The Cote d’Azur Airport (NCE) is the gateway airport for the French Riviera. This hub is one of the most active in the country, and as such is filled with tons of amenities to please its millions of transiting passengers. You’ll find visitor centres, banking services, ATMs, a nail bar, postage services, currency exchange, and a huge variety of shops and restaurants to spend your waiting time exploring.
Nice’s airport is only 7km from the main part of town, and buses, trains, shuttles and taxis provide the links. A taxi journey is the fastest way into town, and should cost 20-30EUR ($30-45).
Cities in Australia are connected to this lovely part of France though Qantas, Air France, Emirates, Delta, British Airways, and Etihad Airways.
Why visit Nice?
Nestled in the warm embrace of the Mediterranean Sea, and part of the sparkling Cote d’Azur of France, Nice’s reputation precedes it. It has always been known for its glamorous restaurants, trendy bars and designer retailers, however, no matter how many upscale businesses come to town, Nice still manages to be a city for everyone. With gorgeous beaches, warm waters, and plenty of French joie de vivre, Nice is one of France’s most beloved holiday destinations for locals and tourists alike.
Things to do in Nice
Enjoy the older side of Nice; visit its spectacular Matisse Museum, displaying much of the famed painter’s work. See the gorgeous Notre Dame de Cimiez monastery, set in picturesque, flowering gardens, and a window into the way of life of Franciscan monks in the 16th century. And then wander through the colourful, typically French Old Town, called Vielle Ville, where you can really get to grips with the Riviera way of doing things—in the mornings, sip on a cappuccino, and stroll through the marketplaces picking up cheese, charcuterie, or chocolates, and then in the afternoon, enjoy a bold red on a patio.
For sightseers, the Old Town also offers a particular highlight in the way of the Lascaris Palace, a 17th century Baroque residence, built for the aristocratic Vintimille-Lascaris family. Today, it functions as a wonderful music museum, with lots of instruments on display.
Of course, for many, the real attraction of Nice is its beaches. The most famous of which are the Baie des Anges beaches, which feature a long promenade where visitors can enjoy the gardens along the path, and the view out to sea. However, if you’d rather a quieter scene, hopp on a bus to the Beaulieu Sur Mer, where you can find a long public beach set in a protected cove, making it a perfect place for sunbathing and a relaxing swim away from the main crowds of the city.
Best time to visit Nice
· Summers are the most popular with travellers wanting to explore the French Riviera, and it’s easy to see why; the days are sunny and long, and range from 20-27°C. However, because of its popularity, expect the prices in this town to be at their highest.
· The best time to visit Nice is probably in September and October, when the sea is at its warmest, and the highs are still between 21-24°C. You may experience a little bit of a cold snap (between 13-17°C), but those autumn days are wonderful for sightseeing.
Arriving in Nice
· Flights to Nice from Australia, usually require a layover or two. Expect these to be in cities like Dubai (DXB), Paris (CDG) and Hong Kong (HKG).
· Euro (EUR).
· France usually issues Australian travellers a 90 day stay upon arrival. However, you can check here, all the latest information and updates before you travel to ensure conditions are the same when you fly.
Please note that information is correct as of September 2016
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