Internationally known as a vacation destination for the rich and famous, Nice is located on the southeastern coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Provence. Home to about 350,000 people, Nice is known for its white sand beaches, turquoise blue water, warm climate, and its ancient Greek and Roman archeological sites.
Flights to Nice, France, are available from most major international airports around the world, including the larger airports in the U.S., such as Newark Liberty International Airport
In New Jersey, (EWR) to Nice (NCE), and Los Angeles International Airport in southern California, (LAX) to Nice (NCE). People who take flights to Nice arrive at the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE), which is located southwest of the city. Approximately 5 million people book flights to Nice each year to visit the city and its surrounding resort areas.
Before it became a favorite destination for movie stars and the wealthy, Nice was a popular holiday spot for members of the European aristocracy. Beginning in the 18th century, it became fashionable for English aristocrats to spend the winter in the city. The most famous of these were Queen Victoria and her son King Edward VII.
Prior to the Russian Revolution, Russian aristocrats were also frequent visitors to Nice. These included several Czars and their families. Many notable Russian elites are buried in Nice in its Russian Orthodox Cemetery. Today, history buffs book flights to Nice, France, to pay their respects.
Since the 19th century, Nice has been home to a large number of artists and painters. Perhaps the most notable of Nice’s artist residents was Henri Matisse, a French Fauvist painter known for his use of bright colors and abstract forms. Since 1963, Nice has been home to the Musée Matisse, a museum dedicated to Matisse’s work that is home to one of the world’s largest collections of his paintings.
Other popular museums in Nice include the Musée des Beaux-Arts (fine art); the Musée International d'Art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky (naive art); the Musée Marc Chagall; the Museum of Natural History; the Musée Terra-Amata; the Museum of Asian Art; the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (modern and contemporary art); the Musée Masséna; and the Naval Museum.
As in many European cities, Nice has many historic buildings that are popular destinations for tourists. These include a number of churches, such as the baroque Nice Cathedral, which was built in the 11th century; and the neo-gothic Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice, the city’s largest church, built in the mid-19th century.
Nice’s traditional cuisine is made up of ingredients frequently found in the Mediterranean region, such as seafood, fresh vegetables and fruits, and olives. The city’s biggest contribution to French, and global, gastronomy is perhaps salade Niçoise, a fresh salad that is made up of lettuce, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, tuna or anchovies, olives, and sometimes green beans and potatoes. Ratatouille, a hearty stew made from vegetables commonly grown in the region, such as tomatoes, garlic, eggplant, and zucchini, also originated in Nice. Fans of either dish may want to book flights to Nice in order to trace both dishes to their source.
Nice residents speak Niçard, a language derived from Latin that is sometimes referred to as Provençal. It is commonly spoken in the Mediterranean region, including in Southern France, Monaco, and in parts of Spain and Italy. Many people in Nice can also speak French, Italian, and Spanish.
Students who book flight tickets to Nice often come to the city to study film. Along with nearby Cannes, which is home to the famous Cannes Film Festival, Nice is one of the centers of the European film industry. The city is home to one of three campuses of the ESRA Film School, operated by the École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle, which offers educational programs in film and television history and production; photography; digital art and design; and sound engineering.
Nice is also home to Côte d'Azur University and the Skema Business School.