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 tram
There’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-flop
The 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.

The great thing about a holiday to Nice is you can go practically anytime and there’s something interesting happening, from night markets and carnivals to music festivals and late opening at the museums. In the summer, you can enjoy the bustling atmosphere and good temperatures. And spring and autumn are still warm enough for beaches and sightseeing. Winters are generally mild, so it’s still good to walk along the coast and visit the museums without the crowds.

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.

Nice has a good selection of beaches that each have their own qualities. Beaches along the Promenade are easy to reach, with pebble shores and plenty of watersport activities nearby. Further along the coast are the sandy beaches at Villefranche-sur-Mer and shallow waters at Beaulieu-sur-Mer. For something a little different, you could head to the coastal park of Jardin Felix Rainaux, a tranquil spot with shady palms and sea views.

Nice is a great choice for either a city break or a longer stay. There’s so much to do with museums, galleries and historical buildings to explore. There are narrow streets and wide squares filled with bustling cafes and shops. For the more relaxing days, there are plenty of well-located beaches and peaceful parks. The hillside setting is good for the scenery and a little hiking. Set on the coast, you can easily take day trips by road or rail and enjoy more of the area’s natural beauty and pretty towns.

As a city, Nice is remarkably compact, so you’re never far away from attractions, shops and cafes. You may want to stay close to the shore along the promenade, ideal for beach days and lively evenings. Or you may prefer to base yourself close to the old town cafes or city centre shops. Wherever you stay, you’re never far from the museums and galleries or an opportunity to dine out.

As well as days on the beach, families will love hanging out in Nice’s parks. Promenade du Paillon is a city centre park filled with plants from France, Africa and America, as well as fun water features and a marine-themed play area. Castle Hill has a waterfall, observation deck, play park and places to picnic. This popular sightseeing destination isn’t just for families though, as it’s the perfect location for an evening stroll with romantic sea views.

It’s easy to get around on foot or by public transport in Nice. There’s even an elevator to take you up to the top of Castle Hill. You can hire a bike or scooter if you fancy a change of pace. If you’re planning a few day trips along the coast, to the old town of Antibes or the resort of Cannes, you may prefer to hire a car. Handily, trains also run along the coast, so you’ll have plenty of options.