Travel to Nice, France

A pocket full of sunshine

Standing gracefully on the dazzling Mediterranean Coast of France, is the wonderful city of Nice. This popular pocket of the Côte d’Azur has been labeled ‘Nice La Belle’ (Nice the Beautiful) and rightly so! It is known to always be sunny here, and therefore has attracted Northern European holiday-goers for centuries. The city is a combination of sophisticated architecture and sublime art – being an inspiring spot for influential artists, such Matisse. Soak in the relaxed seaside atmosphere of the Promenade de Anglais and wander through the winding narrow streets of the Old Town. The extravagant ochre-colored buildings lure you into its cafes, restaurants and souvenirs shops. Follow the path to the Cours Saleya market square, where the food and flower markets are abundant with vivid colors and smells! With a rich influence of Italian culture, blended with the wonders of French cuisine and Mediterranean climate, this city is by no-doubt, a taste-tantalizing sensation.

Suggested stay
2 nights

Things to do in Travel to Nice, France


Below you will find a handpicked list of the best things to do in Nice, France. Find a list of all things to do in Nice which can be booked through our partner viator here.

bike tour in Nice, France
Nice City Bike Tour
The tour gives you a unique opportunity to get to know Nice and its highlights within a 3 hour bicycle tour. A local guide wil provide you with essential information while you bask in the sun and take wonderful pictures.
 
 
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food tour in Nice, France
Nice Food Tour
What better place to enjoy Salade Nicoise than Nice? Satisfy your traveler’s hunger with this lovely small group tour around Nice offering visits to the picturesque local food markets, a guided walk around the city, and up to 20 different local specialties.
 
 
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Art tour in Nice, France
Nice Art Tour
Discover the rich artistic heritage of Nice and hone your artistic sensitivity. An expert will guide you through Chagall’s and Matisse’s extraordinary art, and the architectural finesse of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild hidden in the lush gardens of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula.
 
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Recommended hotels in Nice, France


We have carefully selected the following list of hotels, based on ratings, customer reviews, location and price. Choose from three classes:
1. Economy – good quality at a reasonably low price. 2. Comfort – a little extra luxury for a good price. 3. Premium – the finest features for a luxurious stay.

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Ibis Styles Nice Centre Gare
Ibis Styles Nice Center Gare hotel is housed by a lovely corner building in Quartier des Musiciens, a perfect location halfway between the train station, Gare de Nice-Ville, and the seafront boulevard, Promenade des Anglais. The rooms are cozy, but fresh and modern, offering quiet and relaxing space after a day of sightseeing.

Located within the City Center.
From Gare de Nice-Ville to the hotel: 5-minute walk (400 m)

Aria
The Aria Hotel is located in Quartier des Musiciens, benefiting from a great location within walking distances of the train station Gare de Nice-Ville, Nice’s old town Vieux Ville, Promenade des Anglais, and the main shopping street rue Jean Médecin. The hotel’s neoclassical façade overlooks the garden in Mozart Square. The interior of the hotel captivates with tasteful design and vibrant colors, while the rooms offer simpler, yet as elegant, pastel interiors.

Located within the City Center.
From Gare de Nice-Ville to the hotel: 6-minute walk (500 m).

Hôtel de la Fontaine
This petite hotel is just a few steps away from the waterfront offering a location attractive to beach lovers. Promenade des Anglais is just round the corner, and a short walk along the beach takes you to Nice’s old town Vieux Ville. The train station, Gare de Nice-Ville, is no further than 20 minutes by foot. The rooms, each individually designed, are furnished with a range of modern amenities, including internet access, flat screen TVs and anti-allergy bedding.

Located within the City Center.
From Gare de Nice-Ville to the hotel: 15-minute walk (1 km) or bus 12 to Gambetta/Dante stop located 450 m from the hotel.

 

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Villa Otero
This boutique hotel is situated in a lovely historical neighborhood, Quartier des Musiciens, right next to the train station, Gare de Nice-Ville. The guests can stroll the cobbled streets, admire charming architecture of Belle Époque buildings which now house fancy shops, cafes and restaurants, or take a break in one of the hotel’s stylish azure rooms inspired by a traditional Nice villas. The walk to the beach or Promenade des Anglais, takes no more than a quarter.

Located within the City Center.
From Gare de Nice-Ville to the hotel: 5-minute walk (400 m).

Mercure Nice Centre Grimaldi
Mercure Nice Centre Grimaldi is conveniently located in Nice’s pedestrian zone, a stroll away from the promenade Quai-des-Etas-Unis, and Vieux Ville. Gare de Nice-Ville is within walking distance. Rooms are fresh and modern, designed with original patterns and vivid colors. The hotel features a rooftop solarium, where guests can soak up the sun while admiring a panoramic view of the city, and excellent breakfast from a well-stocked self-service buffet.

