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Welcome to Nice

Located on the stunning French Riviera, Nice attracts visitors with its picture-perfect seaside locale and attractions. Guided private and small-group tours will whisk you by land and sea around the city and beyond to the sun-soaked region of Provence. Cruise around the Baie des Anges (Bay of the Angels) to admire the renowned sandy beach. Or take a cycling or pedicab tour of the broad Promenade des Anglais (Promenade of the English), which runs alongside the beach for about 4.3 miles (7 km). Book a walking tour in the old town’s pedestrian-only zone, where boutiques tempt you to browse and outdoor cafes invite you to relax. Foodies can take a culinary tour to sample the local specialties; or hop on a Segway tour to cover ground quickly. Explore the city’s Belle Époque architecture, the17th century Cathedral of Saint Reparata, or St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral just outside the historic center. Then get ready for a day trip of two further into the French Riviera and Provence for wine tasting. The city-state of Monaco is a 25-minute train ride away, while traveling to Cannes and Antibes also takes less than a half hour. Head further inland on a sightseeing tour to Grasse to check out a perfumery and smell wild lavender in the air. The charming tiny village of Eze offers incredible panoramic views of the Mediterranean from its hilltop perch, along with statues of goddesses and winding paths to lose yourself in the French Riviera.

Top 15 things to do in Nice

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Eze

Eze

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With its twisting cobblestone lanes, jumble of medieval houses, and shady courtyards lined with traditional cafés, Eze is a tranquil village high above the glamorous resorts and golden beaches of the Cote d’Azur. The hilltop town, traditionally written Èze, is undeniably picturesque, affording panoramic views over the Mediterranean, and its timeless charm has made it a firm favorite on French Riviera itineraries.More
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Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais

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A stylish walkway monopolizing four miles (six kilometers) along the Bay of Angels, the Walk of the English (Promenade des Anglais or La Prom) is a Nice icon offering stunning views, enticing pit stops, and the best people-watching in the city. Grab your bike, skates, or shoes—and don’t forget your swimsuit—for a sunny afternoon in Nice.More
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Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

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A honeycomb of narrow streets dotted with baroque churches, lively markets, bustling squares, and a thriving nightlife scene, Nice’s Old Town (Vieux Nice) remains the buzzing heart the modern French city. This seafront historic center offers an atmospheric introduction to Nice.More
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Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya)

Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya)

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Nice's Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya) is a veritable feast for the senses—floral fragrances rise in the air, vendors call out in French to mingling locals, and flower bouquets burst forth from every stall. Add the fresh produce market, sidewalk cafes, and weekly antiques fair, and it’s no wonder the market is a must while in Provence.More
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Castle Hill (Colline du Château)

Castle Hill (Colline du Château)

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Rising up over the eastern end of Quai des États-Unis, the 300-foot Castle Hill (Colline du Château) affords fantastic views over the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town of Vieux Nice, the Baie des Anges, and the glittering Côte d’Azur.More
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Massena Square (Place Masséna)

Massena Square (Place Masséna)

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If you're spending an even remotely significant amount of time in Nice, then you'll soon become familiar with Massena Square (Place Massena). It's the massive, open square at the bottom of L'avenue Jean-Médecin; just a little bit past it is Vieux Nice and the Mediterranean. Walk under the porticos in foul weather, or enjoy the sun on its wide walkways. It ends in a gorgeous fountain framed by faded cherry-red buildings, a favorite with photographers of any ability.In the daytime, Masséna Square is a busy pedestrian/tram intersection, and it can seem like barely controlled chaos as people scurry, stroll or simply hang out along its dizzyingly tiled surface. At night it's a bit less busy, but many are more distracted as the large human-like sculptures high atop poles change color like lava lamps!Massena Square is also the site for many of Nice's most popular events throughout the year, from Mardi Gras to Fete de la Musique concerts to summer outdoor markets, exhibitions and performances of all kinds. And at Christmas, it's transformed into a village with artisanal gifts, games for kids, delicious food stalls and even a Ferris wheel.More
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Place Garibaldi

Place Garibaldi

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Place Garibaldi is a large public square in Nice Old Town. With bars and cafes lining the square it’s a popular place for people to gather for lunch, dinner, or drinks.More
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Molinard Perfumery (Maison Molinard)

Molinard Perfumery (Maison Molinard)

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Since its founding in 1849 in the Grasse Province in the south of France, the world-class Molinard Perfumery (Maison Molinard) has been creating famous fragrances for men, women, dignitaries and even soldiers for more than 150 years.Travelers can embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of Molinard Perfumery that starts with a film exploring the company’s history and ends with a trip through the 1930s where visitors can witness perfume-making in its most traditional sense.The guided tour loops through Molinard’s beautiful reception area and flows into the soap room, where years ago a single person created hundreds of soaps by hand. The distillery remains one of the tour’s most incredible stops, as it’s one of the few perfume factories in the world to avoid modernization. Travelers will pass by the cream room, where they’ll learn about packaging and production before the final sales room stop, where a well-curated exhibition showcases fragrance collections from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.More
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Chateau de Cremat

