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Cheap areas to stay in Nice

The seafront sun-swept southern French city of Nice boasts an abundance of cheap accommodation for Riviera-wanderers traveling on a budget. For total travel convenience, you’ll find a few cheap hotels based beside Nice Airport. Between here and central Nice, the beachfront Promenade des Anglais is sprinkled with inexpensive getaways, both right beside the water and based slightly inland. Most of Nice’s cheap hotels, however, are grouped in the bar and restaurant-rich Vernier neighborhood, near the center, behind the main beach.

Cheap hotels in Nice

The Apart’hotel Ajoupa offers central and affordable apartment rentals with convenient kitchenettes – so you can cook at home instead of having to spend money eating out. Here, you’ll also enjoy free WiFi. The Star Hotel is a basic and no-frills inexpensive central 2-star hotel, offering simple air-conditioned ensuite rooms with free WiFi, convenient luggage storage, and a cozy communal area. La Panoramic Boutique Hotel is based in the green hills behind the center, offering airy rooms with sweeping city views, free WiFi, and an in-house restaurant.

Where to find cheap food in Nice

Nice is a jewel in the French Riviera’s culinary crown, celebrating haute cuisine – but there are plenty of cheap and unique local eats in the city, too. Dine in a rustic bar or café in the port area for a cheap lunch – socca, a type of chickpea flat bread, and tunafish sandwiches are typical and inexpensive lunch grub. In the modern central residential areas, you’ll find several affordable and familiar takeaway chain restaurants. For truly cheap cuisine, however, have your own picnic on the beach.

Cheap things to do in Nice

The balmy Mediterranean climate makes Nice an ideal city for walking. Venture up to the Parc de la Colline du Chateau, a tree and cactus-studded rocky hill, crisscrossed with shady footpaths. The summit is crowned by rustic castle ruins, and an 18th-century manmade waterfall cascades off the summit cliff face, casting dazzling rainbow reflections. After, amble down to Nice’s main stretch of public beach, fringing the Vieille Ville old town, and bathe in the azure ocean waters. Art lovers, meanwhile, will be happy to find that Nice’s Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art offers free entry to its permanent collections, which include avant-garde, minimalist, and pop art works. The building itself – where 2 enormous clean cut cubes are connected by a glass and metal facade – will interest architecture enthusiasts, too.

Cheap ways to get around Nice

If you’re staying in central Nice and intend to spend most of your time exploring the old town area and lounging on the public pebble beach, you’ll find you can largely get around by foot alone. The city also has a cheap public bus network, as well as a cheap tram line. Together, they cover all the key city areas – including the train station, bus terminal, and airport. There’s also a public bicycle rental system in the city, called Velo Bleu and the first 30 minutes of usage are free.

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