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Not officially a part of France until 1860, Nice has a rich history of independence. The city is marked with the cultural imprints left by the many rulers it has had since a settlement was first founded in the Bay of Angels around 350 BCE, giving Nice a flavour all its own.

Since Greeks founded the city, Nice has remained a vital Mediterranean port, the key to its wealth and popularity. Its long association with Italy began in the 7th century when it joined the Genoese League.

It subsequently played an important part in the complicated politics of the Italianate states, often fighting on behalf of Pisa and even repelling attempts to conquer it by the French.

Savoy and Provence fought over Nice in the 16th century, the invading armies of each pillaging the town when they were quartered there and bringing the unwanted gift of pestilence.

In 1860, Sardinia sold Nice to Napoleon III in return for French military support and despite opposition from factions loyal to Italian rule. The city has remained a part of France ever since.

The extension of the French railway line from Marseille to Nice kick-started the city's tourism boom. Nice saw great commercial development in the early 20th century with the construction of hotels, theatres, and municipal centres throughout the city.

Take a flight to Nice and transport yourself to the capital of the French Riviera, where you will find style and panache in this bastion of wealth and luxury. A stroll along the sun-drenched Promenade des Anglais will give you a flavour of what Niçois life is all about – enjoyment.

Adorned with luxury hotels and fine examples of Art Deco architecture, this is where the French come to relax by the Mediterranean. Though it shares the casinos, five-star hotels and upmarket shops of neighbouring Monaco, Nice is more than just a millionaire's playground.

So spend your holidays to Nice to enjoy a slice of south of France glamour.

This expansion was suspended with German and Italian occupation in the Second World War, in which Nice was a place of strong resistance to Nazi rule.

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Hotel Apogia Nice

4 stars
4.0 / 5
Surrounded by the colours of the French Riviera and only a few steps away from the Promenade des Anglais, the Place Garibaldi and Place Massena, the Hotel provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a superb vacation in one of the most luxurious and celebrated sea resorts in Europe. The Hotel is also close to the railway station and the port connecting Nice to other French gems in the Mediterranean. A private parking is available for clients. The hotel also offers amenities like lobby, reception.
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Crillon Hotel Nice

3 stars
2.0 / 5 6 reviews
Centrally located, typical French hotelThe three-star Crillon Hotel is well located within a few minutes' walk of the Promenade des Anglais, beaches, the old city, fine restaurants, and the Acropolis convention center. The recently refurbished, smoke-free hotel retains its traditional pink façade and Provencal style. The 4-story structure has 41 comfortably furnished rooms, Wi-Fi, elevator, meeting room, business center, and concierge. Rooms have extra sound insulation, individually controlled air conditioning, and private bathroom with shower and tub. Highlights Centrally located, recently refurbishedWi-Fi in every roomBusiness center and meeting room Rooms The 41 guest rooms, all non-smoking and recently refurbished with new designer furniture, offer Wi-Fi, double-glazed windows, extra sound insulation, satellite television, telephone, alarm clock, data port, hairdryer, and individually controlled air conditioning. All rooms have private bath with tub, shower, and toilet. Standard room have one double bed, family rooms have one double bed and one twin bed. Room service is available. Pets are not allowed. Features The family-run Crillon Hotel Nice is located near excellent shopping, restaurants, and beaches. The smoke-free, recently refurbished hotel offers breakfast in the second-floor lounge or through room service, a business center, meeting room, Wi-Fi, and concierge. Transportation Nice Airport (4.8mi/7.7 km)Nice train station (0.9 mi/1.4 km) Nearby attractions Cannes Palais des Festivals (20.9 mi/33.6 km)Picasso Museum (13.2 mi/21.2 km)Oceanographic Museum of Monaco (14 mi/22.6 km)Matisse Museum (1.9 mi/3 km)
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Ibis Styles Nice Port

3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews
The Ibis Styles Nice Port Hotel proposes 114 renovated rooms. High-speed connection and unlimited free wifi access are available in the entire hotel. Rooms are modern, spacious and equipped with LCD TV screen that measure 26 inches or more with a big choice of channels, special connections for your I Pod, MPU3 players and game consoles. Simply connect your digital camera or video recorder to the TV in your room. The buffet breakfast offers a great choice of products (fresh orange juice, marmelades fresh fruits, french bread , viennoiseries, yogurts) In the lobby, a lounge with a bar, a digital jukebox for listening your favorite tunes, magazines, regional, national and sport newspapers too, a computer with free internet access. For family, spacious room with Disney Channel, kids publications and board games to entertain them and a special game bag. For baby, a baby cot, a highchair. Hotel is an non smoking area and use environmentally friendly cleaning products, Eco-certified products, paper meeting PEFC standards and fair trade products for tea and chocolate. Amenities - Free Breakfast.
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Hotel West End

