As the fifth largest city in France, there’s plenty to see and do in Nice, whether you’re a visitor or a resident. Restaurants, day trips, cultural activities and more means that those with holiday apartments in Nice are spoilt for choice. There are plenty of large-scale events that take place in the city each year too.

If you’re planning on looking at Nice apartments and vacation rentals this year, you may want to consider some of these top events when planning the timing of your visits. Here are our favourite annual events that take place in Nice, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.

February/March – Carnaval de Nice (Nice Carnival)

Taking place over two weeks each year, expect extravagant parades of floats, dancers and musicians along the city’s Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena every day and evening. Top tip: if you attend in fancy dress, you’ll have access to a wider range of carnival areas.

March or April – Festin des Cougourdons

This unique event celebrates the cougourdon – locally grown gourds that were introduced to Nice in the 16th century. Expect animations, dance, music, and stands full of cougourdons that showcase how they can be used, from crafting kitchen utensils to turning them into musical instruments.

May – Fête des Mai

Every Sunday in May, in the Jardins de Cimiez, the Fête des Mai celebrates the arrival of spring. It’s one of the city’s oldest traditions and incorporates dancing, variety shows, local cuisine, fairground rides and more.

May – La Nuit des Musées

This is an event that takes place in cities across Europe – including Nice. For one night only, museums open their doors for free entry between 9pm and 1am.

June – Festival du Livre de Nice

Nice’s literary festival takes place in June each year, with readings, signings, discussions, debates and more from over 200 authors.

June – Fête de la Mer

Every year, fishermen celebrate the sea with a procession from the church to the shore, ending with the burning of a boat to honour their patron saint, Saint Peter.

June – Fête de la Musique

A free music festival, with performances by bands and artists of all genres.

July 14th – Bastille Day

It’s celebrated across France, and Nice is known for its fantastic firework displays.

July – Nice Jazz Festival

One of Europe’s largest international jazz festivals, attracting big names such as Rufus Wainwright and Morcheeba in the past.

September – Journées du Patrimoine

Many buildings and historical sites that are normally closed to the public open their doors for one weekend only.

December – Le Village de Noël

Nice’s Christmas village features family entertainment and an ice rink, alongside a giant nativity scene and plenty of Christmas-themed stalls.

If you want to be in Nice or the French Riviera for any of these events, get in touch today!

HB Property Wine Tasting

What a great way to end a work year and get ready for the holidays! A wine tasting with our friends from Vin de Terre. The HB Property team participated in an open house wine tasting event in the original location where Vin de Terre is based just in central Nice. We have tasted a large variety of white wines with special notes like the Duberny Chardonnay Viognier, Pouilly Fume and the Saint-Bris Sauvignon Blanc. Every sip came with a little anecdote and a piece of history so time and glasses just flew by.

 

Vin de Terre

We’ve learned that a good Chianti wine can be recognised by a label with a black rooster. An important lesson learnt! This will not guarantee that you are drinking the best Chianti but it will say it is a good quality one. We also tried Spanish red wine from our friends at Vina Ijalba and we were quite impressed by the Ijalba Graciano – the first 100% organically-grown Graciano in the world.
So whenever you are in Nice and you are looking for a nice experience that involves wine, friends and interesting historical facts don’t hesitate to contact Ewan from Vin de Terre. Needless to say, all tours and wine tasting events are bilingual so everyone can join in. You don’t even need to travel far thanks to their central location!

 

Vin de Terre

Feeling thirsty? Harrison Brook Property can arrange your stay on the French Riviera. We deal with everything from fresh linen to airport transfers. We’ll even stock your fridge, and of course, include a bottle of wine from our friends at Vin de Terre. So, whether you’re ready for a holiday or you’re looking to rent out your property get in touch today! We’ll remove all the stress and make your experience unforgettable.

Whether you’re currently renting our your holiday apartments in Nice to visitors and tourists, or you’re just thinking about leaping into your first property investment, there’s a lot to think about. While your decor might be acceptable, with so many stunning properties out there, it’s important to ensure yours stands out from the rest – impressing your guests and improving your chances of return custom. Here are some of the latest trends you can incorporate into your property to inspire your visitors and improve your profits.

Modern fixtures

Many vacation properties feature stunning views, gorgeous furniture and great proximity to local amenities. But can lose out with less than up-to-date features, such as an old-fashioned kitchen or a retro bathroom. Though these aren’t dealbreakers for most, there are always guests who want to feel at home in their apartment, from being able to cook a meal purchased from authentic French markets to relaxing in the tub at the end of a long day of sightseeing. Providing attractive modern amenities ensures every part of your guest’s visit exceeds their expectations.

