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Located on the scenic shores of the French Riviera, Nice offers something for everyone, thanks to its endless sunshine, sandy beaches and wonderful landscapes. A stroll down the famous Promenade des Anglais is a great way to soak up the best seafront sights, and you can even rent bikes, skates or scooters to explore the four-kilometre stretch.

However, the city's real essence is found in the old town of Vieux Nice. This narrow network of meandering alleyways remains largely unchanged since the 1700s and is full of boutiques, brasseries and bars. The undeniable highlight is the daily flower and food markets of the Cours Saleya, where you can sample local specialities such as pissaladière (onion tarts) and pan bagnat (a bread roll packed with a Nicoise salad filling). On Mondays, a flea market selling furniture and trinkets is held in the square.

Although Nice's coast is mostly made up of pebble beaches, the turquoise waters are still perfect for a swim. If you do prefer a sandy beach, take a jaunt to the nearby towns of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes or Cannes. Offering soaring views over the Baie des Anges and the rest of the city, the Colline du Chateau makes for a great vantage point.

Nice is also renowned for its museums, including Musée Matisse, Musée Masséna and the Museum of Modern Art. For those wishing to experience the glamour of nearby Monte Carlo, you can catch an express train from Nice to Monaco in around 20 minutes.

Tonight

From £45 per night

Next weekend

From £89 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit September–November
Local currency € 10 = £9.01
Language French
Average weekend price £89 per night
Average weekday price £87 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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10

Fantastic city on the sea!

5 January 2016

I left the nearby ski resort of Isola to spend my last 24 hours in Nice and I'm so glad I did. Beautiful sunlight and warm days even for January, so much that it was possible to sit outside for lunch. The centre itself is pretty small and easy to get to the old town by the beach. The promenade is really great and you can walk the 5 miles or cycle it. The city is full of great architecture - art deco apartment buildings or huge hotels from La Belle Epoque give the place an evocative feel. I could imagine Matisse chilling out or Lartigue photographing the Esplanade on a Sunday afternoon. The shops are great too from new chains to small vintage antique stores selling Chanel handbags. Plenty of places to eat, particularly in the old town around the flower market. As I was only there for a day I didn't get to see tons, but it was a great refresher after the quiet ski resort!

Sarah
Sarah United Kingdom
10

Nice - something for everyone

7 January 2016

Massena Park is a lovely place to visit, with "dancing waters", South American plants and lovely play areas for children. Cour Saleya was great for the market and the wide range of places to eat. There were also 3 great family-run restaurants on the doorstep of "Le Grimaldi" We ate at "Le Petit Café" and "Le Davia", both to be recommended. Place Garibaldi also should be seen; here we ate ate "Le Café de la Place". Some great bars in the Old Town - Distilleries Ideales is always very welcoming. Public transport is very efficient, tram or bus, but most places are accessible on foot. We were lucky to experience the Christmas village, ice palace and the big wheel. Sitting on La Promenade des Anglais and a visit to the port are a must. Art lovers will appreciate the quality of the Musees.

Lynda
Lynda United Kingdom
8.0

Very pleasant 5-day stay in Nice.

5 January 2016

The museums I visited (Massena, Matisse, Lascaris Palace, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Asian museum which is set in a pretty park) were fine, the town is really beautiful with grand houses in the new part or very typical ones in the old city, all painted in vivid colours. Anybody you would ask for a direction was extremely pleasant and chatty and staff in the hotel or the restaurants are also extremely helpful, professional and pleasant. I would recommend the restaurant "La Tapenade" for its reasonable prices and good food, also with very pleasant staff. One more point is all the facilities to visit the region: Monaco and Cannes are reachable with a bus ride directly from the airport or from the centre of town. and of course, the "promenade des Anglais" allows for long walks alongside the beach on concrete (and clean) strand.

Rosario
Rosario Belgium
8.0

Nice, all you need for a diverse and wonderful trip!

27 January 2016

Loved wandering about this beautiful City, It is lovely and compact with wide boulevards in parts and narrow little old streets in others. Wonderful to be able to walk along the promenade and sit on the beach. The City really has the best of all terrains. Transport to & from airport and around the City is brilliant with the tram costing 1.50 euro per trip and the bus to airport 6 euro. We took the bus to Monaco (1.50 euro) and had a wonderful day there we chose the bus for the beautiful views along the coast, you can get the train which is quicker but it lacks the beautiful coastal views. It is great that you can access so many towns along the Riviera from Nice itself and at such a low cost, you could take a trip every day and cover the Riviera in a week and also go up into the mountain towns too!

Gillian
Gillian Ireland
10

Nice - something for everyone...

29 December 2015

Nice has something for everyone - culture, natural beauty, excellent public transport at very cheap prices.Buses stop around 9pm but are replaced by night buses on a limited service which doesn't cover the whole city. Cafe de la Place in Place Garibaldi has full size pizzas for 5 euros weekdays 5 till 8pm. Parking is a nightmare unless the hotel has some arrangement. Cours Saleya has some kind of market every day and good bars and restaurants. A hire car gives access to the perched villages like Peillon and Bonson which are incredible. If no car, Saint Paul de Vence and Eze are bth accessible by bus from Nice. Vence also easily reachable by bus and simply lovely. Villa Ephrusis which belonged to the Rothschilds also accessible by bus and though expensive, is a glory.

lynn
lynn United Kingdom
10

Nice well deserves its name!

26 January 2016

Nice is beautiful for a weekend trip. The beach is stunning with very clear and turquoise water and white pebbles. It is also very clean, so ideal for snorkeling or swimming. Walking up to the platform is a must-do, to get a panoramic view of the city and the harbor. Also great for shopping during sales. I surely recommend the Hippopotamus, a restaurant with young flair and great food. We actually ate there twice on one day because it was just great! The french people didn't seem to be happy with non-french speakers and tourists in general, which was quite disappointing so we tried to avoid contact with them. But in general a very lively atmosphere. The architecture and the city impression can be compared to Barcelona whereas the flair is more posh in Nice.

Julia
Julia Spain

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