Top attractions in Nice
The capital of the French Riviera and former sanctuary of Europe's elite boasts inland sights as stunning as its coastline! Of course, you're going for the spotless beaches that inspired artists from Chagall to Matisse, but what else is there to see?
Nice Old Town, or Vieux Nice as it's known by the locals, is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Wander through the narrow, winding alleyways and explore the restaurants, bars, boutiques and market squares.
Get lost in a maze of greenery while exploring Nice's Castle Hill. Here you can take in some impressive views over Vieux Nice, the Port and Baie des Anges. You can also find the ruins of the former Château de Nice, admire historical landmarks and enjoy the Cascade Dijon waterfall.
Promenade des Anglais is considered the most famous stretch of the Nice coastline. This palm tree-lined promenade covers 4km of the Baie des Anges, where hoards of cyclists, rollerbladers and skaters can usually be found.
Chagall's paintings are as vibrant and joyous as Nice itself, making the museum a must-do for visitors – even those with little interest in art!
For those who are interested in art – of the modern sort at least – MAMAC exhibits works from luminaries such as Francis Bacon, Yves Klein and Ai Weiwei among many others.
Be transported to Russia by visiting the most spectacular Russian Orthodox church outside the country itself. The Cathedral of Saint Nicholas boasts a rich history and remains property of the Moscow Kremlin to this day.
Journey to the suburban Cimiez Hill for one of Nice's best art galleries, exhibiting Matisse's defining works, not far from where he spent the bulk of his adult life.
It's home to some of Nice's best restaurants, but the Cours also offers a feast for the eyes. The city's sensational flower market blooms with color every morning (bar Mondays)!
Perhaps you'd prefer a night at the opera? Or ballet? They're both here! The grand 19th-century monument to the arts is a sightseeing must, even if you don't attend a show.
The coastal breeze keeps Nice from getting too hot during summer's peak season. However, consider visiting in September or early October to take advantage of the cheaper hotel rates while the temperatures still veer around the 20°C mark.
Nice is relatively safe, but with a high density of rich tourists, it's worth being on the lookout for pickpockets. Though rarely violent, one worrying trend is for thieves on motorcycles to reach into stopped cars. This can be easily prevented by either driving with the windows up, keeping valuables out of sight, or both. For the same reason, try not to carry bags and cameras over the shoulder closest to the road.
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- The summer beach weather can't be beat, unless you prefer milder, warm temperatures, in which case, visit in September or October.
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What people are saying about Nice
Thought this was a fun experience, it would be useful if Get Your Guide could clearly tell people they need to use their QR code to get tickets in advance of boarding. We only found out as a lady in the queue told us! Otherwise we probably would have missed the boat. There is NO information telling you this, and it was a lengthy wait at the ticket office to get the paper tickets. I don’t know why they don’t accept the QR code in this day and age - it’s archaic the way they run the ticketing system.
Xsavier? Was excellent and very thoughtful my wife has a breathing problem which he picked up on, because She 70 the poor old bones don’t work like they should anymore he immediately changed the seating arrangements to suit hercapabilities. Very impressed at how thoughtful he is. The tour was very informative and beautiful with opportunities to take photos. The perfumery was a pleasant surprise. Highly recommended tour.
We booked the 10 hour French Riviera trip with an English speaking guide and pick up from our hotel. Olivier showed up on time, and during the trip, which had several stops and appointments, he was strictly on schedule. Still, we had plenty of time to see everything. He was very knowledgeable, obviously local, patient and with great sense of humor. Excellent service! Thank you, Olivier , thank you #getyourguide !
Our guide Marion was fantastic- she truly made every effort to ensure that we enjoyed the tour and showed us sights and places to eat that we really would have never come across! She was knowledgeable and made the experience of learning fun and interactive! My partner also had dietary requirements and she found alternatives and went out of her way to ensure he had an experience which was just as good!
After a quick ‘how to’ intro to the 3-wheeler, we set off with some trepidation - myself driving and my teenage son navigating. It turned out to be pretty straight forward and we had a great time, such a fun experience with so many spectacular views of Nice and the coast. Super helpful organiser