4 stars
3.6 / 5 19 reviews
Free Wi-Fi at Belle Epoque fashion at Nice hotel across from the beachPassersby never fail to admire the grand façade of the Hotel West End as they stroll along the legendary Promenade des Anglais. Built in 1842, this jewel of the Belle Epoque era sits in the heart of Nice within a short walk to Old Town and the marketplace. Admire the beautiful old French architecture throughout before heading across the street to relax on the private beach (fees apply). After a day at the beach, return to the Hotel West End for a meal on the terrace restaurant with water views open in the summer and another open year round. HighlightsFree high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotelOn the Promenade des Anglais with private beach access across the street (fees apply)Restaurant offers a breakfast buffet (fees apply)Garden terrace restaurant and bar with sea views open May through SeptemberWalking distance to shopping, markets, nightlife and restaurants RoomsExpect a touch of the traditional in 121 rooms and suites at the Hotel West End. Accommodations vary by size and in the details, as some have been refurbished and some feature a balcony or a view. Choose from two single beds or one double bed in soundproofed rooms that include air conditioning, satellite TV, a mini-bar, hairdryer and a spacious bathroom with bathtub. Laptop users enjoy free high-speed wireless Internet access at the Hotel West End. Get comfortable and order room service around the clock. FeaturesThe Hotel West End is just a short ride from the airport and parking adjacent to the property is available (fees apply). The on-site Le Siecle restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine with views out to the sea. Red velvet seats, an Art Déco glass ceiling and dark wood panels showcase its historic Belle Epoque architecture. During the summer, La Palmeraie is open for meals and cocktails under the shade of palm trees that frame dramatic views. Visit the gardens and galleries of the Massena Museum right behind the Hotel West End. TransportationNice Cote d'Azur International Airport (3.9 mi/6.2 km)Bus stop in front of the hotel AttractionsBeach and Promenade des Anglais (across the street)Avenue Jean-Médecin shopping (0.6 mi/1 km)Cours Saleya flower market (0.8 mi/1.2 km)Russian Cathedral/Eglise Russe (1 mi/1.5 km)Le Château (1.3 mi/2 km)Acropolis Palais des Congrès Convention Center (1.6 mi/2.5 km)Matisse Museum (2.3 mi/3.6 km)Monaco (12.9 mi/20.7 km)Cannes (20.8 mi/33.5 km)Paris (578 mi/931 km) BusinessFree high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotelBusiness centerNine meeting rooms accommodate up to 110 people
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Hotel Splendid Nice

4 stars
4.0 / 5 7 reviews
This splendid 4-star Hotel & SPA in the center of Nice is only a five-minute walk from the citys famous beach promenade, the Promenade des Anglais, and its beach with several restaurants and private beaches. The Splendid Hotel & SPA features a large seasonal outdoor swimming pool and hot tub on its roof top terrace overlooking the whole city of Nice, the surrounding mountains and of course, the Ligurian Sea. Also located on the roof top terrace, is the hotels largely popular restaurant and bar Lessenciel offering fresh, organic cuisine. The hotels breakfast buffet is available at 19 per person per day and also served on the rooftop terrace. Room service is available. All 128 rooms are air conditioned, non-smoking and equipped with all modern amenities including flat screen TVs and a Mini Bar. Most rooms dispose of a balcony and a SPA bath tub. Free WiFi is available for all guests. Hotel guests enjoy free access to the hotels fitness room including Power Plate. The SPA Splendid proposes multiple massages and treatments and is equipped with a Hammam (at an additional charge). The Splendid Hotel & Spa also offers its guests a private underground parking at a charge of 24 per 24 hours. Electric cars park for free. The hotel is one of the few hotels in Nice and on the Cote dAzur to be awarded with the European Ecolabel. Children under 2 years old stay for free in their parents room. Pets are allowed (additional charges may apply).
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Hotel Massena Nice

