Stylish, elegant Nice
Sitting on the Italian end of the Cote D' Azur in southern France, Nice has all that's best of French and Italian style and cuisine too. With a lot of development around the time of the Belle Epoque at the turn of the 20th Century, Nice is a chic, elegantly built resort, with a long sandy beach and promenade with a legendary sense of flair and style.
Best time to go
Nice has a lovely northern Mediterranean climate, and is great between May and October. However, try a visit in February, as the, "Carnaval de Nice" takes place then. A 14-day Carnival, it has colourful parades and numerous events, especially along the Place Massena and the Promenade d'Anglais. For height of summer fun, try the 1st and 2nd week in July when the "Nice Jazz Festival" takes place. This is a large, highly respected and important jazz festival, which has been held since 1948. There's also the 14th July - "Fête nationale française", which is the French national holiday with parades, concerts and fireworks.
Prices in Nice
Groceries are mostly cheaper than in the UK, and olives, cheeses, breads, and pates are really good, so picnics are a great idea. Restaurant prices are fair: Lunch from 15 EUR appx, beer 5 EUR, and a coffee is about 3 EUR.
Transport from Nice airport, hotel costs
Transfer to and from the airport to the centre: Airport Express Bus 98 or 99 for 6EUR one-way. Taxi to central Nice is about 30 EUR between 6pm and 7 am, but there is a surcharge at night.
A hostel bed costs around 20 EUR per person in a shared room, whereas three star hotels are about 50 euros per person a night. Public transport: trams and buses, where single tickets cost about EUR 1.50, 7-day travelcard 15 EUR. Taxi: fares start at about 10 EUR for the first three km, then 2 EUR per km, Taxis can work out expensive.