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Colorful architecture, a warm climate and a laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle make this coastal city a favorite with celebrities and holidaymakers.

Nice is famed for its azure waters and year-round good weather. The French Riviera city of two million has a temperate climate, glamorous beaches and a laid-back lifestyle.

Much of the action in Nice happens along the water, on the Promenade Des Anglais. The three-mile (five-kilometer) stretch is where locals and tourists converge on the city’s beaches. Hop between cafés, restaurants and bars along the bustling strip. Dodge expensive cars on the road and gaze out at private yachts sailing across La Baie des Anges (“The Bay of Angels”). Nice attracts the world’s rich and famous, from the Queen of England to Angelina Jolie.

Take a stroll through the Old Town, a block back from the promenade, where a mix of Art Deco and baroque buildings with red roofs and blue shutters are the main style of architecture. Wander down narrow alleyways filled with traditional eateries and old churches. Shop with locals for fresh produce at the Cours Salaya open-air market and stop for a coffee in one of the busy squares. Here, sidewalks are packed with diners at any time of the day or night. Sample local cuisine such as “Socca”, a chickpea crepe, or “Salade Niçoise”.

The city’s main square lies on the edge of the Old Town. Place Massena is a busy thoroughfare for pedestrians and a good place to people-watch. Visit at night, when the plaza and its features – a modern art installation and old fountain – are lit up with brightly colored lights.

Climb the hill south of the Old Town for the best views in the city. Castle Hill has been turned into a park with ruins, a waterfall and lookouts. Take the stairs or pay a small fee to ride the elevator, which runs around March through late October.

Nice is easy to navigate on foot, tram or bus. Use the inexpensive city bicycle rental scheme, or do as the locals do and rent a pair of roller skates.

Where to stay in Nice

Old Town, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Old Town

5/5Exceptional!(28 area reviews)

Known for its beaches and abundant dining options, there's plenty to explore in Old Town. Top attractions like Place Massena and Cours Saleya are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Opera - Vieille Ville Tram Station or Cathedral - Vieille Ville Tram Station to see more of the city.

Old Town
La Californie, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

La Californie

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

Unique features of La Californie include the beaches and gardens. Make a stop by Promenade des Anglais or Baie des Anges while you're exploring the area.

La Californie
Les Baumettes, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Les Baumettes

4/5Very Good!(12 area reviews)

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Les Baumettes. A stop by Promenade des Anglais or Florida Beach might round out your trip.

Les Baumettes
Carabacel, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Carabacel

4.5/5Wonderful!(9 area reviews)

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Carabacel. A stop by Nice Theatre or Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art might round out your trip.

Carabacel
L'Arenas, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

L'Arenas

3.5/5Good!(25 area reviews)

L'Arenas is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Promenade des Anglais or Phoenix Park.

L'Arenas
Gambetta, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Gambetta

Uncover some of the top draws of Gambetta like its beaches and historic sites. If you're hoping to see more of the larger area, make a stop by Place Massena or Promenade des Anglais.

Gambetta

Top Hotels in Nice

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
5 out of 5
13-15 Promenade Des Anglais, Boite Postale 1655 Cedex 1, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is CA $229 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in Nice City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Baie des Anges, Promenade des Anglais and Blue Beach. Place Massena and Nice Etoile Shopping ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (968 reviews)

"Loved vathroom and bed and pool and cleanliness. Beautiful pool area"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
Albert 1'er Hotel Nice, France
Albert 1'er Hotel Nice, France
3 out of 5
4 Avenue Des Phoceens, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is CA $84 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 13

Located in Nice City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Baie des Anges and Place Massena. Promenade des Anglais and Blue Beach are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (960 reviews)

"The balcony was mind blowing! Super friendly staff, clean rooms. Can only recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 15, 2020

Albert 1'er Hotel Nice, France
Novotel Nice Centre Vieux Nice
Novotel Nice Centre Vieux Nice
4 out of 5
8-10 Esplanade du Parvis de l'Europe, Nice, Alpes- Cote d'Azur
The price is CA $112 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

This family-friendly Nice hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Jean Bouin Sport Palace and Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition ...

4/5Very Good! (927 reviews)
Fint hotel med god service

"Familieværelserne er små, men med gode faciliteter. Solterrasse er lidt for lille i forhold til antallet af gæster, og det var meget få solstole. Rengøring af toilet kunne godt være bedre."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2020

Novotel Nice Centre Vieux Nice
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Nice

Residhome Nice Promenade
Residhome Nice Promenade
3 out of 5
3-5 Boulevard Francois Grosso, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is CA $79 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Nice City Centre, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Promenade des Anglais and Blue Beach. Place Massena and Nice Etoile Shopping Center ...

3.8/5Good! (788 reviews)

"They was very friendly there and helped us out to explain how to go around in the city, the rooms was very clean and nice. Can recommend. 👍"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 20, 2020

Residhome Nice Promenade
Appart Hôtel Nemea Résidence Le Lido
Appart Hôtel Nemea Résidence Le Lido
3 out of 5
132,134,136 Avenue de Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Alpes-maritimes
The price is CA $74 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Located in Cros-de-Cagnes, this residence is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Baie des Anges and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from CAP 3000 Shopping Center. Renoir Museum and Chateau ...

3.8/5Good! (404 reviews)
Very good

"Very good condition"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 12, 2020

Appart Hôtel Nemea Résidence Le Lido
The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture
The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture
4 out of 5
21 Rue Meyerbeer, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is CA $117 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

Located in Nice City Centre, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of Promenade des Anglais and Blue Beach. Place Massena and Nice Etoile Shopping Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (458 reviews)

"HotelJay is in an excellent location 3 minutes walk from the beach, the decor is beautiful and the service is excellent."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 11, 2020

The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Nice

Promenade des Anglais
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Promenade des Anglais

4.5/5(96 reviews)

Stroll the promenade day or night for views across the Bay of Angels, and access to Nice’s best beaches.

Place Massena
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Place Massena

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Nice’s main square offers opportunities for shopping, delightful cafés dotted around the edge and some of the best people-watching in the city.

Allianz Riviera
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Allianz Riviera

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Watch sports at the highest level at Nice’s premier stadium, where you can attend soccer and rugby matches as well as concerts and shows.

Top things to do in Nice

Small-Group Gourmet Food Tour of Nice
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Small-Group Gourmet Food Tour of Nice

CA $116
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Nice Hop-On Hop-Off BusTour
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Nice Hop-On Hop-Off BusTour

CA $36
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Best of French Riviera Tour to Èze, Monaco, Antibes & Cannes
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Best of French Riviera Tour to Èze, Monaco, Antibes & Cannes

CA $116
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Tour to Èze & Monaco Monte Carlo
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Half-Day Tour to Èze & Monaco Monte Carlo

CA $85
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Full-Day French Riviera Coast & Countryside Tour from Nice
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Full-Day French Riviera Coast & Countryside Tour from Nice

CA $152
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Private Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) Full-Day Tour
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Private Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) Full-Day Tour

CA $1,304
Per adult

Reviews of Nice

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 58.88324873096447%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.54822335025381%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.060913705583756%
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2 - Disappointing 0.5076142131979695%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2020

Take in the flower market! Totally unique and fun to look around.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 26, 2020

City seems to be regenerating, rebuilding. Tram system affordable and efficient. Easy access to airport.

5/5 - Excellent

MD

Feb 7, 2020

Amazing city. A new fav!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 24, 2020

Very friendly city and clean.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 2, 2020

Nice is a great city !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 27, 2019

Such friendly people. I loved it.

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