Nice is the capital of the French Riviera or Cote d'Azur on the South-east coast of France. It is the fifth largest city in France with the second busiest International airport. Nice has its own University and is the administrative centre for much of the Cote d'Azur and the department of the Alpes-Maritimes. This part of the glorious French Riviera is the perfect resort for sun lovers, with many people choosing to relax along Nice's spectacular coastline during the sunny summer months and mild winters, where you are able to sunbathe, paddle in the azure sea, swim, waterski, parascend, jet-ski, or simply sip a smooth cocktail. Nice is home to many free stretches of beach and also a total of 15 private beach areas, referred to as 'plages concédées', where sun loungers can be hired for a nominal charge.
Nice not only offers the city pleasures of culture, parks, sculpture, museums, restaurants, galleries, bars, cafes, night life etc but also combines all the joys of a beach holiday and water sports too, not forgetting the five-mile roller-bladers', walkers', scootists' and cyclists' paradise that is the Promenade des Anglais. Many visitors staying in Nice enjoy a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais (Promenade of the English), which dates back almost 200 years and lines the city's Mediterranean coast at the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). Central to life within Nice, this legendary boulevard is better known as simply the 'Promenade' and stretches for around 6 km / 4 miles, featuring many bright blue chairs where you can sit, relax and enjoy superb sea views.
The natural vegetation of Nice is typical for a Mediterranean landscape, with a heavy representation of broadleaf evergreen shrubs. Trees tend to be scattered but form dense forests in some areas. Large native tree species include evergreens such as Holm oak, stone pine and arbutus. Many introduced species grow in parks and gardens. Palms, eucalyptus and citrus fruits are among the trees which give Nice a subtropical appearance. But there are also species familiar to temperate areas around the world; examples include horse chestnut, linden and even Norway spruce.
Nice has a typically Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. During the hottest summer months, particularly in August, temperatures often reach excesses of 86F (30C), while maximum temperatures in winter are usually between 50-59F (10-15C). October is usually the wettest month.
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