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Nice has something for everyone, thanks to the French Riviera's warm sun, pristine beaches, and beautiful landscapes. Walking down the famous Promenade des Anglais is a great way to check out the best coastal sights. You can even rent bikes, skates or scooters to explore the 2.5-mile stretch even quicker.

The city's true essence is in the old town of Vieux Nice. This network of narrow alleyways has remained largely unchanged since the 18th century, and is full of boutiques, brasseries, and bars. The highlight is the daily flower and food markets of the Cours Saleya, where you can try local specialities like pissaladière (onion tarts) and pan bagnat (a bread roll packed with Nicoise salad). On Mondays, the square turns into a flea market selling furniture and unique sourvenirs.

Although Nice's coast consists mostly of pebble beaches, the turquoise waters are perfect for a swim. If you're looking for a sandy beach, head to the nearby towns of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes, or Cannes. The Colline du Chateau is a great vantage point for panoramic views over the Baie des Anges and the rest of the city.

Nice is also famous for its museums like the Musée Matisse, Musée Masséna, and Museum of Modern Art. And for visitors who want a touch of some Monte Carlo glamor, there's an express train from Nice to Monaco that takes about 20 minutes.

Tonight

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Next weekend

From $115 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.12
Language French
Average weekend price $160 per night
Average weekday price $161 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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What other travelers say about Nice

10

I have been going to Nice for many years;

January 29, 2020

I have been going to Nice for many years; this time I was back after a while and I noticed a big improvement in the center. More walking areas, nice street art, old buildings refreshed. In winter there is less crowd and is pleasant to walk around. Plenty of restaurants for each price level..

Sergio
Sergio Bahamas
8.0

Nice was very beautiful but the beach was very hard to walk...

January 16, 2020

Nice was very beautiful but the beach was very hard to walk on due to the large rocks. I spent one day here on 1/1/20 and because it was New Year's Day, everything was closed. :( I'd like to try returning at a warmer weather time. Very beautiful small city with a fantastic cathedral (built as a gift from Czar Nicholas of Russia so lots of history there) and a pretty promenade along the waterfront. I spent about 2 hours just sitting on the promenade watching the planes take off from the airport which was actually pretty cool. The trams are wonderful and cheap. Great way to get around town and I highly recommend you research them to use as transportation when you come. Way, way cheaper than using taxis.

Anonymous United States of America
10

I go in and out of Nice on my way to Italy.

December 23, 2019

I go in and out of Nice on my way to Italy. Much better place than flying into Milan. The promenade is nice and if you go in the summer the beach is rocky but the water is warm and the people watching great. And of course the baguettes and French food. Nice to take train or bus to Antibes and walk to old town and up to Castle Hill park, "PARC DE LA COLLINE DU CHATEAU" has fabulous views of Nice and on the other side of the port.

Roger
Roger United States of America
6.0

Traffic is a random nightmare in whole heavily urbanized...

December 16, 2019

Traffic is a random nightmare in whole heavily urbanized part of "Alpes Maritimes" department. It could take you 30 minutes highway to go to the airport like it could take 2 hours... If you don't want to miss your plane (when no strike...), plan your trip carefully... For walkers, there are plenty of restaurants and bars in Nice where you can appreciate an art of living which is just fantastic. Food, housing, accommodations prices aren't cheap, VAT is 23% in France, except on some basic food (not in restaurants) where it can be 5,5%

Anonymous Portugal
8.0

I traveled to Nice during December.

December 16, 2019

I traveled to Nice during December. The weather was beautiful, the water was gorgeous, the Christmas market was fun....lots of shopping, entertainment, etc. and much more welcoming than other French cities I have been too.

Dr. Amy Giddings
Dr. Amy Giddings United States of America
10

Beautiful Nice anywhere you walk.

December 11, 2019

Beautiful Nice anywhere you walk. The people are kind and helpful. Each person I asked was eager to tell me in which direction I should be walking when looking for a tourist attraction. The shopping malls are very nice. Lots of cafes and restaurants to choose all serving delicious food and pastries. I enjoyed each day of the seven days I was there. Lots of things to see and do. I was there the first week of December the weather was sunny but on the cold side.

Susan
Susan United States of America

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