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Nice Carnival

Undoubtedly the biggest event in the calendar, Nice’s carnival galvanises the city for two weeks every year. The more enthusiastic members of the community will spend weeks making giant floats to parade around the city.

Date: 16 February 2019 - 02 March 2019
Venue: All over the city.

Race to the Sun

Nice is the finishing point for the annual cycling competition called Race to the Sun. Competitors start in Paris and battle it out in a gruelling race to be the first to cross the line on the Promenade des Anglais.

Date: 10 March 2019 - 17 March 2019
Venue: Promenade des Anglais.

Fete des Mai

Held every Sunday throughout May this festival celebrates the coming of the summer and the revival of nature after the winter. The event dates back hundreds of years but the consumption of regional specialities and locally produced wines is still central to the modern-day celebrations.

Date: 05 May 2019 - 26 May 2019
Venue: 184 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez.

Many events are free.

Nice Jazz Festival

Nice has long had a love affair with jazz and this annual celebration of the music dates back to 1948, when it began as “the first jazz festival of international significance.” Held at the Place Messena and Jardin Albert, this enduringly popular festival attracts a strong line up of musicians.

Date: 16 July 2019 - 20 July 2019
Venue: Greenery Theatre

French Riviera Marathon

The 42 km (26 miles) course hugs the coast from Nice to Cannes, taking participants on a scenic—albeit exhausting—journey along this beautiful slice of the French Riviera. The course starts at the Promenade des Anglais and ends along Cannes’ most famous street, La Croisette. Little wonder it has been dubbed the ‘five star marathon.’

Date: 03 November 2019 - 03 November 2019

Free to spectate.

Christmas Village

The sunshine and shimmering waters of the Mediterranean are hardly synonymous with Christmas. However, that doesn’t stop the local authorities making an effort to bring a bit of festive spirit to the city with Nice’s Christmas Village. There are a host of attractions including an arts and crafts market, ice rink, Ferris Wheel, and food stalls.

Date: 01 December 2019 - 31 December 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Place Massena.

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Featured Hotels


Hotel Negresco

The most exclusive address in town is an old but not fusty place that has elegantly idled by the Promenade des Anglais since 1913. Recent major refurbishments have kept this grande dame ahead of the game, but the antiques and furniture collectables angle the atmosphere towards a bygone era.

Westminster Hotel & Spa

This good-value 4-star is one of the more affordable grand old waterfront hotels. All the usual perks including a private beach and wonderful belle époque architecture are covered at the Westminster with minimum fuss. Be sure to book a sea-view room for breakfast on the Promenade des Anglais terrace.

Spity Hotel

On the site of the former Hi Hotel, this chic accommodation maintains the former’s emphasis on elegant and ultra-modern design. Within one of the 38 sleek, industrial bedrooms, you’ll find lava stone tubs and neon walk-in showers. Amenities include an organic breakfast buffet, private beach, day spa, lounge bar, and a rooftop terrace offering panoramic views of Nice.


Hôtel Nice Beau Rivage

At only a two-minute walk from the seafront and a three-minute walk from Opéra de Nice, its little wonder this chic hotel was once frequented by a number of famous writers and artists. Today, the refurbished building offers a private beach, a whiskey bar, and a classy outdoor lounge for reclining during the summer months.


Hotel Villa St Hubert

Although it’s not in the city centre, this homely hotel is close to a tram that leads directly to Place Masséna, making it a great value for your money. Some of the traditionally furnished rooms have balconies with views across the rooftops, and breakfast is served in a charming tree-shaded courtyard.

Palais de la Méditerranée

This beautiful art deco hotel has some of the best views in town, which are best enjoyed from the swimming pool on the terrace above the Promenade des Anglais. Elegant rooms boast smooth contemporary decor and views out over the sea. A sauna, gym, and Turkish bath add to the 5-star allure.