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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 capitalize on the low room rates. You can take advantage of the Mediterranean weather all year-round, but average high temperatures range from the mid-50s in the winter to the low 80s in the summer, and the city sees sunny days more than half the 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. Expect to compete (or pay) for everything, whether it be a dinner reservation or a spot on the beach. If the pebbly waterfront is still calling you to visit during the summer though, make sure to book at least three months in advance.

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September- October

One of the best times to visit is during Nice's fall shoulder season. Visitors can still expect the popular attractions to be busy, but they will be far less crowded than during the peak season. Temperatures cool down to the mid-60s perfect for sightseeing and maybe a little sunbathing too. 

November-Early March

The beach isn't an option this time of year, but the winters in Nice are mild. Temperatures hover at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 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 short shoulder season, with temperate weather and fewer crowds. Spring in Nice definitely makes travel more convenient, but the window before hordes of other tourists arrive is relatively short. Hotel rates during the spring are also a bit more manageable.

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  • International Dog Show (April)

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