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Travel Tips for an easy vacation on the French Riviera.

  1. France different day and week schedule

  2. Pratical information

  3. National holidays

  4. Nice International Airport

  5. What to pack

  6. Lunch and dinner on the French Riviera

  7. Open markets on the French Riviera

 

France different day and week schedule

Different culture, different habits !

In general, all the shops, museums, open at 9.00 am except for shopping centers, or busy city centre shopping area who usually open at 10.00 am and go non stop until 7.00 pm, almost everything is in France from 12.00 pm to minimum 2 pm. Sometimes 3 pm. Sundays : Almost everything is closed on Sundays.

Some grocery stores open in the morning until 12.00 but not all of them. Bakeries, food in general is open in the morning too. Buses and train run on Sundays, but at a lower frequency.

Practical information

  • GMT +1 (+2 in British summertime).

  • Money Euro (€) is the currency.

  • Visas Each country has its own regulations and restrictions for its visitors. Find specific visa information for your destination.

  • Health Travelling to (sub) tropical destinations means taking care of your health. Read more about health issues for the area you're visiting.

  • Electricity 220-230V AC, 50 Hz, two-pin plugs are standard.

  • Dialling Code +33 (national), (0) + 1-digit code + 8-figure number.

  • Nice Tourist Info Nice Tourism website


  • Emergencies

Police dial 17

Ambulance dial 15

Fire dial 18

  • Internet Access

There are cybercafes around train stations and in the centre of cities like Nice, Cannes and Monaco. In small  towns, the tourist office can point you in the right direction.

National Holidays

National holidays in France. Usually Museums are closed, and shops might be too.

  • 1st January - New Year's Day (Jour de l an)
  • Easter Holiday - Easter Monday (late March or early April)
  • 1st May - Labour Day (Fete du premier mai)
  • 8th May - Victory in Europe Day (Fete de la Victoire 1945; Fete du 8 mai 1945)
  • May (40th day after Easter) - Ascension Thursday
  • 14th July - Bastille Day (Fete nationale)
  • 15th August - Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Assomption)
  • 1st November - All Saints Day (La Toussaint)
  • 11th November - Remembrance Day, Armistice Day (Jour d armistice)
  • 25th December - Christmas Day (Noel)

     

    Nice International Airport

    The Nice International Airport is large (the second biggest in France) and modern. The Nice airport is served by direct flights to and from America, most European cities, North Africa and other French cities.

    The Nice airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 is for international flights, and Terminal 2 is for European and internal French flights. (except for Air France or Delta direct flights from New York arriving and departing from Terminal 2) A free shuttle-bus provides service between the two terminals and the parking lots. The shuttle-bus runs every 8 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes at other times.

    Nice international airpot map

    Useful Numbers

    Flight Information
    Recorded information     Tel: 08 36 69 55 55
    Airport Switchboard Tel: 04 93 21 30 30
    Minitel 3615 horav06
    Internet www.nice.aeroport.fr
    Other Numbers
    Business Center 04 93 21 30 73
    Lost Property, Terminal 1 04 93 21 31 11
    Lost Property, Terminal 2 04 93 21 31 12
    Tourist Office 04 93 21 44 11
    Parking 04 93 21 30 86
    VAT refunds 04 93 21 30 80
    Taxis (24 hrs/day) 04 93 13 78 78
    Bus 04 93 21 30 83
    Air freight 04 93 21 30 22
    Vaccinations 04 93 21 38 81


    Car Rental

    Company Terminal 1 Terminal 2
    Ada 04 93 21 36 47 04 93 21 42 50
    Avis 04 93 21 36 33 04 93 21 42 80
    Budget 04 93 21 36 50 04 93 21 42 51
    Europcar 04 93 21 36 44 04 93 21 42 53
    Hertz 04 93 21 36 72 04 93 21 42 72
    Sixt 04 93 21 48 85 04 93 21 48 87


    Helicopter

      Tel  
    Heli air Monaco 04 93 21 34 95
    Heli Inter Riviera 04 93 21 46 46  
    Nice Helicopters 04 93 21 34 32  
    Monacair 04 93 21 80 86  
    Heli Sesurite 04 93 21 45 87 www.helicopter-saint-tropez.com

    * Prices around 60 euros to Cannes or Monaco.


