Some say that tourism was born in Nice on the French Riviera in the eighteenth century when British, Russian and American aristocrats came to visit. In this region you can enjoy mild winters and good food. Nice is very touristy but if you make your way a bit into the city center, the old town, you can still find small signs of life in traditional "Nice": full of colors, olive oil, bread and bagnat (a famous sandwich in Nice), accents of singers, etc. It feels a bit like Italy when you can walk down the narrow streets and alleys of old Nice, with clothes hanging on the aged windows and the elderly talking from one balcony to another. We can also see frescoes, trompe l'oeil (illusions painted onto the outside of buildings) and other artistic details on the walls of the center. There is a flower market and a fish market in the Saint François Plaza. It is a must!
The Promenade (Spanish for "boardwalk") is great in summer (you absolutely have to go to the beach), and you can tell its popularity by the amount of people who walk, bike, and skate, there. People in groups, people alone, people with their dogs. During summer, there are also "traveling shows" and lots of nightlife since the Nice beach is just below and you can enjoy a panoramic view of the sea. In winter it is also nice to just go for a walk or just sit down and enjoy the views.
Castle Hill in Nice overlooks the old city center, the Promenade des Anglais, and across it is the harbor. You can reach it by the Montée du Chateau, or for the faint of heart, there is a lift. Walking to it takes 20 minutes. Up the stairs there is a beautiful view over the city, a nice garden, with plenty of water treatments, waterfalls and shade, which is a real treat with the heat in summer. There is not much left of the castle, only some ruins that Louis XIV destroyed. The bay in Nice, called the Bay of Angels, looks picture perfect from the hill, with the Promenade des Anglais around it, palm trees, pedestrians and joggers skating, running or walking, and then you can see the roofs of the old town of Nice, close together with the small streets that zigzag. The big event of the city is the carnival that takes place February, and you can see the carriages of the celebration from the hill. They carry a lot flowers that are thrown at people. Since you can't see a lot from down below, it is better to climb up to watch the celebration.
Nice is one of the most beautiful places on the French Riviera. Famous for its spectacular and gigantic beaches with turquoise water, it's a city that is very good for tourists: shops, terraces, markets, leisure activities ... Spanish tourists will be surprised, surely, that the beaches are normally not public (as often occurs in northwestern Italy) and hotels and restaurants have their own private beaches. If the day is sunny, you can take great photos. Above all, from the viewpoint.
This beautiful and different markets takes place every day in Cours Saleya. I am personally dazzled by the difference in products sold here compared to Spain. Especially striking is the number of Marseille flower and soap stalls which call you with their bright colors, it is impossible not to be tempted. At night it becomes a more artisan market and there are stalls for jewelry, paintings, crafts and beautiful nightlife on its terraces. In all places they accept credit cards.
This fantastic and huge square is one step away from the sea and right next to old Nice. It houses the Laffayette Galleries on a street that is accessed from the boulevard, with all the shops you would imagine. The atmosphere is fantastic, there are skaters, demonstrations of all kinds, artists, and shoppers that all make it a very inteersting and exciting place to be.
We're in the heart of old Nice, and the Rosetti square is full of cafes, restaurantes and people. It's a charming and bustling place that you should definitely visit. This square is home to the ancient Barroque cathedral, build between 1650 and 1680 and dedicated to the patron saint of the city. This 14th century saint died in the holy land and, according to legend, arrived in Nice on a boat full of flowers guided by angels. In the square there's another pilgrimage center, the Fenocchio gelateria, which has a huge array of flavors to choose from, and a fantastic water fountain at the entrance, which is a nice touch after so many sweet things (there's a charming waiter of Spanish descent, see if you know him!)
The truth is that we almost missed our visit to this monument as we were in Nice for such a short time and it's a bit outside of downtown, but one day we got up with lots of energy and decided to go see it. It was pretty impressive. That day, the sun was shining so hard that the gold of the Cathedral just glowerd and made her all the more beautiful. I think it was worth visiting.
A charming place in the heart of the city, between the old and new parts of town. It has been recently renovated, and now has a tram running through the centre. The restaurants all have tables outside, which are very nice. There's also a huge heart-shaped postbox to send a valentine's card to your love!
The Museum of Modern Art in Nice is housed inside an odd construction characterized by its large terrace (you have to pay attention to the large sculpture that are there) and huge stairs. It contains works by the world's most-renowned modern artists, especially pop artists like Warhol and Christo. The interior is very modern and attractive and it's a great place to appreciate contemporary art.
