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City guide: Nice, France | Private jet charter

Nice, located in the French Riviera, has earned a reputation for glamour and style that few other cities could ever hope to rival. Its stunning grey pebble beach contrast against the pure turquoise waters to create vistas that are quite literally the definition of picture-postcard.

Top five must-see sights and attractions

Considering the comparatively small size of the city, Nice is blessed with countless attractions, sights, and architectural masterpieces that will keep even the most demanding traveller entertained.

Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais is perhaps the most famous, and the most stunning of the many attractions this wonderful city has on offer. It’s a 5-mile long promenade that stretches almost the entire length of the city along the coastline.

You’ll stroll along in the shade of luscious palm trees, while gazing out at the stunning grey stone beaches and otherworldly azures of the ocean. Pictures do not do the beauty of the promenade justice, it’s certainly a must-see – but it’s hard to miss in all honesty.

Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Old Town is a special little quarter of the city that, as you may have guessed, is older than the rest. Very little has changed in Old Town since it was first built, the tiny streets are full of hustle and bustle and their maze-like layout makes navigation an adventure.

Old Town is a little touristy for some people’s tastes as it’s one of the main attractions of the city. However, if you try and take some of the smaller less travelled streets (away from the shops and vendors) you’ll practically have the place to yourself.

The Flower Market (Cours Saleya)

The flower market runs from early in the morning until about midday every day of the week (except Mondays). It’s a sensory overload that must be experienced at least once. The seemingly endless rows of market stalls have some of the prettiest flower displays you’ll ever see.

What’s more, the market is situated on the edge of Old Town, so this already amazing experience is set amongst some of the most stunning buildings in the entire city.

Castle Hill

When you’re walking around the narrow cobblestone streets and strolling along the promenade it’s hard to believe that Nice could be any more beautiful. However, once you make the journey up to the top of Castle Hill you’ll see Nice in a whole new light.

While you can take a hidden elevator most of the way up the hill, we recommend that you gently stroll up through the shaded forest along the well-maintained pathways and steps. Once you get to the top you’ll be greeted by waterfalls, birds, and an unforgettable view of the entirety of Nice. Castle Hill is a popular spot so it can get a little crowded at times, go early in the morning if you want a little peace and quiet, but go for sunset if you want the best views.

Palais Masséna

The Palais Masséna is probably the most lavish and opulent building in the whole of Nice. Walking around its halls you’ll be transported back in time to the days of Napoleon and the aristocrats while being mesmerised by the stunning marbles, tapestries, paintings, and treasures it has on display.

The Palais is open every day except Tuesdays and has now been turned into a museum which is free to the public. We highly recommend getting a tour guide to have the rich history of the various rooms explained to you for the full experience.

Getting around

Getting around Nice is extremely easy. Central Nice is pretty flat and strolling around the narrow streets is by far the most popular way to get around. There’s also a punctual and iconic tram network.

However, if taking the tram isn’t your style, there are plenty of luxury car services that will be ready and willing to pick you up and drop you off anywhere within Nice or the surrounding coastal towns. Ask your hotel to make arrangements.

Best time to visit

May – August is peak season, and while the sunshine and hot temperatures draw in the crowds during this period, there are many advantages to planning your visit to Nice outside of the peak season. Ask any local resident when the best time to visit is and they will undoubtedly tell you about the shoulder seasons.

September – October is the shoulder season to aim for, it’s still warm enough to hit the beach, but the crowds and the humidity largely disappear. It can get slightly chilly at night towards October, but a light jacket will provide more than enough warmth.

There’s also a mini shoulder season that runs from the middle of March through to the end of April. It’s a little cooler than September – October but it’s still warm enough to lounge about in the sun comfortably.

Final call

There are few places that can boast of this kind of style, sophistication, and elegance alongside one of the most stunning and clean city beaches in the world. With warm weather, great hotels, even better food, and stunning architecture with an authentic vibe. What more could you wish for?

Contact our expert team today to arrange your private jet charter to Nice.