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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, 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 )

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 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.

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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!

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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

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

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

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

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

Timed perfectly to fit all activities in.

Brilliant trip, guide was very informative and friendly. He kept to timings even though he left us to wander off on our own where he didn’t need to guide us so we could spend more time on what we wanted.

Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze Half-Day Trip Reviewed by Nicola, 09/11/2018

Out of time? 5 days sightseeing crunched into 1

This was one the best tours we ever did. Cannes, Monaco, Monte Carlo and 4 more locations have made it in an epic tour. John our driver and tour guide is a genius. Not only he speaks 4 languages but his knowledge of the region and his character added to the experience for the day. We totally recommend this tour for sure you will make lots of memories and pictures.

Full-Day French Riviera Small Group Trip Reviewed by Andrei, 09/10/2018

A great introduction to an amazing part of the world!!

If you are new to Cote d'Azur then this tour is a great eye opener to a beautiful part of France. Four stops in all taking in Eze, the Fragonard Parfumeur, Monaco castle and Monte Carlo casino building. Each stop having just about the right time to take in all to see. Tour guide (Jenna) was excellent and we had the added benefit of a small group (only 5 of us). Book it!!!

Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze Half-Day Trip Reviewed by Mark, 09/03/2018

Excellent!!! Seeing lots places, it's definitely worth that!

The excursion was excellent, fully recommended. Even big thanks to our travel guide, he was great!!! Good job to all

Best of the French Riviera Full-Day Tour from Nice Reviewed by Jarmila, 08/30/2018

John was an excellent guide he kept us well informed

John picked us up promptly at the hotel , he was a very smooth driver and kept us well informed on local landmarks and local history . The tour was excellent and well worth the money

Full-Day French Riviera Small Group Trip Reviewed by Neil, 08/30/2018