Unique features

We’re firmly in the time of social media, and there’s nothing better than seeing your property elicit delight or encouraging additional bookings thanks to an Instagram post or Facebook review. Something as simple as statement wallpaper, beautiful toiletries or vibrantly coloured furniture can make your property attract a younger, more social media savvy crowd – offering you free advertising and great reviews.

French inspired decor

If modern isn’t your thing, Nice’s floral and romantic Mediterranean past is another way you can differentiate your property. Combine French decor with painted shutters, well-maintained climbing plants and luxury furniture for a more classic feel that can transport your guests back in time. To those who live in Nice, it may feel a bit cliche, but to holiday goers these little touches will add to the novelty and romance of a vacation in Nice.

Feeling inspired? If you’re ready and raring to rent out your Nice property, we can help. At Harrison Brook Property, we take the stress out of holiday letting, leaving you to enjoy your profits and positive reviews. Set your property apart with stylish decor, exciting features and a stellar management service and you’re sure to impress. Contact us today to start your journey to profitability.

Fall in love with Nice this autumn….

From beautiful vacation rentals to stunning apartments, the holiday rentals market is booming in Nice, and it’s not difficult to see why. Located in the French Riviera, right on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and nestled at the foot of the Alps, there are more than a few reasons why people fall in love with Nice la Belle.

From as far back as the 18th century, the English have been packing up their bags and making their holiday plans in Nice, due to the stunning views, warm weather and beautiful beaches that delighted a country far more used to wet, windy weather throughout autumn. Since then, Nice has become a hotspot for visitors across every month, with visitors enjoying the laid-back metropolitan vibe that the city provides with plentiful shopping, great food and mild weather.

Here are just some of the reasons you’ll fall in love with Nice this autumn:

Visit the Riviera

With many picturesque coastal towns, beautiful blue seas and countless yachts dotted along the waves, you don’t get much more glamorous than the French Riviera – which is probably why all the celebrities choose to sun themselves there too. Boat tours, driving tours and more allow you to further explore the coast, from Cannes to Monte Carlo. Mediterranian architecture in earthy tones is everywhere, creating the feeling of a river lost in time that is anything but autumnal.

Experience the taste

Nice takes the metropolitan feel even further with a huge variety of eateries, delis and restaurants to choose from. If you’re looking for gelato or ice cream, you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice, with some establishments having been open for more than 50 years. Whereas it’s time for hot chocolate and warm jumpers in the UK, in Nice you can sample gourmet French cuisine, as well as get a taste of the Mediterranean with Italian-style cooking and bakeries if that’s more your kind of scene.

Take in the history

Not only is Nice beautiful, it’s got a long and storied history that’s fascinating to learn about. Discover the Victorian Promenade des Anglais, one of the most famous and lengthy beaches on the Riviera; or visit La Colline du château, the site of an ancient fortress that’s now the ideal place for a picnic with beautiful greenery. Nice also features multiple stunning art galleries and museums to explore, and thanks to the lack of rainy, miserable weather you can enjoy a picnic at many historical locations.

Want to explore the area for yourself with vacation apartments in Nice? Contact us today to discover what the French Riviera can offer you this autumn. We’re sure you’ll fall in love.

Nice marathon… the perfect excuse to see the city and stay fit

Whether you’re the sporty type or you prefer to watch the runners commit to a 42 kilometre run along to coast, the Nice marathon, otherwise known as ‘marathon de Alpes Maritimes’, is an event you don’t want to miss.

The event, taking place on November 5th 2017, will mark the 10 year anniversary of the Nice marathon. The marathon is open to everyone and offers a shuttle service for those a bit out the way. 

The run will see you beginning in Nice and crossing the finish line in Cannes. Your victory is rewarded upon arrival in Cannes as you’re given a “FINISHER” t-shirt courtesy of Skechers.

Taking place in November means a fresh air and maybe a slight breeze. But, sun lovers, don’t forget you are in the South of France. The sun is almost sure to be shining at some point during your trip.

The beautiful course is set along the coast. Running between palm trees with a beautiful sea view is juxtaposed by snowy mountains in the background.

If running 42 kilometres sounds a little bit steep to you, that shouldn’t put you off participating. You have the option to run the marathon and at the 21-kilometre mark switch with a partner who will finish the race you started! It’s a great way to get involved and run for the cause of your choice.

Practicality

The French Riviera is a popular holiday destination year round. Offering warm weather and beaches in the summer and Christmas markets, shopping and even skiing, just an hour away, in the winter. So if you’re coming from afar it’s important to book ahead.

With the large event drawing in athletes of all levels from across the world it’s almost certain that hotels will boost their prices. A private apartment may be the perfect solution.

