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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 (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

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.

Castle Hill (Colline du Château )

Castle Hill (Colline du Château )

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

Promenade des Anglais

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.

Musée Marc Chagall
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Musée Marc Chagall

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!

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice
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Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice

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.

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas

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.

Musée Matisse

Musée Matisse

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.

Cours Saleya

Cours Saleya

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)!

Opera de Nice

Opera de Nice

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.

Planning Your Nice Visit

Best Time to Visit

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.

How Safe is Nice?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    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

The day trip was everything I'd hoped it would be.

Our friendly and knowledgeable guide made out trip to Eze and Monaco a relaxing and enjoyable day.

Full-Day Small Group Tour to Monaco and Eze Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/10/2019

An outstanding service with super cool tour guide

Lionel is on time, helpful and very friendly. He is good in English and bring us to many good places and food. We love him! The tour is very good as we can visit so many places surrounding Monaco and Nice! You should try this!

Nice: Italian Market, Eze, and Turbie Tour Reviewed by Linh, 05/10/2019

Jam packed day to cover the best of the French Riviera!

We arrived in Nice on the Friday and with plans to visit Monaco the week after, booked the tour as a way to explore all the best the French Riviera had to offer. The tour was sensational and we were really glad that we had the tour on the day after arriving in Nice, making it much easier to know the pinpoints of interest and history behind where we were travelling to next. The tour really was a jam packed day to cover the best of the French Riviera! Our tour guide picked us up on time at 8.30. The tour began with an introduction to Nice then travelled to Monaco for the morning. The brief introduction prior to heading to our next stop was always informative! Whilst there definitely was a lot of destinations to cover in the trip (25,000 steps!), the guide gave us a reasonable amount of time to sightsee each stop (30mins - hour) even if that had meant finishing the tour at a later time. Highlight was definitely Cannes, the Beverly Hills of France!

The 3 hour Nice bike tour was enjoyable.

My wife and I enjoyed the trip. We especially liked the accent to Chateau de Colline and the Promenade Anglaise. My wife commented that she preferred more biking and less history. But I'm a history buff and enjoyed it all.

Nice: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Reviewed by Fred, 05/01/2019

A great day out.. a must when in the Cote d’Azur!

Sergio, on his first day at work was such a pleasant and gentle guide. He took his time, gave us time and enjoyed the Craic with us. We had a great day out with our Italian friends despite the awful rain! Monaco is impressive and Monte Carlo is a step in to a world of opulence and riches beyond comprehension! Door to door service and good value for money! Most enjoyable! Bon courage Sergio in your new job! Merci Mille fois!

Eze, Monaco, and Monte-Carlo from Nice Reviewed by Paddy, 04/25/2019