4 stars
3.4 / 5 22 reviews
Bright and modern Nice hotel with free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room serviceWalk to the beach, old town and upscale shops from the 4-star boutique lodging at the Hotel Nice Massena. Filled with surprises, the charming turn-of-the-century-exterior reveals a modern hotel with a bright, vintage-Hollywood theme, a comfy lobby bar and colorfully renovated rooms with flat-screen TVs and air conditioning. The friendly staff steers guests from the quiet hotel down to the beach, Cours Saleya market, top restaurants and other Nice landmarks. Free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel makes it all the more appealing. HighlightsFree high-speed wireless Internet access in lobby and guest roomsWalking distance to a private beach, shopping and attractionsOn-site bar and lobby loungeValet parking in underground garage (fees apply)24-hour room service RoomsFind 25 international channels on the flat-screen TVs at the Hotel Nice Massena. The 110 colorful rooms in three room categories provide comfortable accommodations that offer free high-speed wireless Internet access in addition to a mini-refrigerator, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe and air conditioning. Upgrade to a larger rooms that feature a balcony or private terrace with mountain views and a coffee maker. Ask about pet-friendly rooms and the 24-hour room service menu. Connecting and non-smoking rooms are available upon request at the Hotel Nice Massena. FeaturesA central location lets guests wander from the front door of the Hotel Nice Massena to attractions in all directions. Leave the car with the valet service for secure underground parking (fees apply). The hotel offers laundry service, international newspapers, a luggage room and room service around the clock. Those on business appreciate the free high-speed wireless Internet access in lobby and guest rooms, and attractive meeting spaces. Soak up the Nice scene on the nearby beach. The Hotel Nice Massena has a partner arrangement for meeting space. TransportationNice Cote d'Azur International Airport (4.6 mi/7.4 km)Walking distance to bus and train stations AttractionsAvenue Jean-Médecin shopping (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Cours Saleya flower market (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Le Château (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Acropolis Palais des Congrès Convention Center (1 mi/1.6 km)Beach and Promenade des Anglais (1 mi/1.7 km)Russian Cathedral/Eglise Russe (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Matisse Museum (1.8 mi/3 km)Monaco (12.5 mi/20.2 km)Cannes (21.5 mi/34.6 km)Paris (579 mi/932 km) BusinessFree high-speed wireless Internet access in lobby and guest roomsMeeting room accommodates up to 45 people Policies and feesCity tax to be paid at the time of checkout $1.20 Euro.
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Nice Fleurs AppartHotel

3 stars
2.4 / 5 15 reviews
Nice hotel with full kitchens a short walk to the beach, attractionsRooms at Residence Hotel Nice Fleurs offer a private bathroom and small kitchen. Stock up on essentials at nearby supermarkets. Make the easy walk to the beach or the famed Promenade des Anglais. Plenty of bakeries, cafés and restaurants sit within a half mile from this quiet hotel. A helpful staff points out favorite stops. For convenience, enjoy breakfast on site (fees apply) and use the free high-speed wireless Internet access in the breakfast room. Park in the underground garage (fees apply). Pets are welcome at the Residence Hotel Nice Fleurs.   HighlightsBreakfast served daily (fees apply)Free high-speed wireless Internet access in the breakfast roomWalking distance to the beach and city centerOn-site underground parking garage (fees apply)Rooms include kitchens for in-room meals   RoomsChoose from 88 roomy apartments at the Residence Hotel Nice Fleurs, with studio, two-room or three- room units available. All accommodations offer private in-room bathrooms, cable TVs, sofa beds, telephones and iron/ironing boards. A full kitchen creates value with grocery stores right in the neighborhood. Non-smoking rooms are available, too. Ask about pet-friendly rooms at the Residence Hotel Nice Fleurs.   FeaturesWalk to the best of Nice from the Residence Hotel Nice Fleurs. A day at the beach or strolling the narrow streets are steps away. The hotel offers babysitting, dry cleaning and laundry services, and an elevator, parking facilities in an underground garage (fees apply) and a tour desk. Catch a nearby bus close to Residence Hotel Nice Fleurs to explore even farther afield.     TransportationNice Cote d'Azur International Airport (3.9 mi/6.3 km)   Attractions Beach and Promenade des Anglais (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Avenue Jean-Médecin shopping (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Russian Cathedral/Eglise Russe (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Cours Saleya flower market (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Acropolis Palais des Congrès Convention Center (2.1 mi/3.3 km)Matisse Museum (2.4 mi/3.8 km)Le Château (2.5 mi/4 km)Monaco (13.7 mi/22 km)Cannes (20.8 mi/33.5 km)Paris (578 mi/931 km)   BusinessHigh-speed wireless Internet access available Policies and feesThe reception is opened from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please advise the hotel for any arrival outside of these hours.
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Hipark Nice

