ESGO have chosen to take the International Meeting of the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology to Nice for 2015.
Nice, located on the French Riviera, is second to Paris as the most popular city in France. Nice has many assets that make it a stunning and interesting destination and the perfect backdrop to ESGO 2015.
The city sits along two large bays with an elegant seafront view off the south east coast of France. Rising from the flat beaches into the Alpine foothills, the city enjoys hot Mediterranean summers and mild winters. October has an average temperature of 18°C. Beyond the natural landscape and sunshine that coats the city, Nice is a fascinating bustle of activity with an abundance of museums, monuments, Baroque architecture, markets, gardens, fashion boutiques, festivals, art galleries and of course an array of excellent French cuisine restaurants and cafes to satisfy the toughest food critics amongst you.
The Nice Acropolis Convention Centre, and the venue for ESGO 2015, is one of the largest and well equipped in Europe. Moreover, it is conveniently located in the city centre and easily accessible from all routes coming in and out of Nice.
Nice has a visitor friendly infrastructure; the convention centre's location and popularity means that Nice knows how to welcome conference delegates and attend to their needs.
We will be able to offer you information and discounts on inner city transport and special offers for delegates at participating shops and restaurants.
For up-to-date tourist information including public transport information and maps, please see our Getting around section and Things to Do section.
The Nice Cote d'Azur International Airport is the second biggest in France and is connected to 103 international port cities by regular direct flights. The airport is located only 15 minutes from the city centre.
Getting to Nice from the airport
The best and most reliable way to get from the Airport to central Nice or the Nice Ville train station is the airport express buses:
Route 98: Airport /Riquier Station
Departures from both terminals, every 20 minutes, from 6am to 11:43pm (except national holidays)
Departures from Riquier Station, every 20 minutes, from 5:20am to 9pm (except national holidays)
Route 99: Airport / Main railway station (direct route)
Departures from both terminals, every 30 minutes, from 7:50am to 9pm.
Departures from Main Railway Station, every 30 minutes, from 8am to 9pm
To travel bus routes 98 and 99 to and from the airport, you will need to purchase a day pass (Pass 1 jour) for €6. This is available directly from the bus driver or in any "Lignes d'Azur" kiosk. (Prices are just an indication and subject to change)
This pass will allow you unlimited travel on the bus network for the day.
Taxis: There are taxi ranks outside each terminal building for quick access to wherever you need to go in Nice. The airport run to Nice is approximately €35.
The national railway system provides express trains (TGV, corail) connecting the French Riviera with all parts of France and all major cities in Europe. French National Railway Company (SNCF) provides regular connections from abroad and daily connections from the largest cities in France.
The TGV (high-speed train) connects Paris and Nice in 5 1/2 hours.
Nice is connected to other major European cities by a motorway network.
There are 5 exits from the motorway that give access to Nice and its neighbourhoods:
• exit n° 50: Promenade des Anglais
• exit n° 51: Saint-Augustin
• exit n° 52: Saint-Isidore
• exit n° 54: Nice-Nord
• exit n° 55: Nice-Est
There are car parks around the city offering a total of 19,000 spaces.
Nice is a large, sprawling city of 300,000 population (5th largest in France).
However, most of the tourist and historical attractions are within the centre - a radius of a twenty minute walk at the most.
You will most likely be concentrating your visit within the old town and the central shopping districts, in which case you will not need to make use of public transport or taxis.
Nevertheless, we have listed below some of the transport methods for getting around Nice:
Nice offers efficient and comfortable tram. This mode of transportation covers 8.7 km and 21 stops and connects the North and the East, via the city centre, through Avenue Jean Médecin and Place Masséna.
The inter-urban bus network operates a regular service around all the city neighbourhoods. Bus fares are only €1.50. For further information on the network and timetables, visitwww.lignesdazur.com (Prices are just an indication and subject to change)
Nice offers an alternative means of transportation with easy-hire cycles. €1 gives you access to bicycles for a day. You can rent a bike at any of the 175 docking stations spread across the city using a debit or credit card. The checkout is done at the end of the journey, at any of the docking stations. More information at www.velobleu.org.
Since April 2011, Nice is the first public authority in France to implement an electric car hire service with 210 electric vehicles distributed across 70 stations. Hire can be booked online, at a kiosk or by phone. Rental can be arranged for a few hours to a whole day. To find out more: www.auto-bleue.org
A network of 350 taxis is at your disposal 24 hours a day for your trips around the city or to another destination.
Taxis can be hailed in the street or they can be reserved or taken at a taxi-rank.
Strolling the streets
The Promenade des Anglais
The promenade along the Baie des Anges ("Bay of the Angels"). For the local inhabitants, the Promenade des Anglais has simply become the Promenade or, for short, La Prom. On Sundays, bicyclists, baby strollers and whole families can be seen out for a stroll along the Promenade. It has also become a favorite place for skateboarders and in-line skaters. Aside from numerous events such as the annual Carnival, the Battle of Flowers, etc. that take place along the Promenade, the Promenade has its blue chairs (chaises bleues) and cabanas perfect for contemplation of the azure water of the Bay of Angels.
A small street parallel to the Promenade des Anglais, leading from downtown, beginning at Place Masséna, and running parallel to the promenade for a short distance of about 4 blocks. Cars are not allowed making this avenue a popular walkway.
Nice's famous Flower Market is one of the best attractions in the whole city. The edges are lined with cafés and souvenir shops, and the stands themselves are packed with amazing produce and flowers. It operates six days a week, replaced on Mondays by a flea / antiques market.
Nice has twenty museums and municipal galleries. Entrance to municipal museums and galleries is free of charge.
The Musée du Message Biblique Marc-Chagall (Marc Chagall Museum of Biblical Themes) stands out among Nice France museums as one of the most interesting on the French Riviera. It contains seventeen superbly displayed large canvases depicting biblical scenes and themes from the Old Testament in bright, joyous colors. The Chagall Museum also holds sculptures, stained glass windows, mosaics, tapestries, preparatory sketches, engravings, and lithographs from this important 20th-century artist.
The lovely and innovative art of Henri Matisse was inspired by the fresh colors and lines of Nice. This vast museum shows Matisse's works from his more traditional early days to the end of his career. There are also some of his personal effects here. The museum gift shop features prints of the artist's works.
Additionally for the art lovers among you, there is a large number of private contemporary art galleries and artists' workshops.
Nice Archaeology Museum and Roman Ruins
The Russians weren't the first to succumb to the allure of Nice. The ancient Romans also called the area home, and to this day visitors can see the ruins of a Roman arena and bathhouses at (or next to) this museum in the Nice Cimiez neighborhood (right next to the Matisse Museum). Inside, the archaeology museum houses an interesting mix of historic and archeological exhibits on the area.
Monuments and churches
The old city of Nice, with its Baroque-style palaces and churches, colorful facades and narrow streets, is now part of a heritage preservation scheme to maintain the influences of the past ages and their architectural styles.
The largest church in Nice and the first modern religious structure built after Nice became French (1864-1868). Inspired by the Cathedral of Angers with its two square towers, it is adorned with 19th-century stained-glass windows and a sumptuous rose window with scenes of the Assumption.
What a juxtaposition: the traditional Russian onion towers in the background, and the tropical palm trees in the foreground. As odd a pairing as the two seem, the Russian Cathedral is just one of many Russian attractions in the city. The Russian aristocracy used Nice as a balmy getaway, and left their indelable mark on the Riviera city. The cathedral is the finest example, and provides a rare opportunity to experience the former U.S.S.R. on the Côte d'Azur.
Produced by Nice Côte d'Azur Tourisme Officiel