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Where is Nice?

07/10/2021

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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.

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.

The beautiful city of Nice is the base for many wonderful day trips and also the starting point of fun French Riviera road trips.

Old Town Nice

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 Articles

If you are planning a trip to Nice, we can help! We like to visit Nice and its surrounding from time to time and we have written many articles about Nice:

Two days in Nice – Itinerary and Map

Best day trips from Nice

Top Things to do in Nice

Day trip to Monaco from Nice

How to get from Nice Airport to Nice

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