Nice, All Year Round

What is the best time to visit Nice? Honestly, you can’t go wrong any time of the year. With luxurious shops and markets, beautiful scenery, good weather all year round (compared to the UK anyway) and events scattered throughout the year there really is no excuse not to visit. Just a two hour flight from London you can be submerged into the good life on the Riviera. During the year, Nice offers many festival and events for all the family to visit. Kicking off with New Year concerts at the Acropolis. Also in January is the opening of Luna Park, a huge fair with something to keep the whole family entertained. February brings the Nice Carnival, sporting fireworks, music and parades. Debatably Europe’s best carnival it is certainly on the ‘have to see’ list.

March is host to the Gourd Festival, celebrating an end to winter. Serving up wholesome vegetable dishes and showcasing Nice’s finest products this is a fantastic way to shake of those winter blues.
The Regattas in Baie des Anges has been taking place in April for almost 50 years and every year plays host to around 40 of Olympic standard crews from all corners of the globe.
In May, La Nuit des Musees (museums open for exhibitions and other events) is held as well as La Fete des Mais (Celebrates Nice’s history with music and folk tales). The events are free.
June brings the Sacred Music festival. Lasting three weeks this festival hosts both large symphony orchestras to solo recitals. Although this is a religious festival, anyone is welcome to experience the spiritual side to Nice. June is also the home to national heritage day, bringing parades, fireworks and celebrations to the city, a great time to visit France to see how the locals like to celebrate their beautiful country.

July contains the Nice Jazz Festival, an 8 daylong celebration of the genre held annually for over 60 years. Undoubtedly the more esteemed jazz festival in Europe. The Tour de France also kicks off in Nice, bringing cyclists from all over the world to compete in this infamous endurance race.
La castellada and Nuits Musicales de Nice, In August, offer a historical and musical exploration of the monastery and castle, making the beautiful surroundings that extra bit special.
September brings the Fete de la San Bertoumieu , a large market exhibiting traditional arts and crafts. September also hosts the Photography festival, a must for any budding photographer.

The Nice tattoo comes to the city in October; a biennial military tattoo spanning the weekend displays military music from all over the globe.
During November, the Festival Manca takes place. This festival presents contemporary performances from world-famous musicians.
December brings Christmas markets to the city, a great opportunity for unique presents for the family and a good excuse to sample France’s finest products. Finally December holds the Christmas Swim, a bracing swim at around 12 degrees Celsius, definitely not for the faint hearted!
So what are you waiting for, Nice really does have something for everyone, no matter what time of the year you decide to head over.
This post has been written by travel blogger Katie Malcolm of Simonseeks.com; a community of travel enthusiasts, experts and celebrities sharing their thoughts on the best places to visit around the world, ranging from the best hotels in Nice to the cheapest hotels in London .

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