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Located on the Cote d’Azur in the French Riviera, Nice enjoys an enviable sunny climate, and the blue waters of the Mediterranean. It has some superb beaches as well as a famous promenade and several good museums, galleries, gardens and parks. Nice is the perfect place to explore the French Riviera, with the delights of Monte Carlo and Cannes accessible on a day trip.
The origins of Nice are not entirely clear. Some believe it was founded by the Greeks, who gave it the name Nikaia, meaning City of Victory, others think it was founded by the Marseillais around 350BC. What is clear is that Nice has formed the centre of a tug of war between France and Italy over the centuries, and the eagles head on its coat of arms changed direction several times, pointing to the right when Nice was part of France and left when it was part of Italy. Now firmly part of France, the economy of Nice is largely based on tourism.
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Nice Jazz Festival
In July Nice plays host to a Jazz Festival which has been a fixture on its social calendar since the 1940s. The festival is held in the Cimiez Gardens and Amphitheatre, and is well known for its breathtaking location and unique atmosphere as well as the quality of the music performed. Concerts are held every evening across three stages from 7pm until midnight, combining classics of yesteryear with contemporary jazz. Other events take place around the city during the day to complement the jazz festival.
Nice International Semi Marathon
Beginning on the famous Promenade des Anglais, the Nice Semi Marathon take in some of the most beautiful parts of Nice, and is the second most important race on the French Riviera. Held each year in April, there is a choice between a 21.1km race and a 10km race, as well as a children’s race and a walking race to raise money for a breast cancer charity. Music and entertainment are provided along the route.
Carnival, or Mardi Gras, is the lading event of the winter season on the French Riviera, and nowhere is it more extravagantly celebrated that Nice. There are street processions, concerts, flower parades, and a spectacular firework display on Mardi Gras itself which is the last day of this two week February festival.
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Flight time from Australian to Nice will be at least twenty five hours. Emirates provide a route with just one stop in Dubai, while British Airways in combination with Qantas stop in Singapore and London.