4 stars
3.9 / 5 7 reviews
Hipark Nice with its unique contemporary and refined design, the vocation of this residences is to be comfortable, practical and pleasant to live in. Within easy reach of the station and the town's main centers of interest, you have a choice of 136 apartments ranging from Studios to "Deluxe" suites. Hipark also offers a swimming pool with terrace, lobby, dry cleaning, reception, business center to its clients,a free access WI-FI broadband connection in public areas and free broadband internet cable connections in the apartments. Remarks: 1.50Euro city tax per night per person. The breakfast cost 13 euros per person and per day. The parking cost 17 euros per night. Pet fee: 20 euros per day and per animal.
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Hotel de Suede

3 stars
3.8 / 5 5 reviews
Situated in the heart of Nice in the pedestrian area and only two steps from the beach the "Hotel de Suede" welcomes you with its new facade in the typical colors of Nice and its entirely refitted and re-decorated rooms in winter 2010/2011.All the rooms are equipped with bath or shower, WC, air condition, direct dial telephone, safety box, satellite television channels. New in the rooms: TV flat screen, WiFi access, hair dryer, very good isolation by double glazing windows. The Hotel de Suede, formerly Hotel Harvey, offers now a superior three star accommodation and remains open the whole year. The situation of the hotel allows you to reach in only a few minutes the beach, the Promenade des Anglais, the old town, place Massena and it takes you only 4 stops in tram to get to the convention center Acropolis. The multilingual staff will propose you a large choice of restaurants and shops and will welcome you in a familiar and warm ambience. Public parking nearby. ** IMPORTANT INFORMATION ** The airport shuttle is available at cost. The wifi is FREE.
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B4 Nice Park

4 stars
3.7 / 5 19 reviews
The B4 Nice Park has a privileged situation in the heart of Nice . Between Place Massna and Promenade des Anglais , facing the Mediterranean, two steps from the old town prestigious boutiques (Chanel, Vuitton) and the congress center, the hotel is ideal for business or leisure stays. The hotels preserved its atmosphere midway from past to present. The lobby is the same, except the fountain which replace the central stairs. The colorful reception welcomes art exposition all year. The majestic lobby with high ceiling is bright and spacious. The neo roman fountain and the large marble stairs brings you to the first floor on a passageway entirely open on the lobby area. . Most of the 104 rooms and suites offer breathtaking view on the Bat of Angel's and gardens. They have balcony or terrace. The hotel welcomes you in a Mediterranean atmosphere of blue, green and yellow reminding sea, sun and gardens. Some rooms and suites kept art deco style.
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Hotels

Nice Hotels

Nightly rates from £51.79

Hotel Apogia Nice

4 stars
4.0 / 5
Surrounded by the colours of the French Riviera and only a few steps away from the Promenade des Anglais, the Place Garibaldi and Place Massena, the Hotel provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a superb vacation in one of the most luxurious and celebrated sea resorts in Europe. The Hotel is also close to the railway station and the port connecting Nice to other French gems in the Mediterranean. A private parking is available for clients. The hotel also offers amenities like lobby, reception.
Nightly rates from £84.49

Crillon Hotel Nice

3 stars
2.0 / 5 6 reviews
Centrally located, typical French hotelThe three-star Crillon Hotel is well located within a few minutes' walk of the Promenade des Anglais, beaches, the old city, fine restaurants, and the Acropolis convention center. The recently refurbished, smoke-free hotel retains its traditional pink façade and Provencal style. The 4-story structure has 41 comfortably furnished rooms, Wi-Fi, elevator, meeting room, business center, and concierge. Rooms have extra sound insulation, individually controlled air conditioning, and private bathroom with shower and tub. Highlights Centrally located, recently refurbishedWi-Fi in every roomBusiness center and meeting room Rooms The 41 guest rooms, all non-smoking and recently refurbished with new designer furniture, offer Wi-Fi, double-glazed windows, extra sound insulation, satellite television, telephone, alarm clock, data port, hairdryer, and individually controlled air conditioning. All rooms have private bath with tub, shower, and toilet. Standard room have one double bed, family rooms have one double bed and one twin bed. Room service is available. Pets are not allowed. Features The family-run Crillon Hotel Nice is located near excellent shopping, restaurants, and beaches. The smoke-free, recently refurbished hotel offers breakfast in the second-floor lounge or through room service, a business center, meeting room, Wi-Fi, and concierge. Transportation Nice Airport (4.8mi/7.7 km)Nice train station (0.9 mi/1.4 km) Nearby attractions Cannes Palais des Festivals (20.9 mi/33.6 km)Picasso Museum (13.2 mi/21.2 km)Oceanographic Museum of Monaco (14 mi/22.6 km)Matisse Museum (1.9 mi/3 km)
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Ibis Styles Nice Port

