Nice travel guide

Nice in France

Nice is a Mediterranean port-city located near to Italy and the principality of Monaco. Situated in a region of the Mediterranean coast known as the Riviera or Côte d'Azur, Nice has a warm and moderate climate with the average annual temperature being around 15℃. The mild temperate climate and beautiful scenery brings back lots of tourists from all around the world. Villas, hotels, gardens and recreational facilities such as casinos, are all well maintained, and Nice has the extra advantage of neighbouring well-known places like Monaco and the cosmopolitan city of Cannes. In particular, the 3.5-km seaside promenade ('Promenade des Anglais') brilliantly leading to the resort town of Nice, is one of the reasons behind Nice's popularity. The beauty of Nice and the broader region of Côte d'Azur has attracted many talented artists in the past, such as Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall.

Places to visit

  • Walking along the old city you will run into Nice's Cours Saleya. Depending on the day, this traditional square houses the Saleya Market (Marché Saleya) where you can buy bread, cheese, olives, fruits, fresh mushrooms and spices, a flower market (Marché aux fleurs) where you will find countless kinds of flowers and beautiful bouquets, a flea market (Marché aux Puces) with antiques, as well as an arts-and-crafts market (Marché d'Art et d'Artisanat). The best time to visit is early in the morning when the markets are just about to open.

Monuments and Museums to visit

  • the Matisse Museum (Musée Matisse) housed in the Villa des Arènes
  • the Marc Chagall Museum (Musée Marc Chagall) also known as National Museum Marc Chagall Biblical Message (Musée national message biblique Marc Chagall) as it is home for a series of seventeen paintings inspired by and illustrating the biblical message
  • the Opera of Nice (Opéra de Nice) with its magnificent auditorium

Events to attend

  • Nice's carnival is among the three most famous carnivals in the world, along with the Brazilian Rio de Janeiro carnival and the Italian carnival of Venice. Worth-visiting not only by the Europeans but also by people from all around the world, Nice's carnival has become one of the most visited festivals. Around eighteenth century the carnival of Nice was strongly influenced by the Venetian carnival masks, but due to some unexpected accidents and happenings the free street format has now taken the form of an orderly street parade. Every year in February and over a period of 15 days, the Nice carnival welcomes numerous visitors with a different theme.

Food to taste

  • Pissaladière, a type of onion tart made with olives
  • Farcis nicois, a dish made with vegetables stuffed with breadcrumbs
  • Socca, a type of pancake made from chickpea flour
  • bouillabaisse, a stew of fresh fish and seafood
  • Stoquefiche, a cod and garlic stew
  • Tourte de blettes, a tart made with beet leaves
  • the famous Salade nicoise, a tomato salad with green peppers, egg, anchovies and olives
  • Beignets de fleurs de courgettes, deep-fried courgette flours in batter
  • Pan-bagnat, a type of sandwich with tuna and anchovies
  • the countless ice cream flavours found in the old town of Nice, including some rather bizarre ones, such as chewing gum, tomato, lavender, rose and violet

Map of Nice with accommodations

The blue markers shows the location of various accommodations in Nice. The letter in the marker describes the accommodation types: H for Hotel, A for Apartment, R for Resort, B for Bed & Breakfast and O for Other (e.g. pension, villa). Click on the blue marker for more information on the accommodation.