May is a great time to take a Nice city break
May is a busy time in Nice with plenty going on for the whole of the month. The start of spring is celebrated every Sunday with a grand celebration in the Jardins de Cimiez called the Fête des Mai. This popular event is one of the city’s oldest celebrations and there is traditional folk dancing and music around the Roman ruins of these lovely gardens. It’s a good chance to enjoy eating some regional specialities and to taste some local wines and entrance is generally free.
For those who enjoy something a little different try the Crossover Festival. Crossover is at the crossroads between modern music and other forms of artistic expression. As the name suggests, the festival highlights artistic fusions, with invited groups at the “crossroads” of trends and generations.
Towards the end of the month the Promenade des Anglais is taken over by “L’Italie à Table” – an event which highlights the excellence of Italian food and drink. Producers and growers bring along a wide variety of Italian produce to the even, from the most widespread and commonplace to rarer local specialities. The Promenade comes to life with a very special Italian fell over these few days.
In many ways May is an ideal month to take a Nice City Break. The temperatures are generally very pleasant and lend themselves to sightseeing rather than just sitting on the beach. The city will be fairly busy but certainly quieter than during the main summer holiday period. There are direct flights to Nice from many regional airports in the UK including Belfast, Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Newcastle as well as London Luton, Stansted and Gatwick. Prices can still be reasonable in May, particularly for those who can take a midweek break.