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Campervan hire Nice

An exciting coast town bursting with beaches, promenades, markets, great food, and timeless art by the likes of Chagall and Matisse, Nissa la Bella is indeed very Nice.

 

You can only understand Nice’s magic if you step foot in this French city with an Italian soul––did you know Nice was Italian 160 years ago? But despite its age, Nice has a young spirit. The coastal city is open minded, refined, and has a thoroughly Mediterranean ethos––which makes for everlasting souvenirs of all the great moments you’ll live here: sunset walks on inviting pebble beaches, artsy afternoons getting to know the artists who lived here, and overwhelming views from palm-lined boulevards of an ethereal blue coast. Get lost in narrow old streets to find traditional delicacies at small bistros and hidden restaurants. Niçoise cuisine is the right mix of French and Italian, and tasty enough to account for everyone’s cheerful mood! More than an essential stop on a road trip along the Côte d’Azur, hire a campervan in Nice for the perfect start to your holidays!

 

Practical Information about renting a motorhome in Nice, France

Depot + Transfer

Starting a road trip in Nice? Arrive by airplane at Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport (NCE) and we’ll meet you there with the campervan you hired. At fifteen minutes from the city centre, your holiday starts almost as soon as you hop in your Nice motorhome rental!

When returning your campervan in Nice, meet us at the airport to drop off the RV and directly catch your flight home.

Parking in the city

Street parking for your campervan in the city centre of Nice is a bit of a hassle, as parking meters are limited to 2 hours. On the upside, most public parking lots are free for the first hour. Find a parking lot that accommodates your motorhome’s height around Liberation neighbourhood, like at Jardin Thiole or Parc Valrose.

Camping grounds nearby

You’ll find a lot of camping sites for your campervan hire near Nice. Campsite Hundred Oaks is one of them, as well as Camping Pinèdes, Camping Domaine de la Bergerie, Camping River and Camping Les Rives du Loup. They may not be in the city centre, but some of them are really close and have everything you’d want from a camping site when visiting Nice on an RV road trip.

 

About Nice

 

The second-biggest city on the Côte d'Azur, Nikaia was founded in 350 BC by the Greeks of Marseille, the coast’s biggest city, after they had fought a neighbouring Ligurian tribe. Commemorating their victory, the Massaliotes named the new settlement after the Greek goddess of victory, Nike. The city quickly became one of the busiest trading ports of the Ligurian coast, rivalling with other towns. Nice’s biggest rival was the Roman town of Cemenelum, which today is the Cimiez neighbourhood. But rather than warring all over Liguria, the Niçoise figured friends make better trade partners than enemies, and joined the towns of Liguria in the Genoese League!

Nice is one of those places you picture in your mind when you think of the ideal holiday, but that you actually rarely come across. A single city that ties together the three elements that make a road trip an amazing experience: beaches, culture, and great food. Rent a motorhome in Nice and get all three on your first day. Take a walk across the large pebble beaches along the never-ending Promenade des Anglais, that links the azure ocean to city life seamlessly. Grab a piece of Socca (a crusty chickpea pancake with a tender interior), taste the typical Salade Niçoise, have a slice of Pissaladière (a pizza made of onion, anchovies and olives that is not exactly a pizza) and make room for Les Petits Farcis and Raviolis Niçois. Explore the streets where Chagall and Matisse wandered, and visit Musée Marc Chagall and Musee Matisse to see what their inspirational strolls amounted to. Visit Old Town, or Vieille Ville, where you can visit the Nice Cathedral and enjoy shopping for local products in Cours Saleya Market. To top this off, head up to the Parc de la Colline du Château, where you can relish some of the French Riviera’s best panoramas.

 

What to discover

In and around the city

Vieille Ville

To visit the oldest part of the city, park your campervan elsewhere and walk. Here, you’ll find cool boulevards and wide squares like Place Masséna.

In fact, if you’re looking for something to do until the early hours, you’ll love this place with all its shops, restaurants, crêperies, cafes and tall yellowish buildings that serve as a reminder this place was once 100% Italian.

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Haven’t you heard of this peninsula yet? That’s more than normal since this unspoilt location between Nice and Monaco is all about calm, long coastal walks, grand villas and amazing gardens.

But this isn’t all – Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is part of a marine area protected by 3 countries, making it a great spot for diving, whale-and-dolphin watching, and a great stop for campervans.

Parc de la Colline du Château

Did you know this park is on a hill that was once a citadel, but was completely dismantled by the soldiers of King Louis XIV in 1706? Today it’s a beautiful maze of greenery, known for its wonderful waterfall and for its wide view over Baie des Anges, Old Nice and the Port.

Pay a nightly visit and you’ll be astonished by all the small lights that paint the city in the dark.

 

Recommended locations

Cannes

If you plan on hiring a campervan in Cannes, start your road trip in Nice instead. After all, it’s only 45 minutes away from the luxurious city that attracts all the rich and famous. And we’re not only talking about the movie stars during the Cannes Film Festival. The jetset town also hosts the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, where the best advertising, marketing and PR campaigns are awarded a lion (basically, the Oscars of advertising). Other than that, Cannes is all about noble fashion houses, private beaches with golden sand, crazy-expensive cars, luxury clothes, and style––loads of style.

But there’s a whole other side of Cannes that is simple and humble, with covered markets (Marché Forville), quiet islands (Île Sainte-Marguerite and Île Saint-Honorat) and modest churches and museums. All in all, it’s a luxurious place to visit and show off your slick campervan or motorhome ride.

Toulon

Welcome to the city home for the French navy for more than 500 years! Do a campervan hire in Nice and get to Toulon in under 2 hours to marvel at the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and all the other military ships resting in the city’s port. But, hey, Toulon is much more than just people in uniforms.

Hop on a cable-car and visit Mont Faron, a 584-metre mountain with a view of all the city and a sanctuary for wild cats; have fun at Plages du Mourillon, four sandy beaches that beg for a visit and a dip in the ocean; enjoy a walk on Cours Lafayette, a long pedestrian street where morning markets (except on Mondays) smell of freshly-baked pastries, cheeses and more; taste the typical cade toulonnaise, similar to Nice’s socca, or the chichi frégi, a donut-shaped churro flavoured with orange blossom extract. Whatever you decide on doing, you’ll have a nice time in your campervan or motorhome in Toulon.

Préalpes d'Azur Natural Park

Better than hiring a campervan in Nice, is driving it all the way to Préalpes d'Azur Natural Regional Park. Mountains covered in green, lakes as shiny as sapphire, dreamy villas, natural waterfalls, and unspoiled hiking paths make the park natural habitat for campervans and adventurers.

Explore all the hidden gems, such as the Cascade de Courmes, Les Bambous du Mandarin, Riviera Nature, Château de Gourdon, and don’t forget the beautiful Plateau de Calern. What are these places? That’s up to you to discover at the wheel of one of our Indie campervans!

 

Depot Contacts

Phone: +351308 809 080

Email: [email protected]

Address: Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport - Rue Costes et Bellonte, 06206, France

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