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Nice
Travel Guide

Nice showing a coastal town and a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

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

Le Meridien Nice
Le Meridien Nice
4 out of 5
1 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $237 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Located in Nice City Centre, this beach hotel is steps from Casino Ruhl, Promenade des Anglais, and Blue Beach. Place Massena and Cours Saleya are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (44 reviews)
Excellent service
"Excellent service and all is in place to ensure your safety in regard to COVID-19"

Reviewed on Dec. 29, 2020

Le Meridien Nice
Hôtel Vacances Bleues Le Royal
Hôtel Vacances Bleues Le Royal
3 out of 5
23 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is CA $208 per night from May 16 to May 17
Located in Nice City Centre, this beach hotel is steps from Baie des Anges, Promenade des Anglais, and Blue Beach. Place Massena and Cours Saleya are also within ...
3.6/5Good! (976 reviews)
"Great location, room was a little bit tiny. Staff is helpful and breakfast is good. Overall recomended"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2021

Hôtel Vacances Bleues Le Royal
Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice
Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice
4 out of 5
223 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is CA $188 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Nestled on the beach, this Fabron hotel is just steps from Baie des Anges and Promenade des Anglais. Place Massena and Blue Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...
4.1/5Very Good! (393 reviews)
Expensive
"I had made a huge mistake on arrival as I was a year early!!!! I know crazy. The first reception person was very unhelpful in my problem perhaps go sit in quiet area to sort, this I understood but would have liked his help. The 2nd person was more empathetic & helped in re-booking. August few room ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 11, 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel, 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.
Residhome Nice Promenade
Residhome Nice Promenade
3 out of 5
3-5 Boulevard Francois Grosso, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is CA $117 per night from May 9 to May 10
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! (798 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'City Nice Acropolis
Appart'City Nice Acropolis
3 out of 5
18 bis Route de Turin, Quartier Saint-Jean d'Angely, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is CA $84 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Riquier, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center, and Cours ...
3.1/5 (698 reviews)
Don't stay here!!
"Terrible rooms and building"

Reviewed on Sep. 3, 2020

Appart'City Nice Acropolis
Etoile de Saint Paul
Etoile de Saint Paul
5 out of 5
293 Chemin Fontmurado, Saint-Paul-de-Vence
The price is CA $219 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Situated in a rural location, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Historic Town Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Fondation Maeght. Regional Natural ...
5/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Deserve 5 Star Rating.
"lovely place with large rooms and balcony. breakfast for €8 is a steal. deserving of its 5 star rating. small grumble about the pillows but apart from that, no complaints."

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2019

Etoile de Saint Paul
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.

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