Trust me: there’s nothing quite like September in the South of France.
This is definitely my favorite month to enjoy Nice, where I live. The air is still warm and filled with the scent of summer, yet the streets begin to get calmer and the city becomes way more serene.
As a local, I’ve experienced the city through every season and can confidently say that September brings a special charm that’s quite distinct from the busy summer months.
In this guide, you will find everything you need to know about visiting the South of France in September.
What to expect
In September, Nice gracefully shifts from the bustling summer to a tranquil yet vibrant ambiance.
The weather is a delightful blend of warm, sunny days with temperatures ranging comfortably between 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), and cooler evenings, perfect for leisurely strolls along the Promenade des Anglais or alfresco dining.
The city is less crowded, allowing for a more relaxed exploration of its charming streets, beaches, and attractions.
Outdoor activities are particularly enjoyable in this milder weather, whether it’s hiking in the surrounding hills or enjoying a sunset boat trip along the coast.
Additionally, with the peak season winding down, you might find better prices for accommodations and flights, making September a pleasant time to experience the unique atmosphere of Nice.
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Is September a good time to visit Nice?
Yes, September is a great time to visit Nice.
The weather is warm yet comfortable, the summer crowds have thinned, and the city retains its vibrant energy with cultural events and delicious seasonal cuisine. Plus, you may find better deals on accommodations and flights. It’s an ideal balance of pleasant weather and a relaxed atmosphere.
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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 September
Day Trips Around the Riviera
Explore the beauty of the French Riviera with day trips to nearby destinations such as Monaco, Cannes, Antibes, and the charming village of Eze.
If you are short on time, you can even take a tour like this one to be able to see everything.
Try the region’s specialties
Discover the flavors of Nice with a food tour, sampling local dishes and seasonal specialties, and learning about the regional cuisine and dishes such as socca and pissaladière.
Enjoy fantastic wine tastings
The grape harvest season is an excellent time for wine tours in the surrounding vineyards, offering a chance to taste and learn about local wines.
September is still a perfect time to get on a boat and experience the Mediterranean. These are some of my favorite boat tours from Nice.
The climate remains ideal for enjoying the beaches and beach clubs, which are less crowded, offering a serene and enjoyable beach experience.
Explore the Old Town
The historic Vieux Nice is a must-visit, with its lively streets, charming shops, and rich cultural heritage, especially enjoyable in the milder September weather.
Take a perfume workshop
The South of France makes some of the best perfumes in the world. Engage in a perfume-making workshop, a unique activity that introduces the art of fragrance creation, a significant part of the region’s heritage.
Art and Museum Visits
Take in the cultural and historical richness of Nice’s museums, such as the Matisse Museum and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Walking along Promenade des Anglais
A relaxing walk along this famous seaside promenade is always a delightful experience.
Hiking in Mercantour National Park
Discover the diverse landscapes of Mercantour National Park, a haven for hikers looking to immerse themselves in nature.
Travel Guide & FAQ
Is Nice still hot in September?
Yes, Nice is still relatively warm in September.
The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which means September days are generally warm and sunny, with average daytime temperatures ranging from about 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), but the evenings can be slightly cooler,
Is Nice rainy in September?
In September, Nice generally experiences mild and pleasant weather with a relatively low chance of rain.
This month is considered part of the region’s extended summer, so you can expect plenty of sunny days.
Can you swim in Nice France in September?
Yes, you can definitely swim in Nice, France, in September.
The Mediterranean Sea remains quite warm from the summer heat, making it a pleasant time for swimming and water activities. The average sea temperature in September usually ranges around 20°C to 24°C (68°F to 75°F), which is comfortable for most swimmers.
Conclusion: Visiting Nice in September
That’s a wrap! September is indeed a lovely time to visit Nice and I’m sure you will have the best time.