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Where is Nice?

08/21/2022

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Where is Nice? Where is Nice located? Nice is the capital of the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur), a bustling city bathed by the Mediterranean Sea with elegant Baroque architecture, colorful markets, and delicious food. It is also a city of art and culture and after Paris, it is the city with the most museums in France.

Located south of France, in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Nice is a great destination for a European weekend getaway or longer holidays all year round. If you travel France by train, count on taking it 5h 45 min for a Paris-Nice, 2h 40min for a Marseille-Nice, and 4h 40 min for a Lyon-Nice.

Harbor Nice

Wondering why Nice has so many Italian influences in its architecture and food? Nice is located 40 km from the Italian border so the exchanges with Italy are easy and frequent. Actually, in the past, Nica belonged to Italy and it is part of France only since the 19th century.

Nice, France, in a Nutshell

Population: 341,000

Department: Alpes-Maritimes

Region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, in Southern France

Average temperatures (max /min): January – 13,1C /5,3C; April – 17C / 10,2C; July – 27,3C / 20,3C; October – 21C / 13,7C.

Main attractions: Castle Hill, Promenade des Anglais, Baroque architecture, the port, Matisse Museum, Chagall Museum

Nice Train Station: Gare de Nice-Ville (locally named Gare de Thiers). Find the latest deals on train tickets

Nice Airport: Nice-Côte d’Azur Aiport (NCE). Find the latest deals on flight tickets

How to get from Nice Airport to Nice

What to Do in Nice

To help you organize your stay in Nice, we have listed the best things to see and do in Nice, as well as the most popular tours.

Nice Hop-on Hop-off Bus

Cultural and Gourmet Walking Tour of Nice

Discover Nice with a Segway Tour

Nice Small Group Sunset Cruise to Cap Ferrat

From Nice: French Riviera in One Day

Day trip to Monaco from Nice

Gorges du Verdon and Lavender Fields Tour

The beautiful city of Nice is the base for many wonderful day trips and it is also a popular starting point of fun French Riviera road trips. If you don’t have a car, click here for the best car rentals in Nice.

Where to Stay in Nice

The fifth largest city in France and a popular travel destination all year round, Nice has a wide choice of accommodation for all kinds of travels and budgets. If the seafront is always a favorite, the Old Town seduces for its small village atmosphere and its proximity to the beaches. In the summer, hotels with a swimming pool sell out fast!

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