With its peach-coloured façades, azure waters and gorgeous weather, Nice has a rosy, always-on-holiday glow.
Known as the capital of the French Riviera, the coastal city is home to world-class art museums, bustling markets and pretty hiking trails. The best way to experience Nice’s many delights is to slow right down and enjoy them at a leisurely pace.
Arriving at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport
Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) is five miles (3km) from Vieux-Nice, the city's historic city centre. This large and modern airport is the gateway to the French Riviera, with two terminals connected by a shuttle bus. The airport offers unlimited free Wi-Fi, VIP lounges and plenty of dining and shopping options before and after security.
Two express buses make frequent trips into central Nice. Bus 98 runs along the Promenade des Anglais to the Promenade des Arts near Vieux Nice, with stops along the way, and bus 99 goes to Nice-Ville train station. The €6 fare includes a free transfer to the tram or the city bus to get you exactly where you need to be. Buses 52, 59 and 70 all terminate centrally too.
If you’re travelling with a few suitcases, taxis are available, though they can be pricey. Taxis stop near Gate A1 in Terminal 1 and near Gate A3 at Terminal 2.
The most affordable route is local bus 23. This costs just €1.50, but the bus does not stop directly at the airport. You need to walk a short distance down the main road to the bus station.
Food and drink
Gastronomic Nice has much more to offer than its eponymous salad. Try delicate courgette flowers, stuffed and lightly fried. A humbler speciality is socca, a street food-style pancake made with chickpea flour and olive oil – ideal with a cheap-and-cheerful plastic cup of cold rosé.
To taste authentic Provençal cuisine head straight to the source: the farmer’s market. Nice is surrounded by some of the most fruitful farmland in France, and its produce is on full display at the Cours Saleya, open every morning except Mondays. For a truly local lunch stock up on cheese, fruit, olives and a baguette and head up Castle Hill for a picnic under a leafy tree.
Nice is also home to some world-class haute cuisine, with a handful of Michelin stars scattered throughout the old city. Among the most famous restaurants in Nice are le Chantecler, housed in the historic Negresco hotel, and la Petite Maison, a celebrity favourite that now has outposts around the world.