The top 10 essential visits in Nice
To discover the essentials of the town’s many treasures, here is our top 10 visits not to miss during your trip to Nice:
The Promenade des Anglais
Old Nice and the Cours Saleya market
The MAMAC (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art)
The Matisse Museum
The Marc-Chagall Museum
The small port of Nice
The Russian orthodox cathedral of Saint-Nicolas [Saint Nicholas]
Mont-Alban Old Fort
The stunning church of Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc [Saint Joan of Arc]
The former Gare du Sud concourse
Where can you spend the night in Nice?
From a 5-star hotel to a tourist apartment complex via a youth hostel, Nice boasts a wide choice of accommodation.
Depending on your desires and your budget, discover the perfect accommodation for your holiday on the Côte d’Azur.
The French Riviera in all its splendour
You can’t visit Nice without going to the famous Promenade des Anglais. Stretching along the sublime Bay of Angels, this 7-kilometre avenue, which extends from the Colline du Chateau to Nice Airport is now one of the most beautiful seafronts in the world.
Nicknamed the “Prom’” by the people of Nice, the Promenade des Anglais offers you a unique panoramic view over the French Riviera. Imagine yourself, an ice-cream in hand, surrounded by palm trees, sitting down in the famous blue chairs that border the pebble beaches, contemplating the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean…
Just behind you are the most beautiful buildings in Nice, in particular two luxury 5-star hotels: The Negresco and the Palais de la Méditerranée. An emblematic location of the town, the Prom’ brings together visitors and those who love jogging, rollerblading or even the Segway!
Nice, town of culture, art and history
Matisse, Klein, Arman, Sasha Sosno, César, Ben Vautier… Over the years, Nice has inspired great French artists. Its cultural influence has given rise to multiple museums with inspiration from here and further afield.
Visit the Villa Masséna located near the Promenade des Anglais to learn more about the history of Nice and its various cultural influences. Through its collections, this architectural jewel evokes the art and history of the Riviera from Nice’s attachment to France up to the end of the Belle Epoque.
Other museums to visit in Nice:
● Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC)
● Matisse Museum
● Marc-Chagall Museum
● Charles-Nègre Photography Museum
● Jules-Chéret Museum of Fine Art
● Museum of Asian Art
● Anatole Jakovsky International Museum of Naïve Art
The festive events not to miss in Nice!
In both summer and winter, Nice is a town where the events set the tempo. The festivities start in February with the famous Nice Carnival: a two-hour show that will impress young and old! Its specific feature? The flower battle, a parade during which confetti usually thrown onto spectators is replaced by flowers grown in the Alpes Maritimes!
An essential musical event on the Côte d’Azur, the Nice Jazz Festival also causes a buzz in the Côte d’Azur capital in July. Since its creation in 1948, the greats have appeared on the stage in Nice, such as Jamie Callum, or the R&B legend Ms Lauryn Hill. Remember to book you seats for the next edition!
Do you like beautiful Christmas lights? Nice is your next family destination for the end of year festivities! In addition to its scintillating illuminations, its grand Christmas Market (which spreads out over Place Masséna and the Albert 1er Garden) is the spot not to miss during your winter visit to the town!
Discover the cuisine of Nice
Within the historic town centre, discover the shady narrow streets of Old Nice and its colourful facades; you’ll admire its Provencal atmosphere with an Italian feel. Follow the aromas from Cours Saleya to discover the famous flower market and its assorted early produce.
The opportunity for you to try a few specialties from Nice before going to visit the many palaces and Baroque churches nestled in the surrounding area.
If you want to eat in an unusual location, go to Avenue Jean Médecin in the Liberation district. At the end of this famous shopping street in Nice is the concourse of the former Provence Railway terminus.
Today, it’s a gourmet covered market where you can try regional products or simply sip on a drink on the terrace.
Nissa la Bella: land of history and authenticity
Nice has always been cosmopolitan, and several locations bear witness to the presence of the Russians who came to seek refuge in Nice during the 1917 Revolution.
The cathedral of Saint Nicholas is certainly one of the most beautiful orthodox buildings that you can visit outside of Russia!
To go back through the centuries to when Nice was still a county, visit Mont-Alban Fort.
Located on the Mont-Boron hill overlooking the Bay of Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer harbour, this visit will show you the everyday life of the 16th century soldiers.
Other historic sites to visit in Nice:
● Basilica Notre-Dame [Our Lady]
● Arènes de Cimiez
● Chapel de la Miséricorde
● Church of Jeanne-d’Arc [Joan of Arc]
● Cathedral of Sainte-Réparate [Saint Reparata]
- Why visit Nice?
If you are an Epicurean at heart, it’s essential to visit Nice during your trip to the Côte d’Azur. Friendly and bon vivants, the people of Nice will be pleased to share with you the secrets of Occitan gastronomy. Famed for its artistic and historic past, Nice is not just summed up by the Promenade des Anglais and its sublime Bay of Angels: multiple museums and historic sites await your visit. The Côte d’Azur capital is animated all year round with multiple events, so what are you waiting for before visiting Nice?
- What is there to do in Nice?
Admire the view from the Colline du Château, try specialties from Nice in the Cours Saleya market, visit the various museums and historic sites, stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais, try a water-based activity, meander along the hiking trails… There’s plenty to do in Nice!
- What districts are there to visit in Nice?
For your trip to Nice, here are the best districts to visit over and above the Promenade des Anglais:
● The Mont Boron district: for its spectacular view over Villefranche harbour and the Cap-Ferrat peninsula; Mont Boron is a tremendous place for a stroll.
● The Jean-Médecin district: perfect for shopping and eating at the Gare du Sud concourse.
● The Cimiez district: in the heart of the countryside, set back on the Colline du Château, discover the Matisse and Marc Chagall museums.
● The Port district: nicknamed the “petit marais niçois” (little marsh of Nice), it’s the perfect place to alternate between boutiques, bars and restaurants.
● Old Nice: the historic district of the town, it’s a must-visit!
- What other towns are there to visit near Nice?
The Côte d’Azur is not lacking in pretty towns to visit: Monaco, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Grasse, Menton, Antibes, Hyères… You have a wide choice on the French Riviera.