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Between the 5th and 4th centuries BC, Greeks from Phocaea in Asia Minor founded a trading post called Nikaia at the foot of the hill that's today known as Le Chateau. In 1229 Nice was incorporated into the Catalan Comte de Provence by Count Raymond Berenger V. During the next 400 years there were only two brief periods of French rule and in 1860 France to repossessed Savoy and the Nice area.

During the 19th century Nice took off as a beach resort, and was one of the first cities in Europe to develop a purely tourist-based economy. The seaside destination was particularly popular with the English aristocracy, who followed Queen Victoria's example of wintering in the mild climate. Between 1860 and 1911 Nice was the fastest-growing city in Europe, and new rail links and roads opened it up to the rest of the continent.

In the 1920s the region became a mecca for artists and writers once again, including Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Aldous Huxley and Thomas Mann. France was invaded by Nazi Germany in November 1942, and Nice was occupied by the Italians. Allied forces landed on the Côte d'Azur in August 1944, and the region was liberated. It didn't take Nice long to bounce back, and the bohemian jet set soon returned.

Nice Attractions

Nice Activities

Aqua Splash - 306 avenue Mozart - RN7. This is the Riviera's largest aquatic park, with 1 giant swimming pool (1000 sqm.) 1 sea-water wave pool; 1 swimming pool for toddlers; 1 enchanted river and 12 giant toboggans. This park offers fun for the whole family and is well worth a visit.

Koaland - Found at Parc de la Madone, 5 avenue de la Madone. This is a great place to take the children on a fun day out. The park offers: mini–golf; mini–karting; childrens roundabouts; goats; and a mini–jungle. Open all year round except Tuesday, from 10am to midday and from 3pm to midnight.

Nice Parks & Gardens

Massena Square - It is located near Promenade Des Anglais. City life revolves around Nice's geographic centreand it was originally created in 1832. This beautifully landscaped plaza of fountains, statues, trees, flowers, etc. is a centrepiece where Nice's citizens and visitors can stroll and admire the surrounding architecture and gardens.

Nice Beaches

The Blue Beach - This is one of the most child-friendly beaches in Nice, it's a private beach so you have to pay an entrance fee. There are plenty restaurants and other activities to keep the whole family entertained, elasticated harnesses will bounce you really high on tramoplines and there is a variety of water activities, from paragliding for one or two at a time, canoe hire and inflatable rides behind a speed boat.

La Reserve - This public beach is small but very popular with showers and a toilet facilities and there is a small snack kiosk at the entrance. Children love it and it is a change from the long stretch of the promenade des Anglais beaches. Like most of the beaches in Nice, the main obstacle to overcome are the hard pebbles.

Nice Restaurants and Bars

Nice Restaurants

Lou Pilha Leva - Found at Place Central and rue du Collet. This cafe is the place to go for a light meal or late-night snack. Socca, beignets d'aubergines, and stuffed courgette are some of the delicious and inexpensive choices on offer here. Open daily till midnight.

Bocaccio - 7 rue Massena, by the pedestrian area. This restaurant is a must if you're looking for some great seafood. They offer a wide range of local seafood dishes and excellent Italian dishes, the food is great and the prices are very reasoanable.

L'Escalinada - Located at 22 rue Pairoliere, This restaurant is tucked away among the bustle of Old Nice's market street. This is the place for down-home Nicois cooking in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. The restaurant is popular with locals and tourits alike.

Nice Bars & Clubs

Wayne's - Located at 15 r. de la Prefecture, this is the most popular nightclub in Nice. A crazy party place that start's at Happy Hour and never slow down until it closes. It becomes completly packed with people dancing, drinking, and having a good time.

Scarlet O'Hara - This a small Irish folk bar on the corner of rue Rosetti, 22 rue Droite, serving the creamiest Guinness this side of the Irish Sea. If you're a bit home-sick and are looking for a taste of home, this is the place to go. It's a great place to meet some new people.

Le Blue Boy - Found at 9 rue Jean-Baptiste-Spinetta, this is Nice's best gay venue, although everyone's welcome. Two bars, two dance floors, DJs who know what's what, and a floorshow every Wed night. This is a great place to party the night away from dusk till dawn.

Nice children's activities

Aqua Splash - 306 avenue Mozart - RN7. This is the Riviera's largest aquatic park, with 1 giant swimming pool (1000 sqm.) 1 sea-water wave pool; 1 swimming pool for toddlers; 1 enchanted river and 12 giant toboggans. This park offers fun for the whole family and is well worth a visit.

Koaland - Found at Parc de la Madone, 5 avenue de la Madone. This is a great place to take the children on a fun day out. The park offers: mini–golf; mini–karting; childrens roundabouts; goats; and a mini–jungle. Open all year round except Tuesday, from 10am to midday and from 3pm to midnight.

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