Nice and Surroundings

One of the wonderful things about Nice is that it is a perfect city for walking and exploring, so bring your walking shoes. It is a relatively compact city and you can become quite familiar with the main landmarks and routes in a day or two.

The Provencale menu is proudly featured is restaurants in Nice and we encourage you to go beyond the “tourist” eateries and venture into the world of rich, local cuisine by looking for restaurants where the people of Nice choose to eat. Of course, we can advise you on some places to enjoy authentic and affordable treats.

The food of Nice is the food of Provence. Real Provençal cuisine is high-spirited but simple, focusing on preserving the taste and texture of seasonal, fresh ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, saffron, peppers, anchovies, olives, olive oil and wild herbs. It is above all Mediterranean and “familial”- la cuisine de grand-mère (Grandmother’s cooking).

Among dishes that you will readily find on menus in and around Nice are Ratatouille, Aïoli, Tapenade, Bouillabaisse and, of course, Salade Niçoise

In Nice there are four wonderful seasons, each with its own special climate and traditions. In Spring, daytime temperatures range from Min average +15 °C (58 °F) to Max average to +21 °C (69 °F), in  Summer Min average +18 °C (64 °F) to Max average +27 °C (80 °F) (note that temperatures can reach into the high 30s!), in Autumn Min average +8 °C (46 °F) to Max average +25 °C (77 °F) and in winter Min average +4.5 °C (40 °F) to Max average +13 °C (55 °F).

11 Best things to do in Nice

1) Promenade des Anglais

You don’t have to be high up to find a fantastic panorama in Nice. The Promenade des Anglais is the quintessence of Nice, where you can find everyone walking around, each wandering as it pleases. “La Prom ‘” as it is called here, stretches for 11 kilometres, so that on a clear day it can be seen from Nice airport to the tip of the Old Port of Nice. Treat yourself to an ice cream and walk along the promenade, or if you’re feeling less energetic, sit in one of the traditional blue chairs and read a good book.

Nice became a second home to many European aristocrats in the 18th century, who took up winter residence along the coast in Cannes and Nice. The expats began the custom of walking up and down the beautiful coastline, taking in the scenery, and were keen to build a formal walkway. It became known as the “Camin deis Anglés” in local dialect (the “English Way”) but was later rechristened La Promenade des Anglais in 1860. The town has since taken it under their wing and extended and developed it. It is now used for many cultural events, such as the Nice Carnival.

2) Nice Old Town

The Old Town of Nice (Vieille Ville),also called Old Nice (Vieux Nice) is made up of tall tenement houses lined up along narrow and shadowed streets. The names of streets in the Old Town are written in two versions: in French and in the local Nissart dialect (niçart). The ground floors are occupied by restaurants, shops, and the galleries of local artists. You can buy everything here, from Provencal spices to hand-made jewellery and cosmetics. Just wander in and let yourself be carried away by the past, which is still very much present here.

 3) Matisse Museum

The collection of the Musée Matisse, Nice, is unique in the world in its gathering of works and objects from the artist and his heirs. Much of these came directly from Henri Matisse’s studio and thus constitutes an exceptional testament. To visit the Musée Matisse is to access the innermost layer of his creation and in so doing bring it back to life through an itinerary in which works and objects respond to each other.

Matisse is recognized as one of the greatest painters of the first half of the 20th century, but Henri Matisse the sculptor is yet to be discovered. With a wealth of pieces numbering 84 in total, which were produced between 1900 and 1950, this body of work covers every period of his artistic journey.
Matisse’s sculptures were created alongside his paintings, and the two go hand in hand.

4) Marché aux Fleurs du Cours Saleya (Flower Market in Saleya Place)

Near the Old Port of Nice, the Flower Market is a general public flower sale point that has been in existence for over 120 years. Even today, it is one of the very first flower markets in France, where delicious fruits and vegetables are sold as well as flowers from the region. The inhabitants of Nice and its surroundings come to ask for advice on how to grow plants and visitors come to stroll through its alleys, photograph the brightly coloured stalls and taste the local specialties.

Traditionally, peasants and farmers arrived very early in the morning from the area to sell to wholesalers, who then transported the flowers by train to all corners of Europe. After each departure of wholesalers in the morning, the market opened to individuals, as is the case today (wholesalers now buy their flowers on a different market, reserved for professionals)

5) Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain – MAMAC (Museum of Old and New Art)

Located in the heart of town, next to Place Garibaldi, the MAMAC offers a plunge into the adventure of art from the 1950s to the present day. The collection, comprising more than 1,300 works by 300 artists, offers an unprecedented dialogue between New European Realism and the American expression of assemblage art and Pop ArtThe museum also displays key works of minimal art or arte povera. Two major figures of 20th century art constitute the heart of the collections: Yves Klein, with a permanent room unique in the world, made possible thanks to the deposits of the Yves Klein Archives, and Niki de Saint Phalle which represents one of the most important collections of the artist in Europe following his donation in 2001.

The museum offers a regular program of exhibitions of international level on the 1 st stage of MAMAC and in its contemporary gallery, alternating thematic exhibitions and monographs of major figures in the art of the last sixty years.