3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews
The Ibis Styles Nice Port Hotel proposes 114 renovated rooms. High-speed connection and unlimited free wifi access are available in the entire hotel. Rooms are modern, spacious and equipped with LCD TV screen that measure 26 inches or more with a big choice of channels, special connections for your I Pod, MPU3 players and game consoles. Simply connect your digital camera or video recorder to the TV in your room. The buffet breakfast offers a great choice of products (fresh orange juice, marmelades fresh fruits, french bread , viennoiseries, yogurts) In the lobby, a lounge with a bar, a digital jukebox for listening your favorite tunes, magazines, regional, national and sport newspapers too, a computer with free internet access. For family, spacious room with Disney Channel, kids publications and board games to entertain them and a special game bag. For baby, a baby cot, a highchair. Hotel is an non smoking area and use environmentally friendly cleaning products, Eco-certified products, paper meeting PEFC standards and fair trade products for tea and chocolate. Amenities - Free Breakfast.
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Nightly rates from £150.21

Hotel West End

4 stars
3.6 / 5 19 reviews
Free Wi-Fi at Belle Epoque fashion at Nice hotel across from the beachPassersby never fail to admire the grand façade of the Hotel West End as they stroll along the legendary Promenade des Anglais. Built in 1842, this jewel of the Belle Epoque era sits in the heart of Nice within a short walk to Old Town and the marketplace. Admire the beautiful old French architecture throughout before heading across the street to relax on the private beach (fees apply). After a day at the beach, return to the Hotel West End for a meal on the terrace restaurant with water views open in the summer and another open year round. HighlightsFree high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotelOn the Promenade des Anglais with private beach access across the street (fees apply)Restaurant offers a breakfast buffet (fees apply)Garden terrace restaurant and bar with sea views open May through SeptemberWalking distance to shopping, markets, nightlife and restaurants RoomsExpect a touch of the traditional in 121 rooms and suites at the Hotel West End. Accommodations vary by size and in the details, as some have been refurbished and some feature a balcony or a view. Choose from two single beds or one double bed in soundproofed rooms that include air conditioning, satellite TV, a mini-bar, hairdryer and a spacious bathroom with bathtub. Laptop users enjoy free high-speed wireless Internet access at the Hotel West End. Get comfortable and order room service around the clock. FeaturesThe Hotel West End is just a short ride from the airport and parking adjacent to the property is available (fees apply). The on-site Le Siecle restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine with views out to the sea. Red velvet seats, an Art Déco glass ceiling and dark wood panels showcase its historic Belle Epoque architecture. During the summer, La Palmeraie is open for meals and cocktails under the shade of palm trees that frame dramatic views. Visit the gardens and galleries of the Massena Museum right behind the Hotel West End. TransportationNice Cote d'Azur International Airport (3.9 mi/6.2 km)Bus stop in front of the hotel AttractionsBeach and Promenade des Anglais (across the street)Avenue Jean-Médecin shopping (0.6 mi/1 km)Cours Saleya flower market (0.8 mi/1.2 km)Russian Cathedral/Eglise Russe (1 mi/1.5 km)Le Château (1.3 mi/2 km)Acropolis Palais des Congrès Convention Center (1.6 mi/2.5 km)Matisse Museum (2.3 mi/3.6 km)Monaco (12.9 mi/20.7 km)Cannes (20.8 mi/33.5 km)Paris (578 mi/931 km) BusinessFree high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotelBusiness centerNine meeting rooms accommodate up to 110 people
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Hotel Splendid Nice