Here at HB Property, we have on offer a range of apartments in and around Nice. With airport transfers, fresh linens, professional cleaning and even grocery shopping our rentals are perfect for a stress-free holiday.

If you’re interested in joining the Nice marathon or any events on the Cote-d’Azur, get in touch today for first class accommodation.

Making the most of your trip to the French Riviera

For many of us, a holiday is a perfect opportunity to really get the feel for a city. Immerse ourselves in the culture and lifestyle of somewhere far from home. But, sometimes it’s good to see the bigger picture!

Soaking up the charms of Nice on foot is a great way to get to grips with this quaint city – you can stroll along streets lined with traditional seafood restaurants, shop in tiny local boutiques and wander down the promenade to get a feel for what life in Nice is like.

Hire a boat for a trip off the coast of Nice, is also perfect. You’ll be treated to some of the best views there are of this delightful French seaside city. By taking the long view you can see all that this wonderful city has to offer in one panoramic view.

It’s not the only reason you should hire a boat, of course. For the keen scuba diver, there are some fantastic opportunities available. The French Riviera has some of the best underwater wildlife anywhere in the world. A trip beneath the waves will not disappoint.

For those with a more sedentary approach to life, hiring a boat can be the ultimate luxury. You can sunbathe, enjoy a glass of wine and feast on some local cheese and meat for an off-shore picnic whilst acting as your own private sun-lounger moored off the coast of one of France’s most beautiful cities.

If you’ve got kids in tow, your little ones will love the excitement of doing something different; and unlike other modes of transport, it may even be safe for them to take their turn at steering (under close supervision). It’s a great mid-week treat if you’re staying in Nice on holiday, to mix things up a little!

How can we help

The ocean is just one of many things that draws thousands of tourists to Nice every day – and it’s the perfect spot for a family holiday. If you’re thinking of booking a trip to Nice, take a look at the properties we have available to rent. Get in touch today for the best rate!

Nice is a city that is very much alive whatever time of year you visit. Making it the ideal out of season destination. Renting your holiday homes in Nice outside the high season window is viable. For example, a focus on Christmas can be both enjoyable and lucrative.

1. The perfect festive getaway

With a little research, you can provide your guests with an itinerary for a Christmas they’ll never forget. From the Circuit des Crèches in the nearby hilltop village of Luceram to skating in Monaco harbour, to the wonderful Christmas markets in the region, this is the perfect festive getaway. And with world class ski resorts just an hour away, your guests can hit the piste to ski away that Christmas dinner. Provide outstanding service with plenty of information, website addresses and details of car hire and public transport and you’ll get five-star reviews on your holiday apartments in Nice.

2. Market the ideal Christmas

Emphasising the appeal of your property whatever time of year you’re hoping to attract new guests is important. Perhaps you’re a short walk from the glittering festive Ferris wheel with its stunning views over the town and coast – just perfect for a romantic getaway. Or maybe you’re on the seafront, so an adventurous family can take part in one of the Christmas swims that happen throughout December – Santa hat obligatory! A tight focus on a particular marketcan reap rich rewards.

3. Take the time to decorate

Provide a tree and some appropriate decorations. Featuring the famous clay santons of the region is a touch that elevates your homes in Nice above other options. Why not add some Christmas food and wine regional specialities likethe thirteen desserts of dried fruit and nuts. Maybe even add a bottle of a good Provençal rosé or a French fizz to celebrate with?

4. Ask the professionals

You can offer an outstanding Christmas experience to your guests if you have the time and expertise, or you can let a professional agency like Harrison Brook property handle it for you, making renting out your property in Nice simple and hassle free. Contact us to see how we can help you create the ideal holiday rental at any time of year.

Hidden Gems of the popular Cote-d’Azur town, Nice.

Nice is one of Europe’s most beautiful and enjoyable cities. But, did you know it offers much to do outside of the usual tourist attractions? Here, we’re going to take a look at some of Nice’s hidden gems, ideal for when you fancy going off the beaten track.

1. Rue Bonaparte

Set next to the Place Garibaldi, Rue Bonaparte is a stylish network of bars, restaurants and cafes perfect for when you feel like unwinding on your vacation. Despite having lots to enjoy, Rue Bonaparte doesn’t have the same touristy feel as some of the city’s other venues, even in the busier season.

2. Chateau de Bellet

If you’re a wine fan, the Chateau de Bellet vineyards are definitely worth a trip to see. The combination of rare grapes and sulphurous terrain lead to wines that are quite unique and offer a once in a lifetime chance for any vino lovers. Take the tour and you’ll be able to enjoy the vineyards themselves, as well as the wine cellar and the Belletchapel. And, of course, there’s the chance to participate in tasting sessions.

