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.
Cafés and cocktail bars
Come summer, Nice boasts one of the liveliest nightlife scenes in France. Vieux-Nice is filled with buzzing bars and cafés where locals and tourists mingle well into the evening. The area around Rue Bonaparte, sometimes called 'le Petit Marais’ after the famed Parisian nightlife quarter, is a good place to start, with trendy bars popular for outdoor drinking.
Sipping rosé at a blue-umbrellaed beach club is quintessential Riviera experience. During the day, soak up the sun on a lounger, jump into the sea to cool off, and order lunch to your seat or at the restaurant. When the sun gets lower, the music turns up and the scene turns buzzy. Some clubs have live music or DJs as the night goes on. Three are beach clubs of all types along the Promenade des Anglais – some are seriously glitzy, while others are low-key and family-friendly.
Nightclubs in Nice can be found throughout Vieux Nice and along the waterfront. The clubs don’t get going until about 0100 and the most spirited parties can go on until after sunrise.