Located within the City Center.
From Gare de Nice-Ville to the hotel: 10-minute walk (900 m) or tram from Gare Thiers to Gare Massena stop loacted 400 m from the hotel.

Nice Excelsior
Nice Excelsior is a hotel to be inspired by. Located in historical Quartier des Musiciens, the hotel welcomes the guests with a decorative façade of a Belle Époque building. The rooms are fitted out with furniture fashioned to resemble traveling trunks, and the graphic art on the walls presents an artist’s attempt to capture the essence of the city. To make sure your stay in Nice is as relaxing as possible, the hotel features both a wellness room and a cocktail bar to suit every traveler’s need.

Located within the City Center.
From Gare de Nice-Ville to the hotel: 2-minute walk (200 m).

 

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Boscolo Exedra Nice, Autograph Collection, A Marriott Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel
Visually stunning, Boscolo Exedra Nice offers a beautiful combination of traditional grandeur and modern facilities in the strict city center of Nice. The hotel features a handsome neoclassical facade, a vivid and artistic foyer, and chic dining areas. The rooms offer subtle elegance of a 19th century palace. Additionally, the hotel features an indoor swimming pool, an Italian restaurant La Pescheria, and Bar Genesi.

Located within the City Center.
From Gare de Nice-Ville to the hotel: 10-minute walk (900 m) or buses 4 and 17 from Gare SNCF to Deloye/Dubouchage stop located 290 m from the hotel.

Hotel Negresco
Located in Promenade des Anglais, Hotel Negresco’s hospitality dates back to the beginning of the 20th century enticing its guest with a wonderful view of the French Riviera and the hotel’s luxurious interior. Over 100 rooms, each individually designed in styles ranging from Louis XII to modern art, captivate with lush colors and bold design. The hotel offers high quality dining in two restaurants, including Michelin awarded Le Chantecler, and an English-style bar Le Relais. Guests can also benefit from a private beach and a possibility of water sports.

Located within the City Center.
From Gare de Nice-Ville to the hotel: 15-minute walk (1,2 km) or bus 12 from Gare SNCF to Gambetta/Promenade stop located 250 m from the hotel.

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
Overlooking the French Rivera, located in Promenade des Anglais, Hyatt has everything the travelers could expect, and more. Not only does it feature fantastic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea, but also offers an on-site casino, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and sauna. The art deco building houses a Mediterranean restaurant, a lounge bar, and spacious rooms in balanced but convivial colors, furnished with all modern facilities, and comfortable beds.

Located within the City Center.
From Gare de Nice-Ville to the hotel: 15-minute walk (1.2 km) or bus 12 from Gare SNCF to Gambetta/Promenade stop located 600 m from the hotel.

 

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More info about Nice, France


sneltrein_152At the train station

Gare de Nice-Ville is the main station in Nice, located in the heart of the city. Built in 1867 in the opulent style of  Louis XIII, the building hasn’t changed much since the times it welcomed English noblemen. Now the station offers modern amenities and fast rail connections while still retaining its prewar atmosphere.
Services include a Tourist Office, Left Luggage, and Lost & Found.
For more information you can visit the SNCF website, here (only in French)

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Discover Nice

On foot: This city was made for walking. The iconic Promenade des Anglais was designed for English upper class visitors to stroll along the Bay of Angles and admire the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea. Other pedestrian zones include among others Cours Saleya in the vibrant heart of Old Nice, and Promenade des Artes around the Museum of Modern Art. So feel free to saunter around the city and feel like an aristocrat.

By bike: The region of Nice boasts 125 kilometers of cycle tracks, offering a wonderful opportunity to experience the  natural beauty of the French Riviera. You can rent a bike from numerous rentals in the city or use Vélo Bleu a round-the-clock, self-service bike rental with 175 stations spread across the region. All you need is a credit card.

By bus or tram: Lignes d’Azur network provides a variety of public transportation within and between 49 cities making up Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur, but unless you decide to venture outside the touristic center of Nice, you probably won’t need it. In case you do want to explore, you can plan your trip with Lignes d’Azur or download their app here.

By car: You can easily rent a car in Nice as all major companies have an office in the city. However, be aware that parking in Nice might be tricky and expensive. If you want to drive an electric car, Auto Bleu offers this possibility. Booking in advance is possible but not necessary.

By taxi: taxis can be hailed from the street, reserved by phone or taken from multiple taxi ranks. The daytime rate from the city center to the airport, a distance of around 7 km, is around 30 euro.

 

Best time to go
All year round! The sun in Nice shines 300 days a year.
UEFA EURO 2016: Nice is one of the hosts of this year European Football Championships taking place between June, 10 and July, 10. So if you want to avoid hordes of European soccer enthusiast, plan your visit around those dates.

Language spoken
French and Niçard (a local dialect).

Weather forecast
Check the weather forecast here.

Experience Nice with all your senses and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, but stay prudent. Alas, Nice is not always nice and has a dark underbelly of pickpockets and small-time con men.