3. Galerie Eva Vautier

If you love art but want to avoid the busier venues Galerie Eva Vautier is a great option. It’s based in the Liberation part of Nice town centre, and shows off the best contemporary work from France and beyond. The gallery also regularly puts on cutting-edge expositions, so if you time your trip right you might be able to catch some of Europe’s most compelling work.

4. La Grande Corniche

The south of France has long attracted driving enthusiasts, and La Grande Corniche is one of the most stunning roads in the region. The scenery along the road – which will take you all the way to Italy, if you want it to! – is jaw-dropping in places, taking in some of southern France’s most beautiful towns, as well as a unique bird’s-eye view of Monaco. For lovers of the road, La Grande Corniche is a must visit.

5. Coco Beach

For many people, holidays are all about the beach. In Nice, Coco Beach is the hidden gem. It’s never as crowded as the coastline and has an almost tropical feel. There are also a lot of opportunities for diving and climbing on the surrounding rocks. Snorkelling is also an option if you’re an animal lover and want to say hello to the local wildlife.

These hidden gems are a brilliant way to spend a day or two, especially when you have a great holiday apartment in Nice as your base. Contact us today to get your property sorted.

Visit beautiful historic sites in Nice

Founded thousands of years ago, Nikaia –  Nice is one of the most beautiful and historically rich cities in the world, offering amazing historic sites in Nice. Situated on the French Riviera at the base of the Alps, the scenery is stunning and with a temperate climate and stunning beaches on the Mediterranean, it’s well worth a visit, especially for history buffs.

The Palais Lascaris is one of the most historic sites in Nice and it’s easy to see why. A Baroque palace in the beautiful historic old city, you can take a guided tour of the palace most days. The palace has many elaborately decorated rooms and also acts as a museum, holding items collected by the ruling classes in bygone years such as rare musical instruments. The palace is perfect to get lost in on a day when the weather isn’t as sunny.

For fans of ancient archaeology, visit the Grotto du Lazaret, a cave at the base of Mont Boron. 35 metres long, this cave produces wonderful archaeological finds from the Neanderthal period every time a dig is set up. Tools and household artefacts have been found and you can book a guided tour to explore these and the space.

The Opera de Nice is world famous for its wonderful tenors and sopranos, but what is now an institution started out as a small wooden shack back in 1776. Originally a playhouse, it was purchased by King Charles Felix fifty years after it was opened and converted into the wondrous space we know today. Go for a visit and take in the domed ceilings with marvellous frescos or take in some cultural by catching a ballet, Opera or choir performance.

The Old Town of Nice – Vieux Nice – is an open air museum with it’s two main baroque churches Eglise de Jesus and Cathedralle Sainte Reparate, the two italian palaces Palais Lascaris and Palais Rusca and of course the still inhabited buildings that date as far as 1547.

There are many other beautiful historical sites in Nice and it’s a great city to traverse on foot, so go and explore and see what you discover. If you already own a property in Nice and are considering renting it out as a holiday apartment, contact HB Property. We are a property management company who deal with vacation and holiday rentals and are currently looking to take on more properties to let out to tourists and travellers. Contact us today to see what we could give you for your gorgeous Nice home.

Once you’ve made the decision to let your property for holiday accommodation, you will want to do everything you can to ensure that it will appeals to guests and maximise your Nice holiday let. Here are our top tips for giving your apartment the wow factor:

1. Location

Nice is a winning location for holiday lets. The name is recognised the world over and brings with it associations of warm weather and beautiful scenery. Make sure that your listing makes the most of this, and of where in Nice you are. Are you close to any particular location or attraction which visitors may want to know about? Be sure they can tell.

2. Find your niche

Is your apartment particularly suited to one type of holidaymaker? Could it be perfect for families looking to escape to the beach, or is it the ideal romantic getaway? Is it close enough to the centre for those with mobility problems to enjoy sight-seeing or on a bus route for those without a car? Make the most of what is special about your place.

3. Tell a story

When creating your listing, don’t just deliver dry facts – tell people the story of what a stay in your apartment might be like. Talk about what other visitors have enjoyed, or what experiences are possible to have. Make it real – make it something that people want to experience, not just read about!

4. Exceed expectations

Having a great Nice holiday let is all about making the experience really magical for your guests. If you do then they are more likely to share their experience on review sites and help you build more business by word of mouth. Make sure everything is perfect, and if there are any problems then deal with them on the spot. It’s a rule of customer service that sometimes the clients who have the biggest problems end up being your biggest fans.

5. Let us help you!

We’d love to help you with listing your property. We are currently building up our portfolio of Nice holiday let properties, so if you have any questions, or you would like to hear more about who we are and what we do, then please contact us!