This building has already served 40 years of performances. To get there there are several bus lines that leave you next to it, such as line 3 and 11, also there are trams to drops you off. Throughout the years the theater has offered quite varied performances like symphonies, concerts and operas. It is remarkable how nice it is, its construction dates from the year 1881 since the former was made of wood and was burnt.
Masséna Palace was built between 1898 and 1901 and was influenced by the Italian villas. After World War I, the children of Victor Masséna donated it to the city of Nice on the condition that it be transformed into a Museum of Art and History. The gardens are open to the general public. In 1921, the Masséna Museum was inaugurated. It is located on the [poi = 34231] Promenade des Anglais [/ poi] (Nice), across from the pebble beach ( which is uncomfortable and even painful to walk on barefoot) that contrasts beautifully with the ocean's shades of blue.
This place has a nice terrace in the historic downtown of Nice, next to the beautiful Cathedral square. It has ice cream of all flavors you can imagine. You can try out this famous place in old Nice, then have a refreshing glass of ice water in the dispenser on the door.
Not too far from the Promenade des Anglais, which is Nice's magnificent promenade, you will find the Palais de la Méditerranée. It is one of the most emblematic examples of Deco Art. Its facade is made of white marble, which makes it even more impressive. The building opened in 1929, with a meeting of such stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel and Maurice Chevalier among others. The Hotel enjoyed large periods of splendor until 1978 when it was partially demolished, due, in part, to its decline during those years. In 1983 its facade was declared a Monument of Historical Interest, saving the palace from its complete destruction. In 2004, after much labour, it opened again, this time as a luxury Hotel-Casino. From the third floor, which is open to the public, you can enjoy excellent views, while we had a quiet drink. It's amazing the size of the facade and the contrast it offers with the blue sky. Walking along the Promenade des Anglais is rewarding, the smell of the sea washes over you completely, while the soft, fresh breeze accompanies you completely along the boulevard . On one side you have the sea, on the other you have impressive buildings that transport you to the not-so-distant past, to the luxury of the beginning of the century, to years full of excitement and joy.
Opera is one of Nice's public beaches close to the port, market area, and Opera, hence its name. Like all public beaches in Nice, the installations are minimal and are basically comprised of a simple shower. There are many restaurants, bars, and hotels in the area. It is a pebble beach, which makes walking uncomfortable if you don't wear the proper footwear. The water quality, however, is very good and the swimming area is very clean.
The courthouse was built in neo-classical style in the late nineteenth century. The Court took residence in the Caserne Annex Rusca, former barracks along the square. Between the two buildings is a beautiful pedestrian square which is excellent for walks. Walk between the Port and the Place Massena, lasts about two hours, apart from the time to visit the churches and the Palais Lascaris, following the Cours Saleya with its polychrome facades, flower market, fruit and vegetable market andChapel of Mercy, then turn right on Rue Jules-Gilly (Red Penitents chapel). Continuing along the Rue Droite (Jesuit Church), before getting to the Place Rossetti (Cathedral of Sainte-Reparata). Returning by the Rue Droite (Palais Lascaris) towards the Place Saint-François (fish market). Then back to the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna along the narrow streets of Old Nice (shops and restaurants) and Castle Hill.
La Baie des Anges, with its beautiful blue waters, is a bay on the Mediterranean from Nice to Cap d'Antibes. There are three origin stories for its name - the angel fish that abound here; that a saint's body washed up here and was taken ashore by angels; or that Adam and Eve, according to a poem by Alexis de Jussieu published in 1856, were taken here by merciful angels as it seemed like a second paradise.
If you're wondering what to do in Nice, don't worry, there is a wide variety of interesting Nice activities to suit all tastes. From visiting Roman ruins and museums to relaxing on one the many beaches, there is a near-endless list of things to do in Nice.
One of the first things to see in Nice is the Promenade des Anglais. Next to the coast and full of terraces and trendy bars, it's one of the most famous streets of the country and still retains the spirit of the Belle Époque. Then, walk through Old Nice and get lost in its historic streets and alleyways where you'll discover hidden treasures like the Flower Market. On the way, you'll come across some of the top places to visit in Nice including the Basilica of Notre Dame and L'Opera. In fact, the entire city center is literally dotted with beautiful Baroque buildings!
Castle Hill is another one of the top attractions in Nice which no traveler should miss. The views of the city and coast are just breathtaking. Finally, there are plenty of Nice activities perfect for art and culture lovers. Visit the Chagall Museum or Matisse Museum or get a taste of the latest trends at the MAMAC Contemporary Art Museum.
As you can see, there is a wealth of fun Nice attractions. Take a minute to browse through the tips and reviews from real travelers on minube and start planning your perfect trip today!