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City Guide Nice, France

Visiting Nice

Nice is trendy, cosmopolitan, chic and full of money. As it is situated beside the sea you can just picture the type of people who stay here. You've got it – flash and with cash. Now, backpackers aren’t known for frequenting the world’s most exclusive resorts, but with the right clothes and attitude, nobody will know you’re a budget traveller!

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Nice City Reviews

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    Anonymous

    Nice, the pearl of France indeed

    Nice came recommended by friends and now I know why! We stayed near Place Massena/Galaries Lafayette which was a terrific location for the beach, shopping and restaurants as well as to travel from Nice Rail Station. The weather was beautiful (2nd week in Sept); the people were friendly and helpful; the art and culture were amazing; the day and evening markets were charming; the restaurants were in abundance - from Macdonalds and Subway to all types of cuisine! The atmosphere was relaxing and night life fel

    Insider Tip:We visited Monaco Monte Carlo where the pace felt faster and casinos were buzzing - wasn't for us but some really like it - was 25 minute train ride from Nice Station for under 8 euros return. We loved the open tour bus for 22 euros a day to see all the sights in Nice and listen to the history on ear phones. We loved the Chagall museum, roman ruins, notre dame cathedral, and monastry amongst others. The beach was beautiful and fortunately we had water/aqua shoes which is a must for the pebble beach! The

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Gargantuan wide and narrow places

    Beautiful city at the Blue Coast. Small alleys characterises the old city center, with its markets and local food restaurants (mix btw Italian and French). This is a very hilly region and you might want to be ready for a little climbing up...A very big square starts new downtown, full of boutiques and brasseries. Along the promenade there is road for bikes, runners and walkers that allows for a beautiful vie on the sea. The beach is free and rocky, no sand.

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    Anonymous

    Amazing Nice

    Nice is a very nice city, but if you go there you have to spend i guess 5 days to meet it's surroundings.

    Insider Tip:Go to Eze village (Medieval village that you can go by bus 1,50eur). Go to Monaco(also by bus 1,5eur or train 3,6eur) and see the Oceanographic museum!!! Go to Saint Tropez beach, go to Cap'dail's beach, Go to Cannes....... Lots and lots of stuff to do and places to meet.

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    Anonymous

    A relaxed sophisticated and luxurious city - Perfect for laid back beach vacations

    Nice is a small French city in the southern part of the country with best rocky beaches. Its proximity to other small cities like Monaco, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Antibes, Cannes and St Pauls makes it the best place to visit. These places are 30 minutes away from Nice and have different kinds of beaches to offer.

    Insider Tip:A six to seven day stay at Nice is must. Go to the beaches in the morning and come back in the evening with relaxed mind and contentedness. You will have to visit bars and pubs here to see the mad adrenalin rush that youngsters exhibit through out the night.

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    kiki47

    Beautiful

    Having from from Marseille, Nice was literally a breath of fresh air. Beautiful beachfront city, clean and friendly. Everything within walking distance. Lots to see and do. Easy to take the bus or train to other local cities (e.g. Monaco, Cannes, Villefranche-sur-Mer). Beach was rocky but actually quite nice. Loved the old town.

    Insider Tip:Take the bus or train to Cannes, the beaches there are much nicer. Enjoy some wood-oven pizza or freshly made pasta. Remember that gratuity is often included in your bill so if it says "prix nets" then you don't have to tip again. There are lots of shops selling the same souvenirs - shop around for the best prices. Visit the markets in the old town. Buy Marseille soap, lavender, Provence herbs. Enjoy the local wines.

France: Itinerary

Nice conjures up images of casinos, beaches and beautiful people. This image is pretty much right. While Monaco may be better known for its more outlandish casinos, there are still quite a few in France’s fifth largest city. It attracts sun worshippers like honey attracts bees. But Nice isn’t as glamorous as Cannes so as a backpacker you won’t feel to out of your depth here.

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