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Nice Côte d'Azur:

Where business and sustainability meet

July 4, 2022

Nestling up to the border of Monaco, the Nice Côte d'Azur region is protected from high winds by its mountains. It is famous for its mild winter climate in winter and its spectacular 300 days of sunshine a year.

 

Of course, it also has a reputation for glitz and glamour. But this area is about more than private beaches, elite shops and high-class dining. Nice is a city of culture and green spaces. It's dedicated to innovation and committed to sustainability, with exciting plans in motion for a smarter, greener future. These factors, paired with its excellent transport, accessibility, event venues and accommodation, make it a fantastic location for your sustainable event or meeting. It also offers great options for sustainable break-out activities or incentive breaks.

 

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Sustainable Initiatives in The Region

 

The Nice Côte d'Azur region has a wide range of sustainable initiatives in place and in development.

 

Eco-Valley, a showcase of sustainable development

 

The Eco-Valley project aims to propose an alternative, sustainable model of development and urban planning while boosting the attractiveness of the competence clusters around Nice.

This 10,000-hectare site on the Var plain hosts high-tech companies, a teaching and research institution dedicated to sustainable development and ecology IMRED: (Institut Méditerranéen du Risque, de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable), large scale cultural facilities and a stadium that meets UEFA standards. In the coming years, a 50,000 m2 exhibition centre is also planned. The aim is for the Eco-Valley to become the benchmark for sustainable development throughout southern Europe and the Mediterranean, serving as a showcase for the intelligent city of the future. It will include solar power installations, an electric car-sharing service and an experimental geothermic cooling system that uses seawater.

 

The project will be delivered in several phases up to 2032. Initiatives include:

 

Multimodal transport hub: Nice-Saint Augustin-Airport

 

The Nice-Saint Augustin-Airport multimodal hub will be the Eco-Valley's main transport hub. Situated close to the airport and the Arénas district, it will include a train station (operating standard services and high-speed trains to Paris, Marseille or Italy), a bus station for urban and interurban bus lines, a direct tramway to the city, bicycle stations (Vélobleu) and electric vehicles (Mobilise Share), and park and ride areas. It will provide vital access to the developing Grand Arénas business district, the airport and the future multimodal stations within the Eco-Valley.

 

A New Exhibition and Conference Complex

 

A new international exhibition and conference complex will be built close to the airport and multimodal transport hub, reducing travel time and the need for cars, and so reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The new complex will be a fully-connected state-of-the-art facility, boasting more ecological and digital innovations than even the most renowned conference centres in the world. Designed by renowned Spanish urban architect Josep Lluis Mateo, it is due to be completed in 2027, and it is being built on the location of the current MIN (Market of National Interest). This emblematic heritage will thus be safeguarded and will make it possible to organise exhibitions on a floorspace that is 30% larger than the hall of the current Palais des Expositions.

 

Nice Méridia

 

Nice Méridia will become a technopolis dedicated to green technologies, innovative healthcare and mobile contactless solutions, working with Sophia Antipolis technology park. Already occupying 26 hectares at the heart of the Eco-City Nice Côte d'Azur, it's eventually planned to increase to a 200-hectare development. Incubators, emerging enterprise centres and business centres will be established to assist start-ups and growing businesses.

 

Park Nice Ecovallée: a second green belt west of Nice

 

At the end of the lines 2 and 3 of the tramway and 5 minutes from the airport, a 25-hectare park is planned for completion by 2027, greening the landscape of the developing area of western Nice.

 

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Transport Initiatives

 

Multimodal transport hub: Nice-Thiers

 

The Nice-Thiers railway station (also known as Nice-Ville or Gare Thiers), built in 1870, is the main rail hub of Nice Côte d'Azur. It will be redeveloped as a multimodal hub, welcoming a high-speed line in 2023, more local rail services, and the extension of the tramway network. The surrounding area will become a huge new multi-purpose complex, 'The Iconic building', reducing travel. Designed by Daniel Libeskind (whose previous work includes Ground Zero in Manhattan), it will house shops, restaurants, the 120-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel, a 600-seat auditorium, offices and services. The 40-metre-high structure will be made of concrete, steel and glass, resembling a multifaceted diamond, and completion is due this year.

 

Tramway Lines 4 and 5

 

To improve transport and reduce road traffic to the west and east of the Nice Côte d'Azur metropolitan area, new tramway lines with frequent services are planned.

