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The city of Nice is one of France’s most popular tourist destinations. Situated at the south east coast of France at the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is actually the second largest city on this coast after Marseille.

The palm-lined seafront and the mild climate make Nice a perfect location for those with deep pockets, a desire to sun-tan quickly and to mingle with the rich and famous. Throughout the 19th and 20th century Nice attracted painters and artists to her shores, who could not resist the astonishing light conditions and relaxed lifestyle the city has to offer. Among many others Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse found inspiration here, the latter having a whole collection devoted to his paintings at the Musée Matisse and the Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret.

Nice welcomes some 4 million visitors every year. Among the best loved Nice tourist attractions – apart from the aforementioned art collections – rank the harbour, the Tower of Saint François, Place Garibaldi and the Garibaldi Monument, the waterfall on the Colline du Chateau (the Castle Hill), the shopping centres at Nice TNL, Northern Forum, St. Isidore, the Nicotele and the Trinity, the Promenade Anglais along the Baie des Anges and the stunning Hotel Negresco, which was actually named after Henri Negresco, who was instrumental in building the palace-cum-hotel in 1912.

One of its most amazing sights, the 16,309-crystal chandelier, was originally commissioned by the Russian Tsar Nicholas II, who could not take possession of it, as the Russian Revolution put a stop to his extravagance. The hotel was designed with only the wealthiest, most aristocratic clientele in mind. The hotel is only a 5 km distance from Nice Airport and is a popular venue for special cultural events and weddings, with some of the world’s most famous celebrities having spent time in its splendid rooms.

The Opéra de Nice, the Opera House, ranks also highly among Nice tourist attractions, with the 19th century building being an attraction in its own right, before the internationally reknown opera performances have even been taken into consideration. St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral is also on the tourist trail. This monumental red, cream and copper construction is listed among the National Monuments of France. Erected in 1912 with a generous donation from Tsar Nicholas II the St Nicholas Cathedral ranks as the largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe.

The Jardin botanique de Nice, the Botanical Gardens of Nice, are also among the highlights of Nice tourist attractions. As a free of charge attraction the gardens regularly tempt families with children into their boundaries. These gardens only date back to 1983 when an initial 100 species of Nice’s Musée d’Histoire Naturelle (the Museum of Natural History) stock were planted. Open to the public since 1991, the Botanical Gardens today house more than 3,500 plant species stemming mainly from the native Mediterranean region.

It is possible to buy one or two day passes for some of the sightseeing buses that operate from the Promenade Anglais. These buses run daily at 1 hourly intervals from 09.30 am to 05.00 pm and operate on a hop on-hop off basis with a total of 11 stops throughout the city centre. Taking in sights such as the Chagall Museum, the Cimiez Monastery, Place Garibaldi, Acropolis Barla, the Mont Boron and The Matisse Museum, these buses are a cost effective way to see the main Nice tourist attractions, before hiring a car to see the city and coastline in greater detail and at greater leisure.

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