Nice – the pearl of the Mediterranean. Most people when they think of the Côte d’Azur automatically think of Nice, Cannes and Monaco, and Nice usually comes first. And the city is indeed the uncontested metropolis of the region.

Although Nice isn’t technically the political capital of the entire Côte d’Azur, to many people it is as good as. Nice probably has the most tourists, and therefore the most hotels. And apart from Paris itself, no other town or city in France has as many museums. It’s not only great for shopping, but also for experiencing art in any and all styles.

You can spend hours strolling through the Old Town and the many Fleur de Café, or perhaps go down to the beach and relax. Nice has what is probably one of the most famous seafronts in the world in the Promenade des Anglais. It starts to the west of the airport, and runs along the whole city to the harbour. So it’s only a short distance to the beach from almost any of the hotels.

A modern city with all the benefits, art and culture; fabulous shops and boutiques; a delightful Old Town with restaurants, cafés and markets, and the afore-mentioned long beach – all this makes up the charm and magic of Nice, and makes the city a hotspot for a fabulous summer weekend or a memorable holiday on the Mediterranean.

City Facts

  • Location

    Second biggest city in France, on the Mediterranean

  • Population

    About 350,000

  • Size

    Approx. 72 km²

  • Public transport

    The main form of transportation in Nice is the bus. The tram line is used mainly for transport to the suburbs.

  • Climate

    Mediterranean climate. The temperatures are usually very mild, and the summers are very warm and dry.

  • Best time to visit

    All year round, because the temperatures are even pleasantly warm in winter.

  • Good to know

    It’s almost impossible to get lost in Nice because you can see the sea between the houses almost anywhere in the city, and so reorientate yourself.

  • Nice to know

    The local dialect in Nice is called Nissart, and it is a combination of French and Italian.

  • Airport

    Nice Côte d’Azur, approx. 6 km south-west of Nice

  • Bus

    Two bus lines run between the airport and the city centre. The no. 98 goes to the Gare Routiere, and the no. 99 to Gare Nice Ville SNCF; every 30 minutes.

  • Taxi

    Taxis go from Terminals 1 and 2; it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get to the city centre.