Beach in Nice
Nice is the quintessential beach holiday. Enjoy the Mediterranean Sea and famous coastline boasting breathtaking cliffs and beautiful beaches. Nice's beaches extend along the bay between Rauba Capau and the new airport at the other end of the Promenade des Anglais.
There are roughly 15 private beaches separated by public beaches in Nice. Visitors should not expect white sand, however, Nice's beaches are typically pebbles and rock. You will also find beach activities such as volleyball and petanque (a form of boules) as well a variety of services inluding cafe's, bars, restuarants along the seafront esplanade, the Promenade des Anglais. The promenade itself is almost 3 miles long; perfect for a walk at night.
Backpacking in Nice
Backpacking in Nice is an affordable way to explore the city with several good value for money hostels within easy walking distance of public transport, the beach, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, shopping and many popular tourist attractions. Most backpacking accommodation in Nice is situated conveniently near the Promenade des Anglais and the historic city centre.
Offering a variety of hostels ranging in price from about €20 - €30 per night most include towels, linen, washing machines, 24 hour multilingual reception and self catering facilities. Most hostels in Nice charge 6€ for breakfast. Backpackers in Nice should book a hostel in advance, particularly in the summer months. Arrangements can also be made for backpackers to explore beyond the city such as day trips to Monaco, Cannes or Antibes.
Corporate Weekend in Nice
A corporate weekend in Nice is a great opportunity to visit a trendy French beach city. With its numerous and diverse range of sights to see, things to do and places to stay, Nice caters for most budgets and tastes. Don't let the amazing views of the sea or mountains from modern conference centres distract, let them inspire. Nice provides a relaxing setting for business people and ideas to come together and is a great location for team building to thrive. Overall Nice is a good setting for corporate weekends.
Cruises in Nice
Vistors in Nice can find cruises to and from the city from Nice-Port on the Quai du Commerce. The Port is an important port of call of cruise ships on the Mediterranean Sea. The Port of Nice is about a 30 minute walk from the city centre, and caters to a variety of holiday cruise companies. The cruise season each year is from February – December.
Culture and Arts in Nice
The arts and culture scene in Nice is well known. Offering museums of archelology and ancient ruins to contemporary art galleries with the works of Mattisse and Chagall, Nice has something for all art lovers. Nice is known in particular for being a favorite workplace of many of the greats of Impressionist art.
The most popular museum choices include the Chagall Museum, the Fine Arts Museum, the Mattise Museum, Musee International d'Art Naif Anatole-Jakovsk, Archelological Museum of Nice, Natural History Museum of Nice and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Ballet and classical music lovers should head to the Nice Opera in Central Nice. The Nice Opera has its own dedicated philharmonic orchestra, opera and ballet company. There are also several theatres throughout the city.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Nice
Cycling in Nice maybe a low budget transportation option but it can also be dangerous. The safest cycling area is the Promenade des Anglais which has a protected cycleway all the way to the airport, although be aware that you will be amongst pedestrians, rollerbladers, and joggers. At the airport you can rent bicycles for a half day 10€, full day 14€, 24 hours 18€, and week 90€. There are a few bike repair/rental shops in Nice such as Holiday Bikes and Roller-Station.
A more enjoyable way to explore Nice by bicycle is booking a cycling tour. Cycling tours give you a glimpse into medieval streets, Belle Epoque palaces, stunning beaches and plazas. For a three hour tour, whch includes, helmits, bike hire, and a beverage, the cost is 30€. Five hour trips cost 50€ per person and take in the glories of the French Riviera and the sleepy fishing port of Villefranche, wealthy villas, secluded beaches and breathtaking views of the coastline.The tour stops for a picnic lunch. These tours can be arranged with Nice Cycle Tours found on the Promenade des Anglais.
Nice Cycle Tours will give you the inside track on events and personalities that have shaped the character of this world-famous city. The routes follow Nice’s network of dedicated cycleways and quiet streets, and keep busy roads and steep climbs to a minimum.
