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Nice

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Nice, the fifth largest city in France, acts as a magnet attracting people from all over the world, for a multitude of reasons, Not only renowned for its grace, Nice has become a hub for research in industry, science and advanced technology since the creation of such centers as Acropolis and Sophia Antipolis. The Palais de Congres, a convention center, can accomodate diverse functions. Both elegant and simple, Nice's charm comes from its exceptional climate as well as its beauty.

Best Time to Travel

With a mild Mediterranean climate through most part of the year, Nice is an incredible place to vacation. It is the second-largest hotel capital in France, receiving around 4 million tourists all around the world every year.

Spring: Spring is the best time to visit Nice. During this season, the weather is pleasant and mild. March to June would be the best months to plan a trip to Nice with temperatures ranging from 8°C to 20°C.

Summer: Known for its 300 days of sunshine, Nice climate in summer is mildly hot. Summer lasts from June to August. The temperatures range from 17°C at the lowest, to 27°C at the highest. During summer, Nice weather is good for beaches and also draws a lot of tourist crowd from all over Europe. Plan a summer holiday in Nice if you don’t mind the rush & high prices. Also note that being the middle of the summer, the weather might get a bit too hot to plan a hike or walk around the city.

Autumn: Autumn in France starts in September and extends till November. It is also the best season to visit Nice. From 17 - 24°C in September, temperatures drop to 8 - 16°C by November.  to 21°C. The streets become relatively less crowded, schools resume and the locals get back to their routines. Visitors tend to get better deals during autumn as a lot of resorts and hotels lie vacant. 

Winters: During winters, the Nice climate is warm and comfortable. Winters in Nice are mild and lasts from December to February. Tourists can enjoy the Nice Carnival, one of the largest carnivals held during February.

Attractions

The Roman Amphitheatre

Founded in the 1st century, the Roman city of Cemenelum was built on the hill overlooking the sea and was home to an amphitheatre and thermal baths. The amphitheatre isn’t as well-preserved as in other French towns – like Nimes or Arles – but is beautiful in its own right.

The Musée Matisse

Matisse – one of France’s most-loved painters – lived in Nice for much of his life and the Musée Matisse offers a wonderful look into his life because it is housed in the old villa where he lived for almost 50 years.

Boulevard Cimiez

This grand boulevard was designed in the 1880s when people began to flock to Nice on holiday. Check out the Grand Hotel, the Majestic or Queen Victoria’s favourite, The Excelsior Régina Palace.

Le Vieux Port (Old Port)

This is at the heart of any tourist itinerary because it looks so beautiful. Wander around the boats and stop for a coffee to take it all in.

Old Town

Nice is celebrated for its pastel-coloured houses and winding, cobbled streets of the Old Town. Take the time to wander the shops and “lécher les vitrines” – window shop (literally, to “lick the windows”).

Museum of Modern Art (MAMAC)

The Museum of Modern Art is in the town centre at the end of the Coulée Verte. It has lots of great Pop Art pieces, including some by Andy Warhol. 

Place Massena

The cultural center of Nice, the Place Masséna is the city’s largest square and the main gathering place for community events and seasonal festivals. Surrounded by 17th-century architecture, it links the Old Town quarter with the city’s commercial district. After rebuilding a tramway transportation system, the square was designated a pedestrian-only zone, and an art installation by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa was installed. The piece consists of sculptures atop tall pillars scattered around the plaza. A large fountain featuring a statue of Apollo stands as the centerpiece of the square.

What to Do

Nice’s beauty comes from the 19th-century mansions on its promenades and boulevards, from the city’s Italianate old quarter and the rugged natural terrain that provides countless wondrous vantage points.

Artists have always cherished this scenery, rendered even more beautiful by the unique light. So Nice is now also one of the best places to go in Europe for art galleries, with museums dedicated to Chagall and Matisse. Add great cuisine, a perfect climate and more than a dash of Riviera glamour, you’ve got a very special place.

Enjoy an Italian ice cream

While you are in the Old Town of Nice, you should take advantage of it to enjoy a traditional Italian ice cream.

Have a go at Nice local food

Visiting Nice also means discovering the local food specialities, the “cuisine Niçoise”, during your stay, which is the pride of the niçois (inhabitants of Nice)

Going to the beach in Nice

If Nice beach looks good in photo, with its big pebbles, it’s not necessarily the most comfortable beach in the world! As far as swimming is concerned, it’s the same thing. In Nice, the water gets very deep very quickly, so it’s not really an ideal spot for snorkeling or playing in the water for example. And if you like to get a tan for hours on the beach, you can go to one of  Nice private beaches, like Castel beach (Castel Plage), located at the foot of the Castle Hill. Other beaches allow you to do nautical activities like parasailing, stand up paddle or tubing!

Nice Carnival

Nice Carnival, largest carnival in France and one of the world’s most famous, takes place every year in February for 2 weeks. Every year, the festivities attract several hundred thousand of spectators, coming to enjoy the monumental floats and the famous flower parade (also called flower “battle”) on the Promenade des Anglais.

Rest in the shades in Park Vigier

Totally unknown by other tourists, the park Vigier, close to La Réserve and the “Coco Beach” restaurant is the ideal place to take a nap or read a book in the shade of palm trees, during the hottest hours of the day. The right part of the park is always very quiet, as the children are mostly playing in the left part of the park.

Take a stroll at the Mont Boron

Mount Boron is a Mediterranean forest located on the east of Nice. It’s also the place where you can find the very photogenic Fort Mount Alban. It offers many walks with beautiful views of the Bay of Angels and the Bay of Villefranche. You should really go to the Mount Alban Fort, at the top, the view is amazing! To get to Mont Boron, take the city bus number 14 from Nice.

Go to the Phoenix Park

The Phoenix Park (Parc Phoenix), also called “Nice Floral Park” is a botanical and zoological garden located near Nice Airport, in the Arenas district. On 7 hectares, you will find a very high biodiversity, both fauna and flora, with aviaries, marsupials, porcupines, otters and a pond.

One of the major attractions of the site is the large greenhouse, which has several tropical climates with tropical plants and various bird specimens including pink flamingos. In the park, you will also find a children playground area. Phoenix park is a great place to spend an afternoon with your family in Nice! The entrance fee for the Phoenix Park is 4 euros per person. Discounts are available for families and students.