Port Lympia of Nice

The city of Nice is located on the French Riviera in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Nice is the fifth most populous city in France with a population of 350,000 people and the city is the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department.

Located in the French Riviera, on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the Alps, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille.

Nice is a major air transportation hub in Europe. Several airlines offer flights to the Nice Cote d’Azur Airport from London, Paris and other cities. A high-speed rail service operates to Paris to Nice. Public transportation includes a tram system, and ferry service.

During the Greek Empire in 500BC, the hill above the Old Town was named Nike, which is Greek for ‘victory’, making Nice the original Nike-Town. During its multi-century Italian period it was called Nizza, and since becoming French just 150 years ago, the city has been known as Nice. The people of Nice are Niçoise, like the famous salad, and have their own dialect called Nissart.

Nice has numerous museums of all kinds: Musée Marc Chagall, Musée Matisse, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée international d’Art naïf Anatole Jakovsky, Museum of Natural History, Musée Masséna, Naval Museum and Galerie des Ponchettes.

Nice also hosts many festivals throughout the year, such as the Carnaval de Nice and the Nice Jazz Festival.

Since 1860, a cannon has been fired at 12 noon each day and can be heard from around the city. The tradition stems from Sir Thomas Coventry who intended to remind citizens to have lunch on time.

Nice weather

Nice enjoys a hot-summer Mediterranean climate and, in September, delegates can expect average temperatures of 24°C with little to no rain. Please do bring along light layers to ensure a comfortable temperature throughout the meeting. The conference venue benefits from air conditioning and the crystal-clear sea is close by should you wish to cool off!


The Euro is the currency used in France and banks tend to open between 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday.

VAT refunds

If you are not a national of a European Union country and you have purchased goods in France before your departure, you can benefit from
a VAT refund under certain conditions. After validating your purchase statements on the Pablo terminal or at the airport customs office, go to the nearest Interchange office to claim your VAT refund.

To qualify for a tax refund with Interchange at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, and before entering the reserved area and passing through the security checkpoints, you must follow these steps:

  • Declare your goods and get a stamp from the customs office (or on the Pablo terminal) in the Arrivals Hall
  • Claim your refund from the Interchange office found in Terminal 2, Floor 0, 07:45 to 22:30

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