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Nice – What’s Going On This May

08.05.17

Whether you are an expat living in Nice or you have your trip booked for a visit, there are lots of things to do and see on the French Riviera this spring. From special deals and exhibitions around the city’s museums to festivals and sports events, there’s something going on for everybody in Nice this May.

Labour Day

The last month of spring kicks off in style in Nice this year as the French celebrate May Day. People gather in various locations across the city to sing, eat, drink, and dance around the May Pole. Almost everyone takes this day off to celebrate Labour Day, so expect all museums to be closed and buses and trams to take a well-deserved break. Take a break from all the Labour Day festivities and head over the Jardins de Cimiez for Fete des Mais, the Nice folklore festival that kicks off on the first day of May and continues every Sunday of the month. This is an excellent way to enjoy centuries-old traditions such as dancing and animations, as well as an incredible selection of local food.

Cultural Events

May is the traditional month for the Cannes Film Festival, and this year you can indulge in star-gazing and seeing some fantastic movies, complete with open-air screenings, between 17th and 28th May. Cannes is less than half an hour away from Nice, so if you have always wanted to be able to see the most famous actors in the world up-close, this is your chance. La Nuit des Musees, which translates in English as “The Night of the Museums” takes place in mid-May in most of the museums in the city. Part of a Europe-wide festival that is in fourth year, this night is a special one for museum lovers, as all museums open their doors free of charge from 9pm to 11pm.

Sports Events

The world-famous Monaco Grand Prix takes place between 25th and 28th May and you can enjoy a free day if you do like the locals and head there the Friday before the big race. This way, you can enjoy the sensations, noise and smells without a ticket. Events included in the free day of 2017 include the Qualifying Time Trials for the Porsche Supercup and the first race of the GP2 series. If Formula One is not your thing, head over to Baie des Anges, the port and the promenade for the TriMed regattas in mid-May. This sailing holiday is a feast for the eyes and a good excuse to try your hand at the helm of a wind boat. There is something exciting happening in Nice and on the French Riviera every month, but May especially is packed full with lots of events. Look for apartments for sale in Nice and you’ll be able to enjoy all these events every year!

Five Things You Can Expect After Buying A New Home In The French Riviera

05.05.17

You've done the difficult part – you have browsed properties for sale in Nice and made that all important decision to change your life for the better, forever. Now you want to know what you can expect from your new life in the French Riviera. It's an area that has something for everyone, from sun-seekers to sporting enthusiasts and everything in between. Here are just a few of the great things you can expect from your new life in the south of France.

Incredible weather

This won't come as a massive surprise, as it is probably the main reason for you buying an apartment in such a stunning location in the first place. You can forget about those dull and dreary UK mornings – the average temperature in Nice during the summer months is well over 20c. There are a whole host of beautiful beaches and stunning seafronts for you to enjoy. Promenade des Anglais provides one of the most beautiful seafront walks in any city in Europe.

Sporting culture

Don't worry about missing the football either – Nice have a steady football team that play in Ligue Un. Among the more famous faces that play for them is former Liverpool and Manchester City star, Mario Balotelli. Monaco isn't too far away, either, and they have a side that is performing well in both domestic and European competitions this year. Outside of football, rugby galacticos Toulon are within driving distance. As expected in a seaside area, sailing enthusiasts are also plentiful and you don't have to go far to ski either.

Terrific food and drink

The French are renowned for their brilliant wine and this area is no different. Côte d'Azur is a region that produces outstanding white and red wine that can be bought for a fraction of the price that you would pay at home. As you would expect, the food is nothing short of wonderful. There is a strong emphasis on Mediterranean-style cuisine, but there is also a massive range of alternatives, due to the multi-cultural nature of the area.

Better lunchtimes

Great food and drink isn't the only great thing about lunchtime in the area. Most shops and offices close for a couple of hours around this time each day. This will take some getting used to, but you will end up loving it in the long run as you will be getting that time back for yourself in the middle of every day – all part of the classic, laid-back French Riviera lifestyle.

Great shopping

When you're tired of all the beautiful scenery, sport and culture, why not take a look around Nice's wonderful shopping areas. The city is full of treasures that make it a paradise for not only sun-lovers, but shopaholics too. The Avenue Jean Medecin is one of the city's best shopping spots, so why not go and buy some suntan lotion for your new life!

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