Prefecture of Alpes-Maritimes (06)
Inhabitants: 350,000 (Niçois), 570,000 within the 49 municipalities comprising the Nice Côte d’Azur metropolis
Cycling: 160km of bike paths within the metropolis (the objective is to have 420km by the end of 2020), including 90km in the city, distributed among 1,750 stations for the benefit of 17,000 subscribers. Making roads safe for cyclists by erecting signs reminding all users of the rules relating to mutual respect and road-sharing, 60 mountain bike circuits.
Sport and culture: France’s second biggest tourist site (with more than five million visitors per year), second city for conference-hosting, and the second busiest airport in France (with more than 14 million passengers in 2019), OGC Nice (football, Ligue 1), Nice Volleyball (Ligue A), Aigles de Nice (ice hockey, Magnus League), Olympic Nice Natation (swimming and water polo), Cavigal Nice Sports (multi-sport club), Stade Niçois (rugby, Fédérale 1 division), Allianz Riviera (multi-purpose stadium built in 2013 in accordance with the main principles of sustainable development). Athletes: Hugo Lloris (football, 2018 world champion), Fabio Quartararo (motorcycling), Charlotte Bonnet (swimming, Olympic medallist), Jean-Pierre Dick (sailing, three-time winner of the Transat Jacques-Vabre).
Events*: Paris-Nice, Ironman (triathlon), Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon, Carnival, Nice Jazz Festival, Nuits musicales de Nice (classical music).
Sights: Promenade des Anglais, which is the symbol of the city, Old Nice (palace, squares and narrow cobbled streets), Parc de la colline du château (remains of the citadel dating from the 11th century and destroyed in the 18th century by Louis XIV’s troops), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Marc Chagall National Museum of Biblical Message, and National Sports Museum (45,000 objects, many of which are dedicated to cycling and the Tour de France, and 400,000 documents).
Gastronomy: mediterranean cuisine including salade niçoise, pissaladière (caramelised onion, anchovies and herb-topped bread), pan bagnat (sandwich bun with salade niçoise filling), socca (chickpea flour pancake), stockfish niçois (or kestocafic, a dish made from dried haddock), Bellet wine (the only vineyard in France that is entirely urban).
Distinctions: city of art and history, French Tech and Territory of Industry labels.
*Due to the health crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the events cited have already been or will be cancelled in 2020.