Nice Holidays

Nice Holidays

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Occupying a prime position on the seriously-swish Cote d’Azur, this French fancy ticks all the boxes for an upmarket break. City slickers will love the ornate architecture and outstanding museums (17 at last count!) - and for those simply seeking sun, sea and sand, there’s miles of gorgeous beaches just waiting to be discovered.

Beaches
At over 4.5km long, Nice’s main stretch of sand is a magnet for sunseekers, with both public and private sections spread around the bay. To get your beach fix for free, head to Plage de Carras or Plage Centennaire - perched just outside the Old Town, they’re perfectly placed for a mid-sightseeing sunbathe. To up the style stakes, private options include Opéra Plage, Castel Plage and Plage Sporting - expect to pay around €15-€20 per person.

Top tip
Set towards the city’s southern tip, Coco Beach is a real hidden gem. Nestled away from the tourist trails, its pristine sands and azure waters have long been a well-kept local secret. Snorkellers and swimmers alike adore the crystal-clear shoreline - and to indulge your wanderlust even more, ferries to Corsica set sail just a mile up the coast.

Food & Drink
Nice’s cuisine is all about classic French flavours, with the famous Niçoise salad the definitive home-grown delicacy. Socca, a crispy chickpea pancake, is also a moreish afternoon treat - and to wash it all down, there’s countless fine wines to choose from, with fruity reds and rosés proving the perfect partners for français fare. Plus, dairy queens will fall in love with the huge range of artisan cheeses - try the fromagerie on Rue de France for a sample or six.

Culture
The Niçoise lifestyle is pretty laid-back, making it perfect for a break from a busy schedule. The cool-as-a-cucumber Jazz Festival, held each July, is a great place to pair the chilled-out vibes with world-class music, with artists such as Gregory Porter and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man gracing the stage. To pick up the pace, the Nice Carnival is also a must - held in February/March, its technicolour costumes and street parades offer the ultimate city celebration.

Nightlife
Nice’s nightlife scene blends classic and contemporary vibes, with relaxed live music joints rubbing shoulders with super-cool cocktail bars. To dive in to the local music scene, check out Shapko, which showcases a fabulous fusion of jazz, soul and reggae. Puzzle Bar also houses a great choice of craft cocktails - and art lovers will be right at home at the opulent Opera de Nice, which hosts a full calendar of classical concerts and ballets.

Important Information
Flight Time: Two hours
Time Difference: +1hr during the winter, none during the summer
Currency: Euro
Official Language: French

Vaccination: For all up to date healthcare requirements, please check with your doctor before booking your holiday.

Visa: British Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Nice. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

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Nice Weather

With temperatures hitting 23-24°C between July and September, summers sure are sizzling on the Côte d'Azur. May and October are still pretty balmy, with respectable highs of 17-18°C - but you might need that pac-a-mac in October, as showers can be common.

Jan 9ºC
Feb 10ºC
Mar 12ºC
Apr 13ºC
May 17ºC
Jun 20ºC
Jul 24ºC
Aug 24ºC
Sep 22ºC
Oct 18ºC
Nov 13ºC
Dec 10ºC

Things To Do on Nice Holidays

Old Town
Also known as Vieux Nice, the Old Town is perched between the city centre and port, and is the perfect place to get to know the traditional side of the city. From daily markets filled with delicious eats and treats, to winding alleyways straight out of a fairytale, there’s miles of treasures to explore. If you’re in need of a breather, stop off in the magnificent Place Rossetti - home to chic pavement cafes and swanky ice-cream parlours, it’s a great spot to watch the world go by.

Promenade des Anglais
Arguably Nice’s best-known stretch of coastline, this pretty promenade spans almost 7km, from La Californie in the west to Vieille Ville in the east. Named after the British holidaymakers who developed it in the 1800s, it’s one of the top spots to soak up the sun, thanks to the iconic blue chairs dotting the shoreline. There’s also dedicated lanes for skaters and boarders, if you fancy whipping out your wheels - and with over 50 bars and restaurants to choose from, you’re sure to be wined and dined in style.

Parc du Mont Boron
Taking pride of place in the stylish Cap de Nice neighbourhood, this fabulous forest park is packed with outdoor activities. From hiking trails traversing over 140 acres of woodland, to high-energy al fresco fitness stations, it’s perfect for active holidaymakers. Plus, if chilling out is more your style, there’s plenty of places for a casual wander - including a gorgeous 16th century castle with spectacular views across the Riviera.

Train des Merveilles
Departing daily from Nice’s main train station, this summertime service is the ultimate way to see the sights. Taking in seven stunning spots along the way, the train weaves its way through some seriously spectacular scenery, and tops out at over 1000ft above sea level. Be sure to tarry a while in traditional Tende, at the end of the route - its colourful jumble of tumbledown houses and flower-filled streets makes it a real must-see.