Interview with Nadja Graf of the Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau
Atout France: Describe your favorite landscape in Nice...
Nadja Graf: Ah, where to start? One of my favorite places in the city is definitely the Castle Hill, a quiet oasis in the heart of town, offering one of the greatest views over the Bay of Angels. You can see the busy, bustling city underneath, but all you can hear are chirping birds, the bubbling waterfall, children playing… and of course the 12 o’clock cannon shot if you are on the Castle Hill at that precise time of the day!
The Paillon-Promenade is also a wonderful place: these beautiful city gardens stretch to both sides of iconic Massena Square with a large fountain area where countless fountains sputter from the ground …
And let’s not forget the ancient Roman arenas in Cimiez nestled in their olive grove surrounded by the Matisse Museum, the Ancient Hotel Regina and the Franciscan monastery…
Atout France: If you only had 24 hours in Nice, where would you stop (to eat and drink)?
Nadja Graf: To make the most of your stay, I strongly recommend the French Riviera Pass: this city card grants free access to all museums and major tourist attractions in Nice and close surroundings, it includes all kinds of discovery tours and plenty of fun leisure activities and special deals. With the card, you can hop on board the Open Tour Bus and stop at some of the most iconic sights, like the Chagall Museum or the St Nicols Russian Orthodox Cathedral.
The city center, the Vieux Nice and the Port offer plenty to discover for just one day. They are also exceptional places for food and indulging in a fabulous glass of wine. The local cuisine is quite unique, and you shouldn’t miss out on the famous Niçoise salad, ‘socca’ (a pancake made with chickpea flour), or ‘tourte de blette’ (sweet Swiss chard pie with raisins and pine kernels). To highlight the authenticity of the cuisine of Nice, the “Cuisine Nissarde, le respect de la tradition” label is awarded to restaurants featuring select traditional recipes in their menu. These restaurants are easy to identify by the sticker on their window.
Atout France: What is your favorite season in Nice and why?
Nadja Graf: I would say fall. It’s less busy than in summer, and yet we are lucky to have beautiful, long Indian summers, with warm and sunny weather.
But then there is also Carnival season in February, with its crazy Carnival parades and romantic flower battles.
With its outstanding light and mild, sunny climate that contribute to its international reputation, Nice is a combination of sea, city and mountains. All year round, the capital of the French Riviera offers visitors a whole range of activities that few cities in the world can combine with such talent in the same region.
Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau official website: http://en.nicetourisme.com