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Best Times to Visit Nice

The best time to visit Nice is in the shoulder season of September to October, or from mid-March to April, when you can take advantage of the low room rates. You can take advantage of the Mediterranean weather all year-round, however. Average high temperatures range from the mid-50s in the winter to the low 80s in the summer, and the city sees an average of 300 sunny days per year. However, despite the sun's warm rays, many recommend packing some extra layers of clothing, even in the summer, since winds sweeping north off the Mediterranean Sea can be slightly chilly.

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May-August

Nice's peak season is crowded, hot, humid and expensive. If the pebbly beach is still calling you, make sure to book at least three months in advance.

Key Events:

  • Fete de la Cuisine (May)
  • Festival du Livre (June)
  • Pink Parade (July)
  • Nice Jazz Festival (July)
September- October

One of the best times to visit is during Nice's fall shoulder season. Temperatures cool down to the mid-60s, perfect for sightseeing and maybe a little sunbathing too. 

Key Events:

  • Nice Regattas (September)
November-Early March

You can't beach it this time of year, but the winters in Nice are mild — around 50 degrees Fahrenheit — perfect for sightseeing. Crowds are minimal with the exception of late February to early March, when the infamous Carnival is in full swing.

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Mid March-April

Another small shoulder season, with temperate weather and fewer crowds. Hotel rates are also a bit more manageable.

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