Do you want to know the top things to do in Nice? Then you should continue reading below!
Nice, the capital of Côte d’Azure is a beautiful city that lies in the gorgeous Bay of Angels. Nice is such a city that offers something for everyone, regardless of interests or size of wallets. Stroll along the pleasant promenade, explore the museums, go on adventures, or enjoy the amazing food experiences that Nice has to offer. Nice has for sure what you’re looking for, and more, during your stay.
Here is the list of the Top 8 Things to Do in Nice:
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Walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais
Promenade des Anglais runs along the bay of Nice and is an incredibly beautiful place to take an evening walk with your loved one. Here you can enjoy a cooling ice cream, some people-watching, and the relaxing sound of the waves. Some people might say that this is only a good place for a stroll, but it’s also an excellent starting point to explore Nice. Definitely one of the highlights and one of the top things to do in Nice!
Stroll around in Old Town (Vieux Nice) – One of my favorite things to do in Nice!
Vieux Nice, also known under the name Vielle Ville, is the old and lovely neighborhood of Nice. This part of town is enjoyed by both locals and tourists for its cozy atmosphere, but heads up; there are also many tourist traps! However, in the old town, you can find several authentic French restaurants and stores, and also the beautiful Cours Saleya Flower Market.
Visit Musée Matisse
One of the best things to do in Nice for those who love art is to visit the famous Musée Matisse. Musée Matisse is situated on Avenue des Arènes-de-Cimiez and is open to the public and free to visit. There are something special about this museum, an airy 17th-century villa which houses some of the world’s most beautiful works. In the neighborhood lies Hotel Regina, where Matisse himself used to live.
The museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Admire the Russian Cathedral
St-Nicholas is the most beautiful Orthodox Church outside Russia, and also one of the top things to do in Nice while you’re in town. A church of rounded domes, bright colors and beautiful details. Originally this church was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II, which was the head of the Romanov family. This lovely and historic church is open daily for tours!
Cours Saleya Flower & Fruit Market
This flower and fruit market make for a colorful and lovely experience. The Cours Saleya Flower & Fruit Market you will find in the center of the old quarters and is open every morning, Tuesdays through Sundays. Every Monday, an antique market is held here. The flower market is one of the places that are worth stopping by while you’re in town, as it is one of the most popular things to do in Nice!
Relax on the beaches of Nice
Nothing beats the warmth of the Riviera sun, the sound of the Mediterranean waves and the legendary blue chairs along the beachfront. If there is something that is ”typical” Nice, then it’s to hang out at one of the several beach lounges.
Along the seafront of Nice, there are both public and private beaches. When visiting a private beach, you have to be prepared to pay several euros for your time there. At these beaches, you can not bring in your food or drinks, as you have to buy everything there. At some private beaches, you also have to pay for your beach bed and towel.
The public beaches along Nice are free for you to use as much as you like. The only downside with these is that they don’t have any restrooms, lounge chairs or other facilities.
Place Masséna is the main square of the city and is located right in the heart of town. Place Masséna is a wonderful place to explore with the fantastic seafront to the south, great shopping street Avenue Jean Médecin to the north and beautiful Albert I and Masséna gardens that surround this magnificent square.
Visit Castle Hill
Castle Hill, also known as Colline du Château in French, is one of the most visited attractions in the city. Travelers from all over the world climb the nearly 300 meters of stair steps to get to the top of the hill. From up there, you will be greeted with an incredible panoramic view over the city and Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). Castle Hill is good for those who are traveling with children, as they have a playground and many picnics spots. If you’re not able to walk up the hill, there is a lift that will carry you about 75 percent of the way.