Paris may get all of the attention as France's most romantic destination, but Nice's four-million visitors a year prove one thing to be true - this Mediterranean seaside honeymoon destination is anything but second best. Crescent-shaped pebble beaches, gorgeous boutique hotels, and fashionable boutiques fettered with cutting-edge French fashion are just a few of the fabulous reasons newlyweds choose it as their honeymoon spot.
What Makes Nice Such a Honeymoon Stunner?
If you plan on whisking away to southern France on your honeymoon, be prepared to discover goosebumps rising against your skin and the beauty of it all inspiring. Not only is the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region breathtaking, Nice la Belle (Nice the Beautiful) is overflowing with sweeping views, medieval red-tile roofed villages, narrow curved streets, small gourmet restaurants, and colorful open-markets.
Whether you spend your days reading novels on your hotel suite's veranda overlooking the shimmering waters of the Cote d'Azur or choose to hit the attractions list like a Mrs. on a mission, Nice is arguably the most romantic destination on the French Riviera, and rightly so.
Popular Honeymoon Attractions in Nice, France
World Class Sightseeing: Castle Hill is probably the most popular attraction in all of Nice. What can be boiled down to a vantage point is really so much more than that. Atop 100 inlaid stairs (be sure to pack your walking shoes), newlyweds will be blown away by the breathtaking view of the village and sea below. With a cafe for refreshments (limited hours, so be sure to check with your concierge), the sprinkling of park benches are perfect for taking a relaxing break.
Old Town (Vieille Ville): For another sightseeing must, Old Town is one of those historic Nice neighborhoods that feels very much like it did centuries ago. With no hint of touristy shellac, the cafes, red-tiled roofs, and medieval influence shine through brightly for those who want to lazily peruse boutiques and sip on coffee.
Not only is a trip to Old Town the perfect beginning point for any day in Nice, but many couples find that the easy walk to the seafront of the Old Port or the Promenade des Anglais (the famous street which is the poster child of Nice's Mediterranean waterfront) is the place that will monopolize their photo album.
Take the Train des Pignes: Couples shouldn't miss the chance to explore the Mediterranean hinterland while honeymooning in Nice via the railroad tracks. Running between Nice and Digne-les Bains, this narrow-gauge train shuttles lovers to small villages way up in the mountains. Rushing past the palms of the French Riviera only to arrive among thyme-scented peaks and snow-capped summits, this upper Provence train ride is an enchanting jaunt.
Best Time to Honeymoon in Nice, France
Anywhere you go in southern France can be pricey, but if you choose to visit Nice for your honeymoon, do yourself a favor and settle on one of the shoulder seasons like September to October or mid-March to April. These times are considered off-season and room rates are much lower.
Nice's year-round weather is superb with average high temperatures ranging from the mid-50s in the winter to the low 80s in the summer. And even though there are 300 days of sunshine a year, don't be fooled. Be sure to pack some extra layers even if traveling in the summer because the breezes that blow off the Mediterranean Sea can be slightly chilly.