Disabled Needs in Nice
Nice is a relatively disabled-friendly city. Signs mark disabled access for public toilets as well as disable parking. Nice International airport is designed with wheelchair accessibility in mind and offers passenger assistance that provides point-to-point transportation and assistance for persons with disabilities as well as for others who require assistance.
The services consist of wheelchair and attendant assistance. The airport features ramps, lifts, reserved parking, and buses with lifts as well as specially equipped minibuses and cars. There are also adapted airport shuttle serices (CCAS) which offers transport with ramps. Ulysse Transport provides an inter city service for those with mobility problems.
Trains in Nice have people with hearing and sight disabilities in mind, and wheelchair bound passengers are given designated spaces in the carriages. On boats and ferries between Nice and Corsica there are facilities for disabled passengers such as lifts and travelators. For disabled people in Nice looking to hire a car, try Hertz or Holiday Cars who have adapted vehicles and can be booked at Nice International Airport. Make sure to book well in advance. Cars parked in disable parking must display a sticker or an EU blue badge. Beware of cobblestone streets in the Old Town. Most hotels have disability access.
Family Holiday in Nice
Nice is a good city to enjoy a family holiday. It is a bustling city with many outdoor attractions catering to younger people. Children and adults alike will be amazed by the crystal blue sea and endless strip of beach. In wet weather (Nice enjoys 300 days a year of sunshine) head to the Natural History Museum or the art museums and see what children workshops are planned. In summer families in Nice can take full advantage of the sun by walking the Promenade des Anglais and shopping for that perfect souvenir. The Old Town boasts the city's best ice-cream at Fenocchio’s Glacier.
Families in Nice will also enjoy Parc Phoenix home to exotic plants and birds. Under 12's go free. Seafront entertainers are always popular with children as are the fun children-friendly restaurants on the waterfront. Nice also has a Mini-Train at Jardin Albert for families to take in the city sites. Further a field (only ten miles west) check out Aqua Splash.
Even with younger children you can do most of Nice’s sightseeing on foot and there are plenty of green spaces for a family picnic. Families can find a wide range of family friendly accommodation in Nice available. Nice is definitely a good option for a summer family holiday.
Gay and Lesbian in Nice
Not typified as a gay and lesbian destination, Nice does, however, have an encouraging gay and lesbian community. Nice is famous for its beaches and has one gay beach Coco beach and another gay friendly beach Castle Plage. There are also a couple of gay beaches just ouside Nice such as Eze. Aside from beaches Nice boasts several art galleries and museums, and shopping opportunities. Explore the Old Town, and famous flower market before a night out at anyone of Nice's saunas, restuarants, bars and discos.
The main attraction over the past couple of years has been the opening of Le Klub, the biggest gay disco on the French Riviera. Also try Kf's bar, and the restaurant Cafe Borghese on Rue Fodere. The Eagle and Keep in Touch are also good places to try. Try The Block for larger parties. Each year in Nice there is a gay-film festival and a gay pride festival in June.
Hen Destination in Nice
Nice is the epitome of chic hen destinaton. Situated on the French Riviera girls will find Nice the perfect beach local complete with trendy eateries and a buzzing nightlife. There are plenty of cheap flights and deals on the trains available in order to reach the heart of Nice. Nice offers a sophisticated atmosphere with lots of cafes, chic restaurants and celebrity hotspots. If you are looking for a glamorous party city to celebrate, Nice is the answer for a hen do.
The Nice club scene features no shortage of places where you can showcase your dance moves and dress to impress (at least the door staff as entry is often selective). Try La Suite, La Palousa or La Privelege for world class DJ's and late night/early morning dancing in lavish settings. Nice offers good hen party alternatives, including gallery hopping with wine tasting along the way, spa days, fine food, jazz nights and charming shopping streets in the Old Town.
Honeymoon in Nice
Nice offers honeymooning couples the charm and allure of a postcard perfect city nestled in the mountains overlooking crystal blue sea. Stroll down the Promenade des Anglais and take in the best of the sunny beaches. Nice provides an intimate backdrop for couples, with chic restaurants and the impressive, not to mention romantic setting of the Riviera. For an added touch of luxury stay at the Negresco Hotel which is on the doorstep of the Promenade des Anglais.
