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Unofficial capital of the French Riviera, this glamorous seaside city has been one of France’s most popular tourist destinations since the 18th century.

With its elegant old town, chic shops, lively markets and beautiful coastal setting, Nice combines the sophistication of a big city with the laid-back charms of a beach resort. Bike, jog or walk along the city’s scenic seafront promenade, spend an afternoon exploring the atmospheric old town and dine in restaurants with ocean views.

Go for a stroll along Nice’s iconic Promenade des Anglais, which spans for 4 miles (7 kilometers) along the blue waters of the Baie des Anges. Look for some of the city’s most recognizable buildings along this strip, including the art deco Palais de la Méditerranée and the Hôtel Negresco with its bright pink dome. Rent a sun lounge on the beach and admire the view and dine at a picturesque seaside restaurant.

Enjoy the energy of the Cours Saleya Market, a flower and food market set along a square overlooked by 18th-century houses. Browse displays of orange blossoms and roses and shop for fresh produce and spices. Sip a hot drink at one of the delightful cafés lining the square. Visit in the evening when the neighborhood offers some of the city’s best dining and nightlife.

The market sits at the center of Vieux Nice (Old Nice), a collection of narrow streets that has hardly changed over the centuries. Wander through these charming streets, browsing cute boutiques and stopping at a restaurant to try Niçois-style onion pizza (pissaladière). See some of the architectural highlights found in this neighborhood, including Palais Lascaris, a striking 17th-century mansion.

View a wonderful collection of works by Henri Matisse, who often spent his summers in Nice, at the Matisse Museum. Check out modern art exhibits, including works by César and Arman, at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC).

Fly to Nice via Nice-Cote d'Azur airport, which is located 4 miles (7 kilometers) west of the city. Although Nice’s attractions are fairly spread out, it’s quite pedestrian-friendly so many visitors get around comfortably on foot. Alternatively, take advantage of Nice’s bus and tram system and find out why Nice has been a favorite destination of artists, beach-lovers and honeymooners for centuries.

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Where to stay in Nice

Top Hotels in Nice

Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice
Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice
4 out of 5
223 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
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Nestled on the beach, this Fabron hotel is just steps from Baie des Anges and Promenade des Anglais. Place Massena and Blue Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...

4.1/5Very Good! (387 reviews)
Expensive

"I had made a huge mistake on arrival as I was a year early!!!! I know crazy. The first reception person was very unhelpful in my problem perhaps go sit in quiet area to sort, this I understood but would have liked his help. The 2nd person was more empathetic & helped in re-booking. August few room ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice
Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais
Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais
4 out of 5
2 Rue Halevy, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $98 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

Located in Nice City Centre, this beach hotel is steps from Baie des Anges, Promenade des Anglais, and Blue Beach. Place Massena and Nice Etoile Shopping Center ...

4/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"View from our room was great and so was the location"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais
Novotel Nice Arenas Aeroport
Novotel Nice Arenas Aeroport
4 out of 5
455 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $93 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20

This family-friendly Nice hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Phoenix Park, Charles Ehrmann Stadium, and CAP 3000 Shopping Center. Base ...

4/5Very Good! (978 reviews)
Super!

"Prima verblijf correct is en gratis upgrade"…"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Novotel Nice Arenas Aeroport
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Vacation Rentals in Nice

Goldstar Suites Nice
Goldstar Suites Nice
4 out of 5
45 rue Maréchal Joffre, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes

Located in Nice City Centre, this boutique residence is within a 5-minute walk of Promenade des Anglais and Blue Beach. Place Massena and Nice Etoile Shopping ...

4.2/5Excellent! (889 reviews)
nice stop

"Nice business stop"…"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Goldstar Suites Nice
Aparthotel Adagio Nice Promenade des Anglais
Aparthotel Adagio Nice Promenade des Anglais
4 out of 5
179 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $92 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

This family-friendly Nice residence is located on the boardwalk, just steps from Baie des Anges and Promenade des Anglais. Place Massena and Blue Beach are also ...

3.9/5Good! (535 reviews)

"Very clean spacious apartment. Ours had sea view with balcony which was privately ours but also the roof top terrace was for everybody. Great location with transport at both rear and front of hotel 2 minutes away. Great place to stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Aparthotel Adagio Nice Promenade des Anglais
Villa Velvet
Villa Velvet
1 avenue du Clos, Villeneuve-Loubet, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $52 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Situated in Villeneuve-Loubet, this golf aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Baie des Anges and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Marineland Antibes. Marina Baie Des Anges and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (162 reviews)
Comfortable stay at the Villa.

"We really enjoyed our stay at the villa. Room is nice, comfortable and big enough for a couple. Shopping centre is stone throw away. Quite few restaurants/cafes short walking distance as well. There is a bus going to Nice regularly, also parking available if you have your rental. Villa itself is ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Villa Velvet
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Nice

The center of Nice is easy to traverse on foot, and the famous Promenade des Anglais makes for a pleasant beachfront walk. The main public transit in Nice is the bus network, which connects the city and surrounding area, while a trolley line connects the center and the suburbs. Taxis are expensive and best avoided, while driving yourself can be stressful because there’s a confusing one-way system. Visit the Autonomous Parisian Transportation Administration website.Browse Nice rental cars.

Best time to visit

The Côte d’Azur is blessed with some of France’s finest weather, and Nice is no exception. Winters are mild, although too cold for the beach, with highs around 55 F (12 C). Spring and fall both see beautiful weather, with highs around 75 F (23 C) in September. These are the best times to visit, as prices are lower and beaches are less crowded than at the height of summer, which you might also find too hot.

Popular places to visit in Nice

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Reviews of Nice

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 21, 2020

We took a train to Eze. The train takes you to Eze by the sea where we hiked up to the Village. The hike was a little strenuous, but done in under an hour. It rises up 2000 ft. You can bypass the hike and take a bus to the village.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 15, 2020

Love Nice! My favorite place in South of France!

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 2, 2020

Loved everything

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 1, 2020

Nice is a beautiful ,classy and friendly city with use of multiple languages.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 6, 2020

Many important sights, Chagall museum, Matisse museum, lovely parks, restaurants, shops

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 30, 2020

Amazing city. I was extremely satisfied with how walkable the city is. Get out and just walk. Turn into alleys and just walk. You'll find amazing food, people and structures.

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