Winter in Nice

Winter in NiceIt’s a bit counter-intuitive, but winter can be one of the best times to come to Nice.  Not only are apartment rentals half-price in winter, but the town is filled with locals instead of tourists, and everything is easy and uncrowded, from restaurants, markets, museums, and concerts, to local transport for much easier day trips.  Nice has 300 sunny days a year, so whereas you might get a few days of rain, you are much more likely to hit a week of winter sun.

Here is a list of my favorite things to do in Nice in winter, plus what goes on around Christmas and New Year’s in Nice.

Did you know that 100 years ago, the French Riviera was only a winter resort?   No one came here in the summer (too hot!)  and the hotels even closed down as there were no guests.  It took a tradition-flouting American couple, the Murphy’s, and their entourage of fabulous friends (Cole Porter, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, just to name a few…), to make the Cote d’Azur the fashionable summer resort it is today!

See related page:  21 Fascinating Facts about Nice

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