 

Due for completion in 2026, Line 4 will take passengers to Cagnes-sur-Mer in under 20 minutes, passing through key locations such as the airport, railway station and Cap 3000 shopping centre. 13 stations are planned along with three park-and-ride facilities at Saint-Laurent-du-Var station, Val Fleuri and the Sauvaigo Sports Park in Cagnes-sur-Mer. Preservation of existing trees and the planting of new ones is integral to the scheme.

 

Line 5 will run from the future Arts and Culture Centre (currently the Exhibition and Convention Centre) and through the Paillons valley to Drap in just 23 minutes, serving Nice and La Trinité enroute. It will have 16 stations and delivery is planned in 3 phases, with full completion due in 2028.

 

 

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Low-Emission Mobility Zone (LEMZ)

 

Put in place in January this year, the LEMZ means that certain areas of the city where air quality is often poor are off-limits to heavy trucks, coaches and buses. Restrictions will tighten further on the next two anniversaries of the zone's establishment, so that from 31st January 2024, the ban will include nearly all vehicles except for those with disability and other exemptions.

 

Promoting Cycling

 

Vélobleu is the City's 24/7 self-service rental scheme for bicycles and e-bikes, for rentals up to 24 hours. It can be used by anyone aged 14 and above and is available in the municipalities of Nice, Saint-Laurent-du-Var and Cagnes-sur-Mer.

 

The City also subsidises the purchase of bicycles and e-bikes for citizens living primarily in the metropolitan area and has create secure bicycle parks in the metropolitan park-and-ride facilities (near train and bus stations, and major bus and tramway stops). A map of bicycle facilities, parking places and water points is available online.

 

The Metropolitan Bike Plan (2021-2026) includes plans to create 160 km of additional bicycle lanes and raise awareness of the potential of cycling.

 

Buses & Trams

 

Lignes d'Azur is a network of buses and trams providing not just standard services to the area's key locations such as the airport, but also transport on demand and links to park and ride and bicycle park facilities and streetcars to the airport or elsewhere. The aim is to convert the fleet to hydrogen and electrical power by 2030.

 

A Cleaner Airport

 

For the past 20 years, Nice Airport has adopted practices to measure and reduce air and noise pollution, and in 2016 it became the first carbon neutral airport in France. As part of this commitment, it financed part of the Nice Côte d'Azur tramway network. The airport's controlling group is also responsible for Cannes Mandelieu and Saint-Tropez airports, and the Group's three airports were the first in France to reach the 4+ Transition level of the ACI's carbon management programme. The Group is committed to achieving zero CO2 emissions without compensation by 2030, and to forming partnerships to help third parties reduce the carbon emissions of their activities in and around the airport too.

 

 

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Responsible Renovation and Development

 

The Colline du Château (Castle Hill)

 

The 12-hectare park of the iconic Château has been classified as a Natural Monument since 1935. It's an important heritage and tourist site, attracting 1.2 million visitors per year. Located at the eastern end of the Promenade des Anglais, the Castle Hill is also integral to the Baie des Anges site and part of the City's bid for registration on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

The site is undergoing a 15-year major renovation, which began in 2017, to both preserve it and make it more accessible to the public. Work has already been done on the top of the hill, castle ruins, and the calade of the Nietzsche terrace.

 

Redevelopment of the Place Ile de Beauté and the Port district

 

The port of Nice holds environmental awards and certifications including ISO 9001 quality management, ISO 14001 environmental management, Blue Flag 2019 and Clean Port. It also hosts the annual Operation Green Flag event to raise environmental awareness among boaters.

 

The Port district continues to undergo a profound transformation, which is due for completion in 2025. Tramway Line 2 now provides a direct link between the airport and the Port of Nice in 26 minutes. The district includes the Place lace Ile de Beauté, a square flanking the north quay, with its historical monuments. These include the Church of Notre Dame du Port and the portico that runs along the square. Pedestrianisation and greening projects, including tree planting and a vegetated structure to conceal a car park, are at the forefront of the continuing redevelopment of the area. There will also be a carbon tax on vehicles boarding and disembarking on ferries, and development of the Tour Rouge basin for responsible watersports (such as swimming, kayaking and sailing, dinghies, etc.).

 

A New Palace of Arts and Culture

 

The current Exhibition Centre will be converted into a Palace of Arts and Culture for 2026-27, with an 800-seat front theatre and 1,150-seat auditorium.

