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Nice is the jewel in the crown of the French Riviera, enjoying its location at one of the most splendid Mediterranean coastlines on the continent. Fly into Nice Airport, pick up your hire car and the whole of the magnificent Côte d'Azur will be yours to explore. You can head to nearby Monaco and Italy, or go a little further and see the rest of this gorgeous part of the country, including the cities of Marseille and Montpellier.

It's your choice: Where to go in Nice

At any time of year, Nice car rentals will let you enjoy a mild-to-hot climate that's excellent for exploring the surrounding region by car, enjoying some beach-hopping and taking in its history.
Monaco is a principality, its own country within the confines of France that's one of the most luxurious destinations in the world. See the super yachts and hilltop Prince's Palace, and dress to the nines and indulge in an evening at the Monte Carlo Casino.
Ventimiglia is a market town just across the border in Italy, perfect to drive to, stopping off for some shopping as well as seeing another country on your trip.
Marseille is France's second city, a charming port town with a distinct personality and appealing character.
Head to Montpellier for marvellous museums and châteaux, such as Flaugergues, which dates from the 17th century.

Things to do in Nice

There's plenty to do within Nice, especially for enjoying lazy days in the sun and exploring the South of France's wonderful cuisine.
Nice's points of interest include Cimiez, a very chic neighbourhood which includes Roman ruins and the Marc Chagall Museum. It celebrates one of the 20th century's most important artists.
Other places to visit in Nice include the Promenade des Anglais, the main avenue lining the beach where you'll find many superb restaurants. Enjoy a glass of wine and the local salade niçoise, perhaps followed by some ratatouille and les petits farcis, a meat-stuffed vegetable dish.
Beau Rivage, La Reserve and Ruhl are among the most beautiful beaches nearby. Nice is known as a very family-friendly destination, and the golden sands and great weather will keep everyone happy on a visit. Equally, there are many private beaches you can visit for a quieter ambience and amazing places to eat.

Important Info about Nice

It's easy to understand why Nice and the surrounding region makes for one of the most popular holiday destinations in France. Renting a car in Nice is particularly handy, as you can take in much more of the area's alluring surroundings.
The weather is one of the big pull factors, with mild winters and hot summers that are perfect for sunbathing or just exploring the beautiful nearby countryside. Expect temperatures around the mid-teens in winter and in the high-20s°C or more in summer.
As well as Monaco, Italy and the bigger southern French cities, you can see the luxury port of Antibes and head into splendid Provence. This nearby region is full of historic castles, medieval architecture and vineyards you can tour. Verdon National Park is also very close, which is an excellent place to explore when you rent a car in Nice.

Weather in Nice
Facts
Country France
Language French
Currency Euro
Time-Zones CET
Capital Paris

Good to know

France is very well provisioned for driving holidays, so you can rent a car in Nice and start exploring with ease. Remember that France drives on the righthand side of the road, and the emergency number is 112. If you're on the motorway and you break down, use one of the orange telephones placed around 2 km apart, or call the emergency services. The documents you'll need to keep on you are your driving licence, passport, and proof of insurance and vehicle registration. You'll also need to keep the following items in the car: a warning triangle, reflective jackets, headlamp beam deflectors, a GB sticker, spare bulb kit and breathalyser test. These will keep you within French law regulations, and once you have them you'll be ready to take to the road and enjoy the best that the areas in and around Nice have to offer to travellers.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Nice

There are many wonderful routes you can take when visiting Nice by car, which include trips to any of the stunning nearby cities. Day trips to Montpellier, Marseille, Monaco, Italy, and smaller destinations are all great ideas.
Biot is a village famed for its production of beautiful glassware, and another special destination is Villefranche-sur-Mer, noted for its excellent restaurants.
You can also embark on the famous and historic Napoléon Route, which will bring you from the port of Antibes up to Grenoble in the Alps. It's 325 km long, and can be taken there and back within a day.
If you'd like to stop at destinations like Grasse, the capital of perfume, and Corps, a deeply traditional mountain town, perhaps allow yourself two or three days. Look out for the golden eagle statues which mark the points along this route.

What to bring to your friends from Nice

There are plenty of marvellous local products you can bring back as gifts for friends and family from the area. Wines such as Bellet are emblematic of the region, and the wonderful Provençal varieties take after ancient Greek and Roman traditions. Palette, Pierrevert and Coteaux are among the wonderful local wine-producing regions. Whether from the wineries themselves or shops in town, you'll be sure to find splendid varieties.
The area is also noted for its handcrafted beauty products, including luxury soap bars, skin creams and perfumes.
There are a lot of speciality food gifts to choose from too, such as anchovy paste, preserved fruits and bottles of high-end olive oil. Chocolate is as popular here as in the rest of France, with plenty of speciality boutiques selling interesting varieties. Dried pasta sold in intriguing shapes is very popular too, and especially good if bought from the markets of nearby Italy.