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Accessibility in Nice


It is challenging to assess information on wheelchair access provided by the able-bodied. We do our best to provide as much ancedotal and observational information as possible and will continue adding to this section with useful and verified information.

Accessibility, Nice Town

Nice town is coastal and therefore largely flat which facilitates wheelchair access rather well. However, 2006 and 2007, see Nice's streets in turmoil with a massive construction project under way to build a new tram system.

This means that the pavements have been narrowed and often left uneven during construction making getting around by wheelchair about as awkward as it could be. It's not all bad news though as it is possible to avoid these areas of construction. The long, smooth Promenade is perfect for 'wheeled promenading'.

Promenade des Anglais, Nice
Tips: Look for accommodation on the seafront.

The buildings can be newer, with elevators or garden apartments and easy access to the Promenade

Accessibility in Nice

Outdoor Living

One of the benefits of the beautiful South of France climate is the outdoor living. Being in a wheelchair doesn't mean that you have to miss out on any of the pleasures of being a tourist in Nice. Almost everything in Nice happens outdoors and at street level.

Evening sun

Accessibility, Facilities in Nice.

Legislation in France does specify that all places visited by the public have got to have wheelchair access bathrooms. Unfortunately it is not much in evidence in many of the older bars and cafes around the city.

On a positive note however, there are public toilets that are wheelchair friendly and most of the restaurants and bars are accessible due to the outdoor nature of the climate. Most of the seating areas are outdoors at street level.

Tips: Use the larger hotels facilities.

The hotels tend to have larger bathrooms and are subject to stricter regulations.

Accessibility in Nice


A good indicator of Nice's accessibility is visibility. There are plenty of wheelchair users in Nice and awareness is improving year by year. Tourist facilities and activities are included in that. Look in Riviera Rental Guide directory, under Nice-accessibility for contact details of operators.

Accessibility, Beaches in Nice

Nice beach has good access for wheelchair users. There are signs, marked 'Handiplage', with a wheelchair symbol on them that will tell you exactly where to find it. A ramp stretches down into the centre of the beach so you are not 'parked' on the edge either. It is a stony beach however so substantial beach mats are recommended.

The 'Handiplage' sign also symbolises that the beach is manned and you should be able to get assistance getting in and out of the water.

Miles of Promenade, acres of beach, Nice
Tips: Look in Riviera Rental Guide directory.

There are several companies who do car hire for wheelchair users and boat charters too.

Plage du Centenaire is the name of the 'Handiplage' in Nice. It is manned for assistance from 10.30 to 17.30 and includes facilities such as toilets, changing rooms, showers, specialist beach equipment, ramps, parking and sea access for wheelchair users.

You will find contact details of this in the RG directory under 'Nice - Accessibility' as well as contacts for as many service providers as we can find who cater for disabled holidaymakers on the Riviera. This Information will be continuously updated as we find it and we would be delighted to add user reviews so others can benefit from your experiences. To add a review please join Holiday Central.

Renting holiday Accommodation in Nice

If you are interested in holiday accommodation in Nice and want to browse the rental apartments or villas that are available to book then please use the menu below or 'Browse Rentals' in the main menu.

To get some further ideas and tips browse through some of our other sections, what to do in Nice or where to eat. Insider tips holds a few secrets to help you get the most out of your stay and you will also find lots of useful phone numbers and addresses in our Riviera Rental Guide directory.


Some top holiday rentals in Nice

Colle sur Loup Provençal Villa

French Riviera » Nice » La Colle sur Loup 300 sq.m. Villa 1085
»Holiday rental villa
»Price per night:$612.79
»Per person (x12):$51.07
Tranquil, Swimming Pool
This beautiful 5-bedroom villa is located near St Paul de Vence. The villa can sleep up to 12 guests and includes a separate guest house, swimming pool and a large terrace with dining furniture. Stunning hillside views make this a tranquil retreat.

Contemporary 2-Bed City Centre Apartment

French Riviera » Nice 60 sq.m. Apartment 0931
»Holiday rental apartment
»Price per night:$144.44
»Per person (x4):$36.11
City Centre, Contemporary
A beautifully furnished 2-bedroom apartment for up to 4 guests right in the centre of Nice with a wonderful terrace. Located in a modern complex and only minutes from the beach, train station, Old Town and shopping, you have everything on your doorstep.

Alphonse Karr Musician's Quarter Apartment

French Riviera » Nice 58 sq.m. Apartment 0955
»Holiday rental apartment
»Price per night:$136.00
»Per person (x4):$34.00
City Centre
A bright and cosy one-bedroom apartment with a balcony situated in the heart of the chic Musicians Quarter in Nice. Located just steps away from lively shopping areas, restaurants and cafés and only a short walk to the beautiful Promenade des Anglais.


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