Nice has a long and chaotic history. Since the 7th century it has come under the rule of the Greeks, the Romans, the local Gaulish population, Saracens, been considered part of Italy, and finally under the protection of the Dukes of Savoy, before finally being considered as part of France under Napoleon.
Nowadays Nice has the second busiest airport in France, because, in addition to being an attractive coastal resort with plenty of culture and things to do in its own right, it is very close to the Alps and the popular skiing resorts found in both the Italian and French Alps. If you're heading out for a skiing holiday then, it is definitely worth getting a hotel in Nice for a couple of days. Holidays in Nice sell themselves on the amazing climate, even in December and January the average temperature rarely drops below ten degrees, and in the summer is often in the high to mid-twenties.
The Cote D'Azhur has its name for a reason, the sea is an extraordinary shade of blue and the city and surrounding area is perfect for a beach holiday. However, there is a lot to do besides the beach and a great many companies offer Nice deals outside of the traditional tourist season.
After September Nice's hotels become a lot cheaper, as the number of tourists declines (though there are always plenty). Nice is perhaps best known for its myriad of large, ornate squares lined by fantastic buildings, Place Massena, Place Garibaldi, Place Rosetti and Place du Palais are perhaps the most popular, but there is also the Cours Saleya and several other smaller areas. All are vibrant during the day, most featuring markets and traditional tourist attractions, but Place Rosetti in particular is at the heart of the city's nightlife and has a great atmosphere as the sun goes down.
Aside from the markets and the squares there are a number of museums that are worth a look, documenting the city's incredible history, and, of course, a wide range of fantastic restaurants. French cuisine is renowned the world over, and with good reason. In France Nice is known for its ratatouille and being a bustling port also offers excellent sea-food. No holiday in Nice is complete without properly savouring the French wine and cuisine.