Holiday Villas in Nice, France

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Find your apartment in Nice and enjoy the dazzling ‘Nissa la Bella’, the French city of the Cote d’Azur that radiates under the midday sun. Here at Hundredrooms, we know that all you want to do is arrive and enjoy your holiday from the word go, which is why we compare thousands of holiday apartments in Nice to make choosing as easy as possible. We have holiday rentals from many different partners, and here at Hundredrooms we compile them all on one screen in a matter of seconds. This city on the ‘azure coast’ evokes images of glamour and sun-drenched French bliss, and we are here to help you find the best places to do so. From your holiday rental in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France, you will see the summits of the mountains in the distance. The city languishes under a cloudless sky and is surrounded by soft lapping waves which are sure to make you happy that you have chosen a Nice holiday rental in the French Riviera. The Baie des Anges and the château de Nice are must sees during your trip, and the Promenade des Anglais is the perfect place to take a stroll by the sea. You’re bound to be drawn in by its French-Italian culture and the architecture that could certainly have been lifted straight out of the Amalfi Coast. The walk follows the shape of a bay - from here you can take a break by sitting in one of the famous blue deck chairs along the promenade and admire the matching azure of the Mediterranean. Further into the city centre you will end up in Place Garibaldi which is famous for being traversed by various trams and is a central place to book your holiday accommodation in Nice. It is dominated by the statue of Garibaldi and is most remarkable for its paved floor and mysterious arcades that abound it. Legend has it that this square has a large cave underground! Another place you may wish to book your holiday home in Nice is next to Place Masséna which is the meeting point between Vieux Nice, or the old town, and Avenue Jean Médecin. In this square the old buildings with colourful frontages mark the starting point for many festivities. It’s not for nothing that Nice is the fifth largest city in France after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse. So pack your bags and find your perfect self-catering accommodation in Nice.

Places to stay in Nice

Nice is a city that is steeped in artistic and cultural heritage for you to enjoy during your stay in one of our finest holiday lettings in Nice. As the second most visited city in France after Paris, it’s hardly surprising considering its longstanding trend of international visitors from all over and its Mediterranean flair. The Italian influence is highly visible, and it is a beautiful sunny city which combines both contemporary living with tradition. Nice has been popular with tourists as far back as the 18th century, and the Promenade des Anglais has always been the heart of the city and seaside ambiance. We have compiled the best of places to stay in Nice so that you can decide where best you would like to book your holiday apartment.

  • Vieux Nice: Very much the heart of the city, you can find some fantastic holiday apartments in Nice in the Old Town where the Pont Vieux once stood. It is a trendy area with many interesting bars, restaurants and shops. You will find an interesting mix of international residents and locals, and you may want to book an apartment in one of the light pastel buildings of rue Droite. The cours Saleya is a particularly popular spot, as it is where you will find the flower market and a whole host of popular cafes and bars.
  • New Town: The central hub of this district is the lively place Masséna with various streets leading off from it. It is a commercial centre where you will find the two main department stores - Galerie Lafayette and Nice Etoile. There are a wealth of fantastic design and concept stores on the famous rue Paradis, and is also home to the MAMAC (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain). It is a wide and spacious part of town with sprawling boulevards such as the Boulevard Victor Hugo.
  • Promenade des Anglais / Beach: Another important hub of Nice, and arguably the most famous for its mage of white sand and turquoise water alongside various volleyball courts and sunloungers. The ‘blue seats’ of the Nice promenade overlooking the Cote d’Azur has become one of the most iconic images of the city.
  • Port: A high end area that matches its affluent yacht scene. There are a large number of local restaurants and bars with a reasonable price tag, and it is only a short distance from the Promenade des Anglais.
  • Cimiez: The quieter, residential neighbourhood which is located higher up the hill from Vieux Nice. It is the museum hub, and here you will find the likes of the Musée Matisse and Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall alongside the Musée Archéologique de Nice-Cimiez. It is a calmer spot where you can choose to find a holiday rental in Nice a little out of the city centre.

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When to visit Nice

Nice enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate and is also a city that can visited outside of the summer period and enjoyed thoroughly. The best time to visit has got to be the spring and the autumn in terms of temperature and also prices of holiday accommodation. This city has over 300 days of sunlight per year, so coming in these alternative seasons means that you can benefit from lower prices but also good weather. Our favourite time to visit is in September as the rate of tourists has died down somewhat, and you can enjoy long days on the beach. Accommodation is cheaper in September.

