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, last-minute 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 2015 and 2016 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.
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Celeb spotting, Beaches, Boating
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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Top 5 Things to Explore in Nice
Nice is renowned for its lively bars, clubs and theatres, not to mention the exuberant Nice Carnival in February. However, there's plenty to experience during the day, even if you are walking off a hangover.
- Musee des Beaux-Arts
- Built in 1878, the Musee des Beaux-Arts is a private mansion that contains over 6,000 works of art which range from the 17th century to the 1940s. Don't miss out on the exhibition devoted entirely to Picasso.
- Colline du Chateau
- A must-do is taking the walk up to the Colline du Chateau, a ruined castle with superb panoramas of the Baie des Anges and beyond. While only a few sections of the castle remain, the views are more than worth the hike.
- Flower market of Cours Saleya
- Don't leave the city without experiencing Nice's renowned Cours Saleya flower market! Lined with cafes and souvenir shops, browse stalls packed with multi-coloured produce and myriad of flowers. It operates six days a week - on Mondays it's transformed into an antiques market.
- Musee Matisse
- Henri Matisse's art was inspired by the light and colour of the city of Nice. The Matisse Museum covers his early works all the way to the end of his career and there are even some of his own personal items to see! While peering out of the balcony windows, you'll understand why the city helped him create masterpieces.
- Promenade des Anglais
- A hub of activity, fit in a trip to the Promenade des Anglais. Soak in the addictive French Riviera atmosphere as you lounge on royal blue chairs by the shore, nibble on a crepe and watch as locals roller blade, jog and bike past you. There are plenty of charming seaside restaurants if you can't bear to leave come evening.
How to get to Nice
There are plenty of cheap flights to Nice, making it easy to sort out an affordable 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 kilometres 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.
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 has a wealth of hotel options if you're keen to be close to the Med, although these come at a premium.