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Nice

Like nearby Cannes, Nice was once a frequent retreat for the late 19th and 20th Century aristocracy, while also attracting a long line of artists and writers, who produced great pieces under its 300 days of annual sunshine. In fact, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote his 'Thus Spake Zarathustra' while hiking the trails in the town's vicinity. Although Nice has experienced a great departure from its distinctly posh reputation of the past, traces of its ritzy atmosphere can still be felt. Apart from allowing for short day trips to nearby San Remo, Cannes and Juan-les-Pins, and boasting the country's second-largest airport, Nice also has several excellent beaches. Some of them might be composed of tiny pebbles, while others have large crustaceans and are a bit too rocky for sunbathing. While many tourists flee for the golden sands of Cannes, the beaches of Nice coupled with its sophisticated cultural scene and nightlife remain a classic vacation option.

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