4 stars
4.0 / 5 7 reviews
This splendid 4-star Hotel & SPA in the center of Nice is only a five-minute walk from the citys famous beach promenade, the Promenade des Anglais, and its beach with several restaurants and private beaches. The Splendid Hotel & SPA features a large seasonal outdoor swimming pool and hot tub on its roof top terrace overlooking the whole city of Nice, the surrounding mountains and of course, the Ligurian Sea. Also located on the roof top terrace, is the hotels largely popular restaurant and bar Lessenciel offering fresh, organic cuisine. The hotels breakfast buffet is available at 19 per person per day and also served on the rooftop terrace. Room service is available. All 128 rooms are air conditioned, non-smoking and equipped with all modern amenities including flat screen TVs and a Mini Bar. Most rooms dispose of a balcony and a SPA bath tub. Free WiFi is available for all guests. Hotel guests enjoy free access to the hotels fitness room including Power Plate. The SPA Splendid proposes multiple massages and treatments and is equipped with a Hammam (at an additional charge). The Splendid Hotel & Spa also offers its guests a private underground parking at a charge of 24 per 24 hours. Electric cars park for free. The hotel is one of the few hotels in Nice and on the Cote dAzur to be awarded with the European Ecolabel. Children under 2 years old stay for free in their parents room. Pets are allowed (additional charges may apply).
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Flights to Nice

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Nice Wed, 3 Sep - Wed, 10 Sep £69
Paris Nice Fri, 29 Aug - Fri, 5 Sep £83
Vienna Nice Tue, 12 Aug - Wed, 20 Aug £150
Barcelona Nice Sat, 16 Aug - Wed, 20 Aug £97
Liverpool Nice Tue, 2 Sep - Tue, 9 Sep £121
Helsinki Nice Tue, 26 Aug - Mon, 1 Sep £154
Munich Nice Fri, 15 Aug - Tue, 19 Aug £147
Amsterdam Nice Sun, 7 Sep - Wed, 17 Sep £83
Brussels Nice Tue, 12 Aug - Fri, 15 Aug £106
Southampton Nice Tue, 26 Aug - Tue, 2 Sep £126
Dublin Nice Mon, 25 Aug - Fri, 29 Aug £79
Geneva Nice Fri, 18 Jul - Tue, 22 Jul £52
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Best time to take a holiday to Nice

  • Nice enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, making it a great travel destination year round. Late spring and early fall are particularly pleasant, with average highs in the low 20s Celsius and lows in the upper teens. For lower room rates and smaller crowds, book your travel during mid-March to April or September to October; the weather will still be enjoyable, and there will be plenty to do during your stay. Nice offers many festivals and fairs throughout the year, from the Carnival in February and early March to the Nice Jazz Festival in July.

Nice highlights

  • Take the train of marvels

    The Train des Merveilles winds its way up into the hills outside Nice and through villages like Drap, Sospen, and Breil sur Roya before terminating at Tende. The route is a standard commuter line, but the local tourist board eventually started offering journeys with guided tours to entice tourists to an experience that was previously a local secret. In summer the train runs over viaducts and through tunnels and fields of lavender as the on-board guide recounts the area’s history and points out places of interest along the way. Guests can spend the day in the charming village of Tende before returning to Nice. Entry to the museum there is included in the price of the train fare.

    Climb a little for the best view in the city

    Looking down upon Nice is the Colline du Chateau, or Castle Hill, from which you will see the city sprawled out below you. The view seems all the better after you have climbed the steps all the way up; alternatively there is a lift which will transport you. At the top you will find a park scattered with pine trees, a cemetery, and even a waterfall; it is a favourite picnic spot for locals and tourists alike. There are also some medieval ruins and a maritime museum on the hill.

    Pick up an antique at the port

    After a stroll along the Quai Rauba-Capeu to the port, head for the bohemian Quartier Segurane, where more than a hundred antique shops and flea markets operate. Known as the Notting Hill of Nice, the area is packed with bars, cafes, and restaurants to revive flagging bargain-hunters.

    Sample the high life in Monaco

    A square mile of wealth, luxury, glitz and glamour, the Principality of Monaco lies just an hour's drive outside the city. Try your luck in the sumptuous Grand Casino or simply gaze out at the spectacular yachts in the marina to get an idea of how the other half lives. For the French equivalent of the high life, the equally opulent Cannes, home of the world famous film festival, is just a little further along the coast.

Top Nice attractions

  • Promenade des Anglais

    This pedestrian area runs along the shore, offering a good starting point for any shopping or sightseeing adventure.