    Train Connections

    The main train station is in the center of Nice, a 10-15 minute bus trip from the airport.


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    Lunch and dinner on the French Riviera

    Restaurants have eccentric opening hours but it's sure that you won't get lunch before noon or after 2pm and dinner runs from 7.30 to about 10pm. It's wise to call restaurants in advance to check on the hours.

     

    What to pack for a vacation on the French Riviera ?

    Never forget that on the French Riviera you go up and down hills all the time. You can go from sea level with a mild temperature to the mountains ! So layers are what we suggest !

    French people don't dress up for lunch, and usually you don't need to dress formal to go out for dinner at night, unless specified by the restaurant.

    • Fall

    To many of you, French Riviera weather will not be cold in November. But still, it can be a little wet, and you need some confortable warm clothes to tour !

    • Winter

    The wind is not your friend, even though we do not get very cold. Snow is the exception here. But still warm coats, hats, gloves, warm sweaters will keep you confortable while you visit the Riviera, as most, but not everything is outside !

    As ski resorts are only 1.30 hours away from the coast, with a pair of jeans, kneehighs, and hat and gloves, you can go skying !

    All you need can be rented in all the ski resorts.

    • Spring

    The sun sure makes the difference and temperatures can be high if you lay in the sun. But don't forget the french saying : En Avril ne te decouvre pas d'un fil !" In April, don't think it's summer already and stay covered !

    Nights can be chilli, and you will go from cold in the morning, to a little warmer during the day, and cold again at night.

    • Summer

    Summer can be very hot ! But if you are by the sea at night, with the brise, he can be a little chilli sometimes.

    And again, if you are travelling up to the mountains, you can use a sweater. The second part of august sometimes gets some rainy days.

     

    Open markets on the French Riviera

    Every town or village usually has it's own market. Markets are usually on different days.

    Villefranche sur mer market :

    DURING ALL THE YEAR:

    Provençal market
    Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the "Octroi" Square and in François Binon's garden (Octroi).

    You can find fresh fruits and vegetables (natural or bio), some fishes, cooked meats, local products (olive oil, wines…), craft products (tablecloth, Provençal fabric…), clothes, flowers etc…

    Secondhand market
    Every Sunday (all day), professional seconhand dealers organize a market on Amélie Pollonais Square (Port de la Santé) and in François Binon's garden (Octroi).

    Food market

    Every wednesday morning, from 8.00am to 1.00pm.

    Promenade de l'Octroi.

    Local product market

    Everyday, from 7.30am to noon.

    Square Charles II d'Anjou.

    Fish stand

    On Friday morning, from 7.30 am to noon.

    Square Charles II d'Anjou.

    DURING SUMMER SEASON:

    Local townshop market

    With the Villefranche shopkeepers !

    Come and discover on Place Amélie Pollonnais a wide range of products, offered by the Villefranche shopkeepers. Some 20 of them have stalls where you are always welcome to look over their wears and merchandise; every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9.am to 7.pm Place Amélie Pollonnais.

     

     

    Nice Markets :

    • Flower Market, Cours Saleya, runs 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays and holidays.
    • Fruit & Vegetable Market, Cours Saleya, runs 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every day but Monday.
    • Antiques Market, Cours Saleya, runs 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays (unless they are holidays or the eve of holidays).
    • Arts & Crafts Market, Cours Saleya, from Jume 1 to Sept. 30, every day from 6 p.m. to midnight.
    • Fish Market, Place Saint-Francois, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day but Monday.
    • Used & Antique Book Market, Place du Palais, first and third Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Arts & Crafts Market, Place de Palais, second Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Antique Postcard Market, Place de Palais, fourth Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    If that doesn't satisfy your desire for markets, here is a list of other markets that operate throughout Nice. Each operates every day but Monday from 6 a.m. to 1:30.

    • Libération, haut Malausséna
    • Ray, place Fontaine du Temple
    • Saint-Roch, boulevard Virgile Barel
    • Ariane, place de l'Ariane
    • Pasteur, avenue Antonia-Augusta
    • Cimiez, place du Commandant Jérôme
    • St Augustin, bd Paul Montel
    • Caucade, place de Caucade
    Happy market-browsing. I wish you many great finds!