Nicknamed “Nice La Belle”, Nice is one of France’s national graces. This delightful Mediterranean French hybrid city is located on the southernmost eastern tip of the French Mediterranean coast, in the Cote d’Azur, almost touching the north-west Italian border. Being one of the most southerly cities of France, Nice sees typical Mediterranean weather, which is hot most of the year round. The hottest month is August, during which the average temperatures reach high 30s. Nice is ideal for holidaymakers, whether for a short but sweet break or for a lengthy summer away. 

You’ll find Nice to also be only a mere 8 miles from the principality of Monaco, a gorgeous independent state, perfect for having a wander through the small, quaint streets, once home to the stunningly beautiful American actress, Grace Kelly. 

Having always been popular with the celebrities, explore the ancient streets of Nice, and take in the architectural gems, such as the multitude of baroque churches, the impressive Place de Palais, or the city’s main square, Place Massena, which is bordered by red ochre buildings designed to mimic the Italian Architecture of Florence or Venice. In fact, for those of you who find history of great interest, take the time to visit the archaeological site of Terra Amata, near the Port of Nice, where you can see some of the earliest examples of fire usage, from around 230,000 years ago. 

For a more leisurely pace that is desired on a relaxing summer holiday, be sure to sunbathe on the lovely French beaches, or take a preamble around the picturesque Port of Nice. Pretend to be a Victorian Gentleman or a Georgian lady along the expanse of the Promenade des Anglais, a darling walk along the waterside, named in the wake of the sheer volume of English tourists who have visited the city over the previous centuries. 

You’ll find the countryside of Nice is gorgeous and inspiring, having attracted many painters who not only explored the architectural beauty of the city, but also captured the awe of the natural wonders of the surrounding area, in particular the satin-like waterfall at Colline de Chateau. 

We find the cuisine is dominated by delicious Provence dishes, such as the Pissaladiere, a tart made with onion and anchovies, or Socca, a pancake made from chickpea flour. 

Overview

France is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, with a wide range of landscapes and a pleasant Mediterranean climate. The historical region of Nice is situated in the south eastern part of the country and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the Cote d’Azur.

The landscapes here are diverse, with the region of Nice featuring many vineyards, pine forests, olive groves and lavender fields. The Mercantour National Park is great for hiking and kayaking, and there are also many places in the area that offer magnificent views over the Mediterranean Sea. The lovely towns of Pégomas and Tanneron are renowned for bright yellow mimosa flowers, which bloom every February.

The capital of the region is the city of Nice; the 5th most populous city in the country, it is located only 13 kilometres from Monaco on the Cote d’Azur. Nice boasts the famous Promenade des Anglais which runs parallel to the beach and was built in 1822. The old town of Nice, the Vieux Nice, is also worth a visit and visitors can enjoy the flea market here every Monday.

Cannes is located just a 15 minute drive from the city of Nice. It is another favourite destination on the Cote d’Azur and is famously favoured by the rich and powerful. The Mediterranean city features numerous hotels, elegant restaurants and luxury boutiques, and the pretty harbour features many enormous yachts and cruise ships. Cannes also hosts several important events throughout the year including the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and the legendary - Cannes Film Festival.

Key Facts

  • Currency: EUR: Euro
    Language: French
    Approximate flight time from the UK: 2 hours
    Time zone: GMT +1

Great For

Beach holidays: The historical region of Nice boasts some of the most popular beaches in France and the Cote d’Azur is also a favourite beach holiday destination for the rich and famous. A great Mediterranean climate, crystal clear waters and excellent services are all available here.
Culinary experience: The Nice region has a traditional Mediterranean cuisine that centres are the use of olives, fresh vegetables and local seafood. The world famous Nicoise salad originated here and the locally produced wines are worth tasting.
Golf: There are many great golf courses situated in the region, offering breath taking views and excellent services.
Cultural adventure: The region of Nice and the Cote d’Azur has an amazing culture and many traditions. Cannes is the host city of the annual Cannes Film Festival, while the city of Nice features the popular Matisse Museum.

Cannes - Mougins Golf Country Club

Situated near the beautiful city of Cannes on the Cote d’Azur, the Cannes – Mougins Golf Country Club is definitely a great choice for golf lovers holidaying in the region. It boasts over 500 members and has a unique location, with undulating hills, green forests, and picturesque fountains and lakes. The Cannes – Mougins Golf Country Club also offers luxury accommodation, meeting rooms and a cosy restaurant for the golfers.
Address: 1175 Avenue du Golf, 06250 Mougins, Nice, France
Entry cost: green fees are available from €175 per person in high season and from €100 per person in low season
Official website: http://www.golfcannesmougins.com/en/the-course/

Aquasplash Marineland

The Aquasplash Marineland is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region of Nice. It is located in the coastal town of Antibes and features many exciting water attractions. The Draguero is a giant slide standing over 12 metres high and the Side Winder offers the opportunity to drop 10 metres in a rubber raft. Littler guests can enjoy the Lazy River and the Kid’s Pool, while parents can enjoy some paella in the Black Canon.
Address: 306 Avenue Mozart, 06600 Antibes, Nice, France
Entry cost: ticket is €27 for adults, €21 for children aged between 3 and 12 years, group tickets are also available
Official website: http://aquasplash.marineland.fr/en

Chateau de la Napoule

The Chateau de la Napoule is one of the most beautiful historical attractions in the region of Nice. The chateau has a spectacular garden and also houses the Henry Clews Museum. The museum was set up in 1951 by the American Marie Clews as a memorial to her late husband. Many strange and eccentric art installations can be seen here, in keeping with the attitudes of the Clews, who were themselves artists. The couple restored the dilapidated chateau after discovering it in 1918 and Marie’s architectural influences can be seen in the building. The chateau holds workshops for children and they can even take part in treasure hunt in the gardens.
Address: Boulevard Henry Clews, 06210 Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France
Opening hours: Feb 7th – Nov 7th: every day from 10am to 6pm, tours starts at 11.30am, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm; Nov 8th – Feb 6th: Mon – Fri from 2pm to 5pm and tours at 2.30pm and 3.30pm, Sat – Sun from 10am to 5pm and tours at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Official website: http://www.chateau-lanapoule.com/

Parc Phoenix Nice

The wonderful Parc Phoenix is located on the Promenade des Anglais in the city of Nice and has an extensive area of about 7000 square metres. The park is home to more than 2500 different species of plants and is the ideal location for reclining in the shade of the trees from the midday sun. It has a pyramid shaped greenhouse at its centre (one of the largest in Europe), which is referred to as the ‘green diamond’.
Address: 405 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France
Opening hours: 25th Oct – 30th March: every day from 9.30am to 6pm, 31st March – 24th Oct: every day from 9.30am to 7.30pm
Entry cost: ticket is €3 per person and free for children under the age of 12. Annual memberships are also available.
Official website: http://www.parc-phoenix.org/

National Marc Chagall Museum

The well-known National Marc Chagall Museum is located in the city of Nice and it is an attraction not to be missed. The building itself was designed by the famous architect, Andre Hermant and the museum was opened in 1973. It displays many fantastic art works made by Marc Chagall, and visitors and see how his work developed over five significant period in his career.
Address: 36 Avenue Dr Ménard, 06000 Nice, France
Opening hours: Nov - April: Wed – Mon from 10am to 5pm, May - Oct: Wed – Mon from 10am to 6pm
Entry cost: ticket is €9 per person, reduced ticket is €7 per person. Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month and group tickets are also available. Free for visitors under 26 from the EU
Official website: http://en.musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/chagall/

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