Often the unsung heroine of the French Riviera, Nice offers visitors year-round sunshine, a relaxed Mediterranean culture and some of Southern France's best museums. Sure, you could party your annual leave away in Monaco, Cannes and St. Tropez, but Nice holiday deals offer culture, nightlife and ocean breezes…and hey, it’s Nice.
For the best in Riviera people-watching during your cheap holiday in Nice, head to the Promenade des Anglais, ruled by inline skaters, bikini-clad beach-goers and speedboats trawling the shoreline like cruising teenagers. Enjoy the pebbly public beaches, but don't be fooled by the feigned exclusivity of private ones: a bit of that cash you saved on your Nice package will get you in for the day and a chair rental to boot, and you won't have to fight the crowds.
You don’t have to confine yourself to the waterfront, though (unless that’s your thing!). Get some walking in or take the tram up to Castle Hill to take some snaps of the Mediterranean or the picturesque historic town centre (the Vieille Ville—a bit of a tongue-twister!). For a longer walk, head to the Cimiez Quarter, home to some of the city's best museums. Rather take a load off? Book one of Wotif’s Nice car hire options to make a quick trip of it. In addition to being dedicated to two giants of French art, Matisse and Chagall, the neighbourhood hosts an impressive archaeological museum.
Like other towns along the French Riviera, Nice offers some of France's finest casual walking and shopping. In New Town, Rue du France and Rue de la Buffa are the busy shopping streets. If you’re after chain stores and larger retailers, the mall at the intersection of Boulevard General Louis Delfino and Rue August Gal, in the Riquier Quarter, is a popular choice. Old Town is your best bet for Provencal standards as well as vintage and retro boutiques.
Hear that rumbling in your tum? There’s no need to go far the streets around the busy flower market, the Cours Saleya, are full of small eateries and larger restaurants for you to find lunch or dinner in the Vieille Ville. In the New Town district, Boulevard Victor Hugo offers several upscale restaurants, and nearby Rue de la Buffa and Rue Massena intersperse chic restaurants with faster fare.
Nightlife in Nice offers all the colour and range you'd expect on a France holiday. Kick off an evening pub crawl in Rue de la Prefecture, where taverns and smaller clubs ply their trade in the shadow of the Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Does your night out depend on thumping music? Take yourself to New Town, where Rue du France and Rue de la Buffa host several clubs interspersed with late-night snack shops and restaurants. If you prefer to party in one place, head back to the beach, where scattered casinos and nightclubs send waves of sound across the Promenade des Anglais and the Promenade de la Plage.
Even if you don’t have a yacht in the harbour or crystal champagne flutes in your luggage, Wotif's Nice holiday packages will make you feel like a high roller on the French Riviera. Take a look at our deals and find out just how, well, nice a Nice getaway can be.
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