Nice Travel Guide

  • Place Massena
    by piosku67
  • Le Château
    by piosku67
  • A pebbly beach
    A pebbly beach
    by VeronicaG

Nice Highlights

  • Pro
    NiceLife profile photo

    NiceLife says…

     A city by the sea that's been seducing people for thousands of years. Just say "yessss" 

  • Con
    princessmelinda profile photo

    princessmelinda says…

     pebble beach is tough on feet; very expensive in summer months. 

  • In a nutshell
    allaboutnice profile photo

    allaboutnice says…

     a real city, busy, vibrant and the sunshine is an added bonus 

Nice Things to Do

See all 508 Things to Do in Nice
  • Vieux Nice - Old Town

    Wow! One of the best memories of Nice is the old town market called Cours Saleya. Old town, Vieille Ville, is another wow, but this is just about the market. Wake up early, walk from your hotel to the old town plaza and viola! Covered cart after cart of flowers, all kinds, make a rainbow right before your eyes. You can purchase just about any type...

    more
  • Beach

    You must wear Jellies ! The stony beaches can hurt and be hot in the summer so wear the right thing on the beach. If you don't like the look of the person next to you then move away some were else. I have been coming to Nice since 2001 and its a wonderful place. There has been some trouble in the Cours Saleya area but its become a big drinking...

    more
  • Le Château

    Castle Hill is a misleading name. In fact it's a park with a very spectacular fountain, or rather a waterfall easily seen from below. Get there on the first day of your visit to see spectacular vistas over the whole city, the bay and adore the colour of the sea. There is a lift to get to the top. The park is closed at 8 p.m.

    more

Nice Hotels

See all 263 Hotels in Nice

Nice Restaurants

See all 284 Restaurants in Nice
  • Bocaccio

    Have been here twice. Good food, waitstaff is friendly and professional. Food is fresh and tasty. Only one thing: the portions are huge, literary huge. I know it depends on how much a person eats and how hungry we are, but for me (who is little eater) and my husband (who eats normally to general standards) it was a lot. One main course for two of...

    more
  • Nissa Soca

    My girlfriend and I ate at Nissa Socca one evening during our visit to Nice in May 2009. This local speciality restaurant is located on the narrow Rue de Sainte-Reparate in Vieux Nice, just a few metres from the Cours Saleya marketplace. There are a dozen or so small tables located out front on the street, and every night when we passed by it was...

    more
  • Le Café de Turin

    In Finland we eat a lot of fish but very little other "water animals". So, as one of my friend who usually does not eat even much fish promised to try sea food, we chose Cafe de Turin's back room table instead of the rather crowded terrasse (as the room was almost empty at 7pm and we did not want to embarras any other restaurant guests). The...

    more

Nice Nightlife

See all 58 Nightlife in Nice
  • Concert venue

    Despite living in Nice for the past decade, I've never gotten a chance to go to a concert inside Palais Nikaia. This venue can hold up to 9,000 people depending on the event.If you want to get a nice spot, please arrive early. I arrived a little bit past 8 PM (the main attraction started playing at 9 PM) and the place was already almost full. I'm...

    more
  • A Night to remember

    So my friends and I were visiting Nice for a couple days, and we were looking for a place for lunch. We were walking around a very touristic area named "Zone pietonne", which is basically a pedestrian area full of really nice shops and restaurant. Now, the problem with touristic areas on the French Riviera is that all they give you to eat are...

    more
  • Metal / Rock bar

    Metal / rock bar that holds metal nights, goth parties, band promotion evenings.The atmosphere is dark and gloomy, very sophisticated. The posters on the wall change with the theme of each night.The bar is divided into two rooms. Some tables are situated in alcoves and can accommodate several party-goers (8 or 10 people together - you also have...

    more

Nice Transportation

  • Around the Riviera, take the bus!

    UPDATE February 2014!The Nice Gare Routiere (Bus station) closed in 2011, as part of urban renewal plans for the "Promenade du Paillon", an urban park which stretchs from the Promenade des Artes to the Promenade des Anglais. This is a major change affecting information for visitors, travel tips and the like, written prior to that date. Buses now...

    more
  • Try the trams

    The bus system in Nice is excellent and very reasonable. But, the trams are a lot more fun. If you are doing the normal tourist things in Nice, you will undoubtedly arrive at Place Massena at some point in your travels. This is a tram stop and a great chance to hop on and do a short tour of Nice via tram. They are new and very modern and also...

    more
  • Bus fare no longer 1€ - how to save €?