Chateau de Cremat

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Constructed a mere century ago, Château de Crémat is one of the younger castles along the French Riviera. Looking out over the Var Valley between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alpes, the estate and its rolling vineyards offer spectacular views of Nice, as well as a lovely place to enjoy wine made and bottled on site.More
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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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An Italian-style mansion on Cap Ferrat in the French Riviera, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is the former home of socialite and banking heiress Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild. The villa and its extensive gardens are now open to the public.More
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St. Nicholas Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas)

St. Nicholas Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas)

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On a corner amongst Nice’s trademark French Beaux-Arts style along the Promenade des Anglais, is this gorgeous visual anomaly—the fanciful onion-shaped domes and bright red exterior of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, built by Tsar Nicholas II for the Russian community exiled to the French Riviera. These days, it is the most important Orthodox cathedral outside Russia.More
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Mt. Boron (Mont Boron)

Mt. Boron (Mont Boron)

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Rising above the port of Nice, Mt. Boron (Mont Boron) is a green wilderness with spectacular views over the great views over the city, and the entire Côte d’Azur, especially nearby beauties, Villefranche and Cap Ferrat. Sign-posted trails for hiking and mountain biking make this nature reserve a popular place to escape the city.More
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Quai des États-Unis

Quai des États-Unis

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Running along the waterfront of Nice Old Town, the Quai des Etats-Unis (Wharf of the United States) is a pedestrian pathway that divides the seafront from the shops, restaurants, and hotels of Old Town and provides access to the beach. The quai was named in honor of the United States after its decision to join the Triple Entente in World War I.More
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Massena Art & History Museum (Musée Masséna)

Massena Art & History Museum (Musée Masséna)

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Housed in an Italianate neoclassical villa fronting the Promenade des Anglais, the Massena Art and History Museum (Musée Masséna) focuses on the shared history of the city of Nice and Napoleon Bonaparte, through the personal effects, artifacts, and artwork of the Masséna family. The manicured grounds are also a high point.More
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Cimiez Monastery (Monastere de Cimiez)

Cimiez Monastery (Monastere de Cimiez)

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Originally founded in the 11th century by Benedictine monks, Cimiez Monastery (Monastère de Cimiez or Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez) is now a Franciscan monastery with a small museum explaining the austere Franciscan way of life throughout the centuries, with ancient artwork, frescoes, documents, and a replica monk's cell. Its gardens have sweeping views of Nice.More

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French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
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Monaco and Eze Small-Group Day Trip with Perfumery Visit from Nice
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Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip with Grasse Perfumery Visit from Nice
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Ferry from Nice to St Tropez
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Ferry from Nice to St Tropez

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Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze, la Turbie Full-Day from Nice Small-Group Tour
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French Riviera Sightseeing Guided Day Trip with Transfer from Nice
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Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze, La Turbie half day from Nice small-group tour
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Ferry from Nice to Monaco
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Provence Wine Tour - Private Day Tour from Nice
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Molinard Perfume Workshop in Nice

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Recent reviews from experiences in Nice

