Nice, Nissa of its real name, is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities on the Côte D’Azur. Nestled at the foot of the Alps and facing the Mediterranean, it is easy to understand why the noble French, Russian and English have fallen in love with it. But then, what to do in Nice? Nice, the fifth largest commune in France, has more than 3000 years of history. By turns Roman, Italian, Greek, Savoyard and French, it is considered the border town with Italy, although it is actually the city of Menton which is a few minutes away.
I discovered Nice and its region thanks to my companion who grew up there. With him, I also got to know the neighbouring towns: Menton, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco, Antibes… these cities are known around the world for their gentle ness of life. Many people come to enjoy the beach and the sun, but there are so many other things to see in Nice!
Visit Nice in 1 day
Visiting Nice in one day is possible! If you’re motivated because you’ll have to walk a lot. Here are the places to see and things to do when you visit Nice.
Mythical, unmissable, legendary, the Promenade des Anglais is certainly the most famous place. It takes its name from the massive influx of wealthy English tourists who came to enjoy the mild Mediterranean winter. It is 7km long and stretches from Nice airport to the Castle’s girlfriend. It is possible to walk, bike or rollerblade in its entirety. The prettiest part is from the famous Negresco Hotel to Old Nice.
The old town of Nice. The charm of the cities of the south of France is often located in their heart of the city composed of winding, colorful alleys, shutters, small shops, linen at the windows. The old Nice is undoubtedly the part of the city that I prefer and my favorite photographic exploration area. Don’t miss the superb Saleya Court, St. Francis Square, Rossetti Square and St. Reparate Cathedral.
Masséna Square is the largest square in the city, particularly recognisable for its checkered floor and the red buildings surrounding it. The Promenade du Paillon is actually a green way that separates old Nice from the newer neighbourhoods. Very nice, with many children’s games and a water mirror.
Castle Hill is actually today a large park that overlooks the city and from which one has a very beautiful view of the Bay of Angels, the port and the Promenade des Anglais. There was a castle, or rather a fortress, between the 11th and 18th centuries. At the end of the Promenade des Anglais, a staircase leads to it on foot. For those who would have trouble climbing the stairs, there is also an elevator or the small tourist train from Nice.
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas. If there is one type of architecture that you wouldn’t expect at all on the Côte d’Azur, it’s this one! It owes its construction to the presence of a large Russian community. It was erected by Tsar Alexander II of Russia in memory of his son Tsarevich Nicholas who died of meningitis. Even though it is rather far from the city centre, it is definitely worth a visit! It is also possible to visit it.
You can’t leave Nice without eating a socca! If you don’t know what it is, it’s a thin patty made from chickpea flour. For me, the best is at René Socca, but he does not take the bank card. You will realize that Nice cuisine is a sharing kitchen that can be eaten simply and even often with your fingers! Among the things to taste absolutely there is socca, panisse, pissaladière, Salad Niçoise, pan bagnat and stuffed Niçois.
Visit ingeg: the different tours
Indeed, the city has an excellent public transport network so you can easily pass from one place to another by bus or tram. It seems to me, however, that the best way to soak up a city is to walk it up and down. I love getting lost in the alleys of old Nice, observing the colors, the details. On the city’s website you will find many tours that will guide you to make sure you don’t miss anything!
What to do in Nice when it rains?
Museums, of course! The city is culturally rich. Just know that it is not possible to pay for tickets to the unit, you are obliged to take a Pass to the Municipal Museums. There are two, the 24-hour pass at 10 and the 7-day pass at 20, which is relatively cost-effective and reasonable. Here are nice’s main museums:
- Nice Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
- Museum of Asian Arts
- The Museum of Art and History of the Massena Palace
- The Lascaris Palace
- Jules Chéret Museum of Fine Arts
- Charles Negro St. Museum of Photography
Nice in 2 days
If you spend a weekend in Nice, this will give you time to visit the surrounding area a little. In particular what is just on the other side of the hill, ie Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat via bus 81. Easily accessible by car and bus, you can even walk to Villefranche-sur-Mer via the coastal path, which will take you less than an hour.
Nice in 3 days
Are you in Nice for a long weekend? It’s even better! You will have time to do all the things written previously and organize a superb excursion between Monaco and Menton! Parking is very expensive, especially in Monaco, I advise against driving there. The 100 bus of the azure lines will allow you to make the Nice-Menton-Monaco journey and return without any problems! Passing through Menton, taste one of their lemon specialty, they are delicious!
Nice in 1 week
A week to visit the city and its region seems to me the ideal time. You can then consider the French Riviera Pass which includes museums and many other activities on Nice. The advantage of the Côte d’Azur is its incredible public transport network. Between trains and buses you can go almost everywhere without problems and above all it is much cheaper than the car parks of the cities that are around 25 euros a day, see more for Monaco. Among the towns and villages to see around Nice you will find: Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Peille, Saint-Agnès, Coaraze, Antibes and its square fort, Eze and its exotic garden, Cannes and the islands of Lérins.
Hoping that this article will help you plan your stay in our beautiful city of Nice!