Promenade des Anglais and other points of interest

You certainly won’t regret a trip to the Cote d’Azur and in particular, to this French city. It has been the source of artistic inspiration for many famed names - for example Henri Matisse, whose paintings are certainly inspired by this azure coastline. The likes of Picasso and Renoir were also enamoured by Nice, and during your stay in a Nice holiday villa you must pay a visit to its array of art galleries. With a holiday rental in Nice with a pool you can make the most of the city and its beauty while enjoying your privacy. Nice, these are pebble beaches where multi colored parasols flourish. The alleys with uneven cobblestones mix into Vieux-Nice where tanneries and spices mix with the various stalls of the Marché Saleya. The flower market on the Cours Saleya embellishes the esplanade of multiple intoxicating scents. Should you need to get about quickly, the tram connects all points of the city in no time. You should certainly go shopping on Avenue Jean Médecin where you can enjoy a multitude of shops and restaurants. During the day, the beaches are certainly the most popular activity. Lie in front of the azure water or take a dip, play some watersports or rent a jet ski for a few hours. We have a collection of the best things to see during your stay in your holiday accommodation in Nice, France.

  • Promenade des Anglais: This is an avenue of over 7 km on which many national and international tourists come to enjoy the bay - here you can go jogging or rollerblading on one of the most famous avenues in the world.
  • Quai des Etats-Unis: This is a space for pedestrians and cyclists. You will find a replica of the statue of liberty made by the sculptor Bartholdi.
  • Promenade du Paillon: This is an extension of the Promenade des Anglais to the National Theatre of Nice. This lawn was installed by the landscaper Michel Péna, and makes for a green space with fountains which makes for a relaxing and refreshing bike ride during the summer.
  • Place Massena: This square is perhaps the most famous place in Nice after the Promenade des Anglais. It is here that most of the events organised by the city take place. In particular here is the site of the carnival of Nice which gathers thousands of people every year around tanks and music. This square is recognisable by its checkerboard pattern (black and white squares).
  • Place Garibaldi: This is popular with locals and is good place to stop by for a coffee or a cocktail on the terrace. This place is not far from the Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Vieux Nice: Old Nice is the oldest part of the city. Also nicknamed Babazouk in Niçois due to its Arab influence, this part of the city is very lively. Between restaurants, pubs and nightclubs, you certainly won’t run out of things to do. This is the place where you will find the most historical monuments.
  • Galeries Lafayette Nice Masséna: This is the ideal place for you and your loved ones to go shopping even on Sundays, as this gallery is open 7 days a week.
  • Phoenix Park: Created in 1990, this park was a real challenge for the city that was behind the project. This park brings together a variety of animals in an outdoor garden and plants under a greenhouse of over 7000m², representing one of the largest in Europe. The entrance fee is € 5 per person.
  • Park and Valrose Castle: These are located on a 10 hectare estate. Formerly the property of a Russian Tsar, Valrose is now the seat of the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis which is one of the best in France.
  • Botanical Garden of the City of Nice: In the higher areas of Nice, you will be transported to the heart of the Mediterranean. Between walks and discovering different types of plants, this garden is an open-air museum. You will also find a botanical and horticultural library for nature lovers.
  • Environment House: In the neighbourhood of Mantega is this ecological building. Indeed, the house of the environment promotes sustainable development, biodiversity, and several spaces to learn more about the theme of the environment. It is a good trip for all ages.
  • House of Adam and Eve - Nice: Although the two lovebirds lived in nature, you will find the frescoes of Adam and Eve anchored on the walls of the building.
  • Cascade de Gairaut: This is an artificial waterfall built during the nineteenth century in the district of Gairaut. It is the point of arrival of the waters of the Vésubie canal and is overlooked by a wooden alpine chalet. This place is ideal for a walk around this waterfall of its pools and caves.
  • Castle Hill: This was the first site of the city of Nice, in other words the old centre of the town. The castle that stood on this hill was destroyed under the order of Louis XIV. Since that day, this hill reminds us of its existence. Now a great place to take a stroll, it offers a superb view of the Baie des Anges.
  • La Baie des Anges: The Bay of Angels is a bay that extends from Nice to Saint-Laurent-du-Var. In the Nice part, you will be able to walk on the Promenade des Anglais and the quay of the United States. Its name comes from the fact that the fishermen found in their nets a harmless shark whose fins look like wings, hence the Baie des Anges.
  • Port Lympia: The port Lympia is the name attributed to the port of Nice. It is the starting point for many cruises, such as the island of beauty. This is also where you will find the lighthouse of Nice.

Where to eat in Nice

The gastronomic heritage of Nice is second to none - take a visit to the Vieux Nice Saleya Market to trial some of the best of what the city has to offer from the Alps and beyond. Some of the most famous dishes include socca, which is chickpea pancakes, and it should be washed down with a glass of rosé wine from the region. The ‘tourte de blettes’ is also particularly famous, and is a raisin, chard and pine nut pie, alongside pissaladiere which is a caramelised onion tart. To eat ‘à la Niçoise’ is to indulge in Provencal beef stews and the timeless ‘salade niçoise’ that has made waves worldwide. Another popular favourite is to try ‘moules frites’ when you visit which is mussels with chips and is a delectable tradition. You have plenty of cuisine to discover in your stay in a holiday home in Nice.