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

  • 70%


    Great place to relax for a few days

    See title -- there's not tons to do here but if you've been traveling for a while or just want a place to relax and enjoy the beach, this is it. You can also take some day trips to Cannes, Monaco, Monte Carlo, etc. I didn't do these things as I just wanted to relax in Nice but I heard that they were worth checking out but really just full of rich people. Nice is an expensive city so probably wouldn't stay that long.

    Insider Tip:Check out the castle!

  • 40%


    Beach holiday only

    Good place if youre only interested in the beach (rocks) and eating italian food (with slow service).

    Insider Tip:Couple days tops.

  • 80%


    My favourote city

    Nice never fails, from the beautiful clear blue sea to the markets and of course the weather. I've been here a number of Times and love walking around the French streets and such easy access to Italy and beyond.

    Insider Tip:Walk up to the chateaux at sunset, great view. Get the quick trains to Monaco and Italy. (San remo) is a must. The market starts at 6pm until midnight which has some unique buys. You may come by some rude French people...this is normal!

  • 80%


    Nice is nice.

    Great small city in and of itself, with stunning views and plenty of places to relax. Even better is using it as a base for day trips to the surrounding area, such as Cannes, Monaco and so on.

  • 50%


    Summer holiday trip

    Beautiful city with a multitude of activities. A bit expensive sometimes but some things like the fresh farmers market fruit were well worth it. Many activities and easy access to Monaco. Would definitely recommend for a relaxing enjoyable stay.

    Insider Tip:Fresh fruit at the market! Apply sunscreen! Go to Monaco!

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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