Quick Guide to Nice

Nice sits on the French Mediterranean coast and it's undoubtedly one of the best-known and oldest tourist destinations on the Cote d'Azur. It's long been associated with glamour and celebrities, partly thanks to its close proximity to Cannes and Monte Carlo, but it's also a great place for a cheap break with plenty of delicious food that's kind to your wallet.

Since low-cost airlines started offering Nice breaks for less, this seaside resort has only increased in popularity and 2014 and 2015 aren't likely to see this change. Summer is of course the peak travel time, with hot weather and a warm sea, but you can visit throughout the year and take advantage of the other attractions as well.

It's also a popular destination for Mediterranean cruises, where ships dock in Villefranche, the next bay along the coast.

Fab holidays for:

Glamour, beaches, romance

Airport:

Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport

Did you know?

Nissa la Bella is the unofficial anthem for the city. The title translates to Nice the beautiful.

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How to get to Nice

There are plenty of cheap flights to Nice, making it easy to sort out a cheap holiday here. Flights depart from all of the regional airports across the UK (mostly on low cost airlines) , so it's best to check the ones you're nearest to before you check prices at your nearest larger airports too. The Cote d'Azur Airport is less than six km from the city with bus connections during the day. If you're planning on getting out and about along the Cote d'Azur then cheap Nice car hire will be invaluable, although there are dedicated buses that will take you to Monaco.

What to do in Nice

Nice is renowned for its lively bars, clubs and theatres, not to mention the exuberant Nice Carnival in February. Culture lovers on holidays in Nice should go for a walk around the Espace Massena, check out some art in the Musee des Beaux-Arts or see how Matisse was inspired by the light and colour of this beautiful city at his home in the Place Charles-Felix. A must-do is talking the walk up to the Colline du Chateau, a ruined castle with superb views of the Baie des Anges and beyond. If you like to wander then the Old Town, Vieux Nice, is where you should go. You can explore winding cobbled streets and look out for the famous flower market of Cours Saleya too.

Where to stay in Nice

If it's five-star luxury you want, head to the grand Nice hotels on the Promenade des Anglais, which boast stunning views across Nice's Baie des Anges. If you're after a cheap holiday in Nice you should look for somewhere to stay in the winding streets of the Old Town, where you'll find some bargain accommodation set right in the heart of Vieux Nice. Further back, away from the beachfront and closer to the train station there are also plenty of budget options, but you'll have a bit of a walk to the main hub of activity. The waterfront also has a wealth of hotel options if you're keen to be close to the Med, although these come at a premium.