Sitting at the heart of the French Riviera, Nice is a diverse, attractive and alluring port city with an enviable climate. It’s no wonder that it appeals to travellers of all ages, with something for both young and old, plus everyone in between. Originally a Roman settlement, Nice has at times been part of the Italian Duchy of Savoia and then Sardinia before it was ceded to France in the 19th century. Today it offers the famous Promenade des Anglais running along the seafront, castles, museums, a unique artistic heritage and its characterful old town to explore. And, if all that’s not enough, kick back on a choice of beautiful beaches and contemplate your next move.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Nice
Vieux Nice - It was only in the 1920s that Vieux Nice became a part of the city proper having been previously cut off by the river Paillon. It was this that helped it retain its independent spirit and unique charm. Discover a place of local bakeries, where elderly residents still sit and gossip in the street.
New Town - A major construction project has created this new area of town, with an open precinct at its centre and shopping streets branching off in all directions. You’ll also find the city’s two major department stores here, the Lafayette and Nice Etoile.
The Port - No longer a place where incoming sailors hang out, these days you’re more likely to find superyachts and high-end shopping options catering for Nice’s wealthiest visitors.
Cimiez - A beautiful residential neighbourhood that was the site of the original settlement. Sitting on the hillside overlooking the old town, it also enjoys the best views in the city.
Promenade - Stretching along the waterfront, the Promenade des Anglais has become a part of town all to itself. In-line skaters, tourists, cruise passengers and local youngsters all gather here to enjoy the spectacular views.
Things to See in Nice
The best views in town are undoubtedly from the Colline du Chateau, which overlooks the Baie des Anges. Although not much is left of the ruined castle, it’s well worth the climb. There’s also a choice of exceptional museums including the Museum of Asian Art, Parc Phoenix, Musee Matisse and Musee Chagall, celebrating two of France’s best artists. Wander the maze of streets in the old town, pick up some fresh fruit in the Cours Saleya market or head out east towards Monaco and the cliffside walk to discover some of the city’s best beaches.
Things to Do in Nice
Hike up to the heights of Mont Boron for incredible views of the city and surrounding area or explore the Parc du Chateau high above the centre of the city. Spend the day exploring Vieux Nice, soaking up the unique atmosphere or hire a bike or some skates and make your way along the famous Promenade des Anglais. If you’re in the mood for a day trip, Eze is a cactus-filled, classic Riviera village. Or stay in the city and spend a day wandering the galleries and museums, including the stunning Musee Massena, a Neoclassical villa dating to 1898.
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