    Old Town

    This neighbourhood offers unique architecture, open markets and quaint boutiques; it is perfect for a day of sightseeing and shopping.

    Colline du Chateau

    This ruin offers amazing views of the city and the Baie des Anges, sitting almost 100 yards above Nice.

    St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral

    This beautiful church is available for tours during the week and offers worship services on Sunday mornings.

    Chagall Museum

    Visit this museum on a sunny day to get the most of the colourful artwork and impressive stained glass by artist Marc Chagall.

    Musée D'Art Moderne et D'Art Contemporain

    Guided tours are available at this museum, where the architecture is as impressive as the art exhibits.

    Place Massena

    The city's main square with its restored fountain is the perfect place to visit at night.

    Musée Matisse

    The works of Henri Matisse are on display in this 17th-century villa, and admission is free.

    Cliff Walk

    Just past the old port, this cliff is a climb but offers a beautiful view to those willing to make the trip.

    Avenue Jean Medecin

    This shopping district offers department stores, international chains, boutiques and cafés.

  • Nice

    Promenade des Anglais

    This pedestrian stretch by the Mediterranean is Nice's best-known landmark, remaining as popular now as it was when it opened in the 19th century. It takes its name, English Promenade, from the English workers who built it. It is a wonderful spot for a stroll, bike ride, or just to indulge in some people watching.

    Matisse Museum

    One of the giants of modern art, Henri Matisse began his illustrious career in Paris before moving to the south of France and the Nice suburb of Cimiez in 1917. He would spend the rest of his days on the French Riviera until his death in 1954. The local Matisse museum does a great job of capturing this long end period of the artist's life, as well as showcasing works from his earlier career. Housed in a spectacular red mansion on Cimiez hill, the museum has been educating the public about this groundbreaking painter, sculptor, and draughtsman for over half a century. There are also some of Matisse's personal effects on display to give visitors an idea of the man behind the artist.

    Chapelle de l'Annonciation

    It may be dedicated to St Rita, the patron saint of lost causes, but a trip to this exquisite example of baroque architecture is well worth the effort. From the outside you will notice the building on the Rue de la Poissonnerie by its single bell tower. But it is inside that the chapel’s real attractions lie. Upon entering, visitors are greeted by wonderfully ornate altars that are adorned with murals and edged in gold – a token of Nice’s Italian past. Despite its obvious charm, the church has had its fare share of ups and downs; suffering from fire damage and long periods of disuse. Now, restored to its former glory, it is hard to imagine such a treasure being forgotten about again.

    Centre du Patrimoine

    For an interesting and informative way to see the city, head to the Centre du Patrimoine, which offers a wide range of themed guided tours. From an education on the city's hidden treasures to walks that highlight its baroque, art deco, and even Russian architectural styles, the well-informed guides have all the bases covered. For tours in English, book 48 hours in advance.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

     

Nice holiday travel tips

  • To and from Nice

    To the west of the city lie the two terminals of Nice-Cote d'Azur airport, from where you can fly to most major European destinations and further afield.
    When you arrive taxis into town can be expensive but the airport provides its own express shuttle. Running every 30 minutes until the evening, the two routes will take you to the city's main train station or the main bus station. The ticket you buy from the driver will give you unlimited travel on public buses that day, perfect if you are making a connection to get to your hotel in Nice.
    There is also a train station close to the airport that runs to Nice and eventually Italy in the east and Cannes and Antibes to the west. For a scenic way to hop between the coastal towns, head to Nice-Ville SNCF, the city's main train station. Cannes, Antibes and Monaco all form part of this frequent, inexpensive service.

    Around town

    Taxis in Nice are far from cheap so try and avoid them if you are on a budget. It is best to find a rank to catch them, as hailing them in the street is not common. These are usually near large hotels and transport terminals. Taxis are metered but check to make sure it is running when entering the cab.
    The Sunbus company offers a comprehensive bus service covering the city's main tourist hotspots. Tickets are cheap, buses frequent and daily and weekly passes are available. Buses also run from the main terminal to other Riviera towns like Cannes.
    If you want to explore the Riviera at your leisure or leave the coast to head inland, consider car hire in Nice.
    International dialling code: 00 33 (4).

Insider tips for Nice travel

  • Hit the Beach

    Be sure to bring sturdy shoes and cushions because the beaches consist of large flat pebbles rather than sand.

    Cours Saleya

    This daily market offers flowers and fruit to those visiting the old town of Vieux Nice.

