Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

The Greeks and Romans did it, as did rich lords, film stars, artists and thousands of tourists. They were just going to pass by, but instead remained in Nice and along the Riviera. Some for just a few weeks, others for months and years. They were too captivated by the light, enchanted by the scents and charmed by the taste of olives, wine and succulent vegetables. All this with a chance to dabble their toes in a turquoise sea! In addition to this, a Nice Nouveau has evolved – a sassy Mediterranean metropolis with pulsating nightlife, new avant-garde hotels and daring art galleries. The most fashionable street, the Promenade des Anglais, is the Champs-Elysées of the whole Riviera. Have you already bought your return ticket?

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Nice Côte d'Azur
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Nice Cathedral

The cathedral is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Admire the beautiful ornamentation and friezes in the refreshing cool of the cathedral. On the outside, the shimmering colours on the dome have become one of Nice’s landmarks.

Place Rossetti 3, Nice
Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice

Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice is the world’s largest greenhouse. Seven different tropical climates (damp, in other words) covering seven hectares, packed with 2.500 different plants. You can walk in the shadow of an (almost) unknown palm tree here, look at a baby shark, smell a thousand flowers and listen to bird song- on the loudspeakers.

Promenade des Anglais 405, Nice
Le Grand Café de Turin

Le Grand Café de Turin is a genuine 1900s brasserie, with everything that the shellfish enthusiast could dream of – above all, heaps of oysters. Lightning fast waiters, as you would expect at a place like this.

Place Garibaldi 5, Nice
La Reserve de Nice

La Reserve de Nice is a one star Michelin restaurant with a panoramic view of the best of what Nice has to offer - a lovely ocean view and a sunset over the Baie des Anges. The chef Sébastien Mahuet works with locally produced flavourful vegetables which brings exquisite taste to his cuisine.

Boulevard Franck Pilatte 60, Nice
Galeries Lafayette

This is France’s Rolls-Royce of department stores. Here you will find many of the finest things that France has to offer in the way of clothes and souvenirs. It is also centrally located – even if slightly hidden behind its pillared arcades. Essential place to shop during the big sales in January and July.

Avenue Jean Médecin 6, Nice
Cours Saleya

Cours Saleya is the largest square in the city and a historic centre. Perfect at any time of day, for a coffee or lunch, beneath what used to be Matisse’s balcony. A market takes place at Cours Saleya daily, offering vegetables and fruit, flowers and a flea market (Monday).

Cours Saleya, Nice

Passport / Visa

France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

With a mild Mediterranean climate and over 300 sunny days a year, any time is a good time to come to Nice. The best time, however, is in the spring and autumn, when the weather in Nice is warm and sunny but not overly hot. Winters on the Cote d’Azur are sunny and crisp, with no crowds, and a real village feel. The only month to avoid, ironically, is late July and all of August, when temperatures are at their hottest and all of Europe goes on a month’s vacation, jamming the roads, beaches, hotels and restaurants.