Nice is a place you have to visit if you are looking for good food, culture and history, and if you want to do a spot of people watching in one of the city's many squares...
If you decide to base yourself in Nice itself, you won't be short of things to do. There are several museums and galleries in the city such as the Musee National Message Marc Chegal, famous for its religious artworks as well as the Musee Matisse and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC).
The Colline du Chateau is a ruined castle that overlooks the harbour and Baie des Anges and is worth the climb so you can enjoy the view. The old town is the part most worth exploring and you can wander around the small streets and enjoy the experience of the Cours Saleya Market which is famous for selling fruit and flowers.
Nice has many wonderful restaurants to choose from and set menus that are available at lunchtime provide good value. A chickpea flatbread called Socca is a local speciality as is the famous Salade Nicoise and as you would expect in a coastal city, there is a lot of seafood available.
If you decide to venture away from Nice itself there are many other places on the Cote D'Azur that are worth visiting, including Antibes, Cannes and St Tropez all of which have a reputation for amazing beaches as well as attracting the rich and famous. The principality of Monaco, famous for Formula 1 and its casinos can be easily reached from Nice by train and further inland from Nice, Provence is also worth a visit.
Once you have decided on Nice as your destination of choice for your getaway, you will need to find out how to get there. Here are your options...
Nice flights arrive into Nice airport (NCE) from airports across the UK and the flight takes approximately two hours, making it an ideal place to visit for a weekend or short break. However, the weather and the abundance of things to do in Nice itself and the surrounding area also make this a perfect destination for a longer holiday.
Most flight options are found with easyJet which operates from London's Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports as well as Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Newcastle. Ryanair flies in from Manchester, as does Jet2, which also flies from Leeds Bradford. Monarch operates services from London Gatwick and Birmingham, and British Airways flies from its hub at London Heathrow as well as Gatwick and London City. Finally, flybe offers services into the south coast airports of Exeter and Southampton.
Many of these flight options are daily flights, even multiple daily on flights into London. During the winter, airlines often cut services back to several times weekly, especially from regional airports outside the capital, so being flexible on your day of travel could give you more choice and better fares.
If that does not satisfy you, there are connections via Amsterdam with KLM, Paris with Air France and Frankfurt or Munich with Lufthansa.
Once you land in Nice, getting into the city from the airport is very easy and there are a few different options. Find out the best way for you...
There are airport express buses that run between the airport and the city centre and train station. Many hotels will also offer their own transportation from the airport to the city so it is worth checking with your accommodation. The easiest way of getting around the city is by foot as most of the tourist attractions are concentrated in a small area but there is also a good bus service.
Glamorous Nice has a wide selection of accommodation for you to choose from for your stay. Here are your options...
Both big chains and smaller independent hotels operate in Nice and there are a number of different areas for you to choose from.
The marina area is a popular spot for hotels and gives you access to the beach, restaurants and shops. However, you may prefer to consider accommodation near Nice's atmospheric Old Town or 'Vieux Nice', with its pretty flower markets, traditional restaurants, and bustling, energetic vibe. From here you'll have access to a number of historical sites and will get a taste of traditional Nice.
If you want to be near museums and cultural attractions, opting for a hotel in the city centre would be your best bet. From here you will have easy access to The Fine Arts Museum, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phoenix Park. Staying here would also give you easy access to great shopping.
Of course, many visiting Nice will be coming for the beach and fantastic sea front which is lined with bars and restaurants. There are a number of hotels located along the promenade, however be prepared to pay big bucks for these as they are mainly four and five-star, with a number having private beaches for their residents to use.
A variety of hotels can also be found set back from the Corniche - the main road connecting Nice to Monaco - with offerings of small B&Bs right up to luxury high-end hotels.