Whether it's the dream climate of Nice or a few days living at Monaco's pace, both are ideal destinations for getting away from it all. Established by a Phocaean Greek colony, Nissa and Monoïkosabandoned their trade with Italy very quickly, hitherto the basis of their existence, to dedicate themselves to attracting tourists from all parts of the world.
Enjoy a wander through the lively lanes of old Nice, admiring the Baroque churches which tower above the squares. Don't miss the flower market at Cours Saleya, then visit Sainte-Réparate Cathedral before climbing Castle Hill. Stop off to taste a famous Fenocchio ice-cream (Fenocchio; 2, place Rossetti; Nice) where you can enjoy a refreshing sorbet in the flavours of Provençal herbs such as basil, verbena, thyme or rosemary. A walk along the Promenade des Anglais will reward you with a beautiful view over the Baie des Anges.Nice: city of art
Visit the ruins and museum at the Nice-Cimiez archaeological site. The Musée Matisse is home to 68 paintings, 57 sculptures and hundreds of sketches by the artist. Established by the Russian imperial family following visits to Nice, the Russian Orthodox Saint-Nicolas Cathedral is reputed to be the largest Orthodox Russian building outside Russia. Finally, for a general overview of art, visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts where you'll see Flemish paintings alongside primitive works from the region. Time for a coffee break? Experience the tiramisu cappuccino at Boccaccio! (Boccaccio; 7, rue Masséna; Nice)On the Rock
Stop by Monaco and learn about the history of this city-state which has been under the rule of the Grimaldi family since the 13th century. Take your children to the Musée Océanographique which was founded by Albert 1st, a passionate marine life enthusiast. Take a trip around Monaco on the Azur Express, (Azur Express train; leaves from opposite the Musée Océanographique; Monaco) and don't forget to visit the Notre-Dame-Immaculée Cathedral and the Prince's Palace. Round off your visit to the Rock at the Jardin Exotique to admire the plants which come from all four corners of the world. Tip: Don't miss the annual Nice Jazz Festival to be held in a new location, Place Massena, at the heart of the city. (Nice Jazz Festival; runs for one week in July; Nice).Nice Jazz Festival 2014
Nice city centre
8 to 12 July 2014
From July 8 to 12, artists will follow one another every day on the Scène Massena (until 6000 people) and the Theatre de Verdure (until 2400 persons). Every day has a special theme: Monday trance, Tuesday tempo, Wednesday energy, Thursday blast and Friday vibration. The first concert will start at 19h and the concerts end at midnight.
The first Jazz festival in the world was held in 1948 at the end of the carnival, with already the grandest names of the jazz scene: Louis Armstrong, Claude Lutter, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt. After, the festival resumed in 1971 with names as Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock Quintet, Oscar Peterson Trio, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Carlos Santana ... In 2013, the festival celebrated its 65th anniversary!