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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 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.

FastFacts: Nice

ATMs/Banks -- Nice is home to dozens of banks; LCL Banque, 15 av. Jean Médecin (tel. 04-93-82-84-61), is one of the most central.

Dentists -- SOS Dentaire (tel. 04-93-01-14-14).

Doctors & Hospitals -- Hôpital Saint-Roch, 5 rue Pierre Dévoluy (www.chu-nice.fr; tel. 04-92-03-33-33).

Embassies & Consulates -- U.S. Consular Agency Nice, 7 av. Gustave V (tel. 04-93-88-89-55); Consulate of Canada, 2 place Franklin (tel. 04-93-92-93-22).

Internet Access -- As of 2013, various public squares and streets (such as the cours Saleya) throughout Nice offer free Wi-Fi. Look for the network "NiceGOWEXFREEWiFi."

Local Information -- The “Riviera Times” (www.rivieratimes.com) and the “Riviera Reporter” (www.rivierareporter.com) both cover news, art, culture, and events in and around Nice. Alternatively, “Angloinfo French Riviera” (http://riviera.angloinfo.com) is an invaluable resource.

Mail & Postage -- La Poste, 6 rue Louis Gassin (tel. 36-31).

Pharmacies -- Pharmacie Masséna, 7 rue Masséna (tel. 04-93-87-78-94).

 

Safety -- Nice is generally a very safe place. However, as in any big city, it’s important to keep an eye on your valuables, in particular anywhere that’s crowded. Avoid poorly lit streets at night, including in Nice’s Old Town.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.