Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the fifth most populous city of France and the capital of the country’s Alpes Maritimes department. The city which was probably named by the Greeks after Nike, their goddess of victory, has changed hands many times through the ages before its re-annexation by France in 1860. Nice is today a part of the French Rivera, which has one of the most famous coastlines in the world and is a major tourist destination. This area has it all – 300 days of sunshine, brilliant blue waters of the Mediterranean and a surfeit of world-class restaurants and resorts. So travel down to Nice and get seduced by the charms of this beautiful city.

Things to do in Nice!




  • Hotels: Porters should be paid EUR 0.5 to EUR 1.0 per bag. Housekeepers could be paid EUR 1.0 to EUR 1.5 per person per day.
  • Restaurants: Service charge is generally included in all bills; you might consider tipping extra (not more than 10%) if the service provided was exceptional.
  • Bars: It is not customary to tip the bartender. You might consider rounding off the bill to the nearest Euro when paying.
  • Taxis: Tip your driver about 10% of the fare.

Staying connected

  • Phone cards, such as Lebara, are available from most "Tabacs" but make sure you know where you can use them when you buy them. 
  • The city of Paris provides with free Internet access via 400 Wi-Fi access points throughout the city, including many public parks. Look for the network called 'Orange' on your laptop or PDA device.
  • Other options include Starbucks, which is (not always) free. There is also McDonald's, Columbus Café, and certain Indiana Café locations. There is also the Wistro network, which independent coffee chains offer. You can search by arrondissement.

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