Nice is known for its sophistication, style, and laid back attitude to life, so what better way to spend a lazy afternoon than wandering around one of the city’s most inspiring art museums during your stay?

Nice was at the epicentre of the modern art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This helped it become a hub for conceptual artists from across the continent. Supporting movements such as Fluxus and New Realism, Nice has provided a place for the likes of Cesar, Arman and Brecht’s work to flourish and has since become a place of celebration for all things modern, progressive and unique.

We have put together a list of our top four galleries. This will help you delve into Nice’s art history when you visit this wonderful city.

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Number one on our list is, of course, Nice’s main modern art attraction, which is located in the city centre. Committed to exploring the history and journey of the avant-garde movement, this larger than life museum is a must-visit for any modern art lover within the vicinity.

MAMAC, Promenade des Arts, Place Yves Klein

Villa Arson

Also an art school and artist residencies, this museum is a cut above the rest. Hosting groups, talks, shows and solo exhibitions for emerging artists. Villa Arson is perfect for those looking for something with an edge. Some artists use the building to present their work, and others invite the public inside to disrupt their work through performance or painting.

Villa Arson, 20 av. Stephen Liégeard

Galerie des Ponchettes

A gallery by the sea, this building has housed contemporary art since the 1960s. Recently exploring the works of Henri Olivier, the gallery also champions abstract artists and Matisse-inspired pieces, too.

Galerie des Ponchettes, 77 Quai des Etats-Unis

Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image

Showcasing photographic art since the 1990s, this converted theatre is for those with an interest in using lenses over brushes. The gallery explores advertising campaigns, album covers and videos, as well as the growth of digital technologies. This lesser-known spot is perfect for those with an interest in media or a flair for photography.

Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image, 27 boulevard Dubouchage

If you are heading to Nice and are looking for somewhere to stay that oozes local charm, why not try a vacation apartment in Nice instead of a hotel? If you are interested in living like a local during your visit to Nice, get in touch with a member of our team today.

Become a landlord in Nice…

No doubt that if you are fortunate enough to own a fabulous property in the sought after location of Nice, then you have probably wondered about the practicalities of letting it out to holidaymakers when it is vacant. Initially, it might seem like an overwhelming task, particularly if you do not live nearby. However, it’s much more straightforward than you might think.

Here’s what to consider

1. To maximise your profits, consider the period in which you are prepared to let your property. If you are able to let it during peak season, typically between May and September, then you are likely to generate more income.

2. Try to add some personal touches to your holiday home which will encourage holidaymakers to return. For example, showcase your knowledge of the area by leaving leaflets and tips in the home. Depending on your intended clients, you may wish to leave beach equipment or children’s toys on the property too. Unsure about your target market? Here at Harrison Brook, we are here to help and have a team with a wealth of experience to advise you.

3. Take the stress out of letting your property by carefully selecting an experienced management company such as Harrison Brook. We can maintain the property and ensure it is prepared to a high standard ready for the next guests, allowing you to relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of.

4. Think about how best to advertise your property. If you are just starting out, it can be difficult to secure those first bookings. Again, this is where a good management company can assist you. Most people looking to book a holiday will browse online, so having a high profile on the web is key. Joining a reputable company will provide you with the exposure you need.

5. How will you know that your management company is doing a good job? At Harrison Brook, we are continually checking and seeking feedback from clients to ensure that we are delivering the best service possible. We value our customers and have a proven track record.

Want some more information? Why not contact one of the team at Harrison Brook today to discuss your options.

Nice is also famous for it’s flavorful cuisine. Taking advantage of the Mediterranean climate the food in Nice is based on colourful vegetables and of course fish and sea food specialties.

The main local specialty is the Socca  which is a chickpea pancake served hot with salt and pepper. It sounds really basic but it is actually a really tasty snack. Local people even have it as lunch accompanied by a glass of rose. The best places in Nice to eat authentic socca are  Cours Saleya Market and local restaurant Chez Pipo in the port area.

Another specialty is the Salade nicoise and it’s sandwich version Pan Bagnat. Again a really rich dish with anchovies at the base. Lots of different places have their own version but the original has tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, local olives, anchovies and olive oil.Pan Bagnat was invented as to save day old bread of waste – the actual translation being wet bread – by filling it with the salade nicoise and adding different little bits like peppers, onions, tuna, salad etc.