    L'Occitanie

    This authentic bistro offers local cuisine at a reasonable price, close to the Promenade des Anglais in the Musician's Quarter.

    Master House

    This French pub offers a classy experience at a slightly lower price than other, more tourist-driven pubs in Nice.

    Ventimiglia

    On Fridays, take the train just across the Italian border to this open street market for bargain fashions.

Where to stay in Nice

  • With its name in lights circling the minaret of this historic building, the Negresco Hotel was originally built as a privately owned mansion in 1913. Wonderfully decorated rooms, corridors adorned with works of art, and a great view of the Mediterranean characterise this jewel on the Promenade des Anglais. France has declared it a national historic monument and the American Association of Travel editors named it one of the world's ten best hotels.

    The Goldstar Resort & Suites Nice Hotel offers 56 luxury suites for guests who are looking for something a little more spacious and comfortable than a hotel room. Two types of suites are available, but all come with their own living room, kitchen, king-sized bed, and flat screen television, making them ideal for longer stays. Shared among the suites are a heated swimming pool, a fitness centre, a spa, and the hotel's own restaurant, Le Toucan.

    The beautiful Palais de la Méditerranée Hotel provides a touch of art deco glamour to the Promenade des Anglais. Restored in 2004, the luxury hotel rises nine storeys above the seafront. The outdoor pool area on the third floor provides breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

    The Boscolo Park Hotel is located in the centre of Nice, a short walk from casinos, shops and the Promenade des Anglais. The 104-room hotel boasts great views of the Bay of Angels, a gourmet restaurant (L'Avenue), and live music in the piano bar.

Nice restaurants

  • At La Table Alziari (4 rue François Zanin), guests must cast their eyes over the blackboard to choose their meal. Found on a small, steep street off the rue Pairolière, the place is run by the Alziari family, who have been making olive oil in the city for almost 150 years. Authenticity is the key when it comes to the food, with Mediterranean dishes cooked with the freshest local ingredients. The cod and stuffed sardines in particular are local favourites, and the restaurant is always stocked with a great range of local wines.

    Le Bistro d'Antoine (27 rue de la Préfecture) sticks true to the bistro philosophy of placing the quality of food and wine on offer above all else. Chef Armand Crespo personally buys some of the ingredients at Nice's markets to ensure that they are as fresh as possible. The menu focuses on meat dishes, served inside or on the terrace and for very reasonable prices. It is a popular destination in Nice's old town, so book ahead to guarantee a table.

    If you want great seafood in a relaxed atmosphere, head to Cafe de Turin (5 Place Garibaldi). The picturesque Place Garibaldi is home to this historic eatery, which opened in the early 20th century selling jugs of beer and wine to the local workers. It eventually diversified into food and standard bistro fare. It is famed for its raw shellfish or coquillage. With a great terrace and a no-reservations policy, it is best to arrive early.

Health & Safety

  • Health

    France does not have malaria.
    There are no obligatory vaccinations for a trip to Nice. Recommended vaccinations include boosters in the vaccination schedule, including poliomyelitis, tetanus and diphtheria. For children it is advisable that the BCG, MMR and hepatitis B injections be administered before travelling.
    Tap water is drinkable. There are many bottled water brands, including Volvic, Evian, Contrex, and Perrier. The health infrastructure is excellent.
    Here are some doctors to contact (this is not a complete list and we cannot be held responsible for the level of service or the costs associated).

    General practitioner: doctors emergencies Nice: 0810 85 01 01. Doctors emergency east: 0 810 85 02 02.
    Gynecologist: gynecologic department: Archet Hospital, route St Antoine Ginestière, Nice: 04 92 03 60 92 / 04 92 03 60 93.
    Pediatrician: pediatric emergency: Lenval Hospital (57, avenue de la Californie, Nice): 04 92 03 03 03 or Archet Hospital (151, rue St-Antoine de Ginestière, Nice): 04 92 03 60 89.
    Cardiologist: cardio department: Pasteur Hospital, 30 voie Romaine, Nice: 04 92 03 77 77 / 04 92 03 78 80 / 04 92 03 78 81.
    Dermatologist: dermatologic department: Archet Hospital, route St Antoine Ginestière, Nice: 04 92 03 62 23.
    Important numbers
    Dial 15 for medical emergencies
    Dial 18 for the fire brigade
    Dial 17 for the police.

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