6) Parc de la Colline du Château(Castle Hill Park)

The Colline du Château was the site chosen by the Phocaean Greeks to establish their trading post and thus found the city of Nice, a few millennia ago. It was then the seat of the Castle, now disappeared, which protected the medieval city. A military stronghold for centuries, a first garden was set up in 1829 and embellished on several occasions. The historical richness of this park rivals its landscaped attractions which offer magnificent panoramas as well as pleasant walks. There is also a restaurant, refreshments, souvenir shops and games for children.

7) Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez and Gardens

Originally a Benedictine foundation, the monastery was taken over by the Franciscans in the 16th century and extended in the 17th century. Its present appearance is characterized by the restoration carried out according to Gothic models in 1850. Inside the church are fine altarpieces of the Nice school, including a Crucifix by Bréa dating from 1475. The square outside offers an outstanding view and features a marble cross dating from 1477. The monastery also has a museum that shows the life of the Franciscan monks in Nice from the 13th to the 18th century. The visit offers insight into the general spiritual and social work of the Franciscan order.

Don’t miss the opportunity to wander in the beautiful landscaped garden of the Monastery, with its rose garden and Mediterranean plants, is beautiful with a view that embraces a large part of the city, all the way to the sea.

8) Musée et Site Archéologiques de Cimiez (Archaeological Site and Museum of Cimiez)

Close to the Matisse Museum, the Archeology Museum of Nice-Cimiez is located right on the site of the former Cemenelum, the hub of the Roman dominion in the region.  Founded by Augustus in 14 BC, Cemenelum was proclaimed the capital of Alpes Maritimae, an ancient Roman Province. The vestiges of the 3rd century public baths and of the Roman amphitheater, along with other sites substantiating the continuity of the human inhabitation of the place for centuries (paved streets, an Early Christian site), are also opened to visits. Eventually, exhibits of sundry private archeological collections can also be admired here.

The museum, inaugurated in January 1989, displays objects and documents from the life of Cemenelum and the province of the Alpes Maritimae.  Its collections range from the Bronze Age (1100 BC) to the Middle Ages, including ceramics, glass, coins, jewellery, sculptures and tools.

9) Musée Chagall (Chagall Museum)

Admirers of Marc Chagall will be delighted by this museum. The Musée Chagall houses the most important exhibition of Chagall’s works in the world. The collection includes Chagall’s paintings, etchings, lithographs, sculptures, stained glass, and mosaics. There are also wall tapestries on Biblical themes. The museum’s concert auditorium features a stained glass wall that is a magnificent example of Chagall’s artistry. The museum also displays temporary exhibits of works by other artists.

10) Place Masséna – Galleries Lafayette

With its red ochre facade and blue-green shutters Galeries Lafayette, Nice-Massena immediately strikes the eye. Galeries Lafayette is an upmarket and famous French department store chain.  In 1895, Théophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn opened a fashion store in a small haberdasher’s shop at the corner of rue La Fayette and the Chaussée d’Antin in Paris.  In 1896, their company purchased the entire building at 1 rue La Fayette, thus giving this iconic store its name. The second most visited store for international customers after Paris, Galeries Lafayette in Nice- Masséna, spreads over 13,000 m2 and 5 floors, A wide range of prestigious brands are available at the store to suit all budgets, from ready to wear to haute couture. The “Bella Bay” restaurant for a coffee break or a convivial lunch offers a breathtaking view of Place Masséna.

11) “Tour de France” – Road Cycling and Sight-seeing

As you are in the country of the famous bike race, the Tour de France, why not try out some cycling and sight-seeing for yourself?

The Tour de France is an annual road bicycle race held over 23 days in July. Established in 1903, the Tour is the most well-known and prestigious of road cycling event of the year. The race usually covers approximately 3,500 kilometres (2,200 miles) and the course changes every year, but has always finished in Paris. The start of the course is known as the Grand Depart. In 2020, Nice won the honour of hosting the start of the race.

There are several companies in Nice which offer guided cycling tours.  Riviera Cycling and Azure Cycle Tours are two of these companies. They offer bespoke cycling day rides with your own guide. Year round cycling, for individual riders, couples, or groups, whatever your level, often on deserted roads. Experience views of the beaches of the Mediterranean to the iconic cols (hills) of the coastal alps and the fields of grape vines, just minutes from Nice.

Our Cultural Activities

In Nice we build our guided walking tour around your interests and your questions. We always start at the Training Centre and finish at Nice Port but the route we take and the places of interest that we visit are decided on and designed in collaboration with you and your guide. At the end of the walking tour, we will take the opportunity to enjoy a good glass of Provencale wine together and dine together in one of the restaurants that surround the Port.

Our guided tours

After five days of lessons, it is time for the weekend and time to relax. For you and your colleagues who met at Europass, we offer trips to some of the most beautiful surrounding areas. Do not miss the opportunity to participate in these all-inclusive tours, with professional guides, tickets and transportation included in the price of the course!

