It’s true: August is one of the busiest times to visit Nice and also one of the warmest. But don’t let the crowds and the heat stop you; this is when the city is the most alive, and still a lovely time to visit.
With the Mediterranean sun setting the perfect stage, Nice in August is an experience full of color, flavor, and excitement.
In this post, we’ll walk you through what to expect and how to make the most of your trip during this peak season.
What to expect
I’ll be blunt—Nice in August is hot, crowded, and very lively. Personally, as a local, I realized that a lot of the people who live here flee the city during this time.
It’s the peak of the tourist season, meaning you’ll experience the Mediterranean climate at its most intense with temperatures often climbing above 30°C (86°F).
The city buzzes with energy as tourists come from around the world, making the main attractions, beaches, and restaurants busy.
Also, due to the high season, expect to encounter higher prices for everything from accommodations to taxi fares. Plan your budget accordingly and consider booking in advance to secure better rates.
Lastly, with the amount of visitors, expect travel and transport to take longer than usual. Roads will be busy, and public transport crowded, so plan extra travel time, especially when heading to popular spots or traveling (to Saint-Tropez, for example) during peak hours.
But it’s not all bad! Despite the crowds, August is an exciting time to visit Nice, with many options for cultural festivities, outdoor concerts, and local celebrations filling the city with life. Just trying to keep it real around here.
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Is August a good time to visit Nice?
August is a great time to visit Nice if you enjoy a lively atmosphere and don’t mind the heat and crowds.
The city is vibrant with cultural events and the weather is ideal for beach activities. However, it’s also the busiest and most expensive time, so if you prefer a quieter, more cost-effective visit, consider another month like May, September, or October.
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Where to stay
This luxurious sea-front hotel has been a favorite since 1936. With just 53 rooms and suites, it offers a tranquil experience. Guests can choose rooms facing the Mediterranean Sea or the garden, and enjoy amenities like a cocktail bar on a scenic terrace, a seasonal pool, a sauna, and a solarium.
A landmark in Nice, this hotel offers modern and elegant rooms with air conditioning, large TVs, and espresso machines. Located just a short walk from the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, it also features a spa, steam room, and a rooftop restaurant and bar.
This iconic Art Deco hotel offers modern rooms with sea or city views, two swimming pools, a sauna, and a steam room. Its location is ideal, being only a short distance from Old Town and other attractions.
Situated in the city center, this dazzling five-star property offers sophisticated rooms, a spa, an indoor pool, and a rooftop area. The hotel’s Italian restaurant and bar are perfect for enjoying local cuisine and drinks.
Located at the Promenade des Anglais, this hotel offers modern refinements and is a short walk from the beach. It’s ideal for those who prefer a more contemporary setting.
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Things to do in Nice in August
Spend a day out on a boat
Rent a boat or join a tour to explore the Mediterranean coast from the water. Enjoy the sun, sea, and perhaps a picnic onboard as you glide past scenic coves and beaches. You can read about the best boat tours from Nice here.
Day Trip to Saint-Tropez
Discover the allure of Saint-Tropez, a playground for the rich and famous.
Delve into the region’s renowned wine culture by visiting local wineries. Enjoy tastings, learn about the winemaking process, and discover the subtleties of Provencal wines amidst beautiful vineyard settings – Chateau de Cremat is one of my favorites.
Gorges du Verdon & Lavender Fields
Venture into the heart of natural beauty at the Gorges du Verdon with its stunning turquoise river.
Nearby, you can also visit the beautiful lavender fields. Make sure to go early in the month to catch them in full bloom.
Experience the glamour and glitz of Monaco.
See the famous Monte Carlo Casino, explore the exquisite gardens, and indulge in luxury shopping to get a taste of the opulent lifestyle of the principality.
Enjoy an afternoon at a beach club
If you are visiting the South of France in August, spending a day (or two!) in one of the many beach clubs is a must.
Sunbathe, swim, and socialize in a chic setting, complete with comfortable loungers, refreshing cocktails, and a view of the sparkling Mediterranean. Some of my favorites include Bocca Mar, Amour à la Plage, and Ruhl Plage.
Dining with a view at Le Plongeoir
For an unforgettable dining experience, visit Le Plongeoir. Perched on a rock overlooking the sea, this restaurant offers not only innovative cuisine but also panoramic views that are sure to take your breath away.
Make sure to reserve in advance for this one!
Enjoy the art galleries in St. Paul de Vence
Stroll through the cobblestone streets of St. Paul de Vence, a village famed for its art galleries and studios.
See art at Musée Matisse
Art enthusiasts should not miss the Musée Matisse in Nice, home to a vast collection of works by the French artist Henri Matisse.
The museum offers a deep dive into his life and art, set against the backdrop of a 17th-century Genoese villa.
Go on a day trip to Cannes and Antibes
Explore the nearby towns of Cannes and Antibes on a day trip.
Wander through Cannes’ glamorous streets, famous for the annual film festival, and visit Antibes to explore its historic old town and bustling market.
Exploring Medieval Villages in Provence
Take a journey back in time by visiting the beautiful medieval villages of Provence. Enjoy their unique charm, history, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Spend a day in the Lérins Islands
Escape to the Lérins Islands, a group of Mediterranean islands off the coast of Cannes. Renowned for their natural beauty and historical sites, they provide a peaceful retreat from the bustling mainland. Ile Sainte-Marguerite is by far the easiest to visit and so lovely!
Travel Guide & FAQ
Is Nice too crowded in August?
Indeed, Nice swells with visitors in August as it is one of the most popular European summer destinations.
Should I go to Nice in August or September?
Deciding whether to visit Nice in August or September comes down to personal preference and what you want from your vacation.
August offers the full summer experience with hot, sunny weather and a vibrant, lively atmosphere. The city buzzes with cultural events, festivals, and activities, making it a fantastic time for those who love the energy of peak tourist season. However, with this comes larger crowds, longer waits, and potentially higher prices, not to mention the heat can be quite intense.
On the other hand, September provides a more tranquil ambiance as the tourist wave begins to recede. The weather remains warm and inviting but is generally more comfortable for exploring. You’ll likely find better deals on accommodations and experience the city’s attractions with more space and less rush.
Do I need a car in Nice?
No, you typically don’t need a car in Nice.
The city is well-serviced by public transportation, including trains, buses, and trams, which efficiently connect the main attractions, beaches, and nearby towns.
Conclusion: Visiting Nice in August
That’s a wrap! I hope this guide was helpful and that you have a lovely time visiting Nice in August.