The prestigious charm and glamor of Nice made it no less than the kingdom of the French Riviera. The entire stratum of world nobility has already visited here and soaked up the pleasures of the good life: spectacular beaches, good food, luxury yachts, and everything that came straight from the channel of the good life straight into the realistic idyll. But Nice is basically a place where anyone can walk and be honest it does not have to be as expensive as you thought. Nice is a destination discovered by the aristocracy and has won the perfect luxury envelope, but even those looking for successful and comfortable urban adventures will be able to find them here and easily. Beautiful Nice offers historic sites and ancient architecture, successful eateries, and accommodations in every possible range. It’s time to enjoy all the worlds it offers to the many travelers and tourists
The thriving city that has become a global success story, has led to an increase in hotel prices and is therefore considered a relatively expensive destination compared to other French cities. Despite this and as we promised, you can also find cheap and quality places at reasonable prices, starting from 2 stars for those interested:
Hôtel Du Center is considered a 2-star hotel close to Nice’s main shopping boulevard and a 15-minute walk from the beach. You will even find here free toiletries (which are usually given in 3-4 star hotels), lots of quiet and cleanliness. The Aparthotel Ajoupa also offers a central location and well-kept apartments with all the usual reception services and the possibility of self-cooking or ordering breakfast. A third option we found is Villa Saint Hubert located in a suburb of Nice, about 2 km from the magnificent English promenade and close to the light rail station that will take you very quickly to the city center.
For those of you who prefer 3-star hotels and are close to many of the attractions, you can reach Hotel Villa Les Cygnes which received excellent user reviews and an excellent price index, Nice Garden Hotel near the English Promenade, and Hotel Villa Rose within ten minutes by tram to the promenade with dinner A morning that receives a lot of recommendations, Hotel La Villa Nice Promenade and Hotel Flots d’Azur which are right on the promenade and are considered very high quality and also Hôtel Lafayette which is a short walk from the center and close to several synagogues, making it attractive to the religious and traditional public.
Recommended 4-room hotels in Nice are: Palais Saleya Boutique hotel and Hotel 66 Nice.
Famous 5-star luxury hotels in the city are: the very central Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée, the famous Hotel Negresco, the magnificent Boscolo Exedra Nice by all opinions, and the boutique Hotel La Perouse inspired by Provence.
Along with the dreamy and varied French food, you will find in Nice itself a number of interesting local dishes, combining ethnicity from the Mediterranean East with popular Western food. In the past, the poor fishermen of Nice used to eat and cook these delicacies, and with the flourishing of the city became dishes that got a new interpretation. One of these dishes is Socca Soka – a spring of French fries made from a mixture of chickpea flour, olive oil, and water and baked in a special oven. Another popular dish that originated in Nice is Nisswaz, which we know from the salad but actually embodies a whole culture of rich and developed street food. For lunch you can eat Pain bagnat, a local round bread pastry stuffed with the traditional Nisswaz salad, or Pissaladière which is a kind of pizza dough without cheese, with caramelized onions and anchovies. And for dessert, a Tourte de blettes that involved a slightly salty chard leaf cake, consisting of pears, pine nuts, raisins, wine, and a few other goodies.
Between the turquoise sea and the Art Deco buildings, you can find hundreds of popular and recommended attractions and sites. Most attractions take place on foot and can be easily reached from point to point on foot, or by tram.
It is considered one of the most central attractions of Nice. The promenade is packed with visitors regardless of time and day, offers a wonderful walk along the sea, and a huge variety of food stalls, smoothies, crepes, street food, tiny restaurants, souvenirs, and cocktails on the beach, and much more.
This is one of the must-haves of your visit and you will find amazing, colorful, and packaged flower stalls to buy. The market is active every day except Mondays when it is replaced by a flea market. Along with the market, you can enjoy a variety of cafes and souvenir shops.
The famous artist Henry Matisse left an interesting mark on Nice and therefore his works, personal belongings, and even the museum windows reflect a large part of the artistic influence of the city. The museum has a souvenir shop where you can purchase prints of his most important works.
Opening hours: 11: 00-18: 00 daily. Closed Tuesday.
In the old and reserved city of Nice, you will find a huge variety of antique shops and this is a great opportunity to purchase truly original gifts. In the area, you will find clubs and restaurants, good ice cream shops and narrow and beautiful alleys to get lost in.
This pedestrian street, whose official name is Rue de France Pedestrian Zone, is suitable for those of you who want to enjoy shopping, souvenir shopping, and everything in the lively and energetic atmosphere of dozens of street performances playing at the same time. Here you will find shops for gourmet food, fashion, books, cafes, crepe stalls, restaurants, and more.
The Russian aristocracy that first came to Nice, used it as a place of refuge and took care to leave a number of influences. It is one of several Russian attractions that exist in the city. The cathedral features an interesting structure with fallen trees in the foreground, a sort of unconventional look in relation to the restrained and sketched French cathedrals.
