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The laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle and warm climate make this an appealing destination for both celebrities and holidaymakers.

Oozing glamour and classic French Riviera style, Nice pulls in the visitors year after year thanks to its great weather, fantastic beaches and laid-back atmosphere.

Home to two million people, most of Nice’s top sights and attractions can be found on or near the five kilometre stretch of walkways and beaches called the Promenade des Anglais. Buzzing with energy at all times of the day, the waterfront strip is filled with cute cafés, swanky restaurants and stylish bars. A playground for the rich and famous for decades and popular with everyone from royalty to top Hollywood stars, you can spend hours just people-watching, weaving between the vintage cars and watching yachts sail across the Baie de Anges.

Set just a couple of minutes back from the waterfront is the charming Old Town, where the Art Deco and baroque architecture and abundance of historic churches can’t fail to impress. The narrow streets are spilling over with old-fashioned French eateries, packed with diners from morning until evening. Join the crowds and order a drink and a classic dish such as a refreshing Salade Niçoise. The Old Town is also home to the busy Cours Saleya open-air market, where you can pick up some delicious fresh local produce.

Just beyond the Old Town is the Place Massena, the city’s main square. At night, the square lights up as a modern art installation and brightly-lit historic fountain take centre stage.

Castle Hill is situated just south of the Old Town and has been converted into an interesting park area complete with ruins, lookouts and a waterfall. You can choose to climb to the top of the hill, or alternatively pay a small fee and take the lift, which is open from March until the end of October.

One of the best things about Nice is how easy it is to get around. You can walk, take a bike or even roller skate around the centre of the city. The local transport system is fast and efficient and includes trams and buses.

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Where to stay in Nice

Old Town showing heritage architecture, a small town or village and street scenes

Old Town

5/5Exceptional!(13 area reviews)

Known for its beaches and abundant dining options, there's plenty to explore in Old Town. Top attractions like Place Massena and Cours Saleya are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Opera - Vieille Ville Tram Station or Cathedral - Vieille Ville Tram Station to see more of the city.

Old Town
La Californie, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

La Californie

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Unique features of La Californie include the beaches and gardens. Make a stop by Promenade des Anglais or Carras Beach while you're exploring the area.

La Californie
Les Baumettes, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Les Baumettes

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Les Baumettes. A stop by Promenade des Anglais or Florida Beach might round out your trip.

Les Baumettes
Carabacel, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Carabacel

3.5/5Good!(4 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Carabacel. A stop by Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art or Nice Theatre might round out your trip.

Carabacel
L'Arenas, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

L'Arenas

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

L'Arenas is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Promenade des Anglais or Phoenix Park.

L'Arenas
Cimiez, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Cimiez

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Shopping, museums and historical sites are some highlights of Cimiez. Make a stop by Matisse Museum or Marc Chagall National Museum while you're exploring.

Cimiez

Top hotels in Nice

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Nice Arenas Aeroport
Novotel Nice Arenas Aeroport
4 out of 5
455 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is NZ$174 per night

This family-friendly Nice hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Phoenix Park, Charles Ehrmann Stadium and CAP 3000 Shopping Center. Base Nautique ...

4/5Very Good! (1,082 reviews)
Perfect hotel for all occasions.

"Great stay! The registration clerk noted my broken arm and without asking gave me a room for the handicapped. The room was ergonomically and safety oriented making my morning a lot easier than it would have been in a regular room. It's a clean, aesthetically pleasing hotel that has been renovated ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

Novotel Nice Arenas Aeroport
Hôtel So'Co by HappyCulture
Hôtel So'Co by HappyCulture
3 out of 5
27 Avenue Thiers, Nice, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'Azur
The price is NZ$132 per night

Located in Nice City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Orthodox Cathedral and Promenade des Anglais. Place Massena and Cours Saleya are also within ...

3.9/5Very Good! (78 reviews)

"Really nice staff and perfect location for the things we did!! Would love to visit again in the future."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Hôtel So'Co by HappyCulture
Mercure Nice Centre Notre Dame
Mercure Nice Centre Notre Dame
4 out of 5
28 Avenue Notre Dame, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is NZ$212 per night

Located in Nice City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Avenue Jean Medecin and Place Massena. Promenade des Anglais and Cours Saleya are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (236 reviews)

"We were happy with the hotel overall. It is in the city centre with plenty of shops and places to eat nearby. The room was of a decent size for two adults. Clean and comfortable room. There is a rooftop bar and pool which is probably great in the spring and summer but not in November. The seafront ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2019

Mercure Nice Centre Notre Dame

Popular places to visit in Nice

Promenade des Anglais
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Promenade des Anglais

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Take a stroll along this pretty promenade for great across the Bay of Angels, and access to some of Nice’s best beaches.

Place Massena
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Place Massena

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Nice’s main square is dotted with pretty cafés and plenty of shopping opportunities. It’s also the ideal location for a bit of people-watching

Allianz Riviera
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Allianz Riviera

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Watch sports at the highest level at Nice’s premier stadium, where you can attend soccer and rugby matches as well as concerts and shows.

Castle Hill
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Castle Hill

4/5(7 reviews)

There’s no castle at the top, but the hill overlooking Nice offers panoramic views across the city and sea, historic ruins, and an escape from the heat of summer.

Cours Saleya
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Cours Saleya

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Spend a few hours shopping for souvenirs in the colorful stalls of one of Nice’s most famous markets, which overflows with exotic flowers and local produce.

Matisse Museum
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Matisse Museum

4/5(7 reviews)

Get to know the life and works of one of the French Riviera’s most celebrated artists at this superb Nice museum.

Top activities in Nice

Monaco, Monte Carlo & Èze Tour
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Monaco, Monte Carlo & Èze Tour

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$88
Per adult
Small-Group Gourmet Food Tour of Nice
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Small-Group Gourmet Food Tour of Nice

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$134
Per adult
Half-Day Tour to Èze & Monaco Monte Carlo
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Half-Day Tour to Èze & Monaco Monte Carlo

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$98
Per adult
Full-Day Small-Group Wine Tasting Tour in Provence
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Full-Day Small-Group Wine Tasting Tour in Provence

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$323
Per adult
French Riviera Full-Day Tour (T1)
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French Riviera Full-Day Tour (T1)

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$134
Per adult
Perfume Workshop - Create your fragance
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Perfume Workshop - Create your fragance

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$116
Per adult

Reviews of Nice

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Jan. 2020

Great city plenty of things to see and do.Easy access to everything. Great food, shopping.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Dec. 2019

pretty good for holiday

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Oct. 2019

Try the new Australian pub, Van Diemens in the Old Town ,Nice near the flower marketd.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Oct. 2019

Nice is a very busy place, a lot of people and traffic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Oct. 2019

we loved Nice. We had a wonderful time. People seemed Nice. Nice is a beautiful place to visit. Definitely we’ll be back someday. The only negative part was at Nice Appart,(stayed there one night to connect the flight) we did feel as welcoming.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Oct. 2019

Definitely coming back next year. Love it. 

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