If you can’t decide whether you’d prefer a city break near the mountains or the sea, Nice is the perfect compromise. From the moment you arrive, you’ll understand why the flattering light, which graces this spot on the French Riviera, has a history of attracting famous artists. Explore the medieval maze of Vieux Nice, drink in the sunshine and café culture on Cours Saleya. Then wander around the boutique shops and stop for a bit of people-watching.
Things to do
Nice is a best-of-both-worlds sort of a town, where historical Vieux Nice and the Promenade des Anglais sit comfortably alongside modern art galleries and boutiques. We’ve picked out our top recommendations, to help you whittle down the wide range of activities in Nice.
Promenade des Anglais
Head to the unmissable Promenade des Anglais to start your exploring. Known as La Prom to locals, it stretches right around Nice’s sweeping bay. The promenade’s perfect for a leisurely stroll along the palm-lined seafront, and you can feel the pleasant breeze on your face as you wander in the company of skateboarders and roller skaters. Soak up the atmosphere and stop off for a drink or bite to eat at one of the many bars and cafés along the way.
You can’t miss the Casino du Palais de la méditerranée de Nice from the promenade, which is one of the city’s most iconic buildings. Whether you want to play the tables or observe from a distance, the casino has a gorgeous waterfront setting. The Old Port area’s also a picturesque spot, where flashy modern yachts sit side by side with traditional fishing boats. Grab a table with a view of the harbour as you wait for the sunset to light up the sky.
If you’re looking for some culture then head to the Musée Matisse or the Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, before you explore the Old Town and churches like the Cathédrale Sainte Réparate and Chapelle de la Miséricorde. Prepare for a feast of colour at the Cours Saleya flower market, before you settle down for a meal and toast your day with a glass of French wine.