Nice guide France

Sights and attractions - What you should not miss in Nice. Tips for the most famous museums, promenades and squares.

Accommodation - Tips for pleasant and popular accommodation from a hostel to a luxury hotel on the main promenade. Where to stay with children and which accommodation is for adults only.

Typical food and drink - What you should definitely try in Nice - local salad, rosé wine,...

Practical tips - Here you can learn about local transport, customs and the like.

Weather - When is the best time to visit this seaside resort? When does it rain the most and when do you have the best chance of sunny weather?

Celebrities - What famous personalities lived and worked in Nice?

Poem AI - And what did artificial intelligence come up with about Nice?

Nice port
Nice port

Nice, a picturesque city on the French Riviera, can be found in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (Côte d'Azur) region in the south of France. It has a rich history, fascinating architecture, cultural heritage and a beautiful Mediterranean coastline. France's 5th largest city is surrounded by hills and mountains that give it breathtaking panoramic views and protect it from the wind. The climate is pleasant Mediterranean, with warm summers and mild winters.

You will find a rich historical heritage in the city, which includes the Old Town (Vieux Nice) with its narrow medieval streets, squares and historic buildings. Among the most famous sights are the Sainte-Réparate Cathedral, the Palais Lascaris, the Place Masséna and the ruins of the Colline du Château, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the coast.

One of the most iconic parts of Nice, the Promenade des Anglais offers magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea. This popular spot for walking, cycling, inline skating and relaxing on the beach is almost 7 km long.

Nice lives by culture - they organize cultural events here, such as the carnival or the Nice Jazz Festival. Local museums such as the Musée Matisse, the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC) and the Musée Marc Chagall feature works by famous artists.

You can also enjoy Nice's great gastronomic scene, which offers a wide range of local specialties, including salade niçoise, ratatouille, socca (a local chickpea dish), seafood and other delicacies.

Nice is one of the most beautiful and lively cities on the French Riviera, luring visitors with its charm, culture and beautiful surroundings.

Promenade des Anglais
Promenade des Anglais

Sights and attractions

Promenade des Anglais - Nice's iconic coastal promenade offers beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. Tourists and locals come here to go for walks, ride a bike or inline skates or just relax and unwind. In 2016, unfortunately, 80 people died here in a terrorist attack during the national holiday celebration.

Old Town (Vieux Nice) - The picturesque historic center of the city, full of narrow medieval streets, markets and historic buildings, including the Sainte-Réparate Cathedral.

Sainte-Réparate Cathedral - One of the most famous monuments in Nice is located in the historic center of the city, in the old town (Vieux Nice). This cathedral was dedicated by Saint Reparate, a Christian martyr living in Nice in the 3rd century. The construction of the baroque cathedral began in the 17th century, but due to various construction breaks, it was not completed until the 19th century.

Colline du Château (Castle Hill) - A hill with a park with an artificial waterfall and the remains of an old fortress offers panoramic views of the city and the coast.

Cours Saleya – Famous flower market. Markets and squares where, in addition to admiring the colorful variations of different flowers, you can taste local specialties such as socca (chickpeas), fresh fruit and other delicacies.

On the market
On the market

Musée Matisse - An art museum that presents the works of the famous French painter Henri Matisse.

Musée Marc Chagall - Another art museum that exhibits the works of the famous French painter, this time Marc Chagall.

Promenade du Paillon - Public park and promenade with fountains, greenery and relaxation areas for locals and visitors.

Place Masséna - The largest square in the city center is surrounded by colorful baroque buildings and decorated with the Fountain Du Soleil.

Place Masséna
Place Masséna


In Nice, the second most visited city in France, you can choose from more than 3,000 accommodation capacities, from cheaper options such as hostels, apartments, guest houses to luxurious 5* options. As in other cities, the rule is that the closer to the center, the higher the prices - in Nice this area is considered the Promenade des Anglais. Most of the hotels and apartments in this location also offer a stunning view of the Bay of Angels.

Hotel Le Negresco certainly belongs to the top hotels here. From this 5* hotel you can enjoy views of the Promenade des Anglais. They furnished the rooms in a period style, so in some rooms you will feel like you are in a castle. They also offer disabled accommodation. The local restaurant boasts a Michelin star.

Hotel Le Negresco
Hotel Le Negresco

4* apartment accommodation in the city center is offered by Maison Lamartine – Nice. The apartments and studios are located a short distance from the train station, the tram stop and the main promenade. Ideal for those who arrive by train and like to have their own kitchen. You can order breakfast in your room or babysitting.

If you prefer to stay outside the city center in a quiet environment with a garden, check out Villa Kilauea B&B. From the heated outdoor pool you can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. All rooms have a terrace. Attention - only adults can stay in this guesthouse.

