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The magic of the Old Town
Nice's Old Town is its heart and soul. A wander around this part of the city gives you access to a number of notable buildings, such as the Prefecture, the Miséricorde chapel, the Palais Lascaris, the Cours Saleya, the Place Rossetti and the Sainte-Réparate cathedral. Colourful façades and narrow, winding streets form an enchanting backdrop.
On the castle hill
The castle hill hugs the Mediterranean coast and is a welcome haven of greenery. The old fortress that once stood here is now a sweeping park complete with winding paths that lead up to incredible viewing points. The views over the sea and mountains are unforgettable. A waterfall, the Tour Bellanda and archaeological dig sites are added to the mix for a fascinating walk.
Turn back time at Cimiez
A stone's throw away from the city centre is the Cimiez hill. The hill has been settled since prehistoric times, with thousand-year-old traces to prove (Terra Amata site). The vestiges of Roman arenas and thermal baths are still visible today. The area is also home to the Cimiez monastery and its enthralling garden. Don't miss the Chagall and Matisse museums whilst you're here, either.
Catch your breath at the Cours Saleya
Nice Old Town's Cours Saleya hosts colourful markets packed full of local produce, making for the perfect opportunity to sample specialities and buy gourmet souvenirs. Bars, restaurants and art galleries encircle the courtyard, giving visitors the chance to catch their breath in an authentic setting.
Stroll down the Promenade du Paillon
At the gateway to Nice's Old Town is the Promenade du Paillon, a slice of country living in the heart of the city. Sprinklers, fountains and luscious green lawns encourage locals and visitors to kick back and relax. The Promenade leads out to the sea, culminating in the Albert Ier garden. It also boasts an open-air theatre where shows and plays are sometimes held.
A hybrid delicacy combining the joys of both pizzas and tarts, pissaladière is a local speciality you have to try. The dough base is topped with caramelised onions and pissalat, an anchovy cream. The pissalat is sometimes swapped for anchovy fillets. What a treat!
Soccas, the South of France's answer to crêpes
There's no escaping socca when you visit Nice. This thick, fluffy crêpe is made with chickpea flour, and is traditionally cooked in a wood oven and seasoned with salt and pepper. Rumour has it the best soccas are to be found in the Old Town. Enjoy as a main or as a pre-dinner snack.
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