As with most months in Nice and along the Côte d'Azur, June hosts some of the best festivals and wonderful markets.
Throw some ballet into the mix and the month of June has truly begun. Check out what to do in Nice this month.
What's the weather like in Nice in June?
June sees temperatures continue to rise as the summer season gets going. Daytime temperatures generally reach a high of 24°C and drop to around 16°C in the evenings. The average rainfall is three days and the sea temperature sits at 19°C - perfect for cooling off with a 'freshening' dip. The sun rises around 06:00 and sets around 21:00, offering 15 hours of daylight to play around in.
What's on in Nice in June?
Festival des Heures
Music and tradition go hand in hand for the Festival des Heures Musicales de Biot. This music festival has been happening annually for over 25 years and takes place in the Eglise Sainte Marie-Madeleine in the village centre. Organised by the music association "Les Heures Musicales de Biot" and the local commune, this festival has become an occasion not to be missed in the cultural calendar of the Alpes-Maritimes.
Fête de la Musique
Next up is the ever popular Fête de la Musique, an event celebrated across the whole of France on 21st June. Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for Culture, the Fête is different from a music festival in that all the concerts and performances are free to the public and none of the artists are paid. Authorities waive normal licensing laws, allowing the revelry to continue as long as there are people with the stamina to enjoy it. It is definitely one of the not-to-be-missed events of the summer social calendar.
If you're in town when the Ironman comes to Nice, you can't miss it. If you're not taking part, definitely head down to the Promenade des Anglais to support the athletes as they race past.
Nice has in recent years hosted the Ironman 70.3 World Championship making it the first time that the event is celebrated in France. It continues to host an Ironman 70.3 event on the same course. The competitors start by swimming in the waters of the Baie des Anges and then tackle the cycling and running courses along the Promenade des Anglais.
Things to Do
Port of Nice Festival
Early in the month the Port of Nice celebrates its annual festival, which marks the start of the summer season. Thousands of people head to the seafront to listen to live music, participate in sports activities and witness some of the best fireworks of the summer. Little ones will enjoy the inflatable castles and workshops especially devised for them.
Ballet Nice Méditerranée will present an outdoor edition of its Masters Classes, with performances of extracts from famous ballets followed by a chance to meet the artists themselves. It's free of charge at the Kiosk à Musique in the Jardin Albert 1er.
Bars & Clubs
One thing's for sure, you won't have far to go to find a cold glass of rosé to take the heat out of the day, whatever you've been up to. A variety of bars, beach clubs and port side restaurants will happily welcome you with live music, acoustic sets and much more.
The beach club is a quintessential South of France experience, and you'll find there's plenty of choice, from the uber-swanky to the family-friendly ones. They range in character and price, so pick one that suits your tastes and budgets.