The French Riviera, and Nice specifically, was initially made famous as a Winter holiday resort. It was established as a holiday destination by Northern European royals and aristocracy who came here searching for respite from their own colder and damper climates. Queen Victoria loved Nice and kept a residence in the town of Cimiez.
In the 1950's the South of France was 'discovered' by the Hollywood set and American literati who much preferred it as a summer jet set location with its luxury apartments, villas and yachts to rent. In the 1960's Brigitte Bardot put St Tropez on the map and a summer season was firmly established.
Nowadays Nice is seen as an all year round destination, with its mild climate, sunny beaches, proximity to ski slopes, outdoor life, and easy access from almost anywhere in the world, there are not many reasons why you shouldn't go.
Springtime on the Riviera is an amazing time. The sun is gathering momentum for a long hot summer but has not yet reached boiling point, so it is the perfect temperature for sightseeing and walking. It's also the time when everything hits its growth spurt and the entire coastline is blooming.
It is still a relatively quiet time of year so there is less competition for holiday rentals or apartments to rent and there is more chance that you will have your choice of accommodation. The throngs of summer visitors have not yet arrived, so it is a good time of year to visit if you are not fond of crowds.
In Summertime there is a sense that everyone is on holiday, because the majority of people are. It's an atmosphere that's infectious and the entire town feels alive with holiday makers. August is the traditional French holiday month and everywhere becomes very busy, and a lot of fun.
You need to be in the spirit of things, taking things slowly, prepared to relax and hang around or else it will drive you crazy. If you don't like crowds then wait until September or head for the hills. The sea is also a great escape, with routes from Nice to Cannes and Nice to Monaco amongst others.
Famous for its winter sun this is the time to come if you need to escape the grey skies of Northern Europe. Not necessarily for the warmth but for that rich, deep blue, clear sky it's absolutely perfect. One walk on Nice's Promenade des Anglais is all you need to lift your winter spirits.
It also has the option of available skiing. There are three ski stations within a 2 hour drive of Nice Airport and buses that run up and down daily. It means that you can have the best of both worlds, skiing by day and Nice city night-life for your apres ski entertainment.
One thing the winter also gives you exclusively is incredible sunsets. Something you won't find in the summer months, the absence of clouds can have its negatives too.
Renting holiday Accommodation in Nice
If you are interested in holiday accommodation in Nice at any time of year and want to browse the rental villas in Nice that are available to book through Riviera Rental Guide then please use the menu below or 'browse rentals' in the main menu.
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This lovely 3-bed villa is located in the wine region of Bellet, in the beautiful hills to the west of Nice. The secure residence has a shared swimming pool and a children's playground and the beaches and city centre are only a 10-minute drive away.
A stunning 3-bed apartment situated in the western hills of Nice with a large furnished terrace and lovely sea and hillside views. The spacious property comfortably sleeps 5, is located close to all amenities and enjoys a peaceful communal swimming pool.
Enjoy a private, tranquil setting in this charming 3-bed Provençal villa set within the beautiful hills close to St. Paul de Vence. The villa features an infinity pool, spacious patio, 2 dining terraces and views over the hills towards the sea.
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