    From May 3, 2013 , the local buses raised their fares to 1,50€ , however it was still possible to pay only 1€ for certain locations (Monaco, Antibes, Cannes)...well, from July 1st, 2013 , those fares are now 1,50€.If you still want to pay only 1€, you can buy the 10-journey ticket at the buses local offices (Lignes d'Azur's shops - cash only) or at...

    more

Nice Shopping

See all 64 Shopping in Nice
  • Galeries Lafayette

    The famous Galeries Fayayette but seems things are less expensive thant GL in Paris. You will find almost everything for gifts and your own use. women and men clothes. Gifts As much as you can afford but things are not too cheap but not too expensive, either.

    more
  • Flower Market

    Tempting bundles of beautifully displayed flowers greeted us outside shops along the Coeurs Saleya--such vivid colors! We passed by on our way to the Promenade, stopping often to sniff in appreciation at all the delightful scents around us. It seemed that each small town or city we visited in France contained a flower shop or stand somewhere in...

    more
  • Extrodinary and Ellegant

    Elegant, sometimes extrodinary women clothes. Interesting design, high quality, bright colours or elements. Check it out. It's interesting. And you wont't find tgem in any city you go. I bought sweaters, long sleeved Tshorts, summer pants, something else. I love all what I bought! Not cheap.

    more

Nice Local Customs

  • Local Food

    If you like pancakes, crêpes, you HAVE TO EAT SOCCA (Note: this is salty). Socca is a sort of pancake made from chick-pea flour and on a large round (50-70 cm diameter) copper "pie tin" (plaque) and cooked in a very hot wood-fired oven for about six minutes, until the top is golden. The copper is important for spreading the heat evenly. Note: You...

    more
  • Topless Sunbathing

    Topless sunbathing is permitted on the beaches of the Cote d'Azur. You'll see a mix of women with their tops on or off as you enjoy the beaches. The lesson to be learned is not to stare like a schoolboy. Enjoy the sun and let others enjoy it too.

    more
  • Pétanque

    Stroll down the Prom as far as the eye can see - shortly before the airport, and at the furthest end of the bay locals from the poorer end of Nice will be out playing petanque, or "boules". Its a peculiar passion, and the French take it very seriously. Unlike golf or jet-ski racing, it's a very cheap sport. Running costs zero, play anywhere flat,...

    more

Nice Warnings and Dangers

  • Dangerous Areas

    Avoid walking in deserted streets, around the train station area (especially Rue de Belgique). Be warned that if you decide walking along Promenade des Anglais, chances are you'll be approached by a man, especially if you decide resting on a bench/blue chair. He'll start chatting and if you're naive enough, he'll follow you to your hotel and...

    more
  • Stony beaches

    We live in California and we are used to sand on our beaches. Needless to say, the beach at Nice along the famous Promenade des Anglais was a shock the first time we saw it. There is no sand; it is covered with pebbles and stones. The location is great and the weather usually cooperates but if you choose the beach here, take sturdy beach shoes (not...

    more
  • Pickpockets

    Keep your valuables close and be alert for pickpockets. Be aware of any person who is bumping into you, coming up too close, wants to stop and talk to you. But although you should be alert, don't be alarmed because there are also lots of nice people out there who just want to say hello and nothing more. My experience - Whilst on the train from...

    more

Nice Tourist Traps

  • Avoid Firefly/Advantage car rental at...

    This company will charge you at maximum price for a full tank of petrol if your rental is for 4 days or more. They give you the car with a full tank & tell you to bring it back empty.It's a nice little scam: you use only half the tank, they still make you pay for the full tank and then then charge the next person again (having only had to fill half...

    more
  • Tourist Scam in Nice,France

    We visited Nice in May 2010 and were returning back from Gare SNCF Nice Ville(Main Train Station) to our hotel. We took the tram from the Gare Theirs(nearby tram station) and noticed some two 'grubby' looking guys following us at a distance. After alighting from the tram we decided to stop at a bank branch to withdraw money.Unfortunately(or...

    more
  • Nice Terminal 2

    Nice Terminal 2 is a glorious architectural project, and its handful of shops and luxury boutiques is mostly at odds with todays budget-conscious low-cost airline traveller's needs. Those used to airports as giant shopping malls with a small sideline in flying planes are in for an unwelcome suprise. The staple "duty-free" airport commodities like...

    more

Nice What to Pack

  • My guide books Nice

    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...

    more
  • more free brochures...

    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...

    more
  • Sometimes, it rains in Nice....

