Short Breaks to Nice
Once the exclusive playground of royalty and the European ruling class, Nice now enjoys its status of being an accessible cosmopolitan tourist destination – perfect for either a short break away at the weekend or a longer holiday.
The immediate attraction of this city at the heart of the French Riviera is always going to be the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea, offering visitors an enticing setting in which to relax and escape from it all.
Nice happens to be France’s second city after Paris in terms of museums and art galleries, which when coupled with the historical significance of the area ensures that even the most culture-thirsty of individuals will be more than satisfied with what Nice has to offer up.
Many people like to take advantage of being by the sea to visit a quality seafood restaurant and Nice doesn’t disappoint in that regard (although some restaurants are a little on the pricey side). Numerous restaurants provide different varieties of food in addition to seafood so finding an alternative if you prefer is easy.
Things to Do and See
Matisse Museum And Other Art Galleries
Matisse was one of France’s leading artists of the modern era and a driving force of the modernist movement. The Matisse Museum in Nice showcases a number of his paintings and sculptures as well as his own personal artefacts which help deliver a greater understanding of the man. Nice also offers additional galleries and museums though, enabling you to explore a wide array of subjects.
Nice’s port area is only a short distance away from the Old Town making it a convenient place to visit. At night it features a number of the trendier nightclubs and so is a popular place with the younger crowds during these hours.
The Old Town of Nice is the type of area where you can aimlessly wander the winding backstreets, stumbling upon quaint boutique stores, coffee shops and other curiosities. Around the main town plaza are a number of interesting buildings and churches, while the plaza itself is home to the markets.
Sea Front And Beach
For most people on a long weekend in Nice, the chance to spend some time on the beach is an opportunity too good to pass up, particularly with a colour of sea this appealing. Of course if you would prefer to remain in the shade but still enjoy the view and the fresh sea air, there are numerous places along the sea front for relaxing in comfort and enjoying the idyllic view.
St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral
St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral is just one of the many visible remnants of the Russian aristocracy’s presence in this region of France, finding the area to be the ideal destination for escaping the at times brutal Russian weather.
When to Go
Being in the South of France and at the heart of the French Riviera, Nice enjoys pleasant weather conditions throughout the year.
During the peak of the summer months of July and August, temperatures consistently reach the high twenties (Celsius) which contributes to Nice’s popularity as a holiday destination.
While the colder winter months are considerably milder than the harsh Northern European winter months, the weather in Nice at this time is not ideal for topping up a sun tan.
- Soak up the sun and sea air
- Meander through the quiet backstreets of the Old Town
- Hire a jet ski or take a chartered fishing trip
- Less than 20 miles from other French Riviera hotspots including Monaco
Hotels in Nice
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