Do you want to travel to France, but not to the busy and crowded capital of Paris? If so, Nice is the perfect destination for you. The city is located in the southeast of France, and has a coastline towards the warm Mediterranean. This means that you can travel here in the summer to soak up the sun along the long city beaches, or travel here as a backpacker and then take the trip over to neighboring Italy. The possibilities are many, and Nice is a very tourist-friendly city.
With almost 350,000 inhabitants, Nice is also not the busiest city in France according to DigoPaul, at the same time as it is the most visited tourist city after the capital Paris. Here you can travel whether you want to enjoy a luxurious love holiday and live the happy beach life, or if you want to experience the many sights and attractions the city has to offer. If you want hot temperatures, you prefer to travel to Nice during the summer months. Autumn and spring are suitable for sightseeing and walking.
Travel to Nice
Getting to Nice is rarely a problem, and if you are out well in advance and book, you will be able to get over very affordable airline tickets. There are not too many direct flights from Oslo Airport, but without a stopover the flight time is just under three hours. The currency in France is known to be the euro, and consequently this also applies in Nice. As a very popular tourist city, the price level will be perceived as somewhat higher than the smaller cities in France, but again cheaper than the capital Paris. Nice is also a great destination for a romantic getaway for two.
Nice is considered a safe city to travel in. Tourists are rarely exposed to crime, but pickpockets also exist here. The drinking water is usually good, but it is not recommended for Norwegians to drink tap water, but rather buy bottled water.
Hotels and restaurants in Nice
Nice is a city that offers great opportunities, whether you have good advice and want to live well or visit the city through an interrail or similar. You live most expensive and best along the seafront, where the most beautiful hotels in the city are next door. More centrally located you will find both cheap accommodation, but also some cheaper 3- or 4-star hotels. The high season is from June to August, and then it is recommended that you book hotels well in advance.
As a coastal town, eating a good seafood dish in Nice is rarely a problem. The city also bears a strong mark of its close connection to Italy, and has many restaurants serving food from the Italian cuisine. You will also find eateries serving typical, traditional French cuisine here, and not least cuisine from all other corners of the world.
Attractions in Nice
With whitewashed sandy beaches and luxury hotels, Nice is a favorite tourist destination for just those reasons. But the city also has a lot of attractions and experiences to offer, with everything from museums to venerable buildings.
Promenade des Anglais
The seafront promenade along the center of Nice is the place most tourists spend most time on when visiting Nice. Here both locals and tourists meet, there is always a bustling crowd and there are plenty of restaurants and beach bazaars as you are well used to from typical charter destinations. Sit back in the deck chair and let the waitress bring you a really good cocktail.
The well-known artist Henri Matisse has his own museum in Nice, the city from which he drew most of his inspiration. The museum displays works from Matisse’s entire career, and will be a “must” if you are interested in art and visit Nice. You can also see some of his personal items on display here.
If you like good views, visit La Chateau. There is a hill in Nice that offers a panoramic view of Nice, where you see both the sea and the city in one. You can take the elevator up here, or be fit and take the stairs. It costs nothing – and by all means remember to bring your camera up!
Old Town «Vieux Nice»
If you want to relax from everyday stress and experience the authentic Nice, then you go to the old town. The atmosphere here is completely different than in the city center, and here you can buy everything from homemade souvenirs to enjoy a good meal. In the area there are also a number of nightclubs and pleasant nightlife.
The Russian Cathedral
How did a Russian cathedral end up along the Mediterranean coast and in Nice? You will definitely find out if you visit it, something we definitely recommend. With tropical palm trees in the foreground, the Russian Cathedral in Nice is a completely unique sight, and not something you have seen elsewhere despite the fact that you may have traveled a lot.