My guide books Nice
Luggage and bags: Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Nice and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur^
Casa Editrice Bonechi – Italy. “The Golden Book”. Nice. 1993, 96 pages.
Around the World. France. Second edition. Publisher "Around the World", 2005, 544 pages. 79 cities, 168 museums, 300 churches and cathedrals, 22 Castles, 50 maps, 200 illustrations.
France. Polyglott Verlag GmbH, Munchen, 1993, 96 pages.
Miscellaneous: France. Le Petit Fute. Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 1999, 64 pages
more free brochures...
Miscellaneous: I have found another website about Nice that will send out free brochures on museums, hotels, restaurants etc to your home.
I have ordered some so I will let you know if and when anything turns up! They came today, so less than a week.
Click here to go straight to the form. You can find this website and other links to sites about Nice on the Practical Guide page in my own website about Nice.
- Budget Travel
- Study Abroad
Sometimes, it rains in Nice....
Luggage and bags: As little as possible - preferrably fly with hand luggage only. If there is anything you need, remember, there is nothing more exciting as shopping in a different country. Clothes here are really cheap. Add a little style by dressing local. Your only problem will be people coming up to you asking for directions - in French!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It does rain here sometimes, especially November but even at the best of times, so some defence against rain can be useful. A very small and portable umbrella does the trick.
Bear in mind if you fancy a flutter, the grand casinos won't let you in looking like a beach bum. Shirt and tie for the gentlemen.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Warning: the French believe in suppositories as the main method of administering drugs. And likewise when taking their temperature. Putting a thermometer in your mouth will get you pained looks - they know where any previous user most likely put it.
Photo Equipment: A tripod! The beauty of cities by night requires a stable foundation for your camera, even if its only a lightweight tabletop stand.
Why not push out the boat and go for a next generation Manfrotto carbon-fibre full height tripod. They are fantastic. Negligible weight to carry but with total stability. Ferociously expensive, but your camera will love you for it. and you will love the results!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't. This is not a campsite.
Miscellaneous: Michel Thomas French Language Course.
- Budget Travel
What to take?
Miscellaneous: When I 1st visited Nice in April 2004, it was raining cats and dogs, and was freezing cold. The sea wasn't azur at all! So, we were all disappointed! But, when I went back again in July 2009, it was a totally different thing, I could enjoy Nice at its best.
That's why warm clothes and umbrellas are advised in March/April and October/November.
Chic and smart!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring good walking-shoes. I wore a pedimeter for a few days, and at the end of the day it showed between 20 000 and 30 000 steps! That's a lot of walking! And if you have new shoes, bring band-aid in case of blisters.
I found the weather a bit unpredictable, sometimes the sun was burning and there was a clear blue sky, it could change pretty fast into cloudy sky and a chilly breeze.. and rain! So layered clothing is the best option, and a bag.. to stuff your jacket into when it gets hot, carry an extra sweater, umbrella, sun lotion etc.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun lotion - the sun is quite strong.
Photo Equipment: I had my digital camera, nothing too fancy, and it covered all of my needs.
Take some comfortable shoes!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take comfortable shoes for walking, you will probably do quite alot. I ended up with blisters, even though I thought I had comfortable shoes on. (Blister plasters are also useful). This is due to a combimation of no socks, heat and alot of cobbled streets.
Also an absolute necessity, are beach/water shoes, as the pebbles can be very hard on the feet.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun cream.
Beach shoes for the pebbles.
Plasters for blisters
and a large 1960's sun hat for the pose!
Red lipstick and some ever so cool shades (preferably Chanel) are also essential, with a large floppy sunhat.
or even a silk slip and a ciggarette holder? ; )
Photo Equipment: Take lots of film, things to photograph at every turn.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Women's Travel
For Mid June
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Nice tends to be quite warm, so dress lightly, although it is a dry heat so it won't be as uncomfortable as much of Eastern Canada and Eastern United States is at the this time of year. Also bring proper walking shoes as sandals may be good for the beach, but will be uncomfortable when walking on the streets where many are cobble stoned.
Sun protection and special beach items
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The Cote d'Azur is of course famous for it's micro climat of warm winters and warm summers. Still, sunshine can be very bright, therefore bring sunglasses or a head (cap). As you are in France, make sure it's fashionate (-:
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: For the long beach allong Baie des Anglais one needs slippers of some kind. The beach has some artificial sand spots (for children to play in), but consists of smal rounded boulders. Besides often heated by the sun, definately not comfortable to walk on barefoot.
Adaptor for electric plugs
Miscellaneous: If you're coming from UK or the ex-colonies, an adaptor to fit your typically three-pin plugs to the European standard of two-pin sockets are absolutely necessary. Unless of course, you want to undo your electronic leash by not being able to charge your mobile!
order free guide books in advance
Miscellaneous: At the Nice Tourist Board website, you can request maps and various guides about Nice that will be sent to your home address so that you can plan out your trip in advance and therefore save a bit of time.
The various brochures are slim and light-weight and easier to carry than a guide book. There are guides to restaurants, museums, places to stay and an excellent 'Practical Guide' brochure and a good map. The web reference won't take you straight to the on-line order from so you will have to hunt on their website to find the correct page.
The pathway is:-
'Practical Guide' >>
Contact us >>
You can of course just pop in to any of the Tourist Offices when you get to Nice but you must ask for the specific brochures as they are kept hidden behind the counters and are not automatically offered! If you order on line in advance, they usually come very quickly, say within a week - although, I should play safe and allow a couple of weeks.
- Study Abroad
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
The Mountain region gives some unsteady weather
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good pair of walking shoes to explore the city!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure you always have some change available if you plan on using a public WC!!!!
I found that even though some places charge to use their facilities.. ladies and gents carry some "kleenex" some locations don't offer toilet paper!!!!!
Photo Equipment: A great camera to capture the wonderful views!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A blanket or towel is good to have if you decide to cool off by taking a dip in the sea!
Miscellaneous: NICE and its area are undoubtedly the place for
the opening up of art and culture.
The Côte d'Azur has inspired,
from time immemorial, the greatest painters,
writers and musicians. It has compelled recognition of its
avant-garde across the
Atlantic, its museums are holding prestigious collections
in edifices of renowned architecture.
Luggage and bags: Suitcase or backpack (more handy when you go tracking or camping).
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dress lightly from may till the end of august. It can be very hot here. 35 degrees Celcius is normal here. Bring alone a good set of walking shoes and some slippers too.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquitobites are easy to get here, so bring along some anti-mosquitocream or spray. Also bring along strong suncream or else you will get sunburnt.
Photo Equipment: Film and development is available here. The quality is good.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping is possible. See the accomodationtips on this page.
Luggage and bags: fancy dresses but also beach dresses.It's a town, so don't walk around as on a beach!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Resort
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There is everything....
Miscellaneous: It's really great even in january BUt in the summertime is humid and hot like in milan, so better to go there in the springtime. Soending there july or august is really a waste of money, for me.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: swimsuit,towel, some kind of sandal for the beach( there are lots of pebbles!),sunglasses
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunscreen
Miscellaneous: a magazine or a good book to read on the beach
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