Car rental Nice
Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second largest city of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, also the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris
. Known as Nice la Belle, it attracts worldwide tourists for the rich blue-green sea, diverse shopping, splendid cuisine and tasteful art-deco facades.
Tour through Nice while you rent a car
Car rental in Nice is often chosen among tourists, for it provides great convenience to tour the city and its surrounding towns at your own leisure. You can pick up your pre booked rental car in Nice at the airport and take A8 autoroute to the city. There are also many major companies that offer car rental in Nice and the less well known ones present in city locations. Traveling by car rental in Nice comes handy in some of the charming little perched villages, like Peillon, Gorbio, Sainte-Agnes. You can also rent a car in Nice and take a day trip in the medieval villages in the Tinée Valley. There are some nice places to the west of Nice best to explore by car rental, such as Haute de Cagnes, a meticulously preserved small village in Alpes Maritimes, and Saint Tropez, a town in the French Riviera, where you can park your rental car at the border of the town and take a small leisure walk to the town center.
Tips for parking your rental car
Travelers by car rental in Nice may find the following parking tips helpful: Street parking is available throughout the city, and the rates are not expensive. But on street parking poses risks of damage on the rental car, so it's better to park in the garage. There are several large car parks in the city center, as well as at the side of the Negresco and in the Cours Saleya. A more expensive but very handy option is to use valet parking in Parking Plaza Services on Avenue de Verdun. Its sign is on the right after passing Place Massena, opposite Park Albert 1er.
Sightseeing & activities
To name but a few of the tourist highlights: The Promenade des Anglais, a promendade along the Baie de Anges, a bay of the Mediterranean, where you can relax in chairs lining the shore or try the delightful seaside restaurants; Place Masséna, the main square of the city, bordered by buildings of marvelous Italian architecture; Matisse Museum, displaying the innovative art works of Henri Matisse, inspired by the fresh colors and lines of Nice; Vieux Nice (the old town), a maze of streets and alleys with beautiful houses, boutique shops. It is also home to the fresh fruit and flower market Cours Saleya.
Events & festivals
The Nice Jazz Festival, held annually since 1948, commented by Frommer's “the biggest, flashiest, and most prestigious jazz festival in Europe”; La Fete des Mai, the oldest festival in Nice, every Sunday in May the folk traditions in dancing, music and picnics brighten up the Cimiez gardens and amphitheater; Mushroom exhibition, where mushroom lovers gather to view the spectacular variety of mushrooms on display; Fête de la Mer, a traditional fishermen's procession from the church to the beach with the highlight ceremonial burning of a boat.