Are you taking a trip to France? If so, make sure you check out these eight incredible things to do in Nice.
While you head for a European adventure, you can’t miss stopping by the charming town of Nice. If a stopover in southern France is in your plans, you’re probably wondering what things to do in Nice. To be sure, this charming French city has a lot to offer. To help you in your travel plans, here are some of the best things to do in Nice.
1. Promenade des Anglais
Iconic to the town of Nice, the Promenade des Anglais should not be missed. Walk or bike this 5-mile promenade alongside the Bay of Angels. On one side, you get to enjoy the seaside view of the Mediterranean and all the gorgeous beaches. On the other side, you’ll have a view of the town of Nice and luxury hotels, iconic architecture, restaurants, and shops. This is where you should go if you want to do some people watching while you sit at one of the seaside restaurants and enjoy the local cuisine. When you arrive at Promenade des Anglais, you’ll immediately know you’re in Nice. Keep in mind during the high season that the promenade can get really crowded.
2. Vieille Ville
One of the best things to do in Nice is to feel like you’re traveling back in time. If you want to go back in time, visit the Vieille Ville–the oldest part of Nice. When you step into Vielle Ville, you’ll see the change from the wide boulevards and squares. Vieille Ville is located just below La Colline du Chateau. This part of town has many Italian influences from when it was part of the Kingdom of Savoy. When you walk the street of the old town, you’ll get lost amongst all of the cafes, creperies, bakeries, and glaciers. Take in the beautiful architecture as you walk the charming streets and observe the earth-toned buildings.
3. Explore the Streets of Nice by Bike
What better way to take in the architecture in Nice than to explore it by bike? Sure, you could always walk the streets of Nice, but only by bike do you get a chance to feel the warm Mediterranean breeze on your face. Most visitors enjoy renting a bike from Velo Bleu and taking on the streets of Nice. You’ll find bike stations in many locations throughout Nice, and you can rent them for as little as 15EUR a day. If you’re not sure where to go, you can choose one of the many guided bike tours offered to visitors. Most tour companies offer a bike rental, helmet, and even a drink.
4. Castel Plage
Another one of the best things to do in Nice is to visit Castel Plage. This beach is one of the most beautiful private beaches in Nice. Visitors to Castel Plage enjoy soaking up the sun on the white sand beaches and clear blue waters. Enjoy sunbathing by the water or cooling off in the Mediterranean waters. And when you’re hungry after all that relaxation, stop by the restaurant on the beach to recharge before you go back to relaxing. You can’t make a visit to Nice and not enjoy what Castel Plage has to offer.
5. Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill)
Want to head to the highest point in Nice? It’s 92 meters above sea level, to be exact. Colline du Chateau is one of the most popular sights in Nice. Once a military citadel, it was taken down by Louis XIV in the early 1700s. Although the citadel is now in ruins, Castle Hill offers some of the most stunning views of the French Riviera. There are plenty of things to do on Castle Hill, such as overlooking the Bay of Nice or strolling through the gardens.
6. Admire the Baroque Architecture
You can admire Nice’s Baroque architecture everywhere you explore in Nice. Baroque architecture had its beginnings in the 16th century and was in style until the early 18th century. On your visit to Nice, you shouldn’t miss these three Baroque buildings: Palais Lascaris, Eglise de Gesu, and Chapelle de la Misericorde. Palais Lascaris is now a historic monument and a museum. The aristocratic family Lascaris-Ventimiglia built this structure in 1648. Enjoy this museum and make sure you don’t miss the frescos, salons, and staircases. Eglise de Gesu, also built in the 1600s, offers a blue and yellow facade. The inside will delight you too with all the marble and painted cherubs. Chapelle de la Misericorde is one of the best Baroque churches in the world. The frescos fill the interiors as well as the circulars walls and windows.
7. Musee Marc Chagall
If art is your niche, you can’t miss a visit to the Marc Chagall museum. One of the most celebrated Jewish artists of the twentieth century, Marc Chagall, was of French and Russian descent. Marc Chagall painted many important works using stained glass and large paintings. He’s celebrated for his incredible attention to detail. Chagall is a tressure in the city of Nice. If you go to the museum, don’t miss his Seventeen Century biblical paintings. Chagall divided them into Old and New Testament paintings.
8. Place Massena
Place Massena, located in the center of Nice, is one of the top tourist destinations in the city. Since everyone gathers at this city square, it’s a fun place to hang out. Once you arrive at Place Massena, you’ll have the opportunity to stroll through the gardens and the many fountains (make sure you see them lit up after dark) and sit at one of the restaurants to do some people watching. If shopping is your thing, only a few blocks from Place Massena you can find incredible shopping in traditional French boutiques.
Try These Great Things to Do in Nice
Whether you want to soak up the sun on the beach, explore the old town, or eat delicious food, Nice has something for you. Need to travel in style while in Nice? Why not book luxury transportation and feel like a movie star? Contact us to book a reservation.