Visitor Information — Nice maintains three tourist offices. The largest is at 5 promenade des Anglais, near place Masséna (www.nicetourisme.com; tel. 08-92-70-74-07). Additional offices are in the Promenade du Paillon city center park, in the arrivals hall of the Aéroport Nice–Côte d’Azur and outside the railway station on avenue Thiers.
City Layout — The city is divided into five main neighborhoods: the Italianate Old Town; the vintage port; the commercial city center between place Masséna and the main train station; the affluent residential quarter known as the Carre d'Or, just inland from the promenade des Anglais; and hilltop Cimiez. All are easy to navigate on foot, with the exception of Cimiez.
Special Events — The Nice Carnaval (www.nicecarnaval.com), known as the “Mardi Gras of the Riviera,” runs from mid-February to early March, celebrating the return of spring with 3 weeks of parades, corsi (floats), veglioni (masked balls), confetti, and battles in which young women toss flowers at the audience.
The Nice Festival du Jazz (www.nicejazzfestival.fr) runs for a week in mid-July, when jazz, funk, and reggae artists perform in the Jardins Albert I near the seafront. Recent performers have included Herbie Hancock and George Benson. The 2018 event included British trip hop artists Massive Attack.
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