Nice, the capital of the Côte d'Azur, has been a popular tourist destination for royalty and the wealthy for many years. Its reputation as the centre of the French Riviera wasn't earned until the 19th century, when its beaches began to be populated by British, and Russian aristocracy on vacation, taking advantage of its superb climate. Now a popular tourist destination for shopping, dining, sunbathing, swimming, opera, and museums. Nice, a city of art and culture has the most museums in France after Paris. Inculuding museums of Matisse and Chagall. The architecture of Nice can be astonishing with the wild exaggerations of the Belle Epoque style or the Baroque influenced houses and marisions on the hills of Mont Boron. The floral gardens and parks of the hills of the Chateau, the Chambrun park or the Espace Masséna are also worth a visit.
The two most popular regions are the old town and the Promenade des Anglais. The old town is set between the old port and the Baie des Anges. It has a very Italian atmosphere. This is because Nice was once part of Italy. The Promenade des Anglais, which stretches out for 8 Km along the seafront facing a pebbled beach, is home to some very impressive hotels.