Participants can choose among any of the following excursions (the excursion is usually held on a Saturday (on the Saturday at the end of the 1-week course and on the first Saturday for 2-week courses):

Tour of Vineyards, Winetasting and the Perfumeries of Gourdon and Grasse

Sample some local wine from the vineyards in the region and visit the famous perfume makers of the area.

  • 8:30  After breakfast, we drive to Bellet, north of Nice, where you will meet two select winemakers in this discrete and tiny appellation and have a chance to taste these sublime reds.
  • 10:30, drive to the picturesque village of St Jeannet
  • On arrival at the winemakers, Hautes Collines de la Côte d’Azur, meet M. Georges Rasse who makes his special wines in a unique, time-honored tradition.
  • 11 :00 Drive a few kms to the village center to enjoy a stroll through the streets and lanes of this classic Provencale village, making your way to your restaurant.
  • 12 :00 Enjoy lunch in a warm atmosphere, inside or outside, depending on the day.
  • 13 :30 Drive through the spectacular Gorge Gourdon to visit the flower fields
  • 15:00 arrive in the hilltop village of Gourdon, an original source of authentic perfumes…an aromatic feast…buy a perfume or design your own!  Enjoy the panoramic views from the village walls.
  • 14:30 Continue to Grasse, the famous “home of perfume”.  Spend time visiting sone of the perfume makers. You can choose to visit the perfume houses of Molinard, Galimard OR Fragonard…you can tell us!
  • 16:30 Return to Nice

Visiting Local Artisans and Artists – Biot, Vallauris Gulfe-Juan, St Paul de Vence

Meet the makers of range Provencal pots and hand-blown glassmakers and watch them at work. Explore life in and around the village of St Paul de Vence, with a focus on The Arts, good food, walking, and wandering…

  • 9:00am Depart Nice and drive to Biot to visit the famous hand-blown glassmakers there and marvel at their superb creations. Here you can watch the skill of glassmakers and shop a selection of beautiful hand-blown glass creations, both functional and decorative
  • 10:30 Drive to Valauris Golfe-Juan which is well-known for its pottery, ceramic, and faience artisans.  Spend time here visiting a selection of these artists, taking in a variety of traditional and contemporary items.
  • 12:00 Drive to the village of St Paul De Venice. This village is a wonderful place, full of Artists and a strong history.  We can visit some galleries; mainly the workshops/studios of the artists = ateliers. Our visit to this special village begins with lunch and then you are free to wander at your own pace for the afternoon.
  • 16:30 Return to Nice

Guided Cycling – Half or Full Day Trip

If you would like to create or join a group to enjoy the pleasures of the area surrounding Nice by bicycle, there are many possibilities on offer.  Depending on your level of fitness and cycling experience, you can choose a guided bike tour that is just right for you.  These rides range from 2 hours to half and full day experiences.

About the Training Centre in Nice

All our courses in Nice will take place either in the Morning (9:00 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45) depending on classroom and trainer availability.

The Training Centre in Nice is beautifully and conveniently located in the rich quarter of Musiciens.  All of the streets in this part of the city are named after musicians.

At our Europass Teacher Academy training center in Nice, we collaborate with the International House Nice, a language learning center.  This allows us access to well-equipped training rooms, office support, and resources, and a wealth of local knowledge.

The Training Centre is located right in the heart of a vibrant group of streets, full of hotels, restaurants, cafes, and parks.  From here, there is easy access to tram stops and the central train station of Nice.

How to reach us

The address of our training center in Nice is:

27 Rue Rossini, 06000 Nice France

You can contact the center by phone: Tel. +39 0552345802

To arrive by tram:

  1. Take the tram Line 1 and get off at the Jean Médecin stop
  2. Head towards Rue Paul Déroulède (59m)
  3. Turn onto Rue Paul Déroulède (450m)
  4. Turn left onto Avenue Durante (62m)
  5. Turn left onto Rue Rossini
  6. INTERNATIONAL HOUSE NICE is located on the first floor of 27 Rue Rossini
  7. To enter the building, dial 132 and press the bell.
  8. For people with reduced mobility, call us if necessary at +33(0)4 93 62 60 62

To arrive by bus:

Several buses stop outside the school or nearby.

The closest ones are Rossini, Mozart, Sévillan, Jean Médecin and Thiers.

The area is easily accessible by road and the region benefits from an excellent public transport system. A network of trains, buses, and tramways make it simple and affordable not only to get to school every day but also to discover Nice and the surrounding area.

Ticket for bus and tramway (for the entire French Riviera)Fares
Ticket azur (One-way journey)1,50€
1 day Pass (Unlimited travel for a 24 hour period after it is first stamped)5€
Multi 10 travels (Several passengers may use this ticket at the same time)10€
Pass 7 days (Seven consecutive days’ unlimited travel)15€

Getting to Nice

By plane

Nice Côte d’azur airport is located 5km from the city center and is served by many international and national flights, including low-cost airlines.

There is a regular bus and tram service direct to the city center and it is also possible to take a taxi, an Uber or to use our transfer service.

By train

Trains arrive at Nice-Ville train station which is located in the city center and a five-minute walk from our training center.

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