Holidays in
Nice

Glamour on the French Riviera

Vibrant art, a prime location in the south of the French Riviera and plenty of razzle-dazzle – it’s no wonder that celebrities adore Nice holidays. Bathed in the famous rays of the Cote d’Azur, Nice racks up more than 300 sunny days a year, meaning you get the thrills of the city combined with the relaxing feel – and weather – of a Mediterranean seaside holiday. Nice’s gorgeous beaches, which fringe the glittering Bay of Angels and sit right on the city’s doorstep, are where a fashionable crowd lounge under smart parasols, just as they’ve done for 200 years – when British aristocrats were first drawn to the French city’s balmy climate.

Despite it remaining a playground for the rich and famous, there’s plenty for couples, families and beach lovers to enjoy. While you’ll find laid-back grandeur at the waterfront and sun-kissed charm in the old town there are also plenty of art galleries, cool bars and modern restaurants to discover on holidays to Nice. Be sure to head at least once to the port-side bars for artisan wines and small plates of local cheese, cured meats and paté. And the best thing? Hollywood star or not, Nice makes for an A-list destination.

All resorts in Nice

Three tips for a top trip

Take the tramThere’s no need for a car here. Nice’s modern trams criss-cross the city and are quick, inexpensive, frequent and – a boon in summer – air-conditioned.
Hunt for bargains While Nice’s largest square, Cours Saleya, has regular flower, fruit and vegetable markets, vintage enthusiasts should visit on Mondays for the ‘marché à la brocante’ flea market.
Fly and flip-flopThe sunny, warm weather of the French Riviera means it’s a great destination for swimming. As Nice’s beaches are pebbly, it’s wise to pack proper footwear.

Best attractions to see in Nice

Promenade des Anglais

This four-mile, waterfront walkway – named after the 18th-century British holidaymakers who flocked here – is Nice’s star attraction, home to bars, shops, restaurants and spectacular sea views.

Vieux Nice

Nice’s medieval Old Town is its cultural and gastronomic heart. Stroll through its atmospheric winding streets and discover local restaurants where tasty seafood is served.

Colline de Chateau

This imposing hilltop park, where a castle once stood, is the place for spectacular views. Families should pack a picnic and let the kids run wild in the playground.

Your Nice questions, answered

Relaxed, chic and tres French indeed. Nice is part antique seaside gem, and part artistic hub. Luckily the two sides of its personality are equally enchanting.

Absolutely not. There’s a lot to do indoors, including the impressive Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the opera house runs an excellent winter programme.

Yes, perhaps better than any in France. Don’t miss trying ‘socca' – a savoury (vegan and gluten free) crepe made from chickpea flour and olive oil.