Nice, France

The French city of Nice is known as “Nice la Belle” – and it really is. Located on the Mediterranean Sea it is arguably one of France’s most beautiful cities. With a population of about 350,000 it is the fifth largest city in the country and the second largest on the Mediterranean coast. There are many things to love about Nice – the weather, the beach, the food, the culture. It is a popular holiday destination and for good reason. Living in Nice can offer you a fantastic lifestyle.

Nice enjoys a Mediterranean climate, meaning its temperatures are mild most of the year and rainfall is very moderate and mostly in the winter. The temperature is typically above 20°C in July and August it’s about 27° C.

The beach is busy almost everyday, filled with sun bathers and swimmers. Walking along the Promenade des Anglais among the palm trees and enjoying the view is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon or evening. For fantastic fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries and breads, flowers, locally made cheeses and olive oils, go to the market place Cours Saleya. At night the Cours Slaeya becomes a throng of great restaurants.

Local specialties include Socca, a pancake made of chickpea flour and olive oil; Soup de Poisson; Bouillabaisse, a fish stew; Salad Nicoise, with tuna and a variety of vegetables; Tourtes aux Blettes; and pissaladiere, a dish like a quiche or pizza with onions, anchovies, black olives, and sometimes cheese. It’s no surprise that seafood features heavily in Nicoise dishes. That Nice was previously Italian is evident in the prominence of pizza and pasta dishes – many of the restaurants in the Old Town and in the popular Cours Saleya are Italian. Try the Spaghettata aux fruits de mer at the perpetually busy La Voglia – if you can get a table!

Cost of living

  • Cappuccino € 3.31
  • Bottle of beer in a restaurant (0.33l) € 5.38
  • Pack of cigarettes € 7.00
  • 12 Eggs € 4.60
  • Milk, 1 litre € 1.19
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) rental in centre per month € 1334
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) rental outside centre per month € 963
  • Transport (monthly train ticket) €33

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