Nice France Travel
Nice France travel is excellent pretty much any time of year, as the balmy Mediterranean climate provides pleasantly mild temperatures and sunny weather (average of 300 days of sunshine per year) almost any time a Nice France tourist decides to visit. Traditionally, the Riviera and the Cote d'Azur began its life as a winter destination for Northern Europeans, first by those from England who were followed by the wealthy aristocrats of Russia and other countries. Ironically, these visitors felt the best time to go to Nice France was during the area's coolest and grayest period, as it is between the end of September and late March that the most rain falls and the temperatures are chillier.
Nonetheless, the average annual winter rainfall amount is quite low, and winter temperatures between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit is far more attractive than below freezing northern Europe winters with several feet of snow. In Victorian times, more extreme heat and too much sun was considered unhealthy. There was no air conditioning, and bathing in the sea simply wasn't done. It wasn't really until the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries that the typical Nice France tourist began to seek hotter weather, as sunbathing on the beautiful Riviera beaches and jumping in the water to cool off became socially acceptable and air-conditioning was developed. In fact, these days the hot summer time is actually peak season. This is when the most visitors flock to the Cote d'Azur, the sidewalk restaurants put their tables and chairs outside for al fresco dining, and the rich and famous come to see and be seen.
Today, Nice France travel is as popular in the summer, when the temperatures remain in the mid to high 80s every day, as it is as a winter destination. Thus, the best time to go to Nice France really depends on individual schedules and vacations as well as the kind of special events a Nice France tourist may want to attend. Some of the most important events in the city occur in the summer, including the Nice Jazz Festival (July), one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind in the world, and the Nice Ironman competition (June). There are plenty of other events throughout the year, including the Mardi Gras Carnival (February) when the city's lively nightlife becomes even livelier and the festive Christmas Village (December) when a Christmas shopping village is erected in the Place Massena that rivals the famous Cours Saleya open air market in Vieux Nice (Old Nice).
Today, the best time to go to Nice France for both good bargains and nice weather is during the shoulder months of September and October and March/April. If you decide on Nice France travel during the winter months of November through February, you will find even better deals. The winter gives you the best chance to find vacation rentals in posh apartments along the Promenade des Anglais. Villas available for rent in the city are very rare, but many of the owners spend their winters in warmer climes, and you have a better chance of finding one.