Nice is a major city on the French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast. Nice is the second most popular tourist destination in France after Paris and more than 4 million tourists visit the city annually. The city's main attraction are the beauty of the region and the famous scenery, which attracted and attracts a lot of painters. There are also a few well-known museums and beautiful beaches, which have slab stones instead of sand.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Nice has good weather all year round, making it a perfect place to visit whenever you want. The most rainy days and the coldest days are from December to February; though winter is a good time to go too as the mountains are just an hours drive away, and the ski slopes are good.
The best months to visit this city are May, June, July and August because the sea breeze remains relatively pleasant and offers perfect weather. In the second half of February you can enjoy the arrival of spring and the revelry of a Carnival.
More information: Nice forecast and weather conditions monthly
Nice 8 most important sights:
- Castle Hill: A hill offering a great view of NICE.
- Old Town (Vieille Ville): This historic part of Nice feels like a medieval village, with narrow streets curving between old buildings, small restaurants and open markets.
- Promenade des Anglais: This famous street travels along Nice's Mediterranean waterfront.
- Musee National Marc Chagall: This museum has a large collection of works by Marc Chagall, the famous Russian-born painter.
- Place Massena: A picturesque city square in Nice's historic quarter.
- Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice: Park
- Cote d'Azur Observatory: Observatory
- Parc forestier du Mont-Boron: Park
Recommendation for one day:
- The first thing I suggest you to do is visit Castle Hill for its excellent views, cascade and cafes. A pleasant morning's walk.
- Then you can go to Promenade des Anglais. A famous street that travels along Nice's Mediterranean waterfront.
- Visit Musee National Marc Chagall. It houses a large collection of works by Marc Chagall, the famous Russian-born painter and designer. Or visit Nice Azur to discover all the secrets of Nice and its surrounds through 6 dynamic, unique and original, guided walking and cycling trips.
- Then you can go to Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice, an amazing Park where you can walk and see various plants and animals in an interesting tropical area.
- Last, but not least is Riviera Bar Crawl & Tours, the Ultimate Bar-Hopping and tour experience on the French Riviera, popular with people from all over the world.
Compared to prices worldwide, Nice is an expensive destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $73.60, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $279.85, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $75.87
- Hotel (3 stars): $101.55
- Hotel (4 stars): $145.22
- Hotel (5 stars): $270.18
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $22.35
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $33.52
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $6.70
- Meal, McDonalds: $8.94
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $15.08
Nice has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 59.4 (better than United states average 48.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 79.1 (better than United states average 69.0)
- Walking alone at night: 49.6 (better than United states average 41.3)
More information: Nice safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.