The Pissaladiere is a very good apero option as it goes with pretty much any drink. It is a bread dough topped with caramelized onions, local olives and anchovies. It is sometimes shaped as a pizza but mostly found in square shape and cut in small parts to be consumed as finger food.

The nicoise are very proud about the invention of the Gnocchi – potatoes flour based pasta – and you will find them everywhere and with all possible flavours and sauces. And you are in for a treat with you try the gnocchi with another local specialty the Daube nicoise – slow cooked beef in red wine.

If you have a sweet tooth you are not out of options in Nice. There are several sweet treats specific to the area, the main one being Tourte de Blettes which ingredients can be a bit peculiar as the main one , the blette is a leafy green vegetable. But if you add apples or pears and  raisins and pine nuts you end up with a delicious rich dessert.  In the morning you can also try the fougasse aux fleurs d’orangers – the local version of an orange flower donut and you will either love it or hate it.

Whatever you choose the food in Nice will always surprise you and the local cuisine never ceases to reinvent the traditional dishes.

The HB Property team has enjoyed the beautiful Fete des Roses at the Ephrussi Rothschild Villa in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, here in the French Riviera. 

The amazing villa is a must do for anyone coming to visit the French Riviera. Not only for the magnificent gardens but also in order to get that insight feeling of what life must have been like for the rich and famous a century ago. The villa is a heaven for art collectors with porcelain, furniture –  a games table that once belonged to Marie Antoinette and a Louis XIV rug – and paintings by the Great Masters. 

You might find the entrance fee a bit expensive – 15 euros – but it is money well spent as the location has a lot to offer. Nowhere else on the French Riviera will you find a better place to enjoy art, architecture, nature and history all in one place.

The only downside we have found is that it is not easy accessible to people with limited mobility or pushchairs.

The English visitors might be particularly interested as the villa has an amazing tea room. The tea room’s terrace overlooks the Bay of Villefranche and offers unrestricted views of the bay. You can enjoy your high noon tea in the conservatory area overlooking the garden while also admiring the impressive porcelain collection of Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. 

The villa is also available to rent for receptions and/or weddings so if you are looking for an original and charming location for an important event in your life this is the place to choose.

Why not visit the Rothschild Villa on your next visit to the French Riviera? Get in contact with HBProperty your perfect apartment and villa partner on the French Riviera.

With just a 2-hour flight time from the UK, Nice is the ideal hotspot for an alternative city break. From the Bay of Angels, the most beautiful urban beachfront in Europe, to the gorgeous old town, there’s so much to see and do. It really is so much nicer to have a city break in Nice!

Must see sights

Though it’s perfectly possible to spend a long weekend simply strolling along the fabulous Promenade des Anglais, Nice has more than enough attractions to fill as a city break destination and leave you wanting more. From the warren of bustling and picturesque streets that make up the old town with its incredible flower market, to the mesmerising Matisse and Chagall museums, Nice is thrillingly cosmopolitan and cultured. Don’t miss a deviation from the Promenade des Anglais to the newly opened Promenade du Paillon, a green space that cuts through the heart of town with fountains and sculptures, then continue up Castle Hill for astonishing views over Nice and to the sea.

Unmissable eats

Eating in Nice is as laidback as the city itself. Enjoy the traditional and delicious chickpea socca pancakes (they’re also gluten free!) or a proper Salade Nicoise as you gaze across the Mediterranean. Beautiful southern stuffed vegetables and salty and delicious Pissaladiere are perfect washed down with some delicious rosé for a healthy and flavoursome lunch. From Michelin starred restaurants like the outstanding Chantecler to the mouthwatering array of seafood at La Petite Maison in the old town, you’ll love the Mediterranean diet.

Perfect places to stay

The Riviera has long been synonymous with style and luxury. The best way to enjoy a city break is to have one that puts you in the heart of the action . If you want to pop to the local boulangerie for a croissant or enjoy the best coffee in town at the Brulerie des Cafés Indien that has been roasting its own beans since the 1940s, have a picnic on the beach or grab a terrace table at Les Distilleries Idéales to enjoy the sunset, then an apartment offers you all the flexibility you need for the nicest city break in Nice. At HB Property we have a property to suit your needs, so contact us today for more details.

