Nice

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Nice

Motto: Nicæa civitas.

Harbour of Nice (FR-06000).jpg
View of the city and the port of Nice
Flag of Nice
Coat of arms of Nice
Flag of the County of Nice Coat of arms of the County of Nice
Nice is located in France
Nice
Administration
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Intercommunality Nice-Côte d'Azur
Mayor Christian Estrosi
(2008–14)
Statistics
Land area1 71.92 km2 (27.77 sq mi)
Population2 344,875  (2008)
 - Ranking 5th in France
 - Density 4,795 /km2 (12,420 /sq mi)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 43°42′12″N 7°15′59″E / 43.7034°N 7.2663°E / 43.7034; 7.2663

Nice is a city in southern France on the Mediterranean coast. It is a commune in the French department of Alpes-Maritimes. It has over 345,000 people living in the city as of 2012 (1,000,000 in its metropolitan area). It has many beaches. It has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot, dry, and sunny; winters are temperate, rarely going below 20°C.

From the late 18th century, wealthy British visitors came to Nice, with its beauty and its warm but mild climate. Queen Victoria was amongst them: she made several visits. The city's main seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais owes its name to these visitors.[1] The clear air and soft light appeals to painters. Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse spent years here, and are well represented in the city's museums, the Musée Marc Chagall, Musée Matisse and Musée des Beaux-Arts.[2]

Nice has the second largest hotel capacity in the country, and is one of its most visited cities. It gets 4 million tourists every year.[3] It also has the third busiest airport in France after the two main Parisian ones.[4].

The cuisine is excellent. It benefits from the Mediterranean in the form of bouillabaisse (a shellfish dish). From the end of empire, immigration from Algeria has led to excellent North African dishes such as cous-cous. Ratatouille and (obviously) salad niçoise are more local dishes.[5]

There is a local dialect, le nissard, nissart, or niçard. It is a variety of the regional language, Occitan. It is Italian in style, reminding that the area has been under different sovereignty in the past.

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