Perfect location for holidays or business : walking distance to beaches (200m), cours Saleya's market (100m), Opera (150m), convention center Acropolis (600m), tramway station « Cathédrale-Vieille ville » (100m), buses (100m), museums, numerous restaurants and shops, movie theater, etc. Recently and nicely renovated, perfectly equipped ( bed room upstairs in mezzanine with brand new double bed and closet, living-room with new high quality sofa bed (easy open) and coffee table, open kitchen with dining area, washing machine, micro-wave, fridge, cooktop,Nespresso coffee machine, crockery, iron; shower room with WC) quiet (double glazing and air con), cable Tv , telephone, wireless internet. Convenient for couple, max occupancy 4P. Linen provided. Mandatory clean up at end of stay.
No smoking. No pets. No parties.
The Old Town of Nice (or Vieux-Nice as the locals call it) is one of the city’s main attractions and a must-see for any visitor… Because of a huge amount of unmissable historical sites and because it is a hive of activity, buzzing both day and night, which is ideal to wander around, to get lost in and to get a drink or a good traditional meal whilst enjoying the unmistakable baroque Mediterranean vibe. The pleasant rue St François de Paule, which is lined with some classy shops with the beautiful Belle Epoque Opera of Nice on the right. Just after the opera on the left, you will find the large Palace Square (referring to the Palace of Justice/law courts) which has some terraces to stop over or just keep going straight down the road until you hit the pedestrian "Cours Saleya", running parallel to the sea, which is one of the liveliest streets of Old Nice. In the morning, the central part of the street becomes a market: mainly for flowers but also for jumble sales or fruits and vegetables depending on the days. The strip is also lined with plenty of restaurants which are reasonably priced but varying in quality, so be wary! There are tourist traps… Can’t really say which, but generally places with a large laminated menu in 4 or 5 different languages are to be avoided, it’s just a question of common sense. Once you get to the end of the Cours Saleya, you can either turn right and head towards the waterfront and enjoy some sumptuous views over the whole Baie des Anges from the Castle Hill, or else carry on the tour of the Old Town and go left. Running parallel to Cours Saleya is the rue de la Préfecture which heads back towards Place du Palais and comes to life in the early evenings at around 5 or 6pm, which is aperitif time in Nice. The street is lined with bars (mainly English-style pubs or more upmarket lounges) and some pretty decent restaurants.North of the rue de la Préfecture, towards the top end of the triangle, the streets get narrower as cars are banned and this is the ideal place to just wander around the area up to Place Garibaldi to the north. You will note that Old Nice is very cool, even in the heat of the summer – this is because of the shade and the very ingenious natural ventilation system devised by the locals when they designed the houses and alleyways hundreds of years ago. This area is full of bars and restaurants, especially the southern end, around Place Rossetti, which is another of the nerve centres of the Old Town and an ideal place to just sit down and have a drink on a terrace, under the shade of the beautiful baroque Cathédrale Sainte Réparate, built in the late 17th century. It is also a perfect place to have an ice cream at the famous Fenocchio!! There is always a big queue due to the quality of its Italian style ice cream and the huge selection of flavours, including some rather exotic ones that you can’t really find elsewhere, like tomato and basil, violets or chilli!!As you head north of Place Rossetti, towards Place Garibaldi, the roads get slightly less lively and a bit more downmarket (plenty of kebab and fast food shops) but there are a few excellent restaurants. Also, make sure you visit the fish market (marché aux poissons) that is open every morning except Mondays until about 1.30pm on Place Saint François. Just bear in mind when walking round Old Nice that it’s not just a tourist area but also a prime residential neighbourhood – plenty of expats and locals live there due to its central location, mainly the younger ones given that most buildings are 4 or 5 stories high and don’t have lifts. This explains why there are plenty of grocery stores and regular shops catering for the locals, especially in this part of the neighbourhood.Once you’ve reached Place Garibaldi (recently renovated in honour of the Italian freedom fighter), you can either walk towards the port, 5 minutes away, or head up the Castle Hill for some stunning views over Old Nice and the rest of the city and region.A trip to Old Nice cannot be complete without sampling the main local dish, socca. This is a delicious pancake made of chick pea flour, water and olive oil and baked on a very wide cast iron pan (Amongst the best places to sample it is "Lou Pilha Leva", located on a small square at 10 rue du Collet, not too far from Place Rossetti). Finally, if you want to get a drink, there are plenty of English or Irish style pubs and more continental lounge bars in the Old Town, most offering happy hour prices around aperitif time (generally from 5/6pm to 8pm) – most of these are located on Cours Saleya or rue de la Préfecture, but there are also quite a few in the streets around Place Rossetti. Just be wary late at night and generally avoid the darker streets of the Old Town (even though Nice at night is no dodgier than other any large French city).