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Nice is famed for its azure waters and year-round good weather. The French Riviera city of two million has a temperate climate, glamorous beaches and a laid-back lifestyle.
Much of the action in Nice happens along the water, on the Promenade Des Anglais. The three-mile (five-kilometer) stretch is where locals and tourists converge on the city’s beaches. Hop between cafés, restaurants and bars along the bustling strip. Dodge expensive cars on the road and gaze out at private yachts sailing across La Baie des Anges (“The Bay of Angels”). Nice attracts the world’s rich and famous, from the Queen of England to Angelina Jolie.
Take a stroll through the Old Town, a block back from the promenade, where a mix of Art Deco and baroque buildings with red roofs and blue shutters are the main style of architecture. Wander down narrow alleyways filled with traditional eateries and old churches. Shop with locals for fresh produce at the Cours Salaya open-air market and stop for a coffee in one of the busy squares. Here, sidewalks are packed with diners at any time of the day or night. Sample local cuisine such as “Socca”, a chickpea crepe, or “Salade Niçoise”.
The city’s main square lies on the edge of the Old Town. Place Massena is a busy thoroughfare for pedestrians and a good place to people-watch. Visit at night, when the plaza and its features – a modern art installation and old fountain – are lit up with brightly colored lights.
Climb the hill south of the Old Town for the best views in the city. Castle Hill has been turned into a park with ruins, a waterfall and lookouts. Take the stairs or pay a small fee to ride the elevator, which runs around March through late October.
Nice is easy to navigate on foot, tram or bus. Use the inexpensive city bicycle rental scheme, or do as the locals do and rent a pair of roller skates.
If you aren't sure where to stay in Nice, check out our Nice hotel options. There are 226 different accommodations to choose from in this much-loved destination.
Beginning at the higher end of Nice's options, you're sure to find a comfortable bed at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, at 71 Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, or the Hotel Royal Riviera, at 3 Avenue Jean Monnet. Alternatively, the Aparthotel Adagio Nice Promenade des Anglais, at 179 Promenade Des Anglais, and the b11 Hôtel, at 11 Rue Gounod, are two cheaper options
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Asian Art Museum and Phoenix Park. Charles Ehrmann Stadium and Stone Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located on the famous Promenade des Anglais, Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice overlooks its own private pebble beach (surcharge) on the Mediterranean Sea. Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is a 10-minute drive from the hotel.
This storied Nice hotel on the waterfront promenade sits among numerous local attractions: the Verdure and Nice theatres, Nice Opera, Place Masséna, Cours Seleya flower market, and Albert 1st Gardens, and Niece Etoile Shopping Center.
Novotel Suites Nice Airport is a 2-minute drive from Nice International Airport, offering convenience for early flights. Nice St. Augustin Train Station is a 5-minute walk, and it's a 20-minute bus ride into the city center, where guests can explore the Old Town and beach.
Built in 1912, the hotel overlooks Nice's Promenade des Anglais and is one of the world's few remaining privately owned palaces; Musée Masséna is next door.
This family-friendly Nice residence is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Casino Ruhl, Place Massena, and Nice Etoile Shopping Center. Nice Museum of Fine Arts and Cours Saleya are also within 1 mi (2 km).
B4 Plaza Nice faces the Mediterranean and the beach from a prominent spot between Place Massena and Promenade des Anglais. Shopping and dining in the Old Town are minutes away on foot, and there are masterpieces to admire at the Matisse Museum, 1.2 miles (2 km) away in Cimiez.