Nice in July: A Travel Guide

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Heading to Nice in July? Then get ready to dive into the heart of summer on the French Riviera, where the atmosphere is as warm as the sun and the sea is as blue as the skies above.

Nice in July is all about soaking up the sun on pebbly beaches, enjoying the beautiful beach clubs, and having dinner under the stars at the best restaurants.

In this guide, you will find everything there is to know about visiting Nice in June.

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What to expect

In July, Nice transforms into a vibrant hub, buzzing with life under the warm, sunny skies.

The city’s pebbled beach, with its stunning turquoise water, becomes a major attraction, and it’s always crowded – make sure to always book beach clubs in advance. As far as restaurants go, all of them are open this time of the year but it’s also important to make reservations to get a table.

Temperatures during this month are high and vary from around 21 to 28 degrees Celsius during the day, although since moving to Nice I’ve gotten the impression that summers are getting hotter and hotter every year.

Prepare for large crowds, and high temperatures but a lively, wonderful atmosphere.

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Is July a good time to visit Nice?

July is a great time to visit Nice if you enjoy warm weather, vibrant cultural events, and a lively atmosphere.

However, be prepared for crowds and higher prices due to the peak tourist season. If you prefer a quieter and possibly cooler visit, consider other times of the year – May and September are my favorites.

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Where to stay

Hôtel La Pérouse

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​​.

Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel

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​​.

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée

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​​.

Boscolo Nice Hôtel & Spa

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​​.

Le Meridien Nice

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 July

Explore the region

There’s so much to see in the South of France. Pick a few of these wonderful day trips from Nice or even head to the iconic town of Saint-Tropez.

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See Gorges du Verdon and the lavender fields in Provence

Summer is the absolute best time to see one of the most beautiful events in the country: the blooming of the lavender fields.

Combine your trip with Gorges du Verdon for an even more special time.

Regional Wine Tasting

The French Riviera produces some of the best wine – particularly white and rosé – in France.

A guided tour will allow you to sample various vintages and learn about the region’s rich winemaking tradition.

Enjoy a day out on a boat

Nothing says summer like spending a day out on a boat! It’s a perfect way to see the coastline, sunbathe in style, swim, and maybe even have a picnic on the sea.

You can read about my favorite boat tours from Nice here.

Outdoor Movie Nights in Monaco

Take a short trip to Monaco and enjoy a movie under the stars at the Monaco Open Air Cinema. This unique experience combines the charm of outdoor cinema with the glamour of Monaco.

Relax at the beach clubs

Spend a relaxing day at one of Nice’s many beach clubs, where you can enjoy the sun, sea, and excellent service. It’s the perfect way to unwind and soak up the Riviera sun and a must-have experience if you ask me.

Watch the beautiful fireworks on Bastille Day

Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks on Bastille Day. This dazzling display lights up the night sky and is best enjoyed from the beach or Cannes.

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Dine at local restaurants

Nice is known for its fantastic cuisine. Spend your evenings sampling dishes from different restaurants, each offering a taste of the local flavors and culinary expertise.

These are some of my favorite restaurants in Nice.

Explore Île Saint-Marguerite

Take a ferry to the tranquil Île Saint-Marguerite. Spend the day exploring its forests, fort, and beaches — a perfect getaway from the city crowds.

Join a food tour

Discover the best of Nice’s culinary scene on a guided food tour. It’s a great way to learn about the city’s food culture and try various dishes.

Visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Explore the beautiful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its stunning gardens. This villa is a must-visit for anyone interested in history and architecture. Personally, it’s one of my favorite places in the region.

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Travel Guide & FAQ

How crowded is Nice in July?

Nice in July is typically quite crowded.

It’s peak tourist season, attracting visitors from around the world due to the warm weather, beautiful beaches, and numerous events and festivals such as the Nice Jazz Festival and Bastille Day celebrations.

Streets in the tourist areas, especially the Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town (Vieux Nice), can be particularly busy. Waiting times for restaurants and popular tourist spots might be longer, and finding a good spot on public beaches could be challenging.

Is Nice worth visiting in the summer?

If you’re someone who thrives in a dynamic setting and doesn’t mind crowds, summer in Nice is an exciting and fulfilling experience. But if you prefer a quieter visit with cooler weather, the shoulder seasons might be more to your liking.

Is Nice too hot in July?

Nice in July is generally quite warm, as it’s one of the hottest months of the year in the region.
Temperatures typically range from 20°C (68°F) to 28°C (82°F), and sometimes even higher.

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Conclusion: Visiting Nice in July

That’s a wrap! Now you know everything that you need to know before visiting Nice in the busy month of July. As long as you prepare for the crowds and the heat, your vacation will surely be lovely.

Oh! And if you are visiting the South of France soon, join my Facebook group for more hidden gems and travel tips. Happy travels!

About Me

Camila Neves

Nice to meet you! My name is Cami and I am a full-time traveler and foodie. I live in Nice in the South of France and this blog is where I share my impressions and travel secrets.

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