 

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Environment and Energy

 

Promenade du Paillon

 

The Promenade du Paillon project has provided a 12-hectare urban park that celebrates nature and culture, running from the National Theatre to the sea. It has replaced a previously congested thoroughfare with a bus station and multi-storey car park with green space with paved walkways, and reduced noise pollution. There are over 1000 trees and 50,000 plants, safe play areas and beautiful water features, and a cycle path runs along the edge of the park, with Vélobleu stations at either end.

 

An 8-hectare expansion is underway, involving the demolition of two large buildings and the addition of another 1km-long stretch of greenery, estimated to decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 1,740 tons of carbon dioxide every year.

 

Green Corridors

 

Three Green Corridors of garden streets and cycle paths are being created in Nice as part of the 2025 Climate Plan. They will include cool wells to lower the air temperature, vegetation to increase carbon sequestration, and soil permeabilisation to reduce the effects of heavy rainfall. The scheme is due for completion next year and thousands of trees have already been planted as part of its remit.

 

Participation in the EU program Nature for City Life Programme

 

This programme aims to develop nature in cities to adapt to climate change. Nice's metropolitan area is an internationally recognised biodiversity hot spot, with 59 natural areas of ecological interest. It's home to many protected areas, including the Mercantour National Park and, the Regional Natural Park of the Pre-Alps of the Azur. 34% of the territory is protected under the Natura 2000 scheme, including the Pelagos sanctuary, a marine site under the joint protection of France, Italy and Monaco. The region also has numerous protected and remarkable species, including the Nice snow leopard, Strinati speleomante (a cave salamander), and the Ocellated lizard.

 

Forest management, building construction and neighbourhood development practices are all being adapted to anticipate potential climate change risks, such as urban heat islands and forest fires.

 

Green Network

 

There is an ambitious plan to develop 70 additional hectares of green space in Nice by 2026 to create a green network. This includes greening of the port and vegetablisation of 15/20 school playgrounds per year. A climate-adapted plantation strategy will reduce the heat due to the CO2 caption capacity and increased tree plantation. Water management will also be improved by reusing wastewater treated by the purification stations.

 

Ocean Preservation

 

The Villefranche-sur-Mer Oceanological Observatory is a multidisciplinary marine science campus, where leading researchers work to expand our knowledge of the oceans and preserve their habitats.

 

France's First Positive Energy Station

 

In Aeris, at Cagnes Sur Mer, wastewater treatment, biomethane gas distribution and other renewable energy sources have been brought together to form France's first positive energy station.

 

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Commitments to Quality, Responsibility and Sustainability

 

Carbon Neutrality

 

The 2019-2025 Climate Plan for the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis ensures the region is on the path to carbon neutrality by 2050, and includes European goals by focusing on the objectives of the Framework for Climate and Energy by 2030.

 

The Territorial Climate Air and Energy Plan

 

The Territorial Climate Air and Energy Plan (PCAET) is a strategic and operational planning process for the ecological transition of the district. The PCAET 2019-2025 sets objectives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, the development of renewable energies (reaching an 18% share of renewable energies by 2025); carbon sequestration by natural environments or air quality (a reduction of 44% in atmospheric pollutants).

 

UNESCO World Heritage Entry

 

In 2021, UNESCO added Nice, Winter Resort Town of the Riviera to its World Heritage List, recognising the value of its architecture, landscape and urban planning. It particularly recognises the large area where the atmosphere of the city's cosmopolitan winter resort from the mid-18th century to the mid-20th century has been preserved.

 

GDS-Index

 

The GDS-Index is the leading social and environmental sustainability benchmarking and improvement programme for global destinations. The Nice Côte d'Azur metropolitan area has joined the GDS to keep it accountable and improving in the areas of stakeholder awareness, visitors' accountability, facilitating cooperation and collaboration with the metropolitan government, and international discussion.

 

Labels and Accolades for Responsible Tourism

 

The Qualité Tourisme™ brand is a state-endorsed quality mark given to tourism services that meet rigorous criteria for both the warmth of the welcome and the quality of services provided. The Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (NCA CVB) is classified as Category 1 with the Qualité Tourisme™ brand.

 

The Bureau is also a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and created the 'Nice Irisée Naturellement' label, which allows establishments to demonstrate a commitment to inclusion after receiving training with the Nice Côte d'Azur LGBT Centre and local associations.

