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What to do in Nice when it rains

Rainy day activities in and around Nice

The current heatwave in the south of France means that there will be plenty of sunshine for your holiday and thankfully with an average 300 days of sunshine a year, rain shouldn't be something for you to worry about.

However, that happy statistic does still leave 65 days on average when the sun doesn’t shine, and it's hard to dispel a sense of disappointment when your holiday vision of sunshine and sparkling sea is marred by rainy weather. Luckily there is still fun to be had when it’s raining on the Riviera and we’ve pulled together a list of the best activities for rainy days in Nice...some of which might also be perfect as cooler activities to enjoy during this heatwave!

For all ages

  • MAMAC - the museum of modern and contemporary art is the perfect place to escape the gloom and enjoy the crazy bright colours of Niki de Saint Phalle and Andy Warhol.
  • Jean Bouin Sports Centre is a sports complex in Nice, where you’ll find an indoor pool for wet weather as well as an ice rink. Be aware that some French pools still insist on Speedo-style swim trunks for males rather than board shorts. If you don’t have any you can buy them at the venue.
  • Put on your raincoat and head down to the beach! In summer you still see quite a few people walking along the promenade and even swimming. The Mediterranean is often a millpond in wet weather and it can be quite fun to go in the sea in the pouring rain, the kids will definitely love it. .
  • For those science buffs amongst you, a trip to the Cote d'Azur Observatory is a must. Thoroughly entertaining and fascinating for both adults and kids...plus you have a real scientist to show you round so they can pretty much answer any question you can through at them!
  • Take shelter in one of the largest greenhouses in Europe with a visit to Phoenix Floral Park. Enjoy the tropical climate and admission to the Asian Arts Museum which is included in the cost of your ticket.

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For the kids

  • How about a day trip to the area around Grasse to explore the underground caves of Saint Cezaire? The awe-inspiring caves of Saint Cézaire are six million years old. Discovered by a farmer digging his field in 1890, they boast a wealth of beautiful, natural rock formations in fantastical forms.
  • Go Bowling. The AMF Acropolis Bowling in Nice has many bowling alleys, pool tables, a TV room and arcade games, as well as a bar serving drinks and light snacks.

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For the adults

  • What better way to spend a gloomy day than with an afternoon in a day spa, and most of the luxury hotels in Nice will have a spa. Then when you feel like following up with a cocktail or a meal afterwards, you can watch the rain sweeping across the Mediterranean from the restaurant terrace.
  • A trip to a local vineyard for an ice cool glass of rose is the perfect tonic for a wet day. Learn how they make the wine and then learn how they taste...sounds like the perfect afternoon activity.
  • One of the quintessential experiences in Nice is to visit the stunning Villa Masséna. This wonderful example of Belle Epoque architecture is located on the illustrious Promenade des Anglais and offers an insight into Nice in the early 20th century.

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More inspiration...

As you work your way through our rainy day list in Nice, you’ll soon realise that the only activity that is really ‘off the table’ in the rain is sunbathing and that most of the idyllic South of France activities that you’ve been dreaming about are still very much achievable. 



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