Nice has long been a firm favourite for holidays and getaways, due to its stunning scenery, culture, and architecture.  With so many things to explore, it can be difficult to fit everything in; that’s why we’ve compiled this list, so you can be sure to make the most out of this spectacular city.

Explore the culture

There are a plethora of museums to discover in Nice, varying from sport to contemporary art. There is a museum to suit all interests, but the Musée Matisse and Musée Marc Chagall are firm favourites that explore the works of some of France’s greatest artists.

The architecture of Nice is simply stunning.   You will never tire of seeing the city’s colourful buildings entwined with grand architecture.  You should make time to visit the Basilica Notre Dame, which is the oldest of Nice’s modern religious buildings and is perhaps even grander than its Parisian counterpart.  The Opéra de Nice is home to Nice’s philharmonic orchestra and national ballet. All of which are well worth a Visit during your stay.  If you’re visiting Nice in February, ensure that you take in the sights and sounds of Nice Carnival.

Eat, drink and relax

No visit to the French Riviera is complete without experiencing the vast array of wines and fresh produce it has to offer. Stop off at one of the many brasseries on the ever-popular Promenade de Anglais for a stunning Mediterranean view, and make sure to try a Socca – a chickpea flatbread that is one of the region’s specialities.

For something a little different, stroll down to Place Rossetti in the heart of the old town. Place Rossetti is right in front of the baroque Cathédral Sainte-Réparate and is filled with energy, music, and atmosphere. There are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby too.

Due to its location on the French Riviera, no visit to Nice would be complete without a day soaking up the sun on one of the region’s beaches. There are numerous private and public beaches in and around Nice – but do be aware of the pebbles!

Rent a holiday apartment in Nice

There is truly no better way to explore and do in Nice than from the comfort of your own holiday apartment. A holiday rental provides comfort, privacy, and space that a hotel room can not provide, and it is the perfect base to explore all of Nice, as well as its neighbouring towns and cities.

Here at Harrison Brook Property, we are passionate about helping you find the perfect holiday rentals in Nice, France, so do get in touch if you’re interested in booking your perfect escape today.

Nice is the perfect destination for your next trip and we can help with that. If you’re looking for high-quality accommodation, then our holiday rentals in Nice. France are a perfect and affordable solution for you. HB Property specialises in vacation apartments in Nice. We offer a fantastic range of vacation rentals and Nice apartments that are guaranteed to suit your needs.

Contact us today to find out more.

Nice Holiday Rental

It’s that time of year again. You are starting to get the travel itch and you really want a getaway. Celebrated throughout the years for its outstanding scenery, architecture and culture, Nice, France is the perfect choice to satisfy those holiday cravings with a Nice holiday rental. With so much accommodation choice within Nice, it can be difficult to make a decision, so here are our top reasons why a nice holiday rental apartment is better than a hotel stay:

1) Privacy

You can experience privacy in your hotel room, but breakfast areas and general lobbies tend to be busy, meaning you can’t wander around endlessly. With an Nice holiday rental, the whole apartment is yours to do what you wish!

2) Freedom

Don’t you hate when breakfast finishes at 9 am but you were hoping to have an unexpected lie-in that you can never achieve at home? With a Nice holiday rental, you have the complete freedom to do as you wish without needing to adhere to a fixed schedule. Our team ensure that you have all the luxuries and conveniences that you should expect from a holiday in beautiful Nice, so you can have breakfast whenever you wish!

3) Child-friendly

Children are people too! Lots of hotels just aren’t geared for families. Family rooms are limited, which means you need to book two or more rooms to cater for your family, which not only bumps up the cost but the inconvenience too. Fortunately, it’s easy to find a Nice holiday rental that can satisfy the needs of a family. You even have the option to cook from home.

4) No hidden charges

It’s frustrating when you check-out at a hotel and suddenly there’s a balance that needs to be paid for things you thought were included, such as linen and towels or WiFi. When you book a Nice holiday rental, you’re dealing directly with the agent. That means you know what your stay includes and exactly how much it will cost you. With us, you also receive a luxury welcome pack to help you get started. Such as local organic wine, fresh ground coffee, kitchen essentials, and high-quality linen and towels.

