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This city mixes friendly Mediterranean weather, beautiful surroundings, intriguing history and amazing sights that attract more than 4 million visitors annually.

Just walking along the Promenade des Anglais you will notice that Nice has that one-of-a-kind charm that characterises the entire French Riviera. Try the delicacies served in local seafood restaurants, relax on blue chairs and benches, purchase the famous French crepes from beach vendors, enjoy refreshing cocktails and explore every single corner of this old, but never forgotten Mediterranean paradise.

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Why visit Nice

  • Explore Nice’s modern art scene, from MAMAC to Saint-Paul de Vence which is considered to be an artist’s town if ever there were to be one.
  • Visit this city’s opera house which can be found in the Old Town, it is the perfect excuse to dress up and spend the night as if it were the 5th century.
  • The best cuisine have been said to come from France so be sure to indulge in the cuisine when visiting from the salade Niçoise, pissaladière and socca. You are never going to want to leave Nice.
Euro (€)
Time Zone:
UTC +1. Nice is 1 hour behind South Africa in summer, 2 hours behind in winter.
Dialing Code:
00 + 33 + Local Number
Drives on the right
Type E (Frequency: 50 Hz- Voltage: 230V)
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport – NCE

The best time to visit Nice would be during the shoulder season of September to October. During these months the weather is pleasant enough and the city is not as crowded when compared to its peak-seasons. March and April have been said to offer the best hotel rates.

The most spoken language in Nice is French, and the second most spoken language in French homes is Maghrebi Arabic. Italian and English are the other languages that are spoken in the city.

  • On the Mediterranean coast and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Nice was known as the second largest city.
  • This city has only been part of France since 1860.
  • Nice France is called Nice la Belle. The meaning of this name is Nice the Beautiful.

If relaxing in France’s sun-soaked south is up your alley then Nice should be your next destination. If you want to purchase souvenirs, you can start by taking a long walk on the Rue de France Pedestrian Zone. Here you will find everything your heart desires, from gourmet gift baskets to books, designer clothes and handmade ornaments.

You might be surprised to find out that this city’s overwhelming beauty has also inspired the Russian nation, stimulating it to build the grand Russian Cathedral, with its “onion-shaped” towers. Palm trees, sun baths, great cuisine and numerous tourist attractions are the main things which make millions of people fall in love with this beautiful Nice all over again every single year.

Nice is a city that is filled with a variety of flavours with local favourites like Socca, which is a hot crispy chickpea pancake, or Pissaladière - This is a tart, or pizza, topped with: Anchovies, onions, and olives. It is salty, tart, and intense. French cuisine is influenced by Italian cuisine where cheese and wine are a major part of the cuisine.

The best restaurants in Nice:

  • Restaurant JAN
  • Chez Pipo
  • Oliviera
  • Bistrot d’ Antoine
  • Les Amoureux
  • La Vogila

Most of the locals in Nice affiliate themselves with the Roman Catholic faith, there are some individuals in the city who are Jewish and Muslim. Nice is one of the oldest human settlements in the world. There is such a rich history and great culture. It is a city that is so intriguing, every traveller needs to have it on their bucket-list.

Nice is a fairly safe city to visit. Due to the recent terrorist attacks that took place there has been an increase in the amount of security that is seen in the city. It is advised to remain vigilant at all times as a precaution.

South African passport holders do require a Schengen Visa for France. Note that temporary passports are not accepted. In order to obtain a Visa, applicants need to schedule an appointment with officials from the French Embassy or through a third party handling service. You should have a South African Passport, valid for 6 months beyond date of return with at least 3 blank pages available.

Address: 59, Quai d'Orsay 75343, Paris Cedex 07, France.

Telephone: +33-1-5359-2323

Fax: (+33) 1 4550 3044


Item Cape Town Johannesburg Nice
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 183.19
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 72.51
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 33.08
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 24.43
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 106.86

Nice Côte d'Azur Airport – NCE

Food and beverages:If you don’t have time to enjoy a full meal, grab a hot flavoured coffee, a cup of tea or a soft drink served by Le Phileas Café or Le Malongo at Nice Airport.

Currency Exchange:You have unlimited access to a wide range of financial services ensured by banks (Banque Populaire Côte d'Azur) and cash dispensers (Banque Populaire Côte d'Azur, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, arrival and departure level, public area).

Lost luggage:For lost luggage at Nice Airport contact the Lost & Found Service, located in the Service Centres in Terminal’s 1 and 2. Call 0820 423 333.

Car hire:Car hire companies such as Hertz, Europcar Avis and Advantage are represented at Nice Airport.

Airport hotels:For Nice Airport hotels check out Anis Hotel, Residence Nemea Le Lido or Quality Suites Excellior.

Airport hub:Nice Côte d'Azur Airport – NCE serves as a hub for Air France.

The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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