The pleasant climate, location and soft light
of this beautiful city first began to attract tourists in large numbers in the 18th century.
At that time, many families of the English aristocracy were fond of spending there winters
here, with an evening walk along the sea shore as one of the highlights. The main seaside promenade is named after
them, and a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais – the Walkway of the English – is
still popular with the many tourists who visit Nice each year. In fact, it’s the second most
visited French city after Paris. Its rich, mixed Italian and French history
has endowed the city with a wealth of fine public buildings and open spaces, as befits
a city where life is best lived largely outdoors.