When to go to Nice: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Martí Micolau

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Lying on the pebble beaches of the Bay of Angels on the French Riviera, Nice is a city founded by the Greeks and an ancient meeting place for several artists, such as Henri Matisse and Marc Chagalle, of whom there are precious works in the museums dedicated to them.
Nice, kissed by the sun and bathed by an intense blue sea, offers a very fascinating panoramic view. Even in its center there are many places of interest and attractions, for example Place Massena, Piazza Garibaldi, the aforementioned museums, beautiful churches and a promenade full of beaches and clubs, which allows you to enjoy the wonderful scenery accompanied by a pleasant sea breeze. .
Not a small thing, Nice has very favorable climatic conditions almost all year round: between May and September you have the absolute certainty of finding beautiful days and in the remaining months cold, snow and fog are very rare events. Let's see below, in detail, all the information about the climate.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Nice: the cheapest period
  3. Nice in Spring
  4. Nice in the Summer
  5. Nice in Autumn
  6. Nice in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: from May to September, with preference for June and September. Nice is always enjoyable, but in these months the temperatures also allow you to enjoy the sea without the typical overcrowding of July and August
  • Period to avoid: None in particular, but if you want to live on the beach, avoid winter, and autumn is the rainiest season

The climate in Nice is Mediterranean: summers are warm and sunny with highs of 27 ° C in July and August, mild and relatively rainy winters with lows of 6 ° C and highs of 13 ° C. The so-called transition seasons, spring and autumn, have quite pleasant temperatures, sometimes a bit cold.
Rainfall is not particularly frequent, but abundant in autumn from mid-September to December. The sun shines in summer and discreetly in spring and September, while in the winter, sunny and cloudy days alternate.
Finally, considering that Nice is on the sea, we must pay a note to the clear waters of the Côte d'Azur: know that the sea is never warm; in August it reaches 23 ° C because it is cooled by the Mistral, which is a wind that hits the western part and, due to a play of currents, favors the movement of cold waters up to Nice.

When to go to Nice: the cheapest period

The low season in Nice is winter, excluding holidays, and autumn. So from late October to early March are the cheapest months, but the least recommended as a climate.

The best compromise is the period between March and April and the end of September: not only are the temperatures pleasant and the rainfall contained, but the prices are much lower than the high season which clearly coincides with July and August. Moreover, not least, traveling in these months will allow you to avoid crowding of tourists!

Nice in Spring

Spring, from March to May, is characterized by fresh air with lows of 9 ° C which progressively rise to 14 ° C during May, while the highs at the end of the season reach 20 ° C. Rainfall is limited, except in April which has about 7 days of rain.
Although it may happen that the sky becomes cloudy, the first warmths begin to occur, nature awakens and colors explode: it really is a great time to visit Nice if you want to enjoy peace and quiet.

In this season it will be pleasant to take walks along the seafront, explore the historic center to observe squares and palaces, churches like the Russian one of San Nicola, relax in the parks and gardens away from traffic. If you travel in March, you might find yourself for the Nice Carnival, which takes place between February and March: an event that attracts thousands of tourists and includes live music, parades, dances and entertainment.

Nice in the Summer

From June to August, temperatures rise to around 27 ° C without making the city sultry, while the lows remain rather cool, not exceeding 20 ° C. The sun shines high in the sky and rainfall is almost non-existent, with about 2 - 3 days of rain: I would say that the climate is ideal!
As I remembered at the beginning, the sea water is not particularly hot, it remains around 23 degrees in August. However, a dip in these beautiful waters is a must, or at least soak up some sun on the characteristic pebble beaches.

It can, however, dedicate the summer to walks along the promenade which is full of clubs and discos.
There is no shortage of events, such as the Nice Jazz Festival in July and Iron Man, which is one of the most important sporting events that takes place in June. In addition, concerts and entertainment nights are often organized, so fun is guaranteed.

Nice in Autumn

From September the weather begins to cool down, only in the hottest hours we find around 24 ° C, then slowly the temperatures gradually drop and remain pleasant.
Rainfall in autumn is more frequent compared to the other months, however, nature begins to give magnificent colors almost inviting you to indulge in peaceful walks along the coast, without the summer frenzy.

It is a good time to dedicate yourself to visiting the numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Musée Matisse and that of Fine Arts, or again, the Asian Art Museum and that Chagall.
Nothing prevents you from enjoying the good weather by exploring the streets of the city and savoring the fresh sea breeze, since it is not particularly cold although, I remember, the rains remain intense.
Nice, this season, organizes especially sporting events, such as the Royal regattas in September and the Nice-Cannes marathon in November.

Nice in Winter

Winter in Nice is mild, the maximum never drop below 10 ° C and the minimum below 5 - 6 ° C. Precipitation is more significant than in summer, but not as abundant as in autumn. In conclusion, snow and frost are two very rare phenomena, as well as fog: according to past statistics, they occur in about 1 or 2 days a year.

Nice comes alive and shines with lights with the Christmas village, which has about 60 chalets offering many handicrafts, there is no lack of entertainment and an ice rink.
Music, the living nativity scene and Christmas carols: the magic of Christmas in Nice awaits you! Also, if you travel in February, you will have the opportunity to witness the colorful Nice Carnival already mentioned.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: warm clothes, down jacket, scarf, sweater or lighter sweatshirt, umbrella.
  • In summer: comfortable, light and breathable summer clothes, a jacket or sweatshirt for the evening.
  • In autumn and spring: spring / autumn clothes, heavier sweaters and sweatshirts for the evening, umbrella or rain jacket.

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