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Holidays in Nice

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Holidays in Nice

Are you planning to escape to Nice soon? Kick-start your exploration of this charming city with these ideas for things to see and do.

With 340,000 people proudly calling this place home, you're certain to make some new friends!

This destination lies 3 miles west of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and 430 miles southeast of Paris, the national capital.

Seeking a few family-friendly activities? Delight the kids with a visit to Le labyrinthe de l'aventure and Le Bois des Lutins. Labyfolies is another exciting attraction that everyone is sure to adore!

Looking to up the ante? Take on the roulette dealer at the Casino Ruhl or the Joa Casino La Siesta. Or, if you're not the gambling kind, grab a beer and simply absorb the sparkling atmosphere! The Beaulieu-sur-Mer Casino and the Casino de Cagnes-sur-Mer are also recommended.

If you'd like to know about the local flora, make your way to the Phoenix Park. Alternatively, spend a while winding your way through the pathways and appreciating the range of plant and flower specimens at the Jardin Botanique.

Take a breather from your hectic sightseeing schedule and rollick in the cool grass at Castle Park and Albert 1st Gardens. If you're looking for more options, find a good spot and let the afternoon pass lazily by at Mount Boron or Castle Hill.

If the ocean beckons, grab your sunglasses and head to Baie des Fourmis Beach or L'Entree du Port Beach. L'Esplanade-des-Goelands Beach and Base Nautique Beach are also popular hangouts for many travellers.

We're all looking for an increased sense of well-being, aren't we? Forget about sweating at the gym and nasty detoxes. Find it among the peaceful surrounds of Baou de Saint Jeannet and Colline du Château instead.

Walk the quiet halls, study the displays and talk to the accommodating staff. The Marc Chagall National Museum and the Matisse Museum are comforting places to think and learn something new. Want more? Also pencil in visits to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Nice Museum of Fine Arts.

Inquisitive minds will be in seventh heaven at Nice Observatory, where a whole set of mind-boggling scientific objects and exhibits are just waiting to be examined.

For a day full of discovery and fun, make your way over to the Terra Amata Museum. Here you can learn about all sorts of weird and wonderful things.

With a number of impressive art exhibitions to select from, you might need a friendly push in the right direction. We recommend grabbing a coffee and spending some time at the Asian Art Museum or the Fondation Maeght. The Fernand Leger National Museum and the Chateau de Villeneuve Fondation Emile Hugues should also be on your radar.

Enjoy an eye-opening journey into days gone by at the Musee d'Histoire Locale et de Ceramique Biotoise and the Les Musees de La Citadelle. Both exhibits pride themselves on making the city's vivid history entertaining and relevant to visitors.

Exploring historic sights is a great way to gain a real understanding of times gone by. Sink your teeth into Nice's past at Villa Kerylos and Cimiez Amphitheater. If you're interested in knowing more, the War Memorial and the La Tete au Carre should be next on your itinerary.

Boasting a lengthy list of famed inhabitants, Palais Lascaris is one of the most magnificent abodes in Nice.

The solid stone walls and sprawling grounds at Chateau Grimaldi are what fairytales are made of. Ignite your inner prince or princess with a trip to this formidable cultural monument.

No matter what you believe in, Orthodox Cathedral and Nice Cathedral can help you get in touch with your spiritual side. Chapelle du Rosaire and Vence Cathedral are also significant pieces of the city's religious identity.

Don't pull out your return ticket home just yet, Nice still has a few surprises in store! Have you ventured to the Conservatory of Nice and Saint Laurent Port yet? There's also plenty to keep you amused at the Verrerie de Biot and Port Lympia.

Hotels in Nice

Don't worry too much about securing your hotel in Nice. That said, the sooner you act, the sooner you can start writing your itinerary. The ebookers travel guide lists 227 properties.

Backpackers and other penny-wise travellers will find the rate to suit their budget at the Aparthotel Adagio Nice Promenade des Anglais or the b11 Hôtel. Theses accommodations are proof that excellent service doesn't have to come at a high price. But if a bit of luxury is more your thing, then the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel or the Hotel Royal Riviera will do the trick.

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.

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.

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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.

Best time to go on 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.

How to move around in Nice

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).

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