Destination guide

"Nice" is too mild a word for this world-renowned city

As the unofficial capital of the French Riviera (or the Cote d'Azur), Nice represents the best of what Mediterranean scenery and culture has to offer. You get a historic old town, upscale markets and shops, stunning architecture, and fabulous restaurants. Oh, and don't forget the beach. Nice's pebbly shores are popular with visitors of all ages, and the views from its famous waterfront, the Promenade des Anglais, will provide the photos you need to make your friends wish they'd come with you. Book a Nice vacation rental and start exploring this coastal gem.

Things to do

Museums don't get dull when they're in the prettiest places

Nice, and the Riviera itself, is dotted with more museums than a normal person can fit into a single stay, but you can always try. The Musee Massena is a great place to start, as it's set in an impressive belle epoque building and tells the history of the Riviera, including everything from expat Americans to the annual Carnival festival. The Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain features avant-garde art from the 50s to the present and has a rooftop gallery with amazing views, and the Musee Matisse is artfully situated in a 17th-century Genoese villa.

Activities

There aren't many old-world neighborhoods as nice as Nice's

Make sure your walking shoes are well soled before stepping out of your Nice vacation rental, because strolling the city's streets will be one of the highlights of your trip. In the shaded, winding alleyways of Nice's old town (Vieux Nice to the locals), you'll find delis, boutiques, and bars, not to mention architectural wonders like the 16th-century Chapelle de la Misericorde. Tired feet? Opt for a Segway tour along the Promenade des Anglais, Nice's paved walkway that skirts the Bay of Angels. Try to spot Sabine Geraudie's giant iron sculpture, La Chaise de SAB, as you roll by.

Weather

Welcome to Nice and another day of sun (300 per year!)

The weather in Nice is nice all year, so there's really no bad time to stop by. Summer is the busiest time for travelers, with 80° temps making for perfect beach weather, so if you're looking for a bargain rate on a Nice vacation rental, try mid-March to April or September to October, when it's still sunny but cooler and less crowded. Winter lows in the 50s might make you hesitate to sunbathe, but it's still a great time to see the sights. Don't forget to plan for Carnival in late February and early March.

Natural features

Take yourself on a journey from the beach to the mountains

Your Nice vacation rental might be set in the flatlands by the beach or up in the hills that rise gently inland. That combination makes a friendly habitat for evergreen trees and Norway spruce, as well as subtropical species like palm trees, eucalyptus, and citrus. For a break from the beach and city bustle, take a day trip to the Regional Natural Park of Prealpes d'Azur, a huge mountainous preserve that's home to a third of the plant life in France, as well as rolling hillsides and tiny villages.

How to get there

How to get to and around Nice

The nearest airport is in Nice (NCE-Cote d'Azur), located 3.5 mi (5.7 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Nice City Station, Nice-Riquier Station and Nice-St-Roch Station are the main stations in the city. You can see more of Nice by catching a ride on the metro at Massena Tramway Station, Opera - Vieille Ville Tram Station or Cathedral - Vieille Ville Tram Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Nice?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7,797 vacation rentals near Nice. From 1,009 Villas to 988 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Nice for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Nice?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nice:

  • Old Town: 845 vacation rentals
  • Carre d'Or: 1,128 vacation rentals
  • Centre Ville-Gare: 1,957 vacation rentals
  • Fabron: 422 vacation rentals
  • Cimiez: 1,294 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Nice?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Nice. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Port of Nice: 1,596 vacation rentals
  • Allianz Riviera: 14,049 vacation rentals
  • Nice Etoile Shopping Center: 13,059 vacation rentals
  • Nice Opera: 13,164 vacation rentals
  • Nice Ferry Terminal: 13,065 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nice listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Nice?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,009 Villas in Nice. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Nice include:

  • Houses: 988 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 5,183 rentals available
  • Cottages: 51 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Nice?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,614 vacation rentals with pool available in Nice. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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