Top attractions in Nice
Things to Do 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?
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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)!
9. 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 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.
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- 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
I went on this tour, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour covered different areas, and the best part was Eze. It had amazing views, and you get very close to the scenery. We also went to Monte Carlo where I saw the yachts of the rich and famous. The driver was very knowledgeable, and knew the route very well. The tour is the best way to view these areas. I would definitely take this tour again.
Our guide Parfait was very helpful and good. Due to a previous tour cancelation, we were added an upgrade at a very good price. Thank you. The tour was awesome. Beautiful drive along the Cote d'Azur was breath taking Enjoyed the entire day. We also visited Monaco and Monte Carlo. I highly recommend the tour.
I made this trip with my girlfriend and we were totally satisfied. The guided tour in Monaco was just great. As for the guide, we give him a very special note and say to him thanks for his attention and for having made us discover all this beautiful land.
Parfait, our tour guide was perfect! He explained everything, I mean everything to us. Very knowledgeable about the places he drove us, very pleasant and willing to answers questions and very helpful. The tour itself totally worths it!!!
The tour guide was very nice and accomodating. He recommended places to see and restaurants to dine at as well. He took us to all the cinematic parts, and was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of Nice.