5 activities in Nice
Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, a few kilometers from Italy and Monaco, Nice is one of the most popular tourist destinations for French people and travelers from all over the world. In addition to its privileged location, Nice seduces with its temperate climate, its beaches with crystal clear and bluish waters, its museums and art galleries and above all its magnificent historic center. If you don’t know where to start when visiting Nice, here is a list of 5 totally unmissable activities in the city.
Discover the old town of Nice
Getting lost in the lanes of Nice’s old town without haste is a real pleasure for the senses and one of the best things to do in Nice. In these narrow, curved streets surrounded by historic buildings with wooden blinds and ocher and yellow colors, you will find shops, terraces full of people, markets and old churches.
In addition to passing through many charming corners, you cannot leave the old town without tasting chocolate from Maison Auer, Socca from Chez Pipo and ice cream from Azzurro or Fenocchio. In this area are also some of the best restaurants in Nice such as Le Millésime and Les Amoureux.
And the best way to make the most of your stay is to rent an apartment or a house that has an Airbnb concierge service in Nice. Thus, you will be entitled to optimal comfort during your holidays in Nice which will quickly become unforgettable!
Take a walk on the Promenade des Anglais
The Promenade des Anglais is a 7 kilometer avenue that borders the Baie des Anges beach and it is another of the most famous places in Nice. Its name comes from its first tourists, mostly British, who took advantage of the good weather to take long walks on this avenue.
It is definitely worth walking this long street to see the beautiful façades of Belle Époque style buildings among which the exclusive Negresco Hotel stands out. You can also take a photo on the famous blue chairs, which have become a symbol of the city of Nice.
It is also a very popular place for outdoor sports enthusiasts, especially for roller skaters. From this promenade, you can access the city’s public beaches to enjoy a refreshing swim in the turquoise waters so characteristic of the Côte d’Azur.
Visit St. Nicholas Cathedral
Saint Nicholas Cathedral is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral outside of Russia and it is one of the most surprising places to visit in Nice. This church, which bears some resemblance to St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, was built in 1912 in honor of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia by the large community of Russians who fell in love with this city and lived there.
Although the cathedral is a bit far from the center, half an hour walk, it is an architectural gem not to be missed. You can visit its interior with several frescoes from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. A good option to visit this cathedral and other attractions, if you don’t have much time, is to book the Nice tourist bus.
Climb to Castle Hill
Arriving at the end of the Promenade des Anglais, you can walk or take the elevator up to the Colline du Château, the best viewpoint in Nice. At the top there are some remnants of an old medieval fortress, a botanical garden and a large man-made waterfall, but the best part is admiring the fantastic views over the orange rooftops of the old town.
Visit the Lascaris Palace and the Matisse Museum
The Lascaris Palace, in Baroque style and located in the old town, is one of the most unmissable palaces in Nice. Built in the 17th century, this palace is distinguished by an ornate exterior in the style of Italian palaces and a filled interior with permanent collections on the city’s history.
Visiting the Matisse Museum dedicated to the great French painter Henri Matisse, who lived in the city for over 30 years, is another of the best things to do in Nice. In this museum located in the 17th century Villa des Arenes, you will enjoy a long journey through the paintings, where the use of intense colors by this world-renowned artist predominates.