If you can’t decide whether you’d prefer a city break near the mountains or the sea, Nice is the perfect compromise. From the moment you arrive, you’ll understand why the flattering light, which graces this spot on the French Riviera, has a history of attracting famous artists. Explore the medieval maze of Vieux Nice, drink in the sunshine and café culture on Cours Saleya. Then wander around the boutique shops and stop for a bit of people-watching.
Nice is a best-of-both-worlds sort of a town, where historical Vieux Nice and the Promenade des Anglais sit comfortably alongside modern art galleries and boutiques. We’ve picked out our top recommendations, to help you whittle down the wide range of activities in Nice.
Best time to visit: Even in February, which is one of the coldest months, people in short sleeves can be seen enjoying lunch outdoors on a terrace, while the rest of the country wraps up to keep the cold out. So there’s never a bad time to visit Nice.
Fly to: Nice Cote d'Azur International Airport, around 15km southwest of central Monaco.
Alternative transport: You can also travel by Eurostar to Paris with onward tickets to Nice.