    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! It does rain here...

    more

Nice Off The Beaten Path

  • Local wine - Domaine Augier

    'Domaine Augier' is not easily found.You have to ride bus #62 for about 40 - 50 minutes uphill. The scenery is truly fantastic, but the mountain road may give you a headache.Step off the bus at St.Roman-de-Bellet, you won't miss the church with the fountain on your left hand. Cave Augier will be on your right. The address is 680, route de Bellet,...

    more
  • Nice Toponymy: Rue de Russie

    Les Anglais may stroll along their Promenade, we Russians have a much more modest street to our name.The local register says that the name appeared in 1880, when Russians living around the Orthodox church nearby made a very prominent part of the local community.

    more
  • Nice Toponymy: Espace Masséna

    Marshal André Masséna, the city’s most celebrated citizen, would reportedly ‘give all his victories for his Russian adversary Suvorov’s Swiss raid’. To be frank and fair, it’s our Russian historians who claim this -) The date 1809 on the second photo refers to the battle of Wagram, I believe, which brought Masséna the title of Prince of Essling.

    more

Nice Sports & Outdoors

  • Ironman Triathlon

    June 2005 - France's Herve Faure and Holland’s Mariska Kramer won the Nice round of the biggest endurance event on earth: Triathlon. Swim 2.4 miles for starters, cycle 112 miles for main course, and for dessert, run 26.2 miles! Even thinking about it left me exhausted and in need of a lie down.I completed the London Marathon myself in under four...

    more
  • Go ski-ing from Nice

    The ski bus from Nice to either Isola 2000 or Auron is a great way for anyone who can already ski and is flexible as to when they want to travel to cheaply have a day ski-ing from Nice. The ski bus runs at weekends and during the school holidays.The bus leaves the Nice Gare Routiere (Bus station) at 0730 and returns at around 1900 in the evening....

    more
  • learning to sail in Nice

    Learn to sail a Hobie Cat (a type of Catamaran for 1- 4 people) in Nice. We did a course this Summer 2004 and it was great fun and made a change from lying on a beach all day. You still get just as brown but without the boredom factor plus you get a bit fitter and see some wonderful views of the coastline along Nice.Also, you do get a proper...

    more

Nice Favorites

See all 174 Favorites in Nice
  • Nice on a budget

    At home among people who do not own any oil-wells we have a saying ‘to see Nice and die’. Try not to do anything like that. Saving for a long time and spending it in just one week is psychologically dangerous, the reality can never match your dream.That said, relax, then concentrate - sounds a bit difficult, but it works. Good planning will take...

    more
  • Cost of living'

    Borrowed a great site from VT member Leics:shows you 'cost of living' wherever you gohttp://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-livingLooks up jeans in Nice, France - somehow mine made just 20 euro poorer, and I have been quite happy with them for 4 years already :)

    more
  • Doing Laundry in Nice

    Definitely not my fave thing, but without a washing-machine, it's hard to wash heavy clothing/sheets.Unfortunately my washing-machine broke (fixing it would be as expensive as a new one) and having no money to buy a new one, I had to use the nearest laundromat. Luckily, this one is clean enough. It's a small place with only 6 washing machines (one...

    more

Instant Answers: Nice

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

88 travelers online now

Comments (1)

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Carnival at NICE, the theme of this 130th edition will be « King of the Gastronomy ».February 14 to March 4 2014

 
Explore Deeper into Nice
Promenade des Anglais
Things to Do
Cours Saleya
Things to Do
Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Things to Do
Place Massena
Things to Do
Musée Matisse
Things to Do
Chagall Museum
Things to Do
Tourists
Warnings and Dangers
Hippopotamus
Restaurants
Zen Restaurant
Restaurants
Lou Pilha Leva
Restaurants
Dog Droppings
Warnings and Dangers
Chez Rene Socca
Restaurants
Saf Saf
Restaurants
Le Chantecler, Hotel Negresco
Restaurants
Siesta
Local Customs
Local Music
Local Customs
Tex-Mex restaurant
Restaurants
Being misunderstood
Warnings and Dangers
TAM buses in high season = mission impossible?
Warnings and Dangers
Endorsed motorbikes
Local Customs
Nice wine tour
Things to Do
Medium-priced and excellent French restaurant
Restaurants
Good thin crust pizza
Restaurants
Walk along the sea
Things to Do
Monument des Morts, Nice France
Things to Do
A legend in Nice's lunchtime
Restaurants
Modern art mayhem at MAMAC
Things to Do
Need a break? Promenade du Paillon might help you
Things to Do
French cuisine by a Japanese chef
Restaurants
Nice Greeters
Things to Do
Asiatic art
Things to Do
Parc Phoenix
Things to Do
Italian Restaurant in the heart of Nice
Restaurants
Oysters, Paëlla, L'Aïoli, Bouillabaisses
Restaurants
Best Dinner in Nice
Restaurants
The best is the enemy of the good
Warnings and Dangers
Kosher bakery/restaurant
Restaurants
Bakery around the corner
Restaurants
Good brunch
Restaurants
Street food
Restaurants
Map of Nice

View all Nice hotels