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Where is Nice?

12/05/2022

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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. One of the most beautiful cities in Southern France, Nice 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 to France by train, count on taking it 5h 45 min for a Paris-Nice, 2h 40 min 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 exchanges with Italy are easy and frequent. Actually, in the past, Nice belonged to Italy, and it has been part of France only since the 19th century.

Nice, France, in a Nutshell

Population: 341,000 (2015)

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 and 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

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 accommodations for all kinds of travel 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!

A Great Stop on your French Road Trip

Best Road Trips France

The beautiful city of Nice is the starting point or one of the stops of some of our favorite French road trips. If you don’t have a car in France, click here for the best car rentals in Nice and check out our best tips for renting a car in France.

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