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Visit Nice, French Riviera
There’s no bad time to visit Nice, France. Because of its mild winter temperatures and famous carnival, we have listed Nice as one of the best places to visit in France in winter, but you will enjoy the city all year round.
There are many places to visit in Nice to keep you busy for a while. Nice is also a great base for exploring more of the French Riviera on day trips. Because of its international airport, Nice is also a good starting point for a fun French Riviera road trip.
Stay two days in Nice to visit the main sites and enjoy the beach, more days if you plan to visit other places nearby on day trips.
If you are wondering what to do in Nice, go on reading. This article lists the best things to do in Nice, France, and our best tips for your sightseeing in Nice.
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Top Experiences and Tours in Nice
- Old Town and Castle Hill Cultural and Walking Tour
- Old Treasures of Nice Walking Tour
- E-bike City Highlights Tour
Top Nice Accommodation and Lodging
Hotel La Pérouse Nice Baie des Anges (top suggestion), Hotel Négresco (luxury), Hotel Villa Victoria (luxury), Hotel Florence (mid-range), Hotel de France (mid-range), best hotels in Nice with a pool (for the hottest months in Nice).
What to Do in Nice, France
Here are the best things to do in Nice, France. From glamourous beaches to traditional markets, this Nice things to do list has something for every traveler.
Enjoy the Views from La Colline du Château
La Colline du Château (Castle Hill) is a rocky hill located on the Eastern side of Promenade des Anglais, overlooking Old Nice and its port. This hill is one of the best places to visit in Nice, and it offers incredible views of Nice, the Baie des Anges, and the Alps in the distance.
In the 11th century, a citadel occupied this hill, but King Louis XIV’s soldiers entirely dismantled it in the 18th century. Today, it is a beautiful park great for a stroll. Don’t miss its surprising waterfall!
The access to La Colline du Chateau is through stairs. There’s also a free elevator located at the end of the Promenade des Anglais.
Visit the Old Port
The Old Port, located in Old Nice, is another of the best things to see in Nice and a wonderful place for a stroll. Nice’s Old Port is a colorful and busy place, with about ten quays and various markets selling local products.
Built in the 18th century, this port is one of the French Riviera’s main infrastructural hubs. It accommodates both the ships operated by ferry companies and private yachts for tourists.
Get Lost in Nice’s Old Town
Exploring the Old Town is one of the main things to do in Nice, France. Vieux Nice is the city’s historic district, an ensemble of narrow streets, colorful architecture, and picturesque piazzas.
In Vieux Nice, you will also find cultural venues, beautiful Baroque churches, and many shopping opportunities and restaurants.
The list of beautiful places to visit in Nice’s Old Town includes the Cathedral Sainte Reparate, the notable museums of Lascaris Palace and Galleries des Pochettes, and the Opera of Nice.
Visit Cours Saleya’s Markets
Located in the historic district, Cours Saleya is the largest pedestrian area in Vieux Nice and one of the few places that still keeps its local and traditional charm. The place is great for a stroll, and it is well known for its colorful flower markets (our favorite part), but there are also stalls selling antiques and food.
Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais
Promenade des Anglais is one of the best things to see in Nice. This seaside promenade is Nice’s main landmark, famous beyond the French borders.
The name of this promenade honors the English aristocracy, who in the 19th century acquired a taste for vacationing in Nice, and had the idea of building this 7-kilometer avenue by the sea.
Along the Promenade des Anglais, you will find Nice’s beaches with their legendary blue lounge chairs, the Museum of Asian Arts, the Palais de la Méditerranée, and the equally iconic Hotel Négresco.
The Promenade des Anglais is also used to host popular city events like the Prom Classic or the Carnival of Nice.
Lazy Day at the Beach
The city’s seafront is bordered by pebbled beaches, public or private, and they are a great place for a lazy day sunbathing and a couple of dips. To avoid contact with the stones, the beaches are fitted with lounge chairs – Nice’s iconic blue chairs – and it is highly recommended to use special shoes to walk on the beach or take a bath.
The pubic beaches offer limited facilities, while the private beaches have luxurious amenities (changing cabins, towels) and bars and restaurants with seaside service. Some of these private beaches, like the Blue Beach or the Castel Beach, are amongst the most glamorous beaches on the French Riviera.
Visit the Museums of Cimiez Hill
If you are looking for a cultural day in Nice, what to do? We suggest visiting Cimiez Hill, a calm neighborhood in Nice with a serene atmosphere far from the Old Town’s hustle and bustle.
Located 2km north of Vieux Nice, Cimiez is a beautiful place for a stroll. It also has some interesting attractions, like the Cimiez Arenas and Gardens, the Archaeological Museum, and the Matisse Museum. The historical monuments of Valrose Castle and Regina Palace are also located in Cimiez.
Cimiez also hosts popular city events like the Gourd Festival or the Nice Jazz Festival.
Consider a Day Trip from Nice
Nice is also an excellent base for exploring other beautiful places on the French Riviera. The list of beautiful day trips from Nice includes Villefranche-sur-Mer – with a picturesque old town and beaches with pebbles on the small side –, Éze-Village, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Menton, or Monaco.
Further on the west, the city of Cannes is worth exploring too, and it is easy to reach by regional train.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Nice, France today!