Why A Summer Vacation In Nice Is Always A Good Idea

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Nice was recently attacked by a terrorist who killed 85 people gathered to watch the July 14 fireworks on the iconic Promenade des Anglais.

The attacks come in the wake of the Paris killings in November, the Brussels bombings in March, and the Turkish massacres in Junes. They are leaving a bitter taste in France, largely because Nice is the country’s crown jewel for summer tourism. Its airport is the second largest in the country after Paris, welcoming over 12 million travelers last year.

The French Riviera city is a historically sought-after holiday spot favored by the global Jet Set and artists like Matisse, Ben, and Nikki de Saint-Phalle. Prior to the attacks, Nice was synonymous with Provence and delicacies including socca and fougasses.

Now, France needs to convince the world that Nice is safe to visit. Here’s why Nice is still safe to visit:

Anti-Terrorism Measures

The attack prompted France to extend the state of emergency to three more months, although airports and train stations remain open.

In a state of emergency, the French government may prevent individual movement and can create zones of “protection and security.” Certain attractions or points of interest can rapidly be shut down in the event of a serious security threat. However, access to sights isn’t restricted yet. More police forces are being deployed to monitor sensitive areas. The government is also beefing up on intelligence and monitoring transports closer. This adds to an arsenal of legal measures that have been in place for a year, aimed at preventing terror through digital, financial, and citizenship-related strategies.

Vigilance is key, and officials recommend avoiding large crowds and even – the same level of precaution that applies anywhere in the Western world.

Police troops were increased and regularly patrol across the Promenade.

Nice After The Attack

After the attack, Nice really came together as a city. 4,000 people gathered on the same Promenade des Anglais over the weekend. Together, they observed a minute of silence for the fallen.

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People came to pay their tribute to the dead, with candles, flowers, French flags, and letters scattered around the Promenade. Teddy bears, dolls, and toys were placed among the artifacts, in memory of the numerous children who died during the event.

Besoin de se recueillir ce soir à Nice💙😢

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It reads: “Need to commune with oneself tonight in Nice”

Despite the tragedy, the city nestled in the French Riviera and bathed in endless sunshine is recovering. People are resuming their normal lives, shop owners are back in business, and hotels are ready to welcome sun-seeking tourists from all over the world.

On Instagram, numerous tourists are posting selfies and geotagging themselves on the Promenade des Anglais – a sign that people are ready to move forward in spite of the tragedy.

На море бежится ещё лучше! 🚢🏖🏝 #running #promenadedesanglais

A photo posted by Валентина Козлова (@vn_kozlova) on

Top Spots For Your Vacation in Nice

Nice is still one of the most wonderful tourist destinations in the world. Blessed with a superb climate and endless beaches where women often go topless, Nice is a city of art and history.

Here are some iconic and bucket-list worthy stops for your travel to Nissa la Bella:

Cours Saléya

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What It Is: The Old Town (and heart of the city)
Why Go There: It’ll give you the flavor of the city, with narrow, but colorful streets and numerous restaurants loved by locals buzzing with activities.
Don’t Miss: The Cathedral Sainte-Reparate, the Opera-House, and the farmers’ market every morning (except Mondays).
Area: Old Nice
Official Website: City of Nice

The Old Castle

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What It Is: A former Citadel in ruins that now mainly serves as a park.
Why Go There: Breathtaking views of the city; entirely free; great hike.
Don’t Miss: The man-made waterfall.
Address: Rue des Ponchettes – Rue de Foresta – Montée Montfort – 06300 NICE
Official Website: City of Nice

Arenas of Cimiez

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What It Is: Ancient Roman ruins and one of the nicest parks in the city.
Why Go There: To be surrounded by nature, and for their historical significance.
Don’t Miss: The gardens of the Franciscan Monastery, which contain over 1,000 olive trees.
Area: Cimiez
Official Website: City of Nice

Parc Floral Phoenix

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What It Is: A place to learn about nature and discover thousands of exotic flowers and plant varieties.
Why Go There: Aside from housing exotic species over 7,000 square feet, the park is one of the most original architectural sites of the city.
Don’t Miss: The greenhouse.
Address: 405 Promenade des Anglais, 06200 Nice.
Official Website: City of Nice

Museum of Art and History Massena

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What It Is: A Belle Epoque villa dedicated to Nice’s History.
Why Go There: World-class artists and paintings.
Don’t Miss: The museum’s English-style garden, located next to the Negresco.
Address: 65 rue de France, 06000 Nice
Official Website: City of Nice


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What It Is: Nice’s most iconic hotel.
Why Go There: For the hotel’s incredible frescos and architecture.
Don’t Miss: The carousel at the Rotonde restaurant.
Address: 37 Promenade des Anglais, 06000 Nice
Official Website: Negresco

Hotel Boscolo Exedra

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What It Is: A modern 5-star boutique hotel in the center of the city.
Why Go: (Reasonably priced, it’s a fantastic hotel with impeccable service.
Don’t Miss: The art-filled lobby.
Address: 12 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 06000 Nice
Official Website: Hotel Boscolo


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What It Is: The world’s best (homemade!) ice cream.
Why Go There: They use natural ingredients to create up to 80 different flavors; they’re so good they’ve inspired a copycat, Pinnochio.
Don’t Miss: Adventurous eaters will like some of the unusual flavors, such as Cactus fruit, Tomato, or Avocado; Marron glacés and Nutella are a must.
Address: 6 Rue de la Poissonnerie, 06300 Nice
Official Website: Fenocchio

La Réserve

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What It Is: An iconic restaurant as notorious for its upscale seafood and revisited local dishes.
Why Go There: Creative cuisine; breathtaking views on the Esterel.
Don’t Miss: An occasion to walk pier!
Address: 60 Boulevard Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice
Official Website: La Réserve

La Pizza Cresci

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What It Is: An established French restaurant serving locals since 1956.
Why Go There: Incredible pizzas.
Don’t Miss: Live and human art on Nice’s zone piétone (pedestrian walk), where it is located, on summer nights.
Address: 34 rue Masséna, 06000 Nice
Official Website: La Pizza Cresci

Pâtisserie Lac

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What It Is: Nice’s most sophisticated pastry and chocolate shop.
Why Go There: Because you have a sweet tooth and like the finest things in life.
Don’t Miss: Hard to choose, but trust them with anything chocolate.
Address: Multiple locations. Check here for more information.
Official Website: Pâtisserie Lac

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