Nice Capital of the French Riviera

Beautiful blue skies and a warm climate (15/21 degrees!) attracts visitors to Nice during the early months of the year as well as during the hot Summer months.

It is an ideal time to experience its gentle lifestyle, culture and picturesque beauty whilst absorbing some welcomed sunshine. There are other plus points to consider when choosing an off season trip to Nice.

It is cheaper of course, travelling off season, and there are so many great offers to choose from however you want to travel. From Bristol airport for example, a flight to Nice will take roughly 2 hours and on arrival, there are regular buses and trams easing the short journey of 20 minutes into the centre of Nice.

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There are some great apartments in Nice to rent. The Belle Nuage, in the centre of Nice’s old town with its Italian-style architecture of red and yellow townhouses, has perfect views of Place Rosetti, a charming square with a small stone fountain and the glittering dome of Cathedral Sainte Reparate. There are places to stay overlooking the beautiful Bay of Angels. Take a look at www.yourniceapartment.com for more information about where to stay in Nice.

There are so many restaurants and bars to choose from. Bistro d’ Antoine, Old Town serves hearty local French food in a fresh modern bistro setting with a street terrace. At Lou Pilha Leva, an outdoor snack bar again in Old Town, with its communal picnic tables will serve anything from a Socca (a chick pea pancake), caramelised onion tart, to a tuna salad baguette.

If you are a wine lover then discover a historic gem (25 minutes by bus away from the centre) in the hills behind Nice. Chateau de Cremat is one of France’s smallest yet most prestigious wineries overlooking the sea. Visit the vineyards and the caves underneath the Chateau and take a tour of the cellars originally used by Roman soldiers to store their wine and oil in 14BC.

Coco Chanel’s famous inter locking letter ‘C’s logo was inspired here at the Chateau and the copyright of the logo given to her as a gift back in the 1920’s.

Nice has a rich cultural and artistic heritage. There are wonderful museums and galleries to visit like The Musée Marc Chagall. Nice Opera is a must for ballet and classical music lovers. The nineteenth century opera house has its own opera, ballet and orchestra from the Royal Philharmonic. It also hosts co-productions with visiting companies.

Whether its taking a wander along the harbour, which is in the heart of the city and connects Corsican destinations with Nice, or strolling up the hills of Cymiez where you can enjoy the scent of the orange and lemon trees, Nice is definitely worth a visit!

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