins. The Museum has a collection of works left by the artist and his heirs to the city of Nice where he lived from 1918 to 1954.
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If you visit Monte Carlo, about a 45 minute drive away, take the coast road to Monte Carlo and then return on the high road and plan a stop in Eze.
Eze is a walled medieval village dating back to the 12th century that resides on the top of a mountain looking over the Mediterranean. Enclosed by rock walls, it has been restored and turned into a quaint, historical village with narrow cobbled pathways that meander throughout the village.
There are some excellent restaurants near the top part of Eze and more just below its entrance near the road. There are also a couple of perfumeries located close to Eze.
The entire Cote d’Azur, and Nice in particular, was once the home of Russian aristocracy. The Fine Arts Museum is housed in the residence of the Ukrainian princess Kotschoubey that was built in 1878 in the Italian style of the early 17th century. The art collections include the Paris school, the 17th century Italian school, Dutch landscapes, 18th century French and Italian, impressionists and postimpressionists. Modern art is also represented with Raoul Dufy and Van Dongen.
The ancient Romans also called the area home, and to this day visitors can see the ruins of a Roman arena and bathhouses at the Roman Anthropology Museum and Roman Ruins in the Nice Cimiez neighborhood, next to the Matisse Museum. Inside, the archaeology museum houses an interesting mix of historic and archeological exhibits on the area.
— Ray Chatelin