Flights to Nice (NCE)

Flights to Nice are ideal if you’re craving sunshine, picturesque coastlines filled with socialites and a dose of French sophistication.

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Flights to Nice

When you board a flight to Nice, one of Europe's most photogenic destinations, you immediately feel more glamorous. The city is a gateway to Cannes, St Tropez and Monte Carlo, and it has a port to make even the wealthiest boat-owners blush. It conjures up images of beautiful coastlines, with beautiful people sunning themselves at sea.

Nice is rightly known for its stunning Promenade des Anglais, gently curving around the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). While you sip a coffee on a sun-drenched terrace overlooking the sparkling blue Mediterranean, it’s tempting to think life can’t get much better than a stay in this French city.

And yet there’s so much more to Nice than the historical flamboyance of the Hôtel Le Negresco or the multimillion-dollar yachts moored in the port. Vieux Nice (the old town) is crammed with history and character – the architecture dates back to the 17th century – and a wander among its markets, shops and churches feels like stepping back in time. Meanwhile, the bright Mediterranean weather has inspired artists such as Matisse and Picasso.

The beautiful climate means this is an outdoor city for everyone – the promenade is home to skaters as much as well-dressed couples on their way to one of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants.

Encouragingly, for all its genteel history, Nice isn’t resting on its laurels. The new Promenade du Paillon is an urban park in the centre of the city and shopping has become a major attraction, with everything from small boutiques in Vieux Nice to high-end couturiers on Rue Paradis and major brands on Avenue Jean Médecin.

No wonder, then, that after Paris it’s the most visited city in France.

Find a private beach

Treat yourself to some luxury downtime at one of Nice’s private beaches, with waiters at your service, impressive dining options and, often, hessian-matted walkways to the water. Try the beach at Hôtel Beau Rivage for the classic luxe experience.

Hôtel Beau Rivage
24, rue Saint François de Paule
+33 4 92 47 82 82

Visit an art gallery

Nice is an outdoorsy place but a visit to one of its art galleries is a must. Above the town on Cimiez Hill is the brilliant Musée Matisse, a fascinating look at the life of this unique French artist. Then there's the Musée des Beaux-Arts, an ornate building that houses Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Kiss.

Musée des Beaux-Arts
33 Avenue des Baumettes
+33 4 9215 2828

Explore the old town

Yes, the tightly-packed streets of Vieux Nice can be a bit crowded with vendors and visitors, but there’s something really exciting and vibrant about stopping for a coffee at one of the many cafes and watching the world go by. Get up early and visit the flower market in the Cours Saleya market, a wonderful assault on the senses.

Marché aux Fleurs
Cours Saleya

Walk the Promenade des Anglais

The Promenade des Anglais is rightly famous, a five-mile curve around the Bay of Angels (Baie des Anges), lined by palm trees, pergolas, restaurants and everyone enjoying the view of a bright blue sea. Taking a stroll along the promenade is the perfect introduction to Nice and all its charms.

Promenade des Anglais

People-watch at the port

Nice is a magnet for the wealthy – and nowhere is it more apparent than the port. Mega-yachts are moored all around the harbour, and it’s fun to stroll past and pick a favourite. Many locals come here to dine, which makes this area all the more intriguing – and real.

Yacht Club Nice
Quai Entrecasteaux
+33 4 93 56 44 31

Discover Massena Museum

To get a sense of how Nice built its reputation as an aristocratic honeypot, check out the fascinating Massena Museum, which reveals tales of Nice from the Napoleonic era to the end of the Belle Époque at the onset of the First World War. The building itself is a relic from this era: right next to Hotel Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais, its location tells its own story.

65 Rue de France
+33 4 9391 1910

La Pescheria (Italian)

Italy is, of course, just a short distance along the Cote d’Azur, so Giuseppe Mandaradoni’s Italian-infused menu in the stylish yet comfortable surroundings of the Boscolo Exedra Hotel is a good fit. But don’t come expecting simply pizzas and pastas – La Pescheria is very much about fresh food cooked in Italian style, like the orange duck breast with honey, thyme, fennel and grapes.

