Cote d'Azur Airport
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Nice Airport is the gateway to one of the most beautiful, glamorous and prestigious holiday areas in Europe. With the sparkly Mediterranean, rows of swaying palm trees and pastel-painted villas, the city is perfect for a quick city break, or a long summer's vacation.
You’ll want to get out and explore exciting Nice and the glittering Cote D’Azur as soon as possible and a rental car is a perfect way of getting around. We can arrange it as quickly as possible because we’ve got a very handy pick-up location for hire cars right at the heart of Nice Airport. You’ll find us easily, whether you are picking up a car or dropping one off.
We won’t charge anything for cancellations or amendments to your bookings, and we never charge for the use of a credit card.
The atmospheric city of Nice is one of the main attractions along the French Riviera and serves as a brilliant base to visit exotic resorts like Monaco, Cannes and the dramatic foothills of the Alps.
Nice Airport couldn’t be any closer to the city. You can simply drive from our pick-up location onto the famous Promenade des Anglais, the main seafront road of the city. As the major transport hub for the region, you’ll be well placed to set off in any direction or tour the city itself. The M6202 will take you to the north of the city, and you can head over the River Ver on the M6202BIS to explore the suburbs of Nice.
The road system is simple and effective, and all the major roads run either along the coast or head off at 90 degrees inland. The coastal A8 motorway runs west to Cannes and Toulon, and east to Monaco and the Italian border. Heading inland are smaller roads linking to the mountain towns and Mercantour National Park.
Most roads are modern and well maintained, although some windy mountain routes can be a little rougher.
The rules of the road are the same as the rest of France and similar to most of Europe. You drive on the right and at junctions, you must be prepared to give way to vehicles coming from the right unless signs indicate otherwise. The maximum speed limit is 81mph on rural motorways (68mph if it’s raining and 31mph if it’s foggy). The urban motorways and dual carriageways have lower limits, and built-up areas have a 31mph limit.
The fabulous French Riviera is one of the world’s most famous coastal retreats. Whether you’re visiting for business or a holiday you’ll find that this region of the South of France has an enticing list of places to go and things to do.
Nice is the main city along the Cote D’Azur and has an authentic ‘feel’ but there are plenty of the other resorts have beaches for you to explore in your rental car too. Away from the coast, there is a host of exquisite towns and villages perched in the foothills of the Alps looking down on the sparkling Mediterranean below.
The highlights of Nice
It may be a major lure for tourists but there is still a genuine atmosphere in the narrow streets and alleys of Nice’s Old Town. You’ll get glimpses of the old fishing village that must have once been here. It’s an area for exploring busy market stalls of arts, crafts, and fresh produce or relaxing in tiny pavement cafes.
You can emerge from this colorful maze for more serious sightseeing. It’s worth peeping inside the 400-year-old cathedral with its distinctive Italian-style bell tower and examining some of the dozens of art galleries. The Musee Matisse is one of the highlights, home to a definitive collection of the work of the impressionist painter who often worked on the Riviera.
It’s a Nice tradition to stroll along the long palm-fringed seafront walkway. Named Promenade des Anglais after the wealthy English Victorians who first came here to spend the winter, it’s a beautiful part of the city. In the hills above the city, you can still spot many of the grandest villas that date from that era.
The luxuries Monaco
The miniature Principality of Monaco is a short drive along the coast road to the east. It’s definitely worth visiting to see how the other half live amid this wealthy enclave of luxury apartments, Michelin-starred hotels and designers stores. You’ll soon find that the harbor is full of millionaires’ yachts and the car park outside the famous Monte Carlo casino is often like a display of supercars.
Whilst visiting, take a tour around the Prince's Palace of Monaco and the tiny gardens, or walk the route of the Grand Prix car race. One of Monaco’s finest sights is the Oceanographic Museum, a beautiful period aquarium perched on the edge of the Rock of Monaco. With displays and exhibits on everything ocean-based, you'll be able to get a try understanding of marine science.
The sandy shores of Cannes
A short drive to the west of Nice. Cannes is another resort that spreads between the Mediterranean Sea and the A8 motorway. The town has a glamorous jet-set image and homes luxury hotels, shops, restaurants and villas for the rich and famous. But down in the narrow lanes of the old town leading up to Château de la Castre, you’ll find a more authentic atmosphere with quirky little galleries and cafes. There’s a long sandy beach too, backed by a shady tree-lined promenade around the La Croisette and Port Canto areas of town. If you need to escape the celebrity watchers, take a boat trip to the ancient fortress on Ile Sainte-Marguerite.