A free but interesting place not to be missed. The art of photography will meet you here in a busy boulevard where you will find a variety of universal exhibitions, such as an exhibition of portrait photography of Hollywood celebs, an exhibition of American Native American photography, and more.
Opening hours: 11: 00-18: 00 all days of the week. At two closed.
Inside the Museum of Roman Archeology and Antiquities, you will find the influence of the Romans who stayed here in the past: ancient baths, special exhibits, archeological realities, and a glimpse into life from the time in Nice.
Opening hours: 11: 00-18: 00 all days of the week. Closed Tuesday.
The very famous French-Jewish-Russian painter based much of his art on paintings of biblical scenes love paintings and stained glass works. You can find all of these in the museum and be impressed by the artist’s unique works.
Opening hours: 10: 00-17: 00 all week. Closed Tuesday.
A very short distance from the old town you will find the magical and bustling port of Nice. Here you can see the ferries sailing to Corsica, watch the rich yachts moored and the fishing boats, eat at the excellent fish restaurants, and spend time in the most prestigious nightclubs in the city.
This is a special train that departs from Nice for a ride in the mountains, travels between villages on the cliffs, and arrives after 150 km to the city of Dina, the capital of Upper Provence. Travel only part of the way, get off in the small villages, and take a walk.
Not far from the city you can discover other fascinating places and here are some recommended ones: the city of Grass known for its perfumes and chocolates, but also for its extreme sports and especially the abseiling experience, the famous city of Cannes where the prestigious film event is held every year. McCann is well worth sailing to the small island of Iles Sainte Margarite where according to the story of Alexander Dumas, the man is imprisoned in the Iron Mask, the ancient and steep Gordon village which provides breathtaking views and unforgettable cheeses in taste, the palace of Beatrice Aprosi (of the Rothschild family) In it the original furniture is plated with gold, evening dresses and artwork she has purchased.
Driving in Nice is possible and even recommended so that you can experience large parts of the city and outside it comfortably and spontaneously, but it is difficult driving that requires sharpness of mind and a lot of concentration. The accident rate in Nice is one of the highest in France and the percentage of “worst” drivers here is among the highest you will ever meet. Before renting a car, it is advisable to delve deeper into the issue of driving in the city and get additional tips from the rental company or acquaintances who have been here regarding road conditions.
In addition, the intensive tourism in Nice causes a lot of traffic and long morning and evening traffic jams. If you are arriving in Nice by car from the airport (follow the signs for the A8), take the trip in peace and quiet. There is a very sharp and familiar turn near the airport and it is the focus of many accidents. Also, be patient if you get stuck in traffic jams. Nice itself will already make up for everything later.
Please note that most rental companies are located in Terminal 2 of the airport. Some vehicles come with defects and tin damage but mechanically they are fine. It’s even better, just in case you add a new flaw of your own that you do not want anyone to notice. In addition, always make sure to lock the vehicle at the exit because there are many car thieves in Nice.
Fortunately, flights to Nice occur several times a week from Israel and you can decide whether to fly to and from Paris on a one-hour connecting flight to Nice (no direct flights), or on one of the European airlines, which will allow you to make a connection from another European city. Nice Airport is a Cote D’azur International Airport located just 6 km from the city. It is therefore particularly easy to reach by public transport or rental car.
If you are looking for a cheap flight to Nice, prefer the flight with low-cost airlines or the low-cost airlines of airlines such as Alitalia or Tap Portugal, which also fly to French destinations. The low-cost revolution has opened up the possibility for many travelers to significantly reduce flight prices and give up significant luggage or hot meals and choice of seats. When it comes to little savings in favor of spending time in the glorious Nice, one can easily cope with the 4 hours of flight and survive them in less pompous conditions. Those who are willing and prefer to shrink prices more will be happy to know that the longer the wait at the connection destination, the lower the ticket price.
You can get into the city with the bus’ Express Line 98, which runs from early morning until a quarter of an hour before midnight, every 15-30 minutes. The line reaches the area of the beach hotels and the old town. Those staying in the Central Railway Station area should catchline 99. The line is active from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every half hour.
You can also get there by taxi. The taxi rank is at the A1 gate in Terminal 1 or at the A3 gate of Terminal 2. The fare to the city center is fixed at 32 euros. This is the price for both day and night travel.
Nice weather, like that of Israel, is a sunny and warm Mediterranean. That is why the summer months are the most popular for a trip here and the peak of the season takes place from June to August. This is the time when all the attractions are open and the city is bustling with life. And yet, the queues and traffic jams may weigh a little on the trip and this should be taken into account. Therefore, for those of you who prefer to avoid the number of tourists, the heat load, and even lower the accommodation rates a bit, there is the option to arrive in the fall and spring months as well.