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Nice
Travel Guide

Nice showing a coastal town and a 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
The price is HK$2,007 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Located in Nice City Centre, this beach hotel is steps away from Casino Ruhl, Promenade des Anglais and Blue Beach. Place Massena and Cours Saleya are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (52 reviews)
Excellent service
"Excellent service and all is in place to ensure your safety in regard to COVID-19"

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2020

Le Meridien Nice
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
5 out of 5
The price is HK$2,254 per night from 19 May to 19 May
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! (990 reviews)
"Loved vathroom and bed and pool and cleanliness. Beautiful pool area"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
Hôtel Vacances Bleues Le Royal
Hôtel Vacances Bleues Le Royal
3 out of 5
The price is HK$840 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in Nice City Centre, this beach hotel is steps away from Baie des Anges, Promenade des Anglais and Blue Beach. Place Massena and Cours Saleya are also ...
3.6/5Good! (977 reviews)
"Great location, room was a little bit tiny. Staff is helpful and breakfast is good. Overall recomended"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2021

Hôtel Vacances Bleues Le Royal
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.
Domaine du Mont Leuze
Domaine du Mont Leuze
Situated by the sea, this villa is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Baie des Fourmis Beach and 3 mi (4.7 km) from Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center. Nice Observatory ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"Très bon accueil , sympathique et disponible , à refaire"

Reviewed on 3 May 2019

Domaine du Mont Leuze
Aparthotel Adagio Nice Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Nice Centre
4 out of 5
The price is HK$952 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in Riquier, this eco-friendly residence is within 1 mile (2 km) of Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Place Massena and Promenade des Anglais. Nice ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,086 reviews)
Séjour agréable
"Séjour très agréable, appartement qui vaut bien les 4*"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Nice Centre
Appart'City Nice Acropolis
Appart'City Nice Acropolis
3 out of 5
The price is HK$661 per night from 28 May to 28 May
Located in Riquier, this residence is within 1 mile (2 km) of Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Center and Cours ...
3.1/5 (699 reviews)
Don't stay here!!
"Terrible rooms and building"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2020

Appart'City Nice Acropolis
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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Reviews of Nice

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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26 Feb 2020

February is a great time to visit because the festival is in town which is a great experience!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Feb 2020

Plenty to do. Lots of beautiful buildings. Not too busy at this time of year, even though it was Carnaval time. Musées Matisse et Chagall a must.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Feb 2020

We liked the variety of old and new town. Lots to see and do. Great transportation system to get around easily. Lots of great shopping. We were lucky enough to see carnival which was colourful.

4/5 - Good

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27 Jan 2020

Nice is an attractive place, but unfortunately it was overshadowed for me by the problems with my hotel, as detailed elsewhere.

5/5 - Excellent

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18 Jan 2020

Good base to explore the area. Airport very close. Do see the cascade.

5/5 - Excellent

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16 Jan 2020

Nice is a fantastoc place!! Monaco is worth a visit, take the train, its only 25 minutes and the route takes you along the coast. There are almost too many restaurants tonchoose from in Nice !! Its not crazy expensive either!!