Nice

Nice has a rosy always-on-holiday glow, thanks to its peach-coloured façades, electric blue waters and gorgeous weather. Slow right down and enjoy!

Considered the capital of the French Riviera, this coastal city is home to world-class art museums, bustling markets and pretty hiking trails.

Getting Around

Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport is five miles (3km) from Vieux-Nice, the city's historic centre. Express buses make frequent trips into central Nice and taxis are available (though pricey) so local bus is the cheapest option. The city has a simple tram and bus system, plus a Vélo Bleu bicycle-share programme with 100+ stations.

Language

French

Currency

Euro

Time Difference

1 hr ahead of GMT

Neighbourhoods To See

Vieux-Nice: for dining and sightseeing

The atmospheric old town has pastel façades, winding alleyways, open piazzas and a lively open-air market.

Much is pedestrianised, so sightseeing on foot is a breeze, taking in iconic architecture, quality restaurants and charming terraced cafés.

Promenade des Anglais: for strolling and sunbathing 

The four-mile Promenade des Anglais runs alongside the bay, letting locals and visitors stroll, bike and rollerblade beside the seaside. Look out for the famous Palais de la Méditerranée, Negresco Hotel and Belle Époque Musée Massena.

Cimiez: for museum-hopping

Home to hillside villas and some of the Riviera’s best art museums, including Musée Matisse and Musée Marc Chagall.  The Jardin de Cimiez park is filled with olive trees and picnic spots, and 16th-century Notre Dame de Cimiez monastery offers peace away from the crowds.

Essential Sights

Promenade des Anglais 

Set alongside the scenic Baie des Anges, this four-mile paved boulevard boasts the most iconic vista in Nice.

Musée Matisse

Henri Matisse spent nearly 40 years in Nice. See many of his works here, alongside photographs and objects from his time on the Riviera. 

Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC)

Browse displays of European and American works from the 1950s to the present and visit the rooftop terrace for picture-perfect views. 

Castle Hill 

Only the 16th-century tower from the original Colline du Chateau still stands, but the incredible views are well worth the climb.

Musée Marc Chagall

Chagall himself curated this impressive collection of his works, showcasing his colourful, dreamlike style.

Food And Drink

Gastronomic Nice has much more to offer than salade niçoise! For authentic Provençal food, head to the farmer’s market to stock up on local cheese, fruit, olives and baguettes. Nice is also a place to find world-class haute cuisine, with a handful of Michelin stars scattered throughout the old city.

Events

FEBRUARY | Nice Carnival

This vibrant celebration brings over-the-top parades, flower-embellished floats and fabulous parties.

MAY | Fêtes de Mai

Locals and tourists come together for live performances and local food and wine in lovely Cimiez gardens.

MAY | The Nice Open

The Open de Nice Cote d'Azur has drawn international tennis players and fans since the 1970s.

JUNE | Fête de la Musique 

This lively celebration of all music genres sees musicians and DJ in bars and restaurants across Vieux-Nice. 

JULY | Nice Jazz Festival

Since 1948 this festival has welcomed a range of jazz superstars, including legendary Louis Armstrong.

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