On the contrary, Centrum Nice offers pleasant accommodation near the city center suitable for families with children. This hostel offers private rooms, a shared kitchen and a lounge. They will arrange a transfer from the airport for an additional fee. You can also stay here with your pet.

Cheap accommodation in the city center is offered by La Maïoun Guesthouse hostel. You can stay here in a shared room or in a private double room. The hostel has an interesting history because it was set up in an old Protestant church. In the common room, guests have free coffee and tea and basic kitchen utensils for preparing their own meals.

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Typical foods and drinks

In Nice and throughout the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, you will find a rich variety of traditional foods and drinks that reflect the local gastronomic culture and use fresh ingredients from the Mediterranean region. Typical foods and drinks include:

Salad Niçoise - This traditional salad contains fresh lettuce, black olives, tomatoes, tuna or anchovies, eggs, onions and capers, usually seasoned with olive oil and herbs. It is a popular and refreshing treat, perfect for warm summer days.

Salát Niçoise
Salát Niçoise

Socca - A crispy and spicy flatbread made from chickpeas. This simple but delicious dish is often served as an appetizer or street snack.

Ratatouille - A classic Provençal dish, a mixture of roasted vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, onions and herbs. This popular vegetarian dish, full of flavor and aroma, is served either on its own, with bread or as a filling for pancakes.


Bouillabaisse - The traditional fish dish comes from Marseille, but they also liked it in Nice. It is an aromatic soup made from various types of fish, seafood, tomatoes, onions, garlic and herbs. It is usually served with toasted bread and garlic aioli.

Pan Bagnat - A whole wheat bread sandwich filled with Niçoise salad. This is a widespread form of fast food in Nice.

Rosé wine - The Provence region is famous for its quality rosé wines, which are an ideal complement to local dishes.

Practical tips

Although Nice has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, the weather can change quickly. We recommend bringing both light clothing for warm days and warmer layers for the evening or colder days.

Don't forget sun cream with a high protection factor, sunglasses and a hat to protect your head from the strong sun.

Nice is generally a safe city, but as in any tourist destination, you better follow basic safety precautions. Be cautious when in public areas and keep your valuables safe.

Public transport in Nice includes a well-organized bus and tram network. You can also use taxi services or rent a car if you plan to travel around the surrounding areas.

Tram in Nice
Tram in Nice

Respect local culture and customs. Learn the basics of French. Although most locals understand English, they only want to speak French.

Don't forget to try local specialties and dishes such as Niçoise salad, socca and local wines. Enjoy the atmosphere of local restaurants, cafes and markets.


Thanks to its pleasant Mediterranean climate, Nice is a popular tourist destination for most of the year. The summer months are ideal for beach relaxation and sunbathing, while the winter months offer the opportunity to walk and explore the city without major temperature fluctuations.

In summer, temperatures rise to 25-30°C. The winter months (December to February) are mild, with average daily temperatures around 10-15°C. At night, the temperature can drop to 5°C.

It is one of the sunniest places in France, especially during the summer months. It rains the most here in spring and autumn.

During the summer, sea winds blow over the city, bringing cooling. In winter, the influence of cold winds from the Alps can be felt.

The Alps near Nice
The Alps near Nice


Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954) - Famous French painter and sculptor. Henri Matisse spent part of his life in and around Nice. The city and its surroundings inspired many of his works.

Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) - Another important artist. Marc Chagall lived in Nice and had his studio here. His works are connected with the local landscape and culture.

Émile Zola (1840 – 1902) - Famous French writer. Émile Zola often stayed in Nice and created some of his works there.

Jacques Médecin (1928 – 1998) - Prominent French politician. He was born in Nice, where he held the office of mayor from 1966 to 1990.

Albert Calmette (1863 – 1933) - French physician and bacteriologist. Albert Calmette, along with Camille Guérin, developed the tuberculosis vaccine known as BCG. Calmette spent part of his life in Nice.

Michel Simon (1895 – 1975) - Famous French actor. Michel Simon lived in Nice and acted in many films of French cinema.

Roger Martin du Gard (1881 – 1958) - French writer. Roger Martin du Gard, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, spent some time in Nice and a street was named in his honor.


A poem about Nice created by artificial intelligence

In Nice, where the sun rises with a smile,
Memories of the past like jewels in the treasury of time,
A century of history, shining in every lane,
Where sea waves caress the shores with love.

In the network of ancient Mediterranean streets,
Songs of the past sound, history shines in every moment.
Here stood temples and palaces where grandeur dominated,
And in every stone the legend of the nation was hidden.

Nice, city of art and culture, beauty and grandeur,
Where Matisse and Chagall opened their art to the world with great passion.
Legends and myths were born in the shadow of castles and fortresses,
Which still warms the hearts of everyone who walks through this city.

In Nice, where the sun sets into golden horizons,
And history quietly whispers its stories to the eternal morning,
A trace of the past remains that will never fade away
Nice, a city that lives in memories that still remain alive.