Nice Holidays & City Breaks 2019 / 2020
One of the most popular cities on France’s southern coastline, Nice, sits on the French Riviera, overlooking stunning views of the sea. With a Mediterranean climate to compliment the views, there’s no reason not to love a holiday to Nice. Enjoy balmy days along long promenades or pacing down stretches of the shoreline. The city holds Italian influences as well as French, creating a unique culture and atmosphere as well as fascinating architectural marvels. Make your way into Old Nice where you can really gain the true essence of the city with fantastic cuisine on offer and winding cobblestoned streets. Or choose to soak up the sun’s rays on the beachfront as you sit back and enjoy your Nice holiday.
To kick start your holiday, why not choose one of our centrally located bed and breakfast hotels?
Things to do in Nice
Whatever interests you may have, Nice is a lovely holiday destination. Suited to every type of holiday maker, you can lay back on the beach with a drink in hand, explore the town or discover the many museums that Nice has to offer.
- Promenade des Anglais – This promenade stretches along Nice’s Mediterranean coastline, perfect for strolls and views.
- Vieux Nice – Otherwise known as Old Nice, this is the city’s characteristic old town. Narrow streets guide you through, lined with small shops and pastel coloured buildings.
- Nice Catherdral – Baroque influenced, the Nice Cathedral is home to paintings, organs and an altar. The remnants of the martyred St Reparata can be found here.
- Castle Hill - A park situated on a hilltop with stunning views of the surrounding city and sea as well as an artificial waterfall.
- Parc Phoenix – Botanical garden and zoo including a large greenhouse and a selection of aviaries as well as environments for otters and wallabies.
Places to eat
For French cuisine at its finest, a Nice city break will do. You’ll find dishes typical to Provence with a Mediterranean twist. Popular dishes with a Mediterranean influence will include seafood and fish as well as fruit and vegetables. Herbs and olive oil are also huge aspects of Nice cuisine. Foods will typically be seasoned with garlic, basil, thyme and oregano, to name a few. The famous dish of Ratatouille originated in Nice and is often served as a side dish. A mixture of vegetables cooked and garnished with herbs from bay leaves to thyme, it’s truly delicious.
Great places to eat in Nice include:
- La Petite Maison
- Cafee de Turin
- Le Chantecler
- Les Pêcheurs
Beaches in Nice
The French Riviera is home to an abundance of beaches which are truly stunning and perfect for ultimate relaxation during your Nice holiday. There’s no wonder that it has fast become one of the top beach holiday destinations within Europe. Nice has pleasant beaches which are both public and private, making the city’s pebbly coastline a highlight and principal attraction to many visits.
- Beau Rivage
- Coco Beach
- Florida Plage
- La Reserve
When to go
Nice is a great place to visit in the summer, but thanks to its Mediterranean climate it’s a fantastic destination during the shoulder seasons too, from March to April and September to October. The winter can get quite cold despite the majority of sunny days throughout the year. It is often recommended to take some layers with you on your holiday to Nice, as it can be quite windy being along the coast.
Average high and low temperatures (°C):
- January: 13° / 5°
- February: 13° / 6°
- March: 15° / 8°
- April: 17° / 10°
- May: 21° / 14°
- June: 24° / 17°
- July: 27° / 20°
- August: 27° / 20°
- September: 25° / 17°
- October: 21° / 13°
- November: 17° / 9°
- December: 14° / 6°
Boasting the name of one of France’s largest cities as well as being an increasingly popular tourist destination, you can imagine that Nice’s nightlife is one to be excited for. Elegant cocktail bars overlooking the Mediterranean coastline are the usual night time scene, as well as lively nightclubs and live music venues. Nice’s Old Town is perfect for an early evening drink and a relaxing vibe. Then you can move onto Place Massena where bars are energetic and full of those looking for a good time.
- Les Distilleries Idéales
- El Merkado
- High Club
- Le Ghost
- Wayne’s Bar
The culture that can be discovered during a Nice holiday or weekend break is amazing. The city not only celebrates its local French culture, but also enjoys Italian influences too. This can be seen throughout the Old Town as many buildings have an obvious Italian look to them. Moreover, there are a wide range of museums dotted around the city, building towards the strong art culture that is present in Nice.
- Musée d’art modern et d’art contemporain – This museum reflects on French and American contemporary art work.
- Musée Matisse – 17th-century building which houses the works of Matisse which were mainly created in Nice.
- Musée Masséna – A cultural hub for art and artefacts from the French Riviera.
- Musée Renoir – The artist’s former home up until his death in 1919, features his drawing room and equipment.