12 Boulevard Victor Hugo
+33 4 9703 8972

Le Chantecler (French)

Michelin-starred Chef Denis Rieubland says the food at this restaurant is “inspired by Provence, with the respect of its products and traditions”. With traditional French haute cuisine served in elegant, chandelier-laden surroundings, this is a great pick for a special occasion.

37 Promenade des Anglais
+33 4 9316 6400

Le Bistrot du Port (French/Seafood)

Nice’s Michelin-starred restaurants are a big draw, but sometimes you want to enjoy a good meal in a more relaxed setting. Le Bistrot du Port is just the place for that. There's still a wow factor – views of multimillion-dollar yachts in the port – and Chef Jose Orsini uses the day’s catch to make simple but tasty dishes.

28 Quai Lunel
+33 4 9355 2170

Olive et Artichaut (Mediterranean)

Located in Nice’s old town, Olive et Artichaut is a real find: it offers the Cote d’Azur gourmet experience in pleasantly laidback, modern surroundings, with reasonable prices to boot. The menu offers a modern twist on classic Mediterranean cuisine.

6 Rue Sainte-Reparate
+33 4 8914 9751

Keisuke Matsushima (French/Japanese fusion)

Chef Matsushima has learned the best techniques of French cooking and combined them with his Japanese heritage – so the mille-feuille of beef comes with a wasabi dressing. Such commitment to interesting flavours earned Matsushima a Michelin star in 2006 and he’s never looked back – he also devised the menu at Hi-Hotel’s beach restaurant.

22 Ter Rue de france
+33 4 9382 2606

Flaveur (French/Asian fusion)

If you’re going to call your restaurant Flaveur, you’d better deliver on that promise. And brothers Gaël and Mickaël Tourteaux certainly do. The menu is a creative masterclass, adding Asian touches to French classics. No wonder the Michelin inspectors awarded them a star.

25 Rue Gubernatis
+33 4 9362 5395

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée Hotel

With an amazing location right on the seafront and just a short walk to Nice’s other attractions, this is an address worth splashing out on. The 180 Art Deco-accented rooms offer five-star luxury, as do the public areas with terrace, pool and restaurant looking out over the sea.

13 Promenade des Anglais
+33 4 9327 1234

Hotel Windsor in Nice

Just a short walk from the Promenade des Anglais and the Baie des Anges, the WindsoR has always been an enduring favourite. Today, it's a hub of contemporary art, with a top-notch spa and a tropical garden. If that's not enough, the room rates are a bargain too.

11 Rue Dalpozzo
+33 4 9388 5935

Hotel Negresco

This hotel has been a mainstay of Nice for more than 100 years, and its views over the Mediterranean keep travellers coming back. Add to that the brasserie, private beach and two Michelin-starred restaurants, and you might not want to leave.

37 Promenade des Anglais
+33 4 9316 6400

Hotel La Pérouse

Located at the end of the Promenade des Anglais, the Hotel La Pérouse is slightly removed from the bustle of Nice. There's a magnificent terrace with a breathtaking view over the bay, as well as a gorgeous pool and a great on-site restaurant. Book a Superior or Deluxe room and you get your own private terrace.

11 Quai Rauba Capéu
+33 4 9362 3463

Hi-Hotel Eco Spa & Beach

Nice is known for its glamour, but it can do cool and playful, too, most notably at the Hi-Hotel, where each of the 38 rooms has a different style and theme – think bright colours and sleek, minimalist furniture. The hotel also has its own private beach.

3 Avenue des Fleurs
+033 4 9707 2626

Boscolo Exedra Nice

Situated on Nice’s central boulevard, this Belle Époque building screams luxury. With rooms and lounges that mix historical charm and modern, design-conscious style, Boscolo Exedra is a fashionable five-star option amid Nice’s many traditional hotels. It has its own private beach as well.

12 Boulevard Victor Hugo
+33 4 9703 8989

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