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  • Beach (3828)
  • Shopping (2280)
  • Food (1930)
  • Old Town (1571)
  • Relaxation (1072)
  • Museums (940)
  • Sightseeing (790)
  • Restaurants (777)
  • Beach Walks (761)
  • Scenery (705)

Nice was highly rated for beach by 141 guests from the United States!

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The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in Nice mean to you?

Annie, Ireland

24 days ago Report

The beach is a stone beach so bring your swim shoes if you have them. You can buy them for €10 at a shop across the road from the beach. It is difficult getting in and out of the water if you don't have these. Lovely for swimming not so much for surfing or boogie boarding and the kids would find it boring as there is no sandcastles! Also not safe for small kids as there is a big drop a few steps into the sea and then your out of your depth. So really Nice beach is more for adults and teens.
The sea is aqua blue just fab, with a lovely sea breeze. So relaxing and nice. No loud music, its a real chill out zone. You will pay €22 for a lounger on the beach club associated with your hotel or €44 if not. There are public beaches (free) but you would need a padded beach mat for comfort when sunbathing as the stones underneath are big. You can buy these at the local shop too.

Why do you recommend Nice for food?

Amanda, United Kingdom

16 days ago Report

We used local supermarkets, markets, fruit shops and patisserie s to but lovely fresh food as we were self catering. We bought a great lunch deal from one of the many little sandwich shops located on the Gambetta Boulevard. The market in the old town has a wonderful array of fresh food inc; olives, cheese, meats, breads. Ideal for making up a picnic for the beach.

How can you enjoy the sights in Nice while avoiding the crowds?

Paul, United Kingdom

3 days ago Report

There were many parts of Nice that were easy to get to, and less packed with holiday makers. Public Beaches were easy to get to, although very stony, more sandy beaches in Entibe. Numerous parks which gave you a sense of freedom, even though there were quite a number of people about.

Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Nice start with?

Maja, Switzerland

15 days ago Report

Musée Matisse, Cimiez
Modern Art Museum, Pl. Garibaldi

What were the best places for wandering in Nice's old town?


19 hours ago Report

The central street of the old town has a market in the middle and great cafes and restaurants on the two sides. Lovely for shopping, eating, drinking and falling love with narrow little streets.

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Nice.

Anonymous, Unknown location

3 days ago Report

Five minutes to the beach, laying under the sun and doing nothing is that great !!!

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Anonymous, Unknown location

17 days ago Report

Plague Beau Rivage. It's expensive but so very worth it. Best service I've had in Europe. Very well run establishment with a great view. Also eat from the markets, I loved that market!

What effect did the scenery in Nice have on you?

Sophie, United Kingdom

1 day ago Report

The scenery in Nice and the surrounding area was amongst the best I've ever seen. Nothing can beat the combination of a clean city on the coast of the stunning blue Mediterranean, with dramatic mountains as a backdrop. Every corner turned offers a brand new experience, leaving you wanting more.

People often recommend Nice for the pebble beaches. What makes them so great?


19 hours ago Report

The sea is clean and fresh, the beach is always full of people, no matter that it's pebble beach, not sandy. Just make sure to bring some sturdy shoes, without them the experience might not be that great.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Nice.

Rose, United Kingdom

12 days ago Report

There are a wide variety of shops in Nice and the surrounding towns. The Monday antique market is great for bargain hunting.
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Is there more to shopping in Nice than just brand-name stores?

Julia, United Kingdom

17 days ago Report

The old town has a myriad of small independent shops and good restaurants and bars, although the 2 clubs we intended to visit were both closed.

What makes Nice one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Philippa, United Kingdom

18 days ago Report

there is great art , museums and architecture , fantastically atmospheric old town and market , it's a proper working town as well as a very pretty one . If you want to pose on the beach go to Cannes -if you want a more real experience Nice is much better. also great transport links via the new tram within the town and beyond via the railway to Italy of further along the Riviera coast . No shortage of good places to eat too.
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Was it cheap, fast, or easy to use? What made it so simple to get around in Nice?

Paul, United Kingdom

3 days ago Report

In General, quite expensive to be honest. Tramway was cheap and regular, buses less so, trains were great for getting down the coast to other resorts, but obtaining tickets was a little tricky, machines all in French.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Nice?

Liz, Ireland

23 days ago Report

Plan beforehand. Especially, for example, if you want to see the Musee Matisse and Musee Marc Chagall they are a bus ride away. It's important to go to the Musee Matisse first and then back downhill to Musee Marc Chagall. For short trips it's better to be selective, especially in the summer when it's hot.

What did you discover about the museums in Nice that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Anthony, United Kingdom

24 days ago Report

I don't know whether or not it is in the guide books but there are lots of free entry places and they don't seem to be as stuffy as back home.

Why is the atmosphere in Nice something people rave about?

Annie, Ireland

24 days ago Report

Atmosphere is chilled. Lots of things going on at night in the promenade. Michael Jackson impersonator, spray paint artist etc. Beware the pick pockets I was warned by the taxi driver from the airport. They are usually under 16's as they cannot be prosecuted. They are usually girls. We didn't really experience any trouble. On the last night my friend said she saw a boy around 14 years eyeballing her handbag and then looked at her face but she was looking at him giving him the message that she was aware of his plan. That was that.

What's the best way to make the most of Nice by foot?

Yanchen, China

22 days ago Report

Central but quite, not far from the beach. It is convenicient to take trams or by walk to go to beach, or shopping.

What's the best way to deal with the warm weather in Nice?

Neil, United Kingdom

22 days ago Report

Walk by the sea, in the parks on castle hil and in Cimiez, or go to the fountains in Place Massena.

Why do people say Nice can be seen best by foot?

Jacqueline, Ireland

18 days ago Report

Because its a small city and the Old Town with its narrow streets and other places like the Promenade Anglaise are all within easy walk of each other

What seafood experience in Nice is still on your mind?


19 hours ago Report

The mussels are really cheap, comparing to Belgium or the Netherlands, like half price. There are even all-you-can-eat mussel places. But you can find all the kinds of seafood places: from huge paella plates to oyster bowls. Anything.

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