Welcome to Nice, in France, a beautiful city situated between the Alps and Mediterranean Sea on the French Riviera. Often referred to as the “capital of the French Riviera”, Nice offers great diversity in its cuisine, architectural gems, and cultural activities. Here is a list of the must-visit historical and architectural sites when you’re in town:
Promenade des Anglais: This beautiful, palm tree lined promenade is Nice’s most popular coastal drive. Taking a stroll here won’t just give you breathtaking views of the city, but also stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps beyond. The promenade was constructed in the early 19th century, by a group of English aristocrats and the name has remained ever since. Location: Boulevard Durante, 06300 Nice. Insider Tip: Make sure to bring a selfie stick and take pictures of your time on the Promenade.
Vieux Nice: Vieux Nice, or “Old Nice”, is the picturesque heart of Nice that’s just begging for exploration. Here, you’ll find an eclectic mixture of different influences, including Italian, Baroque, and French Renaissance architecture. Location: Rue Droite, 06300 Nice. Insider Tip: The area is best explored on foot. Make sure to take a few moments to relax with a cup of coffee and people watch.
Château Hill: The picturesque hill of Château has been the site of a fort since the 13th century and was once home to the powerful Grimaldi family. Today, it offers incredible views of Nice and the Mediterranean Sea. Location: Avenue de la Madone, 06300 Nice. Insider Tip: Take the elevator or cable car to the top of the hill for the best views.
Eating in Nice: Nice is famous for its cuisine, particularly its renowned seafood. Some of the must-try dishes include salade niçoise, brandade de morue (codfish), and tourte aux blettes (Swiss chard tart). Insider Tip: Take a stroll through the Cours Saleya food market to sample many of Nice’s gastronomic delights.
Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate: One of Nice’s most popular sites, the 16th-century Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate is an impressive Baroque structure with a bell tower and a colorful interior. Location: Place Rossetti, 06300 Nice. Insider Tip: Take a few moments to explore the small streets around the cathedral that are filled with art and souvenir shops.
Parc de la Colline du Château: This small park has a few dozen statues of important historical figures, including famous Nice natives such as Christophe Colomb and Maréchal de Villars. Location: Rue de la Préfecture, 06300 Nice. Insider Tip: You can also take a leisurely stroll through the colorful flower garden.
Musée Matisse: Located in the heart of the city, the Musée Matisse houses some of the French painter’s most important works. It provides a unique window into the world of Impressionism and modern art. Location: 164 Avenue des Arénas, 06300 Nice. Insider Tip: Visit the museum during the week to avoid large crowds.
There is a plethora of historical and architectural sights to take in when visiting Nice. From Promenade des Anglais to Cathédrale Sainte-Reparate, this vibrant city will delight even the most seasoned traveler. Be sure to take a walk or bike ride along the Mediterranean Sea and don’t miss out on trying some of the delicious local cuisine!