Top 25 Things to Do in Nice, France – Holiday on the Sunny French Riviera






Whether your visiting the French Riviera for a day or every week , Nice should be high on your list of cities to explore. In trying to return up with our top 25 things to try to to in Nice, we considered the standard tourist hotspots also as a number of our local favorites. I wish this guide provides ideas for your next holiday along the Cote d’Azur.


The Old Town is that the perfect spot to start your journey in Nice. From magnificent colorful and varied buildings to the new market in Cours Saleya to attractive stores with its culture and attractive restaurants with its luxury, tourists enjoy walks along these ancient streets. As you wander around, stop for a visit at the Palais Lascaris, an excellent museum within the heart of Old Town. The seventeenth-century aristocratic building, now houses a instrument museum. While seeing the gathering of instruments is certainly interesting, it’s the building itself, with beautiful frescos and complex tapestries, that we most enjoy.




Pop into the Église Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur de Nice on Rue du Jesus which was originally constructed within the 1600’s by the Jesuits. After the Jesuit order was expelled by Pope Clement XIV, the church became a parish in 1801. The church is lit-up in the dark , so confirm to steer by if you’re within the area after dark.

Stop at Place Rosetti and pay a visit the Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate.. The Baroque cathedral features a gorgeous alter and incredible ceiling that's a piece of art.

Traveler’s note: There is an LCL bank ATM machine in Place Rosetti.  I use this one since they don’t have an additional fee and I get various bill denominations – I hate it when an ATM just gives out 50’s!


Every morning, apart from Monday, you'll admire the stalls of the Cours Saleya Market. devour fruits and vegetables for a picnic lunch, grab a gift for a lover or stop to smell the roses at the Marche aux Fleurs. The brightly colored awnings will guide you thru the market and out toward the Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur on Rue Saint-François de Paule. If you select , you'll walk along the Quai des États-Unis to flee the crowds.

*Monday, the world becomes an antique market where vendors sell clothing, dishes, furniture, jewelry and more.

Place Massena is recognizable by the Fontaine du Soleil with its massive statue of Apollo. Relax within the Jardin Albert I or the Promenade du Paillon. you'll also slot in some shopping on Rue France or enjoy some high-end, wallet emptying shopping on Avenue de Verdun. Follow the tram toward the gare (train station) along Avenue Jean Medecin, stopping by Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice, where you continue with more shopping and sightseeing.

The Liberation market, a favourite of locals, are often found as you continue along Avenue Jean Medicine past the railway station .




The Cathedral  Nicholas Orthodox should be first one on your list when visiting Nice. I didn’t add this to my article on what to try to to with kids in Nice, but once the Cathedral came into view the youngsters and that i said a collective “WOW”. Sometimes my kids are a touch bit more into architecture than other children.


The interior isn't what I expected and that i think my jaw literally dropped. The Orthodox Church in Nice is that the largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe. The cathedral was opened in 1912, because of the support of Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II . the outside is spectacular but it’s the within that's truly majestic. the inside contains a huge collection of decor... woodwork, icons and historical items moved from Russia to Nice during the Russian war .

Get superb photos of Nice from La Colline de Château (also called Castle Hill) which may be accessed through Old Town via Montée du Château. there's no castle here though! it had been destroyed in 1706 leaving ruins.



Stop by to admire the cemetary, Cimetière Israelite, on your walk up. This Jewish cemetery & Holocaust memorial may be a lovely spot to go to . you'll also take the staircase or elevator (Ascenseurs) on Montée Lesage. Either route you select , visit the waterfall, château ruins and park. Being the very best altitude in Vieux Nice, it’s the right spot for Panoramic views of the Port, Promenade des Anglais and Baie des Anges.

Walk down the Port side to ascertain the colorful fishing boats, Pointus. Walk around to the other side of the port and possibly stop for coffee at Club Nautique while watching the sailboats head bent sea. Or  you cant continue down (take bus 38) to Coco Beach.

On your way back toward the Old Town, pay your respects at the Monument aux Morts, which honors the great citizens killed during WWI.



On the eastern side of Old Town you’ll find Place Garibaldi. Admire the 18th century Baroque architecture and see the Garibaldi Fountain. Garibaldi was liable for unifying Italy within the late 19th century. he's called the “Hero of Two Worlds” due to his military enterprises in Brazil, Uruguay and Europe. And interestingly, received financial and military support from the us .

If you’re trying to find a sweet treat, stop into Patisserie Cappa. The Café de la place is additionally an honest place to prevent for a coffee and has good Wifi.

Next to the square, you'll access MAMAC or Le Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain. This contemporary art museum with changing exhibitions features a great rooftop terrace.

A great spot to ascertain the gorgeous Mediterranean is along the Promenade des Anglais. Rent full-size bikes right along the Promenade from Vélo Bleu or simply stroll along and luxuriate in the atmosphere. We spend many evening outside because the kids ride up and down the Promenade.

I’d suggest walking all the way right down to Le Negresco, stopping to enjoy the sites. While you’re down that way, consider a visit to the Massena Museum also .



Traveler’s note: Consider purchasing a 48 hour ticket, 7 day ticket or the French Riviera Pass to save money visiting the museums around Nice.  Kids under 18 are FREE.



If you’re looking to steer off a number of that fabulous Niçiose cuisine, a hike up to Parc forestier du Mont-Boron should get on your list. you'll take the bus if you’re short on time or energy. I’d suggest walking right down to Villefrenche-Sur-Mer on the opposite side of the mountain. you'll always take bus 100 or 81 back to Nice.

Another idea during your visit, is to spend a couple of hours or maybe a full day in Cimiez. Stop by the Musée Chagall on your thanks to see the biblical works of Chagall . It’s a reasonably small museum, so it shouldn’t take long.

After walking round the olive grove and visiting the Franciscan Monastery & Italian-inspired gardens (free), see the Musée Matisse to look at works by another famous artist that made his home along the Cote d’Azur. you'll admire paintings and drawings also as see furnishings, curtains and vases belonging to Matisse.

We’d also suggest the Musée d’Archéologie site de Cimiez et de Terra Amata which is that the site of the traditional Roman Baths within the city once called Cemenelum. the location includes locker rooms (men and ladies shared an equivalent locker room), toilets, swimming pools, hot and cold baths, a political bath (where men discussed politics), market, cemetery, cathedral and more. The piping system is sort of elaborate and interesting to ascertain also . We also stood on the old road made from Limestone, still intact after thousands of years!



Make sure to rehearse the Roman amphitheater – yep, there have been gladiators here too. this is often one among the smaller Roman amphitheaters holding 5,000 spectators.

Last but not least, the beach. If you’re lucky enough to go to during the hotter months, you'll plan a whole beach day on the shore. albeit the weather is cool, decide to hung out relaxing by the water. The ever changing blue waters are a treat no matter the season. Even better – grab a bottle of rosé and a pizza and luxuriate in dinner watching the sun set over the Baie des Anges (which translates to Angel’s Bay).

Don’t forget that Nice may be a great jumping off point for your exploration of the Cote d’Azur. There are countless day trips from Nice, you ought to consider when visiting the region also . you ought to also see our Ultimate Guide to Family Travel in Nice for more inspiration.

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