Why choose Nice as your holiday destination?
Nice is located on the south east coast of the Mediterranean Sea, along the French Riviera. This vibrant and welcoming city is affectionately referred to as 'Nice la Belle' (Nice the beautiful) by the locals, and this is for very good reasons. Nice truly is picture postcard beautiful with its sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and endless hours of glorious sunshine. As the second largest city in France, Nice is incredibly popular with tourists from all around the world.
Nice really is the perfect holiday destination for couples and families, as it caters for every single need. Enjoy a romantic break for two dining at world famous restaurants and quaint pavement cafes in the Old Town. Nice is well known for its spectacular and exciting nightlife, allowing you to dance the night away. When on holiday in Nice with the family you can enjoy the city's many parks, gardens, beaches and multiple cultural sights.
Enjoy the very best museums and culture during your Nice holiday
If you enjoy learning all about history and culture when on holiday, then you are in for a real treat during your visit to Nice. The city is steeped in culture and boasts many cultural sights, galleries and museums for you to enjoy. If you only visit one art gallery in Nice then we recommend that you visit the Musée Matisse. This gallery is in the heart of the city perched on top of Cimiez Hill. This villa dates back to the 17th Century, and boasts Henri Matisse's most famous works. The Musée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain, is also located in the heart of Nice and is open every day apart from Monday. Here you can spend several hours viewing a collection of contemporary and modern art.
We also suggest that you simply wander around the city of Nice and take in its many archaeological sights and historic buildings. The Cimiez Hill and monastery is an impressive archaeological site that dates back to Roman times. The monastery is well worth a visit, and you should definitely have a potter through the abundant olive groves. One place that you really must visit is the Palais Masséna, as here you can take a step back in time and really get a sense of what life was like during the time of Napoleon. The other good news is that entry is free.
The best beaches and parks to visit while on holiday in Nice
One of the main reasons that holidaymakers flock to Nice is because of the abundance of beaches and their close proximity to the city centre. You can lie on the beach one minute, and then pop to the shops and numerous cafes the next. In total there are 30 beaches for you to enjoy along the world famous Promenade des Anglais. One of the very best free beaches in Nice is La Plage Publique de Beau Rivage that also boasts facilities such as hot showers, toilets and their very own lifeguard. We also suggest that you visit Ruhl Plage, as this is Nice's most famous beach situated directly opposite the Ruhl Casino.
If you are holidaying with children, then as well as enjoying the many beaches, you should also take advantage of the city's many parks and gardens. Phoenix Park is located towards the east of the Promenade des Anglais, not far from the airport, and is the perfect location for families wanting to enjoy the sun. Kids and grownups will also enjoy the Botanical Garden of Nice, also located to the east of Nice. Covering three hectares, the gardens feature flowers from all around the world.
Everything else you need to know about the centre of Nice
During the daytime you simply must savour the real Nice and mingle with the locals in the central city area. This includes the areas situated between Avenue Jean Medecin and the Old Town. Here you can enjoy a day's shopping, taking in the exquisite department store of Galeries Lafayette, plus the exciting Nicetoile shopping centre. You must also have a wander around the Cours Saleya, which is an enormous outdoor flower market.
We highly recommend that you visit Vieux Nice, the Old Town, for a truly authentic Nice holiday. This is how Nice began, as winding streets that hosted an array of shops and eateries. Today the Old Town of Nice is an array of enjoyable sights and smells that you should slowly savour. The Cours Saleya is located here. Another area you must visit is Place Garibaldi, that is packed with fast food shops and restaurants, so is perfect when you want a quick bite to eat.
Nice weather - what you need to know
Nice has the most fabulous Mediterranean climate, meaning that its winters are mild with the city enjoying the warmest climates along the Mediterranean. This fantastic weather is why we all love Nice so much. The best times to visit Nice are typically between early spring and late autumn, as this is when you can enjoy the warmest weather. If you prefer your weather that little bit cooler, then visiting Nice in the winter months can be just as enjoyable.
If you are planning to travel to Nice during the summer months then be prepared for incredibly hot weather. During the summer months it is rare to see any rainfall, with temperatures reaching a high of 30°C. It's therefore important to be prepared for the extreme heat. Be sure to wear sun cream, wide brimmed hats, and protect your children's skin from the sun with protective clothing. Stay in the shade when you can and drink plenty of water. Have fun in the sun, relax and enjoy your Nice holiday.