What to do, where to go and what to see in Nice at Euro 2016Get to know everything about Nice and enjoy the best the city has to offer at Euro 2016
The impressive view from the top of the Bay of Angels takes in Nice, Antibes, and the sweep down to the sea of the mountains that give the region its name, Alpes-Maritimes. Dance through the narrow streets, Wonder at the ochre facades, blue sky, turquoise sea and green mountains all round: this is picturesque, colourful, baroque Nice. A city that only officially became part of France through a referendum a little over a century ago.
Modern and traditional cultures sit side-by-side in Nice, with its pedestrianised areas and vibrant street-art scene. Its mixed heritage is also evident in the colourful Niçois language, a blend of Occitan and Italian.
No description of Nice would be complete without the celebrated palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, a pedestrian area along the seafront, and one of the most beautiful promenades in the world (according to the city’s Mayor).
Nice also offers its share of culinary delights. As well as its famous salade niçoise (did you know it was originally prepared with radishes, anchovies, artichokes and young broad beans?), another specialty of the area is stuffed courgette flowers.
The Stadium: Allianz-Riviera
12 June 18:00
Poland vs Northern Ireland – Group C
17 June 21:00
Spain vs Turkey – Group D
22 June 21:00
Sweden vs Belgium – Group E
27 June 21:00
Round of 16 – RB vs RF
The use of the latest technologies and the environment are the hallmarks of restoration projects in the Nice urban area. A tram system has reduced car traffic in the city centre. The new Allianz-Riviera stadium is a positive-energy eco-stadium built using a wooden structure that aims to minimise CO2 emissions and produce three times more energy than it consumes. Inaugurated in September 2013, the 35,624-capacity Allianz-Riviera stadium replaces the old and run-down Léo-Lagrange sports complex, that had been home to Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice (OGC Nice).
Nice’s “natural and historic” Fan Zone is located in the heart of the city in a remarkable setting close to Cours Saleya. Encounters on the pitch will be screened in the Jardin Albert 1, while giant screens will also be installed in the Théâtre de Verdure for fans.
- City Population: 343,629
- Region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
- Stadium: Allianz-Riviera
- Local Team: OGC Nice
- Capacity: 35,624
- First Match: 12 June 18:00
- Fan Zone: Jardin Albert 1
Where to go when you haven’t got a ticket to the game
PLAGE BEAU RIVAGE
Relax in the Bar&Before lounge bar at Plage Beau Rivage during the season, or enjoy tapas and cocktails in the Beach Straw snack area. Live music and club evenings are also a feature.
The long-established Le Queenie has been serving its varied menu since 1948. Open 24 hours, this brasserie and sports bar has multiple screens inside showing a range of sports and a sun-filled terrace overlooking the magnificent Bay of Angels.
Watch your sport of choice, enjoy live music every evening, taste a distinctive wine in the wine bar, or stay on as the DJ gets ready for a club night, either way, you’re bound to enjoy your evening at Masterhome!
AU FÛT ET À MESURE
Dive into the original atmosphere in this Nice bar with its electro-pop buzz, acoustic concerts and mixed cocktails and exhibitions. Beer pumps are installed at each table, so you can play barman and pull your own beer as you watch the match live on giant screens.
MA NOLAN’S VIEUX NICE
The original and friendly Irish pub has built up a reputation on the Côte d’Azur. Naturally, you can watch the match here, but that’s not all. Ma Nolan’s also serves high quality food and drinks.
MA NOLAN’S NICE PORT
Lively and congenial, the second of Ma Nolan’s pubs is the ideal spot for a snack, drink or to get together before or after the match. Settle in on the terrace for a wonderful view of the harbour and the Castle of Nice.
Le Sud, c’est…
Step into James Bond’s shoes for an evening and head for the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco.
Explore Antibes and Juan-les-Pins and their coastal walks.
Try a cyclotaxi and enjoy an original way to get around – complete with friendly chat and stories by the driver!
For those who enjoy browsing for antiques, check out the vintage shops. You might even find a gift to bring home for your girlfriend or mother, without breaking the bank.