Nice - sunny Mediterranean city

Located on the Cote d' Azur in the south of France, Nice is known for its elegant ochre coloured buildings and fabulous beaches and marinas.

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Events throughout the year

The typically Mediterranean climate means long hot summers that last from May till October and mild winters. Visit in February to experience the colourful parades and fun events at "Carnaval de Nice" around the Place Massena and the famous Promenade d'Anglais. The Nice Jazz Festival is a summer fixture; it has been held during the 1st and 2nd weeks of July since 1948 and coincides with the parades and fireworks to mark the "Fête nationale française" on 14th July.

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Handy hints for your vacation

Though the Cote d'Azur is often considered expensive, groceries are normally cheaper than in the UK. Visitors might pay around 15 EUR for lunch in a local restaurant and about 5 EUR for beer and 3 EUR for a coffee.

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Local information to make your Nice break more satisfying

It's quite easy to get to and from the airport and the regular 'Airport Express' bus services 98 and 99 charge approximately 6 EUR for a one-way journey. Taxis to the centre of Nice cost about 30 EUR, but may be more at night (between 6 pm and 7 am) when there is a surcharge on fares.

There is accommodation to suit everyone in Nice. Those on a budget can find hostels that charge about 20 EUR per person for a night in shared rooms, while 3 star hotels tend to be around 50 EUR per person per night.

A single bus or tram ticket is around EUR 1.50 so it's worth buying a 7 day travelcard for about 15 EUR. Taxis start at approximately 10 EUR for the first three km and then 2 EUR per km afterwards. Expect to pay more at night.

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