Accueil Actualités South of France Comparison: Nice vs. Biarritz

As a luxury real estate agent, I understand the importance of providing comprehensive information to clients considering living in France, in particular, the South of France. Two of the most captivating destinations in France for luxury living are Nice and Biarritz, each offering its unique charm, lifestyle, and atmosphere. Having lived in both destinations over the past 11 years, I believe there is a certain personal insight I can give to our readers. So let’s delve into the nuances of living in Nice versus Biarritz.

Nice, France

Luxury Living in the Heart of the French Riviera

Nice, situated along the captivating French Riviera, is renowned for its Mediterranean climate, vibrant culture, and cosmopolitan atmosphere between the celebrated Cannes and Monaco. “Soleil tout l’année,” or “Year-round sunshine »,” is a common saying for Nice to describe its climate. Here’s a summary of what luxury living in Nice entails:

  • Climate and Scenic Beauty: Nice boasts a mild Mediterranean climate, with abundant sunshine and pleasant temperatures throughout the year. Residents enjoy stunning views of the azure Mediterranean Sea, pristine beaches, and picturesque landscapes.

  • Cultural Richness: From the historic Old Town (Vieux Nice) to the iconic Promenade des Anglais, Nice exudes cultural richness. Residents can immerse themselves in art, history, and gastronomy, with numerous museums, galleries, and Michelin-starred restaurants. Nice is a popular destination year-round and tourism booms in the summertime.

  • Transportation and Convenience: Nice offers excellent transportation infrastructure, including an international airport, efficient public transit systems, and well-connected roads. Getting around the city and exploring the French Riviera is convenient and accessible. When we lived in Nice we did not own a car and opted for renting the electric “auto bleu” for nearby exploration. Likewise, the Velo Bleu electric rental bike system was a wonderful perk of living in town.

  • Luxury Real Estate: Luxury properties in Nice range from elegant seaside villas overlooking the Mediterranean to chic apartments in the city center. With a diverse range of options, discerning buyers can find their dream home tailored to their preferences and lifestyle.

  • Crime Statistics in Nice: Nice experiences a moderate level of crime, primarily consisting of petty theft, pickpocketing, and occasional instances of violent crime. However, the city has implemented various measures to enhance security and ensure the safety of residents and visitors. According to recent reports, the crime rate in Nice remains relatively stable, with law enforcement agencies actively addressing issues to maintain public safety. Personally, one night walking home from dinner with my wife, I had an older woman try to take my phone when we were trying to help her but I was able to get it back.

Biarritz, France

Coastal Luxury Living in Basque Country

Biarritz, nestled along the rugged coastline of Basque Country, offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and relaxed elegance. Having lived here for 9 years now, I am confident in giving you a summary of why we have chosen to make our lives here. Here’s what luxury living in Biarritz looks like:

  • Coastal Beauty and Outdoor Activities: Biarritz enchants residents with its breathtaking coastal scenery, including sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and world-class surfing spots. Residents can indulge in a myriad of outdoor activities, from surfing and sailing to golfing and hiking. The climate is oceanic, meaning we have mild winters and warm summers. However, it is often said that Basque Country is the land of 4 seasons in 1 day and if you don’t like the weather, wait an hour and it will be different.

  • Cultural Heritage: Steeped in Basque culture and tradition, Biarritz boasts a rich history reflected in its architecture, festivals, agriculture, and cuisine. Residents can explore charming villages, sample authentic Basque dishes and pintxos (Basque tapas), and immerse themselves in the vibrant local culture. There were some existing Michelin-starred restaurants in Biarritz and around the area, but since the Covid pandemic, we have seen even more, diversified offerings in gastronomy. We eat very well here ; ).

  • Tranquil Lifestyle/Convenience: Compared to larger cities, Biarritz offers a more relaxed and laid-back lifestyle, characterized by its small-town charm and close-knit community. If big cities are too hectic for you and you prefer the calm, Biarritz might be for you. Residents can enjoy tranquility and privacy while still having access to luxury amenities and services. Biarritz has its own airport, train station, and electric tram-bus. It is easy to rent electric bikes in town for scenic coastal rides. Like Nice, Biarritz explodes with tourists in the Summertime but if you are well-placed in town the added population is not so big of an obstacle.

  • Luxury Real Estate: Biarritz offers an array of luxury properties, from elegant waterfront estates to secluded countryside retreats. Whether you are seeking a modern villa with panoramic ocean views or a historic mansion with Basque architectural flair, Biarritz and its surrounding area have options to suit every taste.

  • Crime Statistics in Biarritz: Biarritz generally experiences lower crime rates compared to larger cities, with incidents primarily consisting of petty theft and minor disturbances. The city maintains a reputation for safety, but residents should remain vigilant, especially in tourist areas during peak seasons. According to recent data, law enforcement agencies in Biarritz have implemented proactive measures to address crime and ensure the safety and security of residents and visitors. In our experience living in Biarritz, we have personally never experienced any form of crime to date.


Both Nice and Biarritz offer unparalleled luxury living experiences, each with its own distinct appeal and allure. Whether you’re drawn to the cosmopolitan flair of Nice or the tranquil elegance of Biarritz, both destinations promise a lifestyle of sophistication, beauty, and cultural richness. When considering your options, it’s essential to factor in your preferences, priorities, and the provided crime statistics to make an informed decision about luxury living in France. As always, I am available to guide you every step of the way in finding your dream home in these sublime destinations.


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