 

Two schemes to encourage and provide investment for sustainable tourism have been set up. The Côte D'Azur Tourism Fund Towards More Sustainable and Responsible Tourism was created by the Caisse d'Epargne Côte d'Azur and the EIB (European Investment Bank), with the support of the Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur and the Nice Côte d'Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The 60-million-euro fund supports private, public and semi-public companies in the boating, catering, leisure, wine tourism, hotels, sport and well-being, culture, mountains, new experiences, perfumery and business tourism industries. Awards are given to those with creation or modernisation projects that are both socially and environmentally responsible. The Trophées Tourisme Ecoresponsable were established to support the eco-friendly and innovative efforts of entrepreneurs in the hotel and catering sectors. Winning projects must have concrete plans to promote an innovative, responsible business model and a responsible tourism experience, and use local suppliers and producers.

 

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Smart City: Nice as a Hub of Innovation

 

Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur places innovation and sustainable development at the heart of its economic development strategy. The city has won numerous accolades for its innovation and sustainable achievements, including one of the World's Top 5 Smart Cities' by Juniper Research, and every year, it hosts the Innovative City Convention. This event attracts global experts in urban innovation, and it's attended by public and private decision-makers, companies, R&D entities, sociologists, investors, start-ups, think-tanks and networks.

 

It was selected for the Smart City demonstration project by the Caisse des Dépôts (the French government's investment department) and recognised for its innovativeness by the European Union, with a 1 million euro ERDF grant to develop Smart City projects. By showcasing exemplary practices on how cities can face their challenges through smart technology, Nice is a must-see destination for IoT enthusiasts and innovators alike.

 

Interflex project

 

Following the success of the Nice Grid, France's first Smart Solar District demonstration project launched in the city's Carros district, the city hosted the Smart Grid Interflex Project from 2017-2019. The project saw the installation of a smart electrical network (Smart Grid) that aimed to optimise the local electricity network, accommodating more decentralised electricity production from renewable sources and the development of electric vehicle charging stations. It involved the energy companies EDF and ENGIE, network managers Enedis and GRDF and industrial companies GE and Socomec.

 

French Tech Label

 

French Tech Côte d'Azur Nice, Sophia Antipolis, Cannes, Grasse and the rest of the Côte d'Azur department united to obtain the "French Tech Metropolis" label in 2015.

 

The French Tech initiative is a French governmental project that aims to turn France into a major accelerator for start-ups. The French Tech label is awarded to local ecosystems that provide outstanding support to start-ups, investors, and foreign talents seeking to accelerate their development.

 

Smart City Innovation Centre

 

Opened in February 2015, the Smart City Innovation Centre is the first French platform to bring together academic and researchers with leading smart-city-focused companies in a single location. This 300 m2 showroom in the heart of the Eco-Valley is a collaborative workspace, and the MUE (Urban Environment Monitoring) was one of the first applications to be showcased there. It's paving the way for the future Plaine du Var Eco-Campus, developing projects for a sustainable, interconnected metropolis. The end goal being to create jobs and opportunity while improving city management and social capital.

 

The MUE Project (Urban Environment Monitoring)

 

With nearly 3,000 sensors covering over 160 hectares in western Nice, this monitoring system collects data on air and sound pollution, water and energy, waste management and more, to help develop and test new services for residents, companies and authorities. Energy savings of between 20% to 40% and 10% to 30% for buildings and street lighting are expected respectively, and the real-time data processing will also enable the city to better forecast and manage climate risk.

 

Security Surveillance

 

Nice has the largest network of security surveillance cameras in France. 2,348 cameras are connected to an Intelligent Video Protection System, which can automatically detect 'abnormal' behaviour in real time.

 

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Stay Sustainably in Nice

 

The hospitality sector is set to boom in Nice, with hotel capacity set to increase significantly by 2024. 900 additional rooms are coming to the Airport/Arénas district, with hotels planned around the future new exhibition centre and Allianz Riviera stadium, and there will be 600 additional rooms in the city centre.

 

However, there's already a great choice of eco-labelled accommodation in the Nice Côte d'Azur region, all offering comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi.

 

EU Ecolabelled Accommodation

 

Hôtel Negresco

 

Just a few minutes' walk from the city centre, Le Negresco is a Nice landmark: a national Historic Monument with a stunning art collection and a reputation for luxury. Holder of a 2021 and 2022 Forbes Travel Guide Star Award, a Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Choice Awards 2021 and a GBAC STAR, it's welcomed celebrities, actors, artists and heads of state, and features as a location in over 30 films. However, Le Negresco is just as committed to its green policy as it is to maintaining its deluxe standards. It was one of the first 5-star hotels in France to commit to a voluntary environmental policy and proudly holds the coveted EU Ecolabel.