These are just a few reasons why a Nice holiday rental is a better choice than a hotel stay. If you’re looking for quality accommodation, then we are what you are looking for. Our holiday rentals in Nice, France are a perfect and affordable solution. HB Property specialises in vacation apartments in Nice, with a fantastic range of vacation rentals and Nice apartments to suit your needs. Contact us today for more information.

Nice perfect holiday destination 

There’s no need to struggle with deciding on your next perfect holiday destination. If you haven’t been yet, Nice has a great deal it can offer any holidaymaker, no matter what your expectations may be. From sports to tasty food, Nice is the perfect holiday destination for 2017. Here are a few of our picks why you should be booking a trip to the French Riviera this year.

  • Brush up on your French

It may be years since you had your last French lesson, but if you want to rekindle your passion for the language of love, then a visit to Nice this year is a must. Immerse yourself in the language and soon enough you’ll be ‘parler français’ once more.

  • Experience the Cote-d’Azur garden festival

Nowhere else in the world offers gardens as stunning as in the French Riviera, if you visit Nice between April 1st and May 1st, you will be within driving distance of the garden festival, a competition celebrating the region’s most gorgeous landscaping. Nice is one of the areas taking part, with gardens in Cannes, Grass, Antibes and Menton contesting.

  • Try the local cuisine

If you’re a foodie with a penchant for olives and herbs, Nice is the place to be. The Mediterranean influences are evident in the local cuisine, with the popular dish ratatouille originating in the city. The many enjoyable restaurants and cafes make Nice the perfect 2017 destination. If seafood is your thing, we recommend Le Cafe de Turin for their fresh catch of the day.

  • Witness the Monaco Grand Prix

Just a drive down the road from Nice and you can find yourself enjoying one of the world’s oldest motorcar races this May. This prestigious event draws in fans from across the globe . It is always an exciting fixture in the French Riviera’s busy sporting schedule.

These are just a few reasons why Nice would make the perfect holiday destination in 2017. If you’re looking for quality accommodation, you’ve come to the right place. Our holiday rentals in Nice, France are an ideal and affordable solution. HB Property specialises in vacation apartments in Nice, with a range of nice apartments and vacation rentals for you to choose from. Contact our team today for more information.

5 Nice landmarks you won’t want to miss

Located on the warm Southern coast of France, also known as the fashionable “French Riviera”, it is little wonder that so many people choose to visit Nice landmarks. 

With a pleasant climate, family-friendly culture and wonderful holiday apartments, Nice has for generations been the first choice for people looking to relax on holiday. People from all over France, Europe and the rest of the world flock to Nice for its world-class beaches, exquisite cuisine and unique cultural and historical nice landmarks. With so many wonderful places to visit, it might initially feel overwhelming, so we have picked five places you should not miss out on:

1. Place Masséna

The main square in the city, Place Masséna is surrounded by beautiful red ochre Italian architecture and hosts many different events such as concerts, festivals and carnivals throughout the year. Whether or not there is an event on, there is plenty of atmosphere and wonderful sites to soak up.

2. Nice Cathedral

Built between 1650 and 1699 on a religious site that dates back to the 11th century, Nice Cathedral is a beautiful baroque-style building that houses ten chapels and an iconic bell tower. The Cathedral has a rich history and is held in high esteem by locals and visitors alike.

3. Place Rossetti

Arguably the most pleasant place to spend the later part of an afternoon, Place Rossetti has within it some of the finest places to dine in the area, hosting a delicious choice of restaurants. Even if you don’t fancy a meal, it is a wonderful place to sit down and relax with an ice cream, beer or glass of wine.

4. Promenade des Anglais

Built in the 1830s for the English aristocracy (hence the name), the Promenade de Anglais is a long stretch of walkway that hugs the coast providing a wonderfully picturesque route to stroll along the seafront and gaze out to sea. The miles of coastline that it runs alongside is regarded as one the best beaches in Europe and is a perfect place to relax in the sun or take a dip into the sea.

5. St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral

A French national monument and the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe, St Nicholas’ was built by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and opened in 1912. The legal disputes of ownership (it is technically owned by the Russian state) does not detract from the grandiose and beautifully designed nature of the cathedral. The ornately painted domes and incredible religious iconography continue to fascinate visitors of any religion.

There are many great ways to enjoy this city but choosing to rent holiday apartments in Nice is one of the easiest and most enjoyable. Find out more by contacting us at Harrison Brook Property today.