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Riviera Pebbles Blog: Planning your trip around Annual events

Posted on 1st Oct 2018 in Guest Info


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Annual events

Thousands of visitors land at Nice airport annually for various events including the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes film festival. Flights around these dates are sold at a premium, sometimes a hefty one. For example, as of today (8 months in advance) you can pick up Easyjet flights at the beginning of May for around 30 euros return but move the dates to the 23nd May – 28th May and you won’t get a seat for less than 150 euros – triple the price. You can expect it to triple again closer to the date.

If you’re just a humble holiday guest and not coming for a big event, you may prefer to book slightly earlier or later to avoid these dates, or at least book early. Or you might prefer to get stuck in and join the fun and plan your trip around an event.

These dates are guides; the dates and length tend to shift slightly each year, so do check on-line for exact dates if you might be affected.

Expect high flight prices, and even booked out planes months in advance:

  • Mipim (Cannes), usually around 12 – 17 March (for 3 days).
  • GrandPrix (Monaco), usually around 25 – 29 May (last weekend of May).
  • Cannes Film Festival (Cannes), usually around 8 – 23 May (about two weeks).

Expect a little bump in the cost of the flight, getting higher as date approaches:

  • Nice Carnival (Nice), usually around 18 Feb – 5 March (21 days)
  • Monte Carlo Open (Monte Carlo), usually around 12 – 19 April (7 days)
  • MIPTV (Cannes), usually around 8 – 15 April (for four days)
  • MIDEM (Cannes), usually around 3 – 9 June (for three days)
  • Cannes Lions (Cannes), usually around 14 – 24 June (for 6 days)
  • Iron Man (Nice), usually the last Sunday of June.
  • Nice Jazz Festival (Nice), usually around 13 – 20 July (for five days)
  • Cannes Yachting Festival (Cannes), usually around 9 – 17 September (for 6 days)
  • Alpes-Maritime Marathon (Nice), usually first Sunday of November.


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