 

The hotel's commitment to sustainability is evident throughout. It uses soap dispensers rather than individual liquid soaps, biodegradable cleaning products and 100% renewable electricity. Plastic use is increasingly limited, and QR codes now offer a greener (and more hygienic) way to access printed information, such as the menus in Le Negresco Bar. This system is being developed at the hotel's restaurants too.

 

Le Negresco strongly favours local producers and tries to limit deliveries. Its boutique offers gifts of all kinds, but their common denominator is responsible sourcing. Most products are French-made, either manufactured from recycled materials or created by eco-responsible artisans.

 

In 2015, Le Negresco gained the prestigious Living Heritage Company certification, which recognises excellence in traditional and industrial expertise. Its unique history has been carefully preserved, and each of the 102 rooms and 26 suites is inspired by notable periods of French art from Louis XIII to contemporary French Art. Most rooms a have sea view or overlook the Massena Museum gardens.

 

Head Chef Virginie Basselot revolutionised Le Negresco's menus by introducing organic dishes, and the focus is on seasonal, high-quality, local produce and authentic dishes. Whether you eat in the MICHELIN-starred Le Chantecler or the modern eatery Brasserie La Rotonde, you'll discover local delicacies such as a flower-crusted cheese from cheesemonger Nery's, just two streets away. You can also enjoy snacks, drinks, cocktails and music at Le Negresco Bar, where the terrace, facing the sea, is the ideal place to spend a summer evening.

 

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Green Key Labelled Accommodation

 

Hôtel Le Méridien Nice

 

Sitting at the crossroads of the Promenade and the old town, the Hôtel Le Méridien offers 318 rooms, including 15 suites with stunning sea views. Those without a sea view suite can enjoy coastal vistas from the rooftop restaurant, La Terrasse. The Latitude Bar also serves meals and drinks, and the Le Meridien Hub in the lobby is an informal meeting place for cocktails, coffees and sophisticated snacks. You'll find a spa, fitness suite and heated pool here too.

 

Radisson Blu Hôtel Nice

 

With a prime position on the Promenade des Anglais, the Radisson Blu Hôtel Nice offers a private beach opening onto the Baie des Anges. It has 318 rooms and a swimming pool, sauna, hammam, and fitness centre.

 

For drinking and dining, you'll find a full buffet breakfast at Restaurant 223, Mediterranean cuisine at Régence Plage or the Calade rooftop restaurant, and cocktails and drinks at the rooftop pool bar or Bar 223 in the lobby.

 

Hôtel NH Nice

 

The Hôtel NH Nice is in the eastern part of the city near the Acropolis conference centre, a short tram ride from the centre

and the sea.

 

The hotel offers 152 sleek, spacious rooms, plus a gym and spa. There's an indoor restaurant serving buffet breakfasts and traditional Niçoise lunches and dinners, and a rooftop terrace with a restaurant, bar and pool. You can also enjoy snacks and light meals from the lobby bar.

 

Hôtel Windsor

 

Set in a 19th-century building in central Nice, the Jungle Art hotel is a green oasis with art at its heart. It offers a bar, pool, fitness suite, hammam-style sauna and spa treatments, and each of its 30 rooms is individually decorated and artist-designed. The lush garden, with its aviary and abundance of tropical plants, is the perfect place to unwind.

 

The hotel holds The Maître Restaurateur label, guaranteeing that dishes are always prepared on site, with fresh products. Meals are made predominantly from organic or sustainable seasonal ingredients, enjoyed either in the indoor winter restaurant or the terrace summer restaurant, which overlooks the garden.

 

Hôtel Riviera Marriott la Porte de Monaco

 

In Cap d'Ail, just two minutes' walk from the sandy beach and the Monaco border, this hotel offers 186 stylish rooms and suites, many of which have views of the Med or the mountains.

 

The Bolinas restaurant offers all-day dining and authentic French cuisine, with a dining terrace for good weather. For lighter meals, tapas and handcrafted cocktails, head to the Bolinas Lounge and Poolside Bar.

 

Domaine de l'Olivaie holiday village

 

Located in Alpes-Maritimes, the Domaine de l'Olivaie is a holiday village in a lovely park of Mediterranean flora and olive trees. It offers rooms and apartments with wonderful views for rental, full board or half board. The village has a swimming pool, library, sports grounds, playground, table tennis and mini-golf, making it ideal for families or groups wanting an active break.

