Best Time to Visit Nice


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Nice is the largest city along the French Riviera, on the Mediterranean Sea. It sits close to the southwestern tip of France, next to Monaco and the Italian border. It has a classic Mediterranean climate, with dry, sunny summers and mild winters.

Nice is France’s second most-visited destination after Paris and is a popular holiday choice throughout the year. The availability and ubiquity of low-cost airfares, as well as convenient rail and road connections, mean the promenades, cafés, and beaches are usually buzzing with visitors from across the continent.

Naturally, the summer months are when Nice sees its tourist peak, particularly August, when many Italians and French have the month off for vacation. If you plan on coming in August, expect to pay higher prices for accommodations—and be sure to book well ahead. Fans of jazz music may want to time their visit to coincide with Nice's Festival de Jazz, which brings world-famous musicians to the city for a series of concerts and events every year in July.

Shoulder season in Nice, as with similar Euro locales, falls in September/October and early spring. The weather cools down a bit by October, which is also the wettest month here.

Despite its location at the foothills of the southern Alps, Nice rarely sees snow, even in the dead of winter. Breezes off the Mediterranean Sea temper extreme cold, and even in January, temperatures average in the 40s to mid-50s. Things start warming up in May, when average temperatures rise to the mid- to high 60s, although it’s not until July and August when the summer highs really hit (albeit tempered by cooling Mediterranean winds).