Nice


Nice rivieraA major tourist city on the French Riviera, Nice attracts vacationers from all over the world, having something to offer to everyone.

Location

Nice is a city in the southern French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, located on the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and the Italian border.

How to get to Nice

Nice Airport (NCE) is one of the busiest French airports. It receives daily flights from Paris and from major European, North American, North African and Middle Eastern cities. Trains link Nice to every major French city as well as the Italian cities of Genoa, Milan, Rome and Venice.

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Weather

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All temperatures are recorded at Nice Airport which means there will be differences between the statistics and what is happening in the city itself. Nice has a Mediterranean climate, with mild temperatures all year round. The rainy season is between September and March.

Winters – December to February – are cold to mild, with temperatures averaging between 6C/43F and 13C/56F. Spring – March to May – is unstable and unpredictable; warm days are followed by cold fronts and hailstorms. August is the hottest month of the year, average temperatures reaching 20C/68F – 26.7C/80F. Autumn – September to November – is generally warm until mid-November, when it starts to be cold and rainy.

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What to do

Although known as a beach destination, the beaches in Nice may not be what you are used to as they are stone beaches. Some private beaches offer soft sand, but if you want to check out the public beaches bring sandals and cushion. If you decide to swim, please note that the waters aren’t for the beginners: the tidal pull can be very strong and the beach drops quickly. Nevertheless, the public beaches are crowded during the high season.

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The Colline du Château is a lovely place to enjoy beautiful views of the city. Although not much is left of the castle but some ruins, the walk up the stairs is totally worth it to see the views. Lovely views can be seen from the heights of Mont Boron as well.

The old town (Vieux Nice) at the bottom of the hill is filled with picturesque houses and boutiques, as well as the famous flower and fruit market of the Cours Saleya.

Nice is also known for several museums, such as the Musée Chagall, Musée Matisse, and the Musée et Site Archeologiques de Cimiez, which includes the ruins of the Gallo-Roman settlement in Cimiez; the most popular ones are the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain and Musée des Beaux-Arts.

If you are visiting Nice in the late winter, check the calendar for when Mardi Gras falls – Nice is known for their spectacular Carnaval, which features parades and events beginning from at least the weekend before Ash Wednesday.

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