 

Green Globe Certified

 

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais De La Méditerranée

 

The Hyatt Regency Nice has been Green Globe Certified since 2017, with sustainable practices including using eco-friendly cleaning products, several recycling systems and local and organic food. Their sanitisation protocols include a new dry steam machine, and there are even bicycles and high-end electric scooters available for eco-friendly transport options when you want to go out exploring.

 

Other Sustainable Accommodation

 

Sonder at Yelo Jean Médecin

 

Opened in summer 2021, this hotel focuses on inclusion, respect for the environment and short supply circuits. Décor in the hotel's 54 rooms and public spaces combines local handicrafts with contemporary design.

 

Hôtel Welcome

 

Situated by the sea in the centre of the old town of Villefranche, the Hôtel Welcome has 35 rooms, all with a sea view and balcony.

 

While there's no restaurant, breakfast is available, and the bar can provide coffee, snacks and an extensive selection of local wines and cocktails. In good weather, these can be enjoyed on the bar's terrace overlooking the sea.

 

Hôtel Florence Nice

 

The Hôtel Florence Nice has three rooftop hives abuzz with bees. Just a 5-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais, it offers 52 rooms.

 

 

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Eco-Friendly Gastronomy in Nice

 

Cuisine Niçoise is on the France's national inventory of intangible cultural heritage and the city has a growing reputation for gastronomy, with several restaurants holding Michelin Stars or Bib Gourmand awards. Dishes made from local, organic or sustainable produce are common here, and vegetarian and vegan options are plentiful. Traditional dishes often contain chickpeas, chard, lentils, beans, eggplant, zucchini and radishes, and sweet chard pie is a local delicacy. Saffron, chestnuts, cheeses, olives and wine are all produced locally. Visit the Moulin Nicolas Alziari, the only ancestral mill still operating, to see olives transformed into the mill's famous olive oil, nicknamed 'the Green Gold of the Mediterranean'. If you're a wine lover, you will also want to take a vineyard tour, discovering the 'Bellet' wines of the Nice region. Whether you prefer red, white or rosé, you will find a wine to your taste at one of the picturesque and plentiful wine estates.

 

The Cuisine Nissarde label is awarded to restaurateurs working to promote traditional Nice cuisine while using fresh, seasonal produce. Thirty restaurants and takeaways now hold this label. They're the ideal locations to try a Niçoise salad, a socca (a thin, unleavened crêpe made from chickpea flour) or a pan bagnat (a whole wheat bread sandwich with Niçoise, salad, hard-boiled eggs, olive oil, salt, pepper, anchovies and/or tuna).

 

 

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There are also plenty of restaurants dedicated to vegan, vegetarian, organic or sustainable dining, or all four! They include:

 

Le Comptoir Bio

 

Ecocert certified since 2014; this restaurant offers sustainable dining and zero waste green event catering. It uses fully compostable packaging and a bicycle delivery system for takeaways, and reusable or eco-friendly tableware for in-house service. Organic, local and seasonal produce is used, and dishes are free from gluten, lactose and refined sugar.

 

Vegan Gorilla

 

This vegan restaurant offers gluten-free dishes made from fresh, organic, local and seasonal products. Takeaway boxes and cutlery are recyclable or biodegradable, and the restaurant is striving towards zero waste. In 2017, it obtained the title of 1st vegan master restaurateur in France and now has a Michelin Bib Gourmand award.

 

Beau Nice

 

Beau Nice serves healthy, tasty fast food made from 100% organic and predominantly local ingredients, with vegetarian and vegan options.

 

Not Dog

 

Serving delicious vegan fast food, Not Dog is known for its meat-free burgers and 'not dogs'!

 

21 PAYSANS

 

21 Paysans is committed to social and environmental sustainability. It serves dishes made from organic produce, which is sourced from carefully selected small, local farms with sustainable practices. The attached store sells groceries and natural cosmetics.

 

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Travel Sustainably in Nice

 

Whether you're here for a break or for business, both getting to Nice and travelling around the city is simple.

 

Travelling to Nice

 

By plane: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is located just 15 minutes from the centre of Nice, and is served by direct flights from 120 destinations. There are flights to all the main European cities, plus New York and Dubai.

 

By train: Nice-Thiers station (aka Nice-Ville or Gare Thiers) is the city's main station. There are numerous trains to other French cities, including TGV (high-speed train) services that take just 5h 30m to Paris and 4h 30m to Lyon. There are also services to other European destinations, including Milan, Genoa, Strasbourg, Monaco and Moscow.

