Nice’s universal appeal undoubtedly lies in its ability to please everyone from budget travellers to romance-seeking couples, families to pensioners and everyone in between. Few can fail to be captivated by the balmy Mediterranean climate, thriving arts scene, proximity to the coast and that ‘je ne sais quoi’ ambience that truly has to be experienced. So whether you want a summery break focused on beaching and al fresco dining or a wintery getaway for great wine and romantic strolls, make sure you check out our cheap flights to Nice.
Flight frequency: Several/Week
Currency: EUR (€)
Often referred to as Nice la Belle (Nice the beautiful), it’s little wonder that everyone from vacationers to artists flock to the city to drink in the mesmeric views and enjoy the balmy climate that permeates the city with a permanently jovial atmosphere. Situated in the south-east of France on the Mediterranean coast, its natural beauty has inspired the work of some of the world’s greatest artists including Matisse and Chagall. Nowadays whilst art still plays a big part in the city’s culture both present and past, it’s renowned more as a hot-spot for those who want to relax in serious style. Whilst the city’s beaches are pebbly, there are now over 14 private stretches of beach where paying a surprisingly reasonable rate ensures a more comfortable tanning, relaxing and swimming experience. Whatever you decide to do with your break, there’s no denying that this is a city that’s bound to steal your heart and leave you wanting more.
Dining in Nice is an experience in itself, with hundreds of restaurants peppered all over the city serving up everything from traditional French cuisine to exotic world dishes and Michelin starred offerings. Popular choices include Le Sejour Café for perfectly executed Mediterranean dishes and Les Garcons, where locally sourced produce is crafted into mouth-watering dishes served under romantically lit vaulted cellar ceilings. As well as a thriving gastronomic scene, Nice is also the perfect city if you’re after a night out. Kick off proceedings in the Old Town where a glass of regional wine and a lot of people watching can be enjoyed out on Place Massena. Whilst those who are after something a little wilder should get their groove on at a club such as Le Smarties where cocktails and electro-pop are on the menu until 3am.
Shopping in Nice is about so much more than samey high-street buys – indeed the city is renowned for housing several shops that have been around since the 1800s, including Maison Auer for cakes and sweets and Molinard for perfumes you won’t find at the airport. For a spree that won’t break the bank your best bets are Galéries Lafayette and the Nice Etoile Shopping Mall. On the other hand if blowing your budget is just what you had in mind then there’s no better place than Carré d’Or for glitzy boutiques, designer pieces and seriously high-end interior shops. If it’s antique pieces you’re after then ensure you check out Rue Cathérine Ségurane where clusters of antique shops selling mesmerising one off pieces and vintage gems are to be found.
Whether you’re a Nice novice or an old-timer thirsty for more, the best place to kick off your holiday (or indeed soak up the sun) is the Promenade des Anglais – a 5 mile walkway which curves around the Bay of Angels and allows you to soak in the azure water and stunning landscape at your own leisure. Such enjoyments can also be experienced on any one of the city’s pebbly beaches, or the increasingly popular private beaches where paying a relatively small fee ensures waiter service, loungers, lockers and access to water sports. Whilst it’s easy to just spend your days horizontal and soaking up the rays, ignore the rest of Nice at your peril for there’s a plethora of galleries such as Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain and the Matisse Museum to be explored. Other highlights include Parc du Château for picnicking with a view and the imposing St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral.
The international airport is situated just under 6km southwest of Nice and is one of the biggest and busiest airports in France.
IATA code: NCE
Name: Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport
Address: Rue Costes et Bellonte, BP 3331, 06206 Nice, France
Telephone: +33 820 42 33 33
Boasting over 6,000 car parking spaces and many different parking options – you can rest assured your car is in safe hands if you decide to park it at the airport.
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is served by an excellent public transport network including direct shuttle bus, public bus and train.
After getting off your Flybe flight why not continue with a stress free journey by taking a taxi to your destination. Both terminals 1 and 2 at the airport have taxi ranks with reasonable fares.
Nice Côte d'Azur airport boasts a range of car hire companies, ensuring it’s more than easy to pick a car to suit you and your plans.