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Nice Côte d'Azur


Nice Côte d'Azur

The Greeks and Romans did it, as did rich lords, film stars, artists, and thousands of tourists. They were just going to pass by but instead remained in Nice and along the Riviera. Some for just a few weeks, others for months and years. They were too captivated by the light, enchanted by the scents, and charmed by the taste of olives and wine. Additionally, a Nice Nouveau has evolved – a sassy Mediterranean metropolis with pulsating nightlife, modern hotels, and daring art galleries. All this with a chance to dabble their toes in a turquoise sea.
Nice Cathedral
Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate de Nice, Place Rossetti 3, Nice

The cathedral is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Admire the beautiful ornamentation and friezes in the refreshing cool of the cathedral. On the outside, the shimmering colours on the dome have become one of Nice’s landmarks.

French Riviera Day Trip with Monaco & Cannes from Nice

Explore the south of France's playground of the rich and famous on this day trip to Cannes & Monaco from Nice. Prepare yourself to feel like a movie star as you tour the Côte d'Azur's elegant coastal towns like Cannes, Èze, and Juan-les-Pins, as well as the glamorous city-state of Monaco.

Notre Dame — Jean Médecin — Rue de Paradis
Avenue de Notre Dame, Nice

First take a walk along the Avenue de Notre Dame. You can find some labels at bargain prices for children in places like Bisque-Bisque Rage. At the Basilica, turn south along the Avenue Jean Médecin. This avenue cannot (and should not) be missed. This is where you will find many of the major fast-fashion brands like Zara, H&M, Monoprix, Quick Silver and Virgin Megastore. In addition, there are a number of brasseries where you can take a break. Turn off onto the rue de la Liberté, (this is when the fashion thermometer starts to rise) and end up with the rue de la Liberté. It is hotter than hot here — you should be able to find everything that makes French fashion what it is: Kenzo, Chanel, Mont Blanc. End your visit by going back to the Place Magenta and turn left onto the designer street, the rue Buffa, and visit, for example, Halogène at number 21.

Rue Saint-François de Paule — Rue de la Préfecture
Rue Saint-François de Paule 26, Nice

At Rue Saint-François de Paule, you can revel in tasting Alziari’s world-famous olive oil. Or why not enjoy the fragrance of Bruno, the truffle king’s black fungi? Not to mention the sweets at Maison Auer! Take a look at Nice’s pulsing heart, the Provençal-scented flower market (marché aux Fleurs), then turn eastwards along the rue de la Préfecture. Don’t miss either the Antic Boutik or one of the other stylish fashion shops (Asso, Habit Magique). If the Cours Saleya is Nice’s heart, its main artery is the rue Droite. Walk along it. Look in on some of the many art galleries and souvenir shops, or stop and relax in a café.

Passport / Visa

France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

With a mild Mediterranean climate and over 300 sunny days a year, any time is a good time to come to Nice. The best time, however, is in the spring and autumn, when the weather in Nice is warm and sunny but not overly hot. Winters on the Cote d’Azur are sunny and crisp, with no crowds, and a real village feel. The only month to avoid, ironically, is late July and all of August, when temperatures are at their hottest and all of Europe goes on a month’s vacation, jamming the roads, beaches, hotels and restaurants.

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