 

By boat: There are multiple ferry services between Corsican ports and Nice throughout the week, and cruises also run between Nice and Saint-Tropez or Monaco.

 

Travelling Around Nice

 

Here for a break, or need to get your delegates from A to B? You're spoilt for choice—and sustainable options.

 

It may be worth investing in the French Riviera Pass. This card gives access to the most popular tourist sites and activities. Available for 24h, 48h or 72h, the 'with transport' versions allow unlimited bus and tram travel in the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis.

 

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Public transport

 

Buses and trams: Nice's comprehensive network of buses and trams ensures you can travel around the city and into the surrounding area with ease.

 

Trains: Besides the main station, Nice also has two other railway stations:  Nice St Augustin near the airport and Nice Riquier near the Port. There's also the Gare de Provence, operated by private rail operator Chemins de Fer de Provence (CP). The company runs trains on a scenic narrow-gauge line through the mountains to Digne.

 

E-trikes: The Cyclo Nice service lets you sit back and relax while, for just a few euros, a driver takes you to your final destination on a covered e-trike!

 

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Personal transport

 

Bikes and e-bikes: rent a Vélobleu or e-Vélobleu Bike for short-term use or opt for longer-term rental from a range of providers.

 

Electric Scooters: City Scoot offers pay-per-minute electric scooter rental with one-click booking, and no subscription is required.

 

Car Hire: Users can use the Mobilize Share app to get 24/7 access to a fleet of electric vehicles, and there are numerous charging stations to use for these cars or any other electric cars you own or rent. The Mobilize Share scheme also offers electric cars for self-service car-sharing or longer-term rental.

 

They also run an electric vehicle battery recycling scheme which repurposes older lithium-ion batteries for new applications after their automative life.

 

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Meet Sustainably in Nice

 

You've already seen how the eco-friendly initiatives, dining, accommodation and transport in this region make it ideal for hosting your green event. But there's something else that makes it even more attractive: The Nice Congress Transport Pass. This offers delegates free 24/7 travel on all Ligne d'Azur bus and tram services throughout the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis, from just €1 per day.

 

There are numerous event and meeting venues in Nice, including hotels, museums and even some casinos, castles and vineyards. The Convention Bureau are on hand to help you find the ideal venue, caterer and suppliers for your event. If you are planning a large-scale convention, suitable venues include:

 

The Nice Acropolis Complex

 

The current Nice-Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Centre, which since 1985 has enabled Nice to regularly rank among the top 3 French cities for international conventions, is in its last year of operation. From January 2023, this complex will be closed to make way for a green space, always with the aim of making Nice a low-carbon city.

 

The Palais Nikaïa

 

Set near the eastern bank of the Var River, the Palais Nikaïa offers four event spaces of its own and use of the adjoining Charles Ehrmann Stadium; if used together, these five spaces can accommodate 56,000 people.

 

The Performance Hall is suitable for 9,000 spectators in a 'sit-stand show' or 6,000 seated convention or show attendees, while the smaller Nikaïa Live hall can accommodate 350 seated people or 900 standing. There's also the Reception Hall for standing events of up to 1,200 people and an 8,200m² outdoor courtyard space.

 

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The Allianz Riviera Stadium

 

Just 6 km from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport and 12 km from the city centre, the Allianz Riviera is the first stadium in Europe to produce more energy than it consumes. This 'eco-stadium' offers dozens of differently styled meeting and event spaces, from the 25-person Changing Room to the Eastern Modular Lounges that can host a cocktail-style event for up to 2000 people.

 

Breaking Out

 

When it's time to take a break from business or treat clients or employees to an incentive break, the Nice Côte d'Azur region offers numerous sights and activities to enjoy.

 

Enjoy relaxing—and slow exploration

 

Nice is the ideal place for 'slow tourism': relaxing and taking the time to immerse yourself in the local landscape and experiences. Spend time unwinding at the thermal spa at Berthemont-les-Bains, visit the donkeys at the Brasque at La Tour-sur-Tinée, or discover the hidden corners of Nice via the booklet 'Nice in 9 discovery loops'. These journeys take you through nearly 150 kilometres of paths and passages to discover natural treasures, classified trees, architectural highlights and contemporary monuments. There are also urban trails leading through and beyond the city. The 'Lou Camin Nissart' is a 42-km-long trail running from the Promenade du Paillon and up through the hills to the Promenade des Anglais. It passes through the port district, forests and vineyards, offering fantastic views from the top of Mont Alban.

