Nice France holidays have been popular since the eighteenth century when wealthy aristocrats (primarily from England) discovered the balmy Mediterranean weather and beautiful beaches of the Cote d'Azur. By the Belle Epoque period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this was the place for the wealthy and royalty of Europe to see and be seen. The Cote d'Azur played host to the Tsars of Russia, the Queen of England, and members of virtually every other European royal family.
Many of these tourists built magnificent villas and chateaus to stay in during their vacations, and today many of these are luxury hotels. Grand hotels like the historic Hotel Negresco were built, and many of the wealthy had Nice holiday apartments that occupied entire floors of the hotels. These days, you can even enjoy cheap holidays in Nice and get a taste of this bygone era. Some of the historic buildings along the beaches of the Promenade des Anglais have been divided up into flats and apartments, and some are now small hotels that are surprisingly affordable.
The most readily available cheap holidays in Nice are vacation packages that often include a number of features, such as international flights and accommodations in hotels, and sometimes a few meals and perhaps some tours. These are offered by airlines, by hotels, and a number of tour operators throughout Europe (especially in the UK). You can also put together your own cheap holidays in Nice by using the booking tool available here on the Destination 360 website. There are a number of excellent hostels in the region, some of which provide surprisingly deluxe accommodations in excellent locations. The Hostel Villa Saint Exupery located a little north of Cimiez is one of these. It is set in a restored monastery and offers both the typical dormitory-style rooms as well as private rooms with en suite baths. If you don't want to cook for yourself in the communal part of the kitchen, there is a cafeteria-style restaurant, and the property is set in lovely gardens.
Nice holiday apartments make an excellent alternative to hotels. They are available throughout the city, and are perfect for anyone looking to save some money on dining out costs. You also have the opportunity to live as the locals do, shopping for your daily produce in the legendary Cours Saleya open air market.
Many of the Nice holiday apartments in the central part of the city are quite small by American standards. The farther away from Old Nice (Vieux Nice) and the beaches that you go, the larger the property. You can even find villas that will accommodate as many as eight to ten people, allowing for reasonably affordable Nice France holidays for families and small groups.
As the Cote d'Azur is part of the glittering Riviera (Cannes and Monte Carlo are both just a short drive away), you will be able to find luxury holidays in Nice with no problem at all. Some of the most glamorous and finest luxury resorts in the world are located in this region. Several of them have Michelin star gourmet dining options, the most opulent of accommodations, and service fit for royalty. There are even luxury yachts available as vacation rentals.
Whichever type of Nice France holidays you choose, you can discover the charms of the city whether you are a backpacker using train transportation (the train station is in the center of the city near many hotels) or if you have car rentals to drive yourself from your villas in the countryside.