Cheap flights to Nice
So you want to holiday with the jet set, sip coffees in superyacht filled marinas and party the night away in an elegant beach bar? Then there can only be one word – Nice! If you’re after a bit of glitz and glamour then the seaside city-cum-resort of Nice in the south of France should do the trick.
Pulling in the crowds for centuries with a dizzying array of sun, sea and style, Nice is the capital of the Côte d’Azure, one of the most glamorous holiday destinations in the whole of Europe. Walk the red carpet in Cannes, drool over the superyachts in Antibes, join the celeb set in St Tropez or celeb spot at Paloma beach, whatever you choose to do, holidays to Nice and the Côte d’Azure are action packed with elegance.
Enjoy a mooch around the Cours Saleya's evening craft market. Every evening local artisans selling jewellery, pottery and paintings line the alleys between the pavement eateries and bars until midnight. nicetourisme.com/pro-the-markets
Leave the cold weather behind with a visit to the Musee National Marc Chagall. Bask in the rich colours of the world's largest Chagall collection. Free entrance every first Sunday of the month. Closed Tuesdays (Avenue Docteur Ménard, musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/chagall).
Since its opening in 1963, The Matisse Museum has been welcoming visitors to its collection of works left by the artist (and his heirs) to the city of Nice, where he lived from 1918 until 1954 (164 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, musee-matisse-nice.org).
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral is one of Nice's most prominent landmarks. Its red-brick façade and onion-like towers were opened by Tsar Nicolas II to serve the large Russian community that had settled in Nice by the end of the 19th century. Its impressive interior contains a large amount of decorative items of historical value, transported from Russia during the troubled times of the Russian Civil War (Avenue Nicolas II, 06000).
Even in early spring, there are fabulous views from Castle Hill. Blow the cobwebs away and walk up the 100+ steps to the top. Take a picnic for when you get there. en.nicetourisme.com
Avoid the crowded coastal roads and jump aboard a boat to St Tropez. Leaving daily at 9am and returning by 7pm, the 90-minute sail along the coast makes a refreshing day out. Once in the tiny port town of St Tropez, join the jet set on one of the chic terraces for lunch before visiting La Citadelle, a stone's throw away. trans-cote-azur.com
Escape the madding crowds for some quiet time in the medieval village of Eze. The village is rich in history and if old ruins are your thing, you'll love exploring the Jardin Exotique, which offers breathtaking views 675m above the Mediterranean (see Chateau Eza above).