By Anna Fishman

Vacation and sunny beaches are almost synonymous, making the summer a peak season for vacationers. However, in the south of France lies a beautiful city that must be given a chance in the winter – Nice. A great summer destination, here are five reasons for you to visit Nice in the off-season.

  1. Explore The Iconic Le Negresco Hotel

The Negresco Hotel has a story that must be heard. While a stay here during the summer, of course, gives you an opportunity to hear this story, winter has its own flair. A hotel concierge can arrange guided tour of the hotel that would definitely be one of the highlights of your stay.

Le Negresco Hotel

Le Negresco Hotel

  1. Visit The Historic Place Massena

Place Massena, the largest and the main square in Nice is a must visit for every guest to its city. This historic square has been in existence since the 19th century and remains a relevant place for shopping, restaurant chains, and relaxation.  Christmas market finds its home here. If you want to enjoy a view from the Ferris Wheel or spend some time with your kids at the children’s amusement park, a visit to Place Massena is a must!

Place Massena

Place Massena

  1. The Cours Saleya Market

This old farmer’s market in Old Town, Nice, will get your palates desirous for a great meal. Famous for its fresh produce and fruits, Mediterranean spices, and sweet smelling olives, the Cours Saleya market attracts shoppers from all over the world. The winter (an off season for tourists) allows you to shop calmly, allowing the tantalizing aromas available to delight your senses. With the space and lack of crowd struggles, you sure will be tempted to spend beyond your means.

Cours Saleya Market

The Cours Saleya Market

  1. Crowd-Free Winter Sales

A common tourist attraction in France during the winter is the state-regulated winter sales. For the most part, this influx is directed to Paris. Why not head to Nice, instead? With its range of designer boutiques and department stores, you are sure to have just about as many options as in Paris – only without the crowd.

Shopping in Nice

Shopping in Nice

  1. The Carnival

The Carnival is the height of any event to take place in Nice. Coming up in the month of February, this two-week intensive party features everything to keep you engaged. Locals, as well as tourists, flock out to parades and pageants. The extravagant allegorical floats and flower battle parades make for opulent viewership. Colors, fashion, party, there’s hardly anything to miss in this festive season.

World famouse Nice Carnival

World famous Nice Carnival

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