I absolutely love the South of France and especially Nice. Its a place I like to visit often, to get away from the hustle and bustle of Paris.
Nice is a city in southern France located on the Mediterranean coast, between Marseille, France, and Genoa, Italy, with 1,197,751 inhabitants in the metropolitan area at the 2007 estimate.
The city is a major tourist centre and a leading resort on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur). It is the historical capital city of the County of Nice.
Before referring to climate tables, one should be aware that the official Nice temperatures are recorded at the airport, which is a climatically different place than the rest of the town, being more vulnerable to marine air and winds from the Var valley.
Airport temperatures are therefore different from town ones : daytime airport temperatures are slightly higher, while night time temperatures are significantly lower. For example, on the 24th of January this year, a minimum of 0.9°C was recorded at the airport while the temperature didn’t go below 6°C in the city itself. The following statistics and descriptions use official temperatures.
Nice has a Mediterranean climate : the city enjoys mild temperatures most of the year; rainfall is very moderate and mainly concentrated in the darkest part of the year (September to March). Whilst I enjoy visiting in the summer months, Nice changes its personality during the winter months and I can’t resist coming back to see how things change. For one the majority of tourists have left and the cooler days are very welcome. Its great to spend time walking in the winter months. I love the Promenade de Anglais (the English walkway) Its great strolling down the miles of sea front, or maybe just sitting in a cafe there and watching the world go by.
Winters, starting in December, are cool to mild with daytime temperature generally remaining between 10°C and 17°C and colder overnight lows. However, the temperature rarely reaches freezing point, which occur only once or twice a year. During winter, overcast skies are common and sporadic rain falls.
As winter ends in March, weather becomes more unstable and unpredictable : warm, sunny days (26°C the 2nd of March 2007) can be followed by sudden hailstorms and cold fronts (7°C the 1st of April 2007).
However, generally, the weather becomes increasingly sunny as summer approaches.
Summers start quite late because of a notable season lag. Drought starts in July, and really hot temperatures become common in August, which is the warmest month with daytime highs frequently reaching 35°C. Summer heat is however often moderated by a cool and pleasant sea breeze.
Autumn, starting in late September, is generally warm until mid-November, and rainy (especially October with an average rainfall of 140mm).
Nice is a windy city, especially in spring. Snow is so rare that it is remembered by inhabitants as special events.
Nice is a place that you go to relax, unwind and maybe find inspiration. Nice is the most popular place to visit in France next to Paris. It has the highest density of Hotel accommodation and has over 4 million tourists visit each year.
The city has a number of lush beautiful parks and several large shopping arcades. Once you get to Nice, pretty much everything you need is within walking distance. The airport is only four miles from the city centre and is very easy to access.
There is also a weekly open market in the walled square and I have spent hours just browsing the fresh fruit and veg, paintings and antiques, bread cheese and just about anything else you can imagine being sold there.