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.
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.
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.