Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Planning A Trip To Nice

Nice in France is a destination that is known for its glamour and glitz.  Within a two-hour flight from the UK, hot dry summers and a mild temperate winter it's a great all round tourist destination.  

When to go



July is the hottest month with temperatures of 74 degrees centigrade. For music lovers check out the Nice Jazz Festival in July.  The Spring and Autumn are great times to visit, with the Nice Carnival being on in February or March.

How to get there



Flights from the UK by carriers such as BA and Easyjet are just under 2 hours, and you can fly from a variety of cities including London, Bristol, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Alternatively, you can get there in by taking the Eurostar from London to Paris then changing. This takes approximately 8 and a 1/2 hours.

Where to stay



If money is no object you can have your pick of exclusive and luxurious hotels, from Hotel Le Negresco with Michelin-starred dining, sea views and antique furniture to Hotel Suisse, a chocolate box stunning boutique hotel with the best sea views.

For an alternative with extra space try an apartment like this one above on the Promenade Des Anglais from Clickstay. Perfectly situated in the heart of everything this two bedroom, two bathrooms apartment is surprisingly affordable. If you even wanted to, you could cook your own food and wash your own clothes, something I try not to do on holiday if I can help it but the option is there! If you like this idea, check out other self-catering accommodation options in the Côte d'Azur area.

What to see and do




Culture lovers will enjoy the Massena Museum surrounded by beautiful gardens. With antiques from the Massena family and a number of artefacts from Napoleon including his death mask, the Massena Museum is well worth a visit. 

Art lovers will be enthralled with two museums to Marc Chagall and Matisse whilst the Palais De Justice, an ornate former court of law will please architecture lovers with its neoclassical architecture.
For sun worshippers the public beaches are pebbly so if you don't mind paying, go to one of the private beaches such as Castel Plage with lockers, decking and a beachside restaurant. 



If you love to explore, walk around the winding alleyways of the old town (or Vieux Nice as the locals call it) and find reasonably priced restaurants, cute boutiques and lively bars. Check out the food market, the flower market and the Monday Flea market held at Cours Saleya, the large and impressive market square.

A post about Nice wouldn't be complete without mention the Promenade des Anglais, the perfect place for sitting in a cafe or bar with a glass of French wine and people watching.

Day Trips


It would be a shame to come to Nice and not explore the French Riveria. Regular buses and trains go to Cannes, Monaco and Monte Carlo and all are under 50 minutes on public transport. Whilst the lively town of St Tropez and historic Marseille are a little further afield. 

Walk the streets of Monaco where the F1 Grand Prix is held every May, explore Cannes home of the famous film festival and put your money on black at the Monte Carlo casino. 

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As you can see there is so much to see and do in Nice that it makes a fascinating weekend break or holiday destination all year round. We can't wait to go later in the year.

Let me know, would you go to Nice? What would you like to see or do?

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27 comments

  1. Oh it looks gorgeous here! I've always wanted to and might have to book a trip soon x

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    1. There is so much to do around Nice too.

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  2. Nice looks ideal for a summer getaway - and that hotel looks out of this world!

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  3. I visited Nice some years ago, such a beautiful place for a holiday.

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  4. We're actually planning a trip to Nice within the next 3 years, so this is really helpful!

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  5. I'd love to do the day trips out from Nice as all of those places sound really interesting x

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  6. Looks lovely and did not realise how quick the flight time is :)x

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    1. Yes the flight time is under two hours from most UK airports.

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  7. What an Interesting place to visit it looks so much fun, we're planning a trip and I would recommend this place to them.

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  8. i would love to go to nice one day. ive never been to the south of france before

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  9. I love F1, so going for a trip in Monaco would be like a dream for me. I imagine it's cheaper and better to stay in Nice and visit Monaco for the day.

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    1. My husband loves F1 too. I would love to go to Monaco to see where Ironman was filmed too :)

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  10. Never been to Nice but it looks amazing

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  11. I've always wanted to visit Nice! I love the cultural side to it and would love to visit museums!

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    1. I love art so would be fabulous to visit the Marc Chagall museum.

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  12. Stunning photos! I would love to go to Nice one day. x

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  13. I've heard incredible things about Nice! I'd love to visit soon!

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  14. How absolutely beautiful Nice looks! I genuinely didn't realise it was that short a flight, so could easily be done for a quick weekend break. I think I need to start saving my pennies.

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    1. Yes it is a perfect weekend break. Who wouldn't love a bit of glam and glitz on a weekend break too.

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  15. Looks amazing and beautiful at locations

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  16. I didn't realise so many places were so easily accessible from Nice, and with weather that good how can I not add it to my travel wishlist

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    1. Yes there are lots of towns nearby and they are easy to get to on the train.

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  17. looks like a gorgeous place to go

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  18. Nice is so pretty and such a good hub for travelling along the coast. We usually go there on our family holiday and stay in an apartment but never thought to check out Clickstay! xo

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    1. Apartments are such good value these days and you get so much more space too.

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