Dream beaches paired with urban hustle and bustle, culture and lots of charm. We reveal our best travel tips for a holiday in Nice.
7 Exciting Facts About Nice
- Nice was named after the Greek goddess Nike
- Today's cityscape was designed by architects from Turin
- With more than 340,000 inhabitants, Nice is the fifth largest city in France (as of March 2021)
- The airport of Nice is the second largest one in France - right after Paris
- July is the warmest month in Nice
- The average annual temperature is 19.2 °C
- Nice boasts an average of 280 days of sunshine per year
When Is the Best Time to Travel to Nice?
Similar to other cities on the Côte d'Azur, Nice is a city with a Mediterranean climate. High and summery temperatures can be expected all year round and the humidity is also relatively high. Even in winter, there is hardly any sign of cold spells, which makes Nice an absolute insider tip even during the off-season. Especially those who like to escape winter are in good hands here. On top of that, the number of tourists decreases considerably and you can enjoy the city in peace and quiet. Nevertheless, you can expect a lot more rain. If you like it hot and dry, you should visit Nice in summer. It hardly ever rains, the temperatures hover around 30 °C and it hardly cools down in the evening.
However, Nice is particularly beautiful in spring and autumn. In March, April and May, the average temperature is between 20 and 25 °C, and the spring blossoms make the city look even more beautiful. But also in September and October, when it is already cold, wet and grey in many places, it is still pleasantly warm in Nice and the French wine tastes particularly good then.
All Nice Highlights at a Glance
What Are the 5 Most Beautiful Beaches in Nice?
1. The Central Beach: La Plage des Ponchettes
It doesn't get much more central than at La Plage des Ponchettes! The beach section is situated right in front of the old town of Nice and is therefore ideal to reach from the city centre. The beach is open to the public and is guarded during the season. A fine pebble beach and light blue water await you at La Plage des Ponchettes. You will just come across a small, man-made sandy beach around the volleyball court. However, be prepared: especially in high season, the beach is very crowded!
2. The Calm Beach: La Plage de Coco
The Plage de Coco, or Coco Beach, is one of the less well-known and less frequented beaches in Nice. So, if you are also looking for some relaxation during your stay, this is the place to be. Unlike the other beaches, Coco Beach is not just a pebble beach, but also a rocky beach. It is quite unspoilt and at some points you can only get into the water via a ladder. The way there is also a bit steeper, but the little effort definitely pays off in the end!
3. The Sporty Beach: La Plage du Neptune
Of course, there are also numerous opportunities in Nice to engage in sporting activities during your holiday or city trip. Especially in high season, the Plage du Neptune is the perfect place to add a little pep and action to your holiday. You are spoilt for choice with a wide range of water sports: From parasailing to windsurfing to jet skiing - the Plague du Neptune definitely meets the needs of every sports fan. And once you're finished, you can refresh yourself at one of the numerous beach bars and round off the day. It couldn't be any better!
4. The All-Rounder: La Plage du Carras
It is one of the most extensive beaches in the city: the Plage du Carras. Carras Beach is the all-rounder among Nice's beaches. Here, you'll find countless sunbathing options, a water sports centre, volleyball courts and beach bars. Jet ski fans, in particular, get their money's worth here, along with the Plage du Neptune. So, you certainly won't get bored at Carras Beach! Due to the many entertainment options and the spaciousness of the beach, it is also very popular and well-frequented in high summer. Therefore, you should arrive early enough to get a place.
5. The Dog Beach: La Lanterne
Last but not least, a very special beach: La Lanterne. Are you travelling with your four-legged friend or do you like to be surrounded by dogs? If so, the beach at La Lanterne is just the thing for you. The most eastern of all beaches is not necessarily one of the most attractive sections, but it is the only official beach where animals are allowed. It's also a little further away from the hustle and bustle of the city and harbour, so you can enjoy more tranquillity. A small hill muffles the noise and provides privacy. And your four-legged friend will also enjoy a short break with kindred spirits.
Which 3 Places Are an Essential Must-See on a Trip to Nice?
1. The Old Town of Nice - Vieux Nice
Colourful house facades, narrow streets and Mediterranean flair - this is probably the best way to describe the old town of Nice, also known as Vieux Nice. The old town is now considered the heart of the city and is therefore not only the historic but also the vibrant centre of Nice. Here, you will come across numerous restaurants, cafés, bars, spacious squares and markets. Especially worth a visit: la Place Rossetti, where you will also find the Sainte Réparate Cathedral, la Place du Palais de Justice and la Place Saint François, with its famous fish market. The best thing to do is to simply drift along the narrow streets of the old town and enjoy the unique ambience.
2. The Promenade du Paillon in Nice
Even though the Promenade du Paillon was only constructed in 2013, it has become a permanent and important part of the city. The promenade is also affectionately called "Coulée Verte", the green strip, by the locals, which describes the boulevard quite well. Here, you will come across a green area of about twelve hectares in the middle of the city, which is home to exotic plants, shady trees and an impressive water table. The square is a popular destination for families with children, as you will find seesaws, swings and wooden figures. And adults can also grab a coffee or drink at one of the nearby cafés and bars and simply enjoy the ambience.
3. The Promenade des Anglais in Nice
Of course, the most famous promenade in Nice should not be missed on a city break: the Promenade des Anglais! The promenade owes its name to the English aristocracy, who regularly wintered at the Côte d'Azur in the 19th century and settled in particular around today's boulevard. As a result, this section also became one of the most expensive in the city and is still an address for some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Over time, the promenade has also been further extended and is now an ideal place for strolling, cycling or jogging. Especially in the evening and at sunset, it becomes very atmospheric here.
What Are Good Day Trips From Nice?
Because of Nice's central location on the Côte d'Azur, there are numerous opportunities for day trips from the city. Whether by the sea or land - there is no lack of possibilities here! For example, a trip to the film festival city of Cannes, which is about 30 kilometres away. You can reach Cannes by train in less than 30 minutes. If you prefer looking for the most impressive yachts in the world, and if you love luxury and glamour, you should take a trip to Saint-Tropez. Here, the crossings by boat are particularly suitable. It takes less than two hours to reach the luxurious harbour town and you can also enjoy the beautiful view of the French Riviera. Monaco, on the other hand, is less than 30 minutes away by car. Absolutely worth a visit!
From Where Do You Enjoy the Best View Over Nice?
Last but not least, we have a great suggestion for those who are always on the lookout for the best view over a city. The Colline du Château, meanwhile also known as Nice's local mountain, is just the perfect spot for this. Moreover, by climbing the local mountain, you are walking on the historical roots of the city, because this is where Nice was once founded. The hill is located east of the old town and today there are only a few remains of the former fortress and cathedral. However, you can enjoy the best view of Nice's old town and the sea from here. Thus, a visit to the local mountain is certainly a must!
Flights to Nice With Austrian Airlines
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