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Basic info and car hire in Nice

  • Location: Cote d’Azur, south east Mediterranean coast of France, close to Monaco
  • Population: 343,629 (2012)
  • Official languages: French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Airport: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE), 5,9 km southwest of Nice
  • Weather: Very dry climate with only a little rain. Summers are hot and sunny with average temperatures that frequently reach 30 °C. It is often sunny also in winter, but at that time of the year, weather is more variable and it can get rainy. Average winter temperatures is 11-17 °C.

About Nice

Exiting and luxurious holiday in Nice

Nice is known as one of the best European holiday destination from the second half of 18th century. If you want to avoid cold winter temperatures, then picturesque Nice will warm and cheer you up with its mild Mediterranean climate and beautiful surroundings. It is a lively city all year round, but if you want to taste its unique and special holiday atmosphere, you should absolutely visit it in the summer time.

Driving in Nice

Explore the French Riviera by car and have a holiday you always wished for! Cote d’Azur is a stunning region with many impressive beaches and towns. Nice is its heart that offers many treasures, but the whole French Riviera is something special, so it is worth to take a road trip there with your own or rental car and try to visit as much of its amazing coast and its surroundings as it possible!

 

  • Suitable for tourists: Yes. Very good highway network. French Riviera is a great option for road trip. Lovely tourist destination for couples and families.8
  • Problematic areas: Large amount of traffic in summer months.
  • Age limits: 18 (Many rent a car companies require that the driver has to be older than 21 and must have a license for at least a year)
  • International Driving Permit: yes
  • Additional papers: Your insurance policy and passport.
  • Additional requirements: Personal Breathalyzer is highly recommended. It is required by the law, but currently there is no fine for not carry one. It is obligatory to have a reflective jacket within reach of the driver in the car and a warning triangle is also compulsory.
  • Children in the car: Children that weigh less than 36 kg have to use a child or booster seat. If they are 10 year old or less, they are forbidden to use the front seat.
  • Drink & drive: maximum BAC = 0.05 % (0.02 % for young drivers that have less than 3 years experience)
  • Driving side of the road: right
  • Lights: Dipped headlights have to be used at night and in poor daytime visibility, but it is recommended to use them every time.
  • General speed limits: 130 on motorways (110 in wet weather and on urban motorways), 90 on main roads and 50 on urban areas.
  • Parking suggestions: It is really hard to find a free parking spot in Nice, especially in the centre. Parking garages are quite expensive and tiny, so it is smart to rent a smaller car.

 

What to see in Nice

Main sights: You should not miss the famous Promenade des Anglais that is ideal for walking and enjoying the sight to the city and the wonderful blue sea. Nice is very vivid city and many of its public events are held on the Place Massena, the main square, 2 minutes walk from the old town centre with its impressive architecture and historical monuments. Nice has also amazing nightlife and various luxurious restaurants, where you can taste delicious French cuisine and wine.

What to do in Nice?

  1. Hit one of the world-famous beaches – Garoupe Beach, Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, La Reserve are just some of the wonderful beaches with crystal blue sea. (More on Trip Advisor.)
  2. Take a scenic drive to Cannes or Monte Carlo – the drive itself is a stunning experience that offers amazing views, but you can always stop in one of the many beaches, take a swim and enjoy in beautiful surroundings. Cannes is around 40 minutes west from Nice and luxurious Monte Carlo with its famous casino is located only a half hour drive east from Nice.
  3. Visit Camargue Natural Regional Park and its famous wild white horses and other animals. It is known for huge diversity and unspoiled nature. It is located in the Rhone delta, approximately 3 hours drive from Nice. (More on Youtube.).

Best time to visit: Nice is all year round holiday destination. It is not possible to swim during the winter months, but it is still warm and often very sunny. In spring temperatures start to rise and the hottest months with almost no rain are July and August.

Main sights: You should not miss the famous Promenade des Anglais that is ideal for walking and enjoying the sight to the city and the wonderful blue sea. Nice is very vivid city and many of its public events are held on the Place Massena, the main square, 2 minutes walk from the old town centre with its impressive architecture and historical monuments. Nice has also amazing nightlife and various luxurious restaurants, where you can taste delicious French cuisine and wine.

What to do in Nice?

  1. Hit one of the world-famous beaches – Garoupe Beach, Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, La Reserve are just some of the wonderful beaches with crystal blue sea. (More on Trip Advisor.)
  2. Take a scenic drive to Cannes or Monte Carlo – the drive itself is a stunning experience that offers amazing views, but you can always stop in one of the many beaches, take a swim and enjoy in beautiful surroundings. Cannes is around 40 minutes west from Nice and luxurious Monte Carlo with its famous casino is located only a half hour drive east from Nice.
  3. Visit Camargue Natural Regional Park and its famous wild white horses and other animals. It is known for huge diversity and unspoiled nature. It is located in the Rhone delta, approximately 3 hours drive from Nice. (More on Youtube.).

Best time to visit: Nice is all year round holiday destination. It is not possible to swim during the winter months, but it is still warm and often very sunny. In spring temperatures start to rise and the hottest months with almost no rain are July and August.

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