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Nice Old Town

“From morning to evening these colourful streets are alive with café culture and restaurant terraces, as befits the city's principal tourist hotspot…”
Old Town

The oh-so-pretty Old Town, known in French as Vieux Nice, is the most authentic neighbourhood in the city. It's also among the best located: our rental apartments in the Old Town are all a few minutes' walk away from the beach, Place Massena and the tramway.

Stretching from the Place Garibaldi and Place Massena to the Cours Saleya and the Promenade des Anglais, this bustling quartier was built by the Italians. They had a penchant for picturesque window shutters, petite piazzas and streets so narrow that you can't drive a car down them (the Old Town is a pedestrian-only zone). From early morning to late evening these colourful streets are alive with café culture, restaurant terraces and open-air bars, as befits the city's principal tourist hotspot. Our holiday rental apartments here really are in the centre of everything!

Old Town
Entertainment in the Old Town starts on the pavement cafés of the Cours Saleya, the quarter's elegant main thoroughfare and home of its daily farmers' market. The place hums with activity, and music comes courtesy of the frequent buskers and musicians, though quality is not guaranteed! In Place St Francois the daily fish market sells fresh catches before sunrise and finishes as the fishmonger's energy levels deplete, suspiciously close to lunchtime.

In the evening, Nice Old Town's atmospheric nightlife moves from alfresco restaurants and wine bars into the handful of pubs and clubs. Many of these, including Wayne's, Ma Nolan's and Shapko Jazz Bar offer live music until the early hours.

For a great way to see Vieux Nice head to the most photographed vantage point – the Colline du Chateau. This hilltop park sits between the Port and the Old Town, and offers stunning panoramic views.

Our holiday rental apartments in Nice Old Town book up fast in both summer and winter. Each apartment is totally unique. Many date from up to 300 years ago, so are as charming and atmospheric as they are weirdly shaped! All have windows looking on to the atmospheric streets below, with shutters to peer through if you're feeling shy.

Old Town
However, the Old Town's charm and ambience may not be for everyone. Home truths: there are a few downsides to staying in the city's ancient heart. Most apartment blocks do not have lifts and the stairs leading up to the higher floors can be narrow. Common areas of these buildings can be neglected, as apartment co-owners must agree on communal works before they are carried out. And air-conditioning can be hard to come by because permission to install the box outside is seldom granted, lest it spoil the historic and picturesque feel of the Old Town streets. These facts put off very few of our rental guests, but we like to give a clear picture before you arrive.

Finally, this is a residential area is where thousands of people live and work. Stay here and you may hear the garbage collectors rumbling through the narrow streets early in the morning (it lasts 10 minutes at most) or people making their way home from a night out. But if you stay in a holiday rental apartment in the Old Town we promise you will fall in love with its bohemian spirit. Wherever you stay, exploring it should be high on your list of things to do when you visit!

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