Nice offers trendy shopping with many local and speciality shops found in the Old Town. Wander the streets for Provence items and wares. Nice also boasts a world class collection of Impressionist art and has museums dedicated to Mattisse and Chagall. There are several other museums in the area such as the Archelological Museum sure to be of interest to couples. Accommodation will normally offer exciting honeymoon packages to suit every budget and can help plan activities such as swimming, tennis or golf.
Golf Activity Holiday in Nice
The Cote d'Azure of France has a large and impressive selection of golf clubs, which are conveniently close to Nice. The area boasts 27 golf courses, and Nice's own Golf Country Club de Nice. The Club de Nice is ideal for a quick game. There are 9 holes and a pitch and putt facilities. For a longer game try nearby Golf de la Grande Bastide.
The golf course has seven lakes, spacious fairways, and numerous bunkers. Driving ranges are also a good place to practice your golfing techniques in Nice. The Club de Nice offers guests buggy hire, trolley hire, lessons, caddies, an on site pro shop as well as various places to eat and drink. Check in advance with the individual golf clubs in in order to know their rules and regulations in regards to club cards and access.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Nice
Walking is the best way to get around Nice (from a sight-seeing point of view) even in winter. Bring a street map to plan your itinerary or simply wander down the Promenade des Anglais, or stroll around the Old Town taking in charming shops and lively squares. Nice also offers an organized walking tour (duration 2 hours) that departs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 am. The tour gives a history of Nice as well as explaining the cities' customs and traditions. Cost 13 €.
If you plan to hike in Nice try one of Provence's hiking trails, and hike the Grande Randonnee (GR5) which will take you far from the crowds and give you the opportunity to discover a region that is filled with olives, wine vineyards, lavender, apricots and thousands of years of history. Be sure to wear good walking shoes, bring sunscreen and a hat, water bottles and insect repellent.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Nice
Nice is a hot spot for singles. Singles will find Nice is full of chic cafes, trendy bars and restaurants and world class clubs. Nice as something for everyone and makes for a fabulous night out. Famous for its beaches Nice boasts the Promenade des Anglais. Here singles will also find numerous restuarants and beach bars. Weekends are busiest but the nightlife in Nice is still vibrant and often cheaper during the weekdays.
If you’re single and looking for crowded dance floors and the latest dance music you won't have to go far. For a red carpet night out La Ambassade cannot be missed; Blue Boy Enterprise is where you should go for cutting edge music (also a gay club), which attrracts a diverse but faithful fan base. Disco Butterfly is a favourite of students and ladies often get in for free before midnight. For live music try Akathor Pub and for a low key night go to L 'I'dee Halle Bar a popular place for locals.
Shopping Holiday in Nice
Nice offers a wonderful variety of shopping opportunities from designer boutiques, to street markets and antique shops. The city is best known for its speciality shops and high end designers. Visitors can stake out any number of streets and find fashion gems, but the central area is Magenta Square in the historic centre. Nice is only second to Paris when it comes to fashion, expect famous fashion studios on Rue Paradis and Rue de Sude.
Popular chains can be found on Avenue Jean-Medecin and Rue de Verdun. Boutiques offer not only exclusive clothes but also a wide range of bargains. There is excellent shopping for all tastes and budgets. Arts and crafts are also very popular in Nice and studios can be found along the narrow streets by the Old Town Cathedral.
In summer, Nice hosts an interesting local arts and crafts fair that offers a unique chance to catch a glimpse of the quality and character of the locally produced decorative goods. Confectionery shops are abundant, try the Henri Auer Chocolaterie which tempts visitors with crystallised sugar. Also good for shopping in Nice are the many markets including the flower markets. Visit the Cours Saleya for colourful stalls and the yellow blooming mimosas, Nice's best known flower.
Well-being and Spa in Nice
Whether you’re a bride-to-be or just needing some relaxation time, when it comes to professional and luxurious spas Nice is an ideal destination. Offering deluxe spa holidays designed to melt away the stress, and promote relaxation, you can indulge and pamper yourself or your partner.