 

Stop to appreciate public works of art, such as Bernar Venet's ‘Nine Oblique Lines’ on the Quai des États-Unis or Jaume Plensa's ‘Conversation in Nice’ on the Place Masséna. Discover jewels of the Baroque movement with visits to The Palais Lascaris, Sainte-Réparate Cathedral or the imposing Place Garibaldi.  Appreciate the beauty of the Belle Epoque architecture of the Excelsior Régina Palace, the Opéra de Nice, or the castle-like Lycée Masséna, or explore the city’s art deco heritage via the Palais de la Méditerranée or the Church of Saint Joan of Arc.

 

There's also a wealth of museums, covering everything from natural history and photography to sports and jewellery. Don't miss Grimaldi Castle Museum, built in 1309, or landmarks such as the Cap-Ferrat Semaphore tower. The city has a wealth of beautiful churches, fountains and art galleries too. Outside Nice, there's a host of interesting towns to explore, and charming medieval hilltop villages such as Castagniers and Saint Jeannet.

 

 

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Enjoy the green spaces

 

Nice boasts plentiful urban parks, many of which have attractive buildings, fountains, bandstands and monuments to complement their natural beauty. These include the Exotic Garden of Eze, the gardens of the Villa Rothschild and the sumptuous, Italian-inspired gardens of the Cimiez monastery, which offer great views over Nice to the sea.

 

There are plenty of wilder green spaces too. Head to the 57-hectare Mont Boron Forest Park between Nice and Villefranche, where 11 kilometres of footpaths wind between pines, holm oaks, wild olive trees and rare, protected plants such as the dwarf palm. In the park's heart, you'll find a little more civilisation at the Fort du Mont Alban, where there are pétanque courts, sports grounds and picnic tables.

 

Whether you prefer to walk, horse ride or cycle, there are numerous trails through the countryside. Throughout the summer, Lignes d'Azur offers 'hiking buses' that leave Nice for the valleys of the Tinée, Vésubie and Gordolasque in the morning and return at the end of the day.

 

The diverse terrain of the beautiful Mercantour National Park makes it a paradise for mountain biking, as proved by Loïc Bruni, four-time world champion in downhill mountain biking, who used the park as his training ground in his younger years. Hikers may spot chamois, ibex, bearded vultures, marmots and wolves.

 

If you're feeling more adventurous, there are plenty of places to try paragliding, climbing or canyoning. Head to Auron Boot Camp for outdoor activities, including orienteering and endurance games, or to La Colmiane for a trip on the longest zip line in France.

 

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Enjoy the blue spaces

 

With 45 km of beaches and coves, you will find the perfect place to enjoy the coastline. All the beaches around Nice meet the quality standards for blue flag bathing water—even those near the Haliotis wastewater treatment plant, which treats wastewater from several towns and villages around Nice.

 

Villefranche-sur-Mer is well-known for its freediving and hosted the 2019 world championships, but watersports and coastal sports such as snorkelling, paddleboarding, swimming, sailing and canyoning can be enjoyed at numerous spots along the coast. A safe 15 km bike path runs along the coast from Nice to Cagnes-sur-Mer, allowing you to stop off at whichever of the beaches catches your eye!

 

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Enjoy the white spaces

 

Despite its mild climate, the area offers fantastic wintersports. Isola 2000, the highest resort in the area, borders Italy and offers great snow conditions. It's the site for many major winter sport competitions and offers an expert snowpark, 3 sliding sectors, vertiginous ski touring routes and an ice circuit.

 

Auron offers spectacular views, great skiing, and diverse après-ski activities while the tiny Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage lies in the Mercantour National Park, providing the perfect place for cross-country skiing and tobogganing.

 

Enjoy shopping

 

Nice has an abundance of shops, but for more local and sustainable choices, head to Old Nice. This vast outdoor shopping area has many stores, workshops and galleries selling local produce, wares and gifts, especially near Cours Saleya. Buy some local olive oil, wine, Provençal fabrics or herbs to remind you of your visit while boosting the local economy.

 

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Glamorous, Green Nice Côte d’Azur

 

This region, where history sits alongside high-tech innovation, really does have something for everyone. You can still get in touch with the area's humble roots and heritage, even while enjoying its more glamorous modern persona. You can walk its coastline in the morning and yet be in the heart of its countryside by the afternoon. There are few places better equipped to accommodate you, whether you're here to do business, relax, or both.

 

Whatever you're doing, it's simply nicer to do it in Nice.

 

 

 

 

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