Fun festival city

Nice is a nice little place to go, with festivals during all seasons and plenty to do and is also affordable to visit.

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When to go...

The best time of year to experience Nice is any time between May and October - the warmer months of the year. For those of you who prefer winter travel, though, Nice's winters are mild - so there's no need to fear the biting cold.

For those willing to brave the colder months, February each year plays host to the "Carnaval de Nice", a colourful celebration of the city with parades and numerous events. Visitors who prefer the summer weather, July has two festivals - with the first two weeks being dedicated to a festival of jazz which has run each year since 1948, and on July 14th each year the whole country celebrates "Fête nationale française".

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Before you go...

Plan ahead - food and groceries are generally a little cheaper than in the UK. When eating out, lunch at an average restaurant will cost you around EUR 15; a beer EUR 5, and a coffee, EUR 3.

 

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While you're there...

Getting to Nice from the local airport is around 6 euros on the bus (one way) - or 30 euros in a taxi, if public transport is not an option. Buses and trams within the city start from EUR 1.50, with a seven day travelcard costing around fifteen euros. Taxis will cost around ten euros for the first three km, with around an additional two euros per km after that - though they will get more expensive at night (from around 6pm-7am).

Accommodation is reasonably priced, with a hostel bed available from around 20 euros (based on a shared room). Local three star hotels are a little more expensive, starting at around 50 euros per person per night.

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