Nice

Travel Guide
Nice featuring a coastal town and a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

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

Le Meridien Nice
Le Meridien Nice
4 out of 5
1 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
Fully refundable
The price is $139 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Located in Nice City Centre, this beach hotel is steps from Casino Ruhl and Promenade des Anglais. Place Massena and Port of Nice are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (121 reviews)
"Excellent hotel. Great location!"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Le Meridien Nice
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
5 out of 5
13-15 Promenade Des Anglais, Boite Postale 1655 Cedex 1, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $157 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
Located in Nice City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Blue Beach and Promenade des Anglais. Place Massena and Port of Nice are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (966 reviews)
"Very friendly staff and nice, clean rooms."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
Hotel Le Negresco
Hotel Le Negresco
5 out of 5
37 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $206 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
This family-friendly Nice hotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena. Castle Hill and Nice Acropolis Convention ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (962 reviews)
"This hotel is excellent for location and the attentiveness of staff. Its easy to get to by tram from the airport or the train station is only a 10 minute walk. Its also as if you are staying in a museum surrounded by 5000 pieces of art and collectables which in itself can take a few hours to roam ..."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Hotel Le Negresco
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.
Nemea Appart'hotel Sophia Antipolis
Nemea Appart'hotel Sophia Antipolis
3 out of 5
45 Rue Henri Poincare - Accès 17, (Avenue Roumanille), Biot, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $52 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
Situated in Biot, this golf residence is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sophia Antipolis and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Marineland Antibes. Valmasque Park and Antibes Land are ...
3.8/5 Good! (342 reviews)
Per expectation
"It was as expected - clean kitchen, good bathroom, bedroom, etc. The lock to the door worked a bit badly (it was difficult to pull the key). No late-night reception which was a bit inconvenient."

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Nemea Appart'hotel Sophia Antipolis
The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture
The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture
4 out of 5
21 Rue Meyerbeer, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $69 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Located in Nice City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena. Casino Ruhl and Cours Saleya are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (482 reviews)
"Stylish hotel, good value with a great breakfast and friendly staff"

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture
Appart Hôtel Nemea Résidence Le Lido
Appart Hôtel Nemea Résidence Le Lido
3 out of 5
132,134,136 Avenue de Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Alpes-maritimes
The price is $60 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Located in Cros-de-Cagnes, this residence is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Renoir Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Promenade des Anglais. CAP 3000 Shopping Center and Chateau ...
3.8/5 Good! (416 reviews)
"The property was in very poor state compared with the pictures shown on websites. Very disappointed."

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Appart Hôtel Nemea Résidence Le Lido
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.

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