Things to do in

Nice

From its cultural attractions to its coast, the French Riviera’s capital is the essence of old-world charm.

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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?

  • Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

    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.

  • Castle Hill (Colline du Château )

    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.

  • Promenade des Anglais

    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.

  • Musée Marc Chagall

    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!

  • Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice

    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.

  • Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas

    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.

  • Musée Matisse

    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.

  • Cours Saleya

    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)!

  • Opera de Nice

    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.

Frequently asked questions about Nice

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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.

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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,710 reviews

This is a must do trio one should go for. We liked St Paul de Vence the most in our trip. But unfortunately the red carpet was not accessible on that for general people as an exhibition was going on that day. But overall a trip to remember. Our guide was also very nice and friendly. Thanks a lot.

En väldigt kunnig och trevlig guide, precis som på andra orter. Turen hade bra upplägg och lagom långa uppehåll på de olika platserna

Красивый каньен,природа,деревушки!Стоит ехать,классный гид,хорошая компания,прекрасно провели время!

Very knowledgeable guide with the perfect amount of time for an introduction to the region.

Parfekt our guide was very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly! Would recommend him highly