With its year-round sunshine, vibrant streets, and stunning views, Nice will exceed your expectations. This coastal city is located in the south of France in the French Riviera, a location you won’t struggle to find reasons to visit. After wandering the streets and taking in the views, it was apparent that this city is the perfect place for everyone; solo travellers, newlyweds, retirees, families. There is no shortage of food to be eaten or sights to be seen here in Nice so here is our list:
1. Promenade des Anglais
A 4km promenade along the Mediterranean, dedicated to walkers and bikers alike. It extends from the airport on the west to the United States Quay on the east. In the summertime, this is THE spot to hang out as the beach comes alive with lounge chairs, striped umbrellas, and lively restaurants. During the other seasons, you can still enjoy the promenade’s views as the bay never changes and the city is always alive.
2. Parc du Mont Boron
A picturesque elevated park overlooking the beautiful Nice on one side and Villfranche-Sur-Mer on the other. If you need a getaway from the business of the city, this is your spot. With 11km of marked trails, you’ll be able to enjoy Nice’s nature at your own pace while exploring 57 of Mediterranean plants. Take time wandering the walls of Fort Alban or enjoy a picnic under an olive tree.
3. Train to Monaco
Set off on a scenic train from Nice’s city centre to the second smallest country in the world, Monaco. Here you will find upscale casinos, prestigious super yachts and a fabulous shopping scene (if you have lots of money to drop). If you want to experience a lively lavish lifestyle, make your way down Allees des Boulingrins to Casino de Monte Carlo. In contrast, the rocky clifftop known as La Rocher is home to a quaint old town and Le Palais des Princes de Monaco.
4. Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill)
For the best views of the beautiful red-top buildings and stunningly clear waters, climb the winding stairs up to the castle (there is also a free lift in the summer). Here you can take the iconic photo overlooking Nice, but it is also the beginning of the gardens and ruins of Chateau de Nice. Give yourself plenty of time to wander this park, especially in the summertime with the large crowds (there’s a reason it’s the most popular park in Nice).
5. Cours Saleya Markets
Fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers can be found in this spirited part of Old-Nice. Brought in from the hillside surrounding Nice, these markets are full of flavour and colour that can be enjoyed however you wish. The markets are to be enjoyed Tuesday through Sunday. Make sure to enjoy a fresh cut flower or a delicious melon.
6. Vieille Ville
A vibrant old town, lined with cobblestone streets and colourful buildings. With no real plans, you can slowly wander through the streets and take in all that you see. This is a must see as it has so much youth and vibrancy. You are also exposed to the life of a local as they dry their clothes freely and water their blooming flowers.
7. Promenade du Paillon
In the centre of Nice, this busy square has everything you need. If you’re in the mood for shopping, Ave. Jean Medecin has the perfect combination of stylish designers and French boutiques. When you’ve shopped too much, enjoy the water and people at Place Massena with a croissant in one hand and a little wine in the other.
For a wonderful meal, you have to make your way to Napo Pizza 1954. Enjoy your pizza inside the restaurant or outside on their patio. Massena Gardens is the perfect place for a post-pizza walk. This area is perfect to enjoy both during the day and at night. At night, the park comes alive by light.
8. Parc Pheonix
If you’re feeling adventurous, head on a bus towards the airport to experience parc Pheonix: home to one of Europe’s largest greenhouses. This family-friendly park has 20 themed garden displays with approx. 2,500 plant species and a lovely lake where birds of all types come and enjoy peacefully. You can explore 6 different tropical climates to discover all of the amazing plant species.
9. Plage de Carras
With plenty of beaches to chose from along the Promande des Anglais, there is a beach for everyone. If you want a more quiet beach away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, Plage de Carras beach is right for you! It is closer to the airport and can be enjoyed on your own terms. It is also the only beach to have a water sports provider Jet Evasion provides rental jet skis to enjoy the bay from a different perspective.
Villefranche is a lovely town located directly upwards in the cliff. Check out Villfranche-Sur-Mer. On your way to or from Monaco, this is little town is a must! You can wander up through the hills to get a beautiful view of the bay or wander down by the beach to enjoy some sun and fun. You can also do the wandering, get tired and sweaty, then swim and relax. Either way, you will love this serene spot in Cote d’Azur
This trip was enjoyed by me, Shelby, as a solo birthday trip while Brian was assisting on a service trip to the Dominican Republic. We are hoping to get here as a couple and take in the beautiful French coast together.
Until next time,
Brian & Shelbs