9 Reasons to Choose Nice as Your Next Romantic Vacation Destination
Nice will conquer you at first sight if you dream of sun, sea, and beaches. Thanks to its perfect location on the Cote d'Azur, Nice attracts celebrities, bored millionaires in search of beautiful and single women for marriage, as well as thousands and thousands of tourists looking to join the atmosphere of luxury, and a never-ending party inherent in this extraordinary city. Below are nine reasons why you should grab your special someone, pack your bags, and book a ticket to Nice.
Nice will conquer you at first sight if you dream of sun, sea, and beaches. Thanks to its perfect location on the Cote d'Azur, Nice attracts celebrities, bored millionaires in search of beautiful and single women for marriage, as well as thousands and thousands of tourists looking to join the atmosphere of luxury and a never-ending party inherent in this extraordinary city. Below are nine reasons why you should grab your special someone, pack your bags, and book a ticket to Nice.
View From the Water
Like any coastal city, Nice looks best from the water. To catch the mood, character, and style of the city, you should take a boat trip. From the sea, it’s way easier to see all the beauty of the city’s monuments, squares, streets, shadowy corners, and layers upon layers of architectural styles.
Some spots of the city are trying to perplex tourists, showing them the same charming views, albeit from different angles, mockingly raising the eyebrows of their high facades. Nice keeps you in suspense all the time, making you wonder if you’re not lost. Don’t even think about renting a car–it’s very impractical here, to say the least. Just walk on foot, enjoying the air, smells, and sounds of alleys and streets.
The facade of Caserne Rusca on Place du Palais resembles the works of Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico who was close to surrealism. He once wrote, “Now the new air has penetrated into my soul, the sounds of new songs caress my ears, and the whole world seems completely changed.” Aren’t we looking for a change when going on a trip?
“When I realized that after I wake up, I would see this light again, I could hardly believe my happiness,” wrote Henri Matisse who had spent almost 40 years of his life in Nice. On the way to the 17th-century Genoese villa where his works and personal belongings are exhibited (his rocking chair for example), you’ll pass by the Regina Hotel where the artist spent his last years.
An excellent recommendation by Matisse–“Nice, work, pleasure”–perfectly describes the lifestyle of a Dane by birth, but the faithful son of Cote d'Azur by heart–Peter Larsen. The artist became famous for working with color and rhythm. In his style, the breath of Nice is felt almost physically. Larsen's works are kept in private collections and museums around the world.
Every city, be it Paris, New York, London, or Moscow, has its own gastronomic language. So does Nice, the cuisine of which is based on an abundance of fresh produce, especially vegetables. The best place to try beef stew a la niçoise, or stuffed zucchini flowers is the tiny restaurant called La Merenda. There’s no phone here, credit cards are not accepted, guests are sitting on tiny stools, elbow to elbow, and the toilet is so small that one has to squeeze into it sideways. But the traditional French dishes prepared by Dominique Le Stank, the owner of two Michelin stars, are arguably the best you can find in this city.
Look into Space
Black holes, neutron stars, galactic archeology, and solar activity–all this isn’t that far from the daily lives of people living in Nice thanks to the Cote d'Azur Observatory, which not only allows you to look deep into the Galaxy, but also impresses with its eclectic-style building.
The Smell of Citrus
In neighboring Menton, an impressive annual festival of sweet and thin-skinned lemons is held. They’re just as juicy as Mexican lemons, clementines, tangerines, kumquats, and other citrus fruits growing on the surrounding farms.
La Dolce Vita
Perhaps a drop of Italian blood would help you understand the daily routine of the Promenade des Anglais. Italian bricklayers, bakers, cab drivers, and dockers went to Nice in the 19th century, following the rich Russians, Poles, and Armenians, and the international soup that has been brewing there since hasn’t cooled down so far. Take your time to just sit back on a bench and watch the Promenade des Anglais living its own life.