Air-conditioned apartments for holiday lets in the Palais Mediterrannee Residences, Nice, France.


Depending on the season you visit, you are almost certain to witness a festival, parade or other spectacular event that transforms the city into a veritable extravaganza. From the Carnival in February to the Jazz Festival in July, there is always an attraction to entertain locals and visitors alike. A schedule of events is available on the City Hall of Nice website. Yet the most captivating spectacle of all, with its splendid coastline and passionate people, is that of Nice itself.

Take a morning walk along the promenade to the Cours Saleya. Cross the road just after the Opera House. This is the main Nice flower , fruit and vegetable market, and is always worth a visit. Take the wheeled basket if you intend to buy many vegetables. Worth stopping for a drink at the Ponchettes Café, at the far end with red chairs. The canny Nicoise shoppers wait here around 11am-noon , as the nearby stalls reduce their prices dramatically as lunch approaches. This bar serves very substantial nibbles with evening drinks, such as pizza,olives and Quiche…

Useful information

Banks generally open 8.30am - 11.45am and 1.30pm - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.  They close on official holidays.

Post Offices open 8.00am - 7.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.00am - 12.00 noon Saturday (although many close for lunch).

Some of the official holidays are as follows:

  • 1st January (New Year's Day)
  • Easter Monday
  • 1st May (Labour Day)
  • 8th May (Armistice 1945)
  • Ascension Day
  • Pentecost Monday
  • 14th July (Bastille Day)
  • 15th August (Assumption)
  • 1st November (All Saints Day)
  • 11th November (Armistice 1918)
  • 25th December (Christmas)


There is so much to see and do around Nice, for inspiration please read our Explore section.