Soothe the mind and body under the care of professional therapists providing modern treatments, and tailor made programs to help you get exactly what you need in mind, body, and soul (and your budget). Spa holidays are about unwinding with a soothing massage or choosing from a range of rejuvenating packages.
Most Nice hotel spas make great spa retreats as the majority have everything to offer including jaccuzzis, steam rooms, outdoor pools, thermal baths, saunas, relaxation areas and on site restaurants. A spa retreat in Nice might not be cheap but is well worth the money.
Stag Destination in Nice
A great stag do choice for men, Nice offers endless Riviera beaches, trendy bars, pulsating clubs and of course sunny weather. Guys should check out any number of Nice's clubs in the Old Town such as La Suite or La Ambassade for hot Latin music. Clubs are very selective and frequented by celebrities so remember to dress accordingly and bring your wallet. Guys on stag in Nice can also spend a fun-filled day at the beach and find volleyball and other activities along the Promenade des Anglais.
Nice is also famous for its love of live music; go to a rock concert at Waynes, or Blue Whales. At Klomp you will find lots of beer on tap and an assortment of whiskies. Night clubs and bars stay open late. Nice is an expensive stag party option but the city offers a wide range of accommodation choices suited for every budget and taste. Overall, Nice makes a great stag-do choice.
Sailing Activity Holiday in Nice
Nice is an ideal location and base for a sailing holiday. Enjoy the warm climate and beauty of the French Riviera, that is always popular with sailors. Sailors will also find Nice has many marinas, harbors and bays (best to book in advance for the summer months as room may be scarce). You don't need your own boat to experience the amazing Mediterranean, you can rent a sail boat or take sailing lessons.
Nice is home to two sailing schools. The ASPTT Nice Voile can be found on the habour by La Reserve beach. The sailing club teaches sailing courses in French for a duration of either five mornings or five evenings in the summer months. Courses are for all levels and you will learn all the sailing basics. For adults the price is 115 € which includes all equipment. Week long sailing trips along the coastline can also be booked in Nice.
Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Nice
Scuba diving in Nice can be a great way to experience the fascinating Mediterranean waters. There are plenty of dive sites in Nice catering to all levels from beginners to advanced. If you are a beginner you will need to get certified prior to diving (visit Nice's Diving Centre on the Quai des Docks). The diving centre can provide training, equipment, and organize themed activities. Single or in a group, explore Villefranche Bay which offers underwater caves and drops in over 30 sites.
Diving centres are open every day except Sunday afternoons from February to the end of December. Times are at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm. Explore the coral caves, shallow reefs and the rich sea life Nice has to offer. Prices for first time divers is 45€, first dive “Nice diving” 90 € and for three dives 130€. For something different try a night dive. If you have your own equipement the prices are reduced.
Wine Tasting Holiday in Nice
There are several ways to enjoy wine in Nice. You can take a 4 hour tour that combines the city's main attractions (castle hill, Old town & flower market, as well as the Promenade des Anglais), with a cellar tour of St. Dominique Monk Monastery. Tasting is just 22€. You can also taste the subtelty of Provence's wines further a field. A good wine tasting tour is in Aix-en-Provence.
Enjoy beautiful countryside while stopping off at renowned wineyards and wineries. Provence is the oldest wine producing region in France and visitors in Nice can conveniently book day tours to see the region. The area is known for its rosé wine. The hills behind Nice also harbor the Bellet vineyards where vines are planted among fields of cultivated flowers. Bandol reds, which come from vines planted on terraces of craggy hills behind the port town, are among the best of Provence.
Winter Sun in Nice
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Nice makes a good winter holiday destination. The city is ideally located on the French Riviera in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, and enjoys a temperate climate. Although it might be too cold to go swimming in winter you can still enjoy strolling down Nice's beautiful beaches. Visit the Promenade des Anglais for a lovely seaside walk with cafes and restaurants. Check out the Old Town for outdoor markets and bustling squares. The area also boasts great shopping opportunities.
Nice also has an impressive appreciation for Impressionist Art and has the popular Mattisse Museum as well as Chagall Museum. Visitors wanting an insight into Nice's prehistoric history can take in the ruins, in February can revel in Nice's famous Carnival which takes place in the city's streets.