This sun-scorched pocket of the Côte d'Azur has long attracted Europe's cultural jet-setters. Loved by artists such as Matisse, Renoir and Chagall, Nice has a touch of old-world opulence running through the veins of its rugged neighbourhoods. Soak up the sparkling waters, then wander beneath the skyscraper-tall shuttered buildings of Vieux Nice, settling on a dimly lit restaurant in which to feast on seafood - Chez Freddy is our favourite. Be sure to stop by Cours Saleya market, where producers from the foothills of the Alps peddle fresh produce and stalls serve street snacks including socca (a chickpea-flour pancake) and pissaladière (caramelised onion tart).
Where to stay: Hôtel Oasis