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City Breaks Nice

If you can’t decide whether you’d prefer a city break near the mountains or the sea, Nice is the perfect answer. 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. Drink in the sunshine and café culture on Cours Saleya. Explore the medieval maze of Vieux Nice. Then wander around the boutique shops and stop for a bit of people-watching.

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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 not really a bad time to visit Nice.

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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.

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.

Add the Old Port to your list of places to visit in Nice. Wander around the scenic marina catch a glimpse of the glittering yachts. Later on, soak in the harbour views over an al fresco dinner.

Famous for its vibrant, colourful markets, Cours Saleya is one of the best places in Nice to find fresh local ingredients and flowers. Breathe in the aromas and take your pick from a wide range of places to stop for lunch.

Taking you on a tour of European and American avant-garde art, the museum follows a trail of genres through the likes of pop art and minimal and conceptual art. Even if art’s not usually your thing, it’s still worth visiting the modern building on your city break in Nice.

Take home happy memories of your city break in Nice by buying yourself a few presents – and maybe some for your loved ones too. Beyond the breath-taking views and culture, you’ll find shops selling all of the major brands as well as boutiques offering original creations.

NICE IS BEST FOR...

Happy wanderers: Explore the maze of quaint streets in medieval Vieux Nice, or take a traditional stroll on the Promenade des Anglais.

Couples: Enjoy romantic al fresco dinners in one of the town’s stylish squares.

Yacht enthusiasts: Meander among the shimmering super yachts in the Old Port, imagining which one you’d buy.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Nice is French

Currency: The currency used in Nice is the euro (€)

Local time: Nice is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

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.

Flight time from UK: 2 hours

Tourist Information: Further Nice tourist information can be found at http://en.nicetourisme.com/

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Nice.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Nice enjoys a unique microclimate, which allows for mild winters. The sea breeze has a cooling effect on summer temperatures, which stops things getting too hot and sticky. 

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 not really a bad time to visit Nice.


GETTING AROUND

Bus/tram: Nice’s bus and tram network offers an efficient and reliable way of getting around the sights. Some services run as late as 1am.

Bike: Explore up to 125km of cycle tracks using this convenient, eco-friendly way of getting around. It’s easy to pay by card at one of the 175 bike stations. Rental bikes are also readily available.

Taxis/car rental: If it suits you better, trade two wheels for four and hop in a taxi. If you rent your own car, you’ll have the freedom to get out and about and explore the surrounding areas.


EVENTS

Colourful carnival: At the end of February each year, Nice turns into one big, beautiful parade. Featuring over 1,000 performers from across the world, Carnival promises to be a party you don’t want to miss.

Festive fun: Beginning in December, Place Massena in Nice becomes a lively winter wonderland. Craft chalets sell perfect Christmas presents. You can laugh and wobble your way around the ice rink or see the sights from the big wheel.

Making music: First held in 1948, Nice Jazz Festival returns each July to bring you a glittering line-up of international acts.


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