Sport in Nice
The city is home to OGC Nice, who compete in the top tier of French football (Ligue 1) and was the recent hunting ground of Mario Balotelli. The club play their football at the modern, Allianz Riviera, opened ahead of France hosting UEFA Euro 2016 and due to host a number of matches at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Nice is also a popular destination for cycling, both for amateurs and professionals, with a number living in the area. The annual Paris-Nice cycle race, held annually in March, concludes on the focal point of the city, the Promenade des Anglais, whilst the Tour de France has visited the city 35 times previously and is due to host the Grand Départ of the 2020 tour.
Nice is also the host of two long-distance endurance events – the Ironman France (June) event and the French Riviera Marathon (November) which finishes in Cannes.
What to do in Nice
The Promenade des Anglais is the famed promenade which runs the length of the Baie des Anges (Bay of the Angels) and the city’s pebbly beach. The city’s historic quarter of Vieux Nice is just 2 minutes away from the most popular free stretch of beach, Plage Publique des Ponchettes. The old town has a number of historic squares, including Place Masséna (the city’s main square), Place Garibaldi (with its statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi), Place Rossetti (the heart of the old town), Cours Saleya (the most traditional of the squares) and Place du Palais (home of the city’s law courts).
The city also has several famed museums and art galleries, including the MAMAC which displays contemporary art including Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can. The Musée Matisse is dedicated to the work of famed French artist Henri Matisse.
Where to stay in Nice
When I visited in March 2019 I had the intention of having a low cost long weekend and staying somewhere ideally where I could cook my own meals. I found exactly that at the Adagio Access Nice Acropolis, which offered a small kitchenette within the room. Although the room was small, similar to a studio apartment, for a price of £150 for 4 nights you can hardly complain. A good location, being just a 10 minute walk to a large Carrefour supermarket, 15 minutes to the closest station at Nice Riquier, or a 20 minute walk to the Promenade des Anglais.
Travelling to Nice
I personally caught an Easyjet flight from London Luton Airport for the very reasonable price of £44 return in March 2019. With a flight time of just under 2 hours, you’ll be sunning it up in no time!
Airport – Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is only 6km away from the city of Nice. The airport is the third busiest in France, offering flights to a number of different destinations.
Ferry – Nice is the main port for ferries to and from the island of Corsica, with several crossings per day.
Train – Gare de Nice-Ville is the main train station in Nice, with the station offering high speed services (TGV) to cities such as Cannes, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Monaco and Paris. There is also a weekly night service further afield to Milan (Italy), Innsbruck (Austria), Vienna (Austria), Warsaw (Poland), Minsk (Belarus) and Moscow (Russia).
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