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What to do and see in Nice, France

Colorful buildings line a set of stairs in Nice, France

Things to do in Nice

In the heart of the French Riviera lies Nice, famous for its relaxed atmosphere, fine wine tours, and delicious seafood restaurants.

There really is plenty to see and do in Nice. Take a relaxed stroll along the beach promenade, explore the historic Old Town, or take a trip to the top of Castle Hill to see the castle ruins and beautiful artificial waterfall.

Art lovers will want to head to Musée Matisse or Villa Masséna Musée to explore 19th and 20th-century French art collections. Whereas insight into Nice’s rich religious heritage can be found at the Notre-Dame de Nice, a Roman Catholic Basilica.

The adventurous type of traveler might opt for a trip outside the city to visit the lavender fields of Valensole or take a sailing trip out from the Port of Nice.

Getting to and around Nice

The best way to explore Nice is on foot. The beach and major tourist attractions are within walking distance of the center, so it’s easy to get around.

If you do need to use public transport, trams and buses stop near most attractions, and are well-connected to the airport and Nice-Ville train station.

You can also get taxis and other private hire services like Uber, though this option is naturally the most expensive.

Hiring a car in Nice is not recommended due to the tricky parking and high volume of traffic.

Promenade de Anglais in Nice, France pictured here on a bright sunny day with cars driving by and people walking on the street
A panoramic aerial shot of the beach strip and coastline in Nice, France

Travel to Nice in the peak season

As Nice is very much a beach town, it’ll come as no surprise that the peak season falls in the summer months of May to August.

The hot, humid weather makes it perfect for taking a dip in the Mediterranean, but it’s busy on the beaches as tourist crowds flock to the waterfront.

If you still want to enjoy good weather but less chaos, then we’d recommend visiting in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall – from March to May or September and October.

At that time, conditions are good for sightseeing and soaking up some sun without the extreme heat and masses of people.

Off-season travel in Nice

The off-season in Nice is between November and early March.

Temperatures drop to around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so any hope of a swim is optimistic, but you can still enjoy the city’s sights comfortably.

You’ll be able to secure the cheapest flights to Nice during this time, with the exception of late February – March when the city’s renowned Carnival event takes place.

No matter when you plan to travel, we simply recommend booking your flight tickets to Nice in advance to ensure you have get the best deal on flights.

A view of one of the many narrow streets in Nice, France with cafes and restaurants on both sides of the street and people milling around
A overhead shot of a flower market in Nice, Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya

Shopping in Nice

If you’re in need of retail therapy, Nice’s 6,000 stores make this city a paradise for those who love to shop.

Famous, especially as a destination for luxury shoppers, the area known locally as Carré d’Or (or the Golden Square) is home to a variety of designer brand stores and high-end retailers.

The streets are lined with lush green trees and quaint French cafes, giving the shopping experience a distinctly elegant feel. Head to Vieux Nice (the Old Town) if you prefer trendy boutiques and craft shops.

You can also explore Nice’s vibrant market life at one of the many markets dotted across the city. From flower and food stalls to flea markets, antique markets, and markets for locally produced goods – you won’t be short of opportunities to enjoy this part of French cultural life.

Eating out in Nice, French Riviera

Inspired by its neighbors in the Mediterranean and Italian Alps, Nice has developed a unique cuisine defined by locally grown produce, including olives, almonds, tomatoes, and sardines.

For the ultimate culinary trip to Nice, sample authentic socca (a flatbread-like pancake made from chickpea flour and olive oil) after a delicious meal of salade nicoise or ratatouille.

Nice is ultimately a city bursting at the seams with restaurants, bars, and cafes to explore. You’ll find a range of different eateries situated around the historic square of Place Masséna, and there are opportunities to sample the local grape on a wine tour.

Foodies, especially, will adore eating out in Nice’s seafood restaurants and tasting some of the finest food in southern France.

A market seller stands behind a stall filled with delicious looking meats and cheeses in Nice, France

FAQs about travel to Nice

Helpful information for travelers to Nice

How long is the flight to Nice, France?

The average duration of a direct flight from Canada to Nice, France is 10-12 hours. Flight times will vary depending on your departure airport and whether you choose a stopover as part of your journey.

Which airport do you fly to when visiting Nice?

Canadian travelers will fly to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE). The airport is located just 3.7 miles (5.9km) southwest of Nice.

How do you get from Nice Airport to the city center?

There are lots of ways you can get to the city from the airport, but the most popular modes of transport include the bus, tram, and taxis.

The Port Lympia tram (Tram 2) or the Number 12 bus can get you from the terminal to Nice in around 25 minutes.

A taxi is a more expensive, yet faster option, with the journey only taking 15-20 minutes.

What is the cheapest month to fly to Nice from Canada?

Mid-January is often the cheapest time to fly to Nice. You’re also likely to get cheaper flights to Nice after the summer peak has ended (October-November).

Icelandair offers regular flights from Canada to Nice for access to the beautiful beaches, picture-perfect waters, and rich cultural scene that defines the French Riviera.

Ahead of your flight’s arrival in Nice, why not explore the majestic fjords and breathtaking landscapes of Iceland? When you book with Icelandair, you can add a stopover in Iceland for no additional airfare.

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