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Nice's picturesque seascape, as seen from the skies. Courtesy of Tab59, Wikicommons.

Nice’s picturesque seascape, as seen from the skies. Courtesy of Tab59, Wikicommons.

We know that the South of France is a sensational place to own a home. The Riviera lifestyle, the weather – even the food – are all irresistible. But when we learned that easyJet has opted to make Nice Airport one of their worldwide hubs? Well – after dreaming of a long weekend in Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon, Marrakech or Rome, all easyJet flights that depart regularly from Nice – we began to look around to see who else has succumbed to the French Riviera’s charms.

Air France operates primarily out of Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports. But Nice Airport remains one of the airline’s five busiest airports outside of the French capital, with regular flights to Lyon, Strasbourg, Tel Aviv, Athens and Venice. Even better, Air France’s subsidiary budget airline, Hop!, links Nice with Milan, Venice, Prague, Brussels and over a dozen different French cities.

Wallet-friendly Scandinavian airline Norwegian links Nice with Stockholm, Helsinki and Oslo, as well as half a dozen other Nordic destinations. Low-cost carrier Germanwings connects Nice with an even wider range of destinations, from Budapest, Moscow and Athens to Reykjavik.

It’s not just Europeans who are keen on accessing the French Riviera more quickly. From rental statistics at Nice Pebbles, we know this sunny strip of coastline has worldwide appeal. Turkish budget airline Pegasus zips daily between Istanbul and Nice. From May through October, Canadian carrier AirTransat offers direct flights between Nice and Montreal.

And if air travel isn’t really your (or your guests’) speed, it’s also worth checking out the high-speed rail network that criss-crosses Europe. As well as year-round routes between London and the South of France (connecting through Paris), Eurostar offers direct summertime services from the UK to Avignon and Marseille, with onward connections to the French Riviera. That’s just over nine hours from London to Nice door-to-door. Which is a boon for all the Côtes de Provence rosé you may wish to carry on home!

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