Nice is the fifth largest city in France and the capital of the Alpes Maritimes. With a population of over 460,000 and the second busiest airport in France, the city that was once dominated by summer tourism, is now a fully functioning metropolis all year round.
It is now possible to reach Nice by train from London on the new TGV Méditerranée changing in Paris or Lille. In an attractive setting just twenty five miles from the Italian border, Nice has only been part of France since 1860. The city combines both the best of Italian and French architecture. The English also played a large role in the development of Nice.
The Promenade des Anglais was built by the English in 1822 and many of the hotels there still have names such as The West End and The Westminster. The promenade is the natural place to begin a tour of Nice which, despite its size, is very much a city to be discovered on foot. The Hotel Negresco which was built in 1912 dominates the promenade and is as much a landmark in Nice as the Carlton Hotel is in Cannes.