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Remarkable Sea Escapade
Lyly_P, Aug 2022
Ferry from Nice to Monaco
I cannot wait to visit this majestic city of Nice & the French Riviera again!
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Amazing way to meet people from all over the world
Margareta_R, Aug 2022
Riviera Bar Crawl Nice
Great atmosphere and a wonderful way to see Nice nightlife.
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Had a great tour guide....
Maja_W, Aug 2022
Cannes, Antibes, and St Paul de Vence Half day from Nice Small-Group Tour
It was nice to get to see some of the other spots on the Riviera in a nice air conditioned van!
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Fun afternoon excursion....
Maja_W, Aug 2022
French Riviera Villefranche Bay Snorkeling Tour from Nice
Not too far from Nice but still got to see some great scenery along the way!
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Highly recommended professional company.
Bernadette_O, Aug 2022
Nice: Italian Market, Eze, and Turbie Tour.
Got to see loads of beautiful places, we would never have seen alone.
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Yummy food & great tour
Sheena_G, Aug 2022
Old Nice Five Food Stops Full Dinner
He knew the best parts of the city to visit and all of the food was outstanding.
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Pretty escape from Nice
Ummara_S, Jul 2022
Grasse perfumery Fragonard, Gourdon, Tourettes Sur Loup, Saint Paul De Vence
Very nice relaxing way to be able to visit different surrounding villages.
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Good cruise
Jacqueline_F, Jul 2022
Ferry from Nice to Monaco
Great way to see the different cities from Nice to Monaco.
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great 1 hour shore cruise
Vijay_R, Jul 2022
Mediterranean Coastal Sightseeing Cruise from Nice
they also sell cold beverages on board , great for a warm summer day .
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Awesome guide & great tour
Koeli_P, Jul 2022
Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze, La Turbie half day from Nice small-group tour
He made sure we get enough time to see everything & enjoy the day.
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Great tour!
Nicolle_K, Jul 2022
Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze, La Turbie half day from Nice small-group tour
This tour was a perfect way to see the area!
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Provence at it's best
Georgios_k, Jul 2022
Gorges du Verdon Shared Tour from Nice
Great views of the Gorge, very nice taste of the countryside of Provenve, with forests, waterfalls, villages and lavender fields.
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Nice way to spend the morning and escape the heat
Elizabeth_K, Jul 2022
Nautical excursion - Nice/Monaco 2H30
Unfortunately t guide did not speak English so he was unable to give any information about the sites.
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Great day out
Sue_W, Jul 2022
Mediterranean Coastal Sightseeing Cruise from Nice
St tropez is a stunning place to see , busy but guess it is the summertime.
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Wonderful experience in the French Riviera
Prinolan_P, Jul 2022
French Riviera Sightseeing Guided Day Trip with Transfer from Nice
Great trip to see all the main cities in the French Riviera.
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Fun activity
Kathryn_M, Jul 2022
Molinard Perfume Workshop in Nice
I was unable to make a trip to Grasse to see the perfume factories in person so this was a good alternative.
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Great family snorkeling outing from Nice
Cynthia_S, Jul 2022
French Riviera Villefranche Bay Snorkeling Tour from Nice
Great experience for a family with kids.
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Thanks Nordine !
Dilva_N, Jun 2022
Visit the gorges du verdon.
Got to visit 3 different departments in 1 day!
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Great tour! Very nice tour guide
Alex_G, Jun 2022
Nice City Segway Sightseeing Tour
Perfect way to see Nice and all it's sights.
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Great train trip in Nice
steve_t, Jun 2022
Train Experience Through The Alps : The Baroque Royal Route & Salt Road Full Day
Many things to see and do.
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All about Nice

When to visit

Nice stomps into springtime with two weeks of parades, parties, and fireworks for France's largest Carnival celebration. Once the crowds have died down, the temperate climes of March and April prove ideal for sightseeing and coastal walks. Peak season is summer, when the beaches of the French Riviera draw sunseekers from around the globe.

A local’s pocket guide to Nice

Jade Broggio

Jade was born and raised in the South of France and lived in Nice as a student. She now lives in London but goes back regularly to visit her friends and family.

The first thing you should do in Nice is...

visit Fenocchio, an ice cream parlor that’s a true Nice institution. Choose from dozens of flavors and enjoy your cone from one of the famous blue benches on the Promenade des Anglais.

A perfect Saturday in Nice...

starts at the typically Mediterranean Cours Saleya market. After, head to the cobbled streets of Old Town and stop for a socca (chickpea pancake cooked over a wood fire).

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the food. Nice's culinary specialities are a mix of Italian and Provençal cuisines and there are incredible dishes to discover, including pissaladière,panisses, and pan bagnat.

To discover the "real" Nice...

visit the Garibaldi district and the Promenade des Arts, a real open-air exhibition space. Locals like to meet there for a chat surrounded by nature and art.

For the best view of the city...

climb the stairs surrounded by pine trees (which smell delicious) to the castle. At the top, a terrace facing west offers a magnificent panorama towards the Promenade des Anglais, the sea, and the mountains.

One thing people get wrong...

is skipping Nice in favor of Cannes, Saint-Tropez, or even Saint-Paul-de-Vence when visiting the French Riviera. Nice is a real gem that has a lot to offer.

People Also Ask

What is Nice most known for?

Occupying a prime spot on the Cote d’Azur, Nice is known for its seaside location and all that comes with it: sunny climate, easy-on-the-eye coastline, and seafood in abundance. The soft sunlight here is also famed, having attracted artists such as Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall over the years.

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How do I spend a day in Nice?

Start with breakfast amid the blooms at Cours Saleya Flower Market, then stroll to the Nice Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art—it’s a central alternative to the excellent, more distant, Matisse Museum. Treat yourself to some beach time at glamorous Plage Beau Rivage, before catching the sunset from Castle Hill.

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Is Nice worth visiting?

Yes. If you want to mix French seaside vibes with bustle, Nice is a tourist-friendly city that merges culture and sun with convenience. Its international airport and train links make Nice an easy city to visit: Once you’re there, you’re perfectly placed for coastal explorations and trips further inland.

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What can you do in Nice for free?

Stroll the Promenade des Anglais to see the iconic face of Nice, and admire the colorful flowers and bustle of Cours Saleya Flower Market. The historic streets of UNESCO-listed Vieux Nice make for a pleasant afternoon amble, while Castle Hill offers a steeper walk that ends with rewarding coastal vistas.

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How many days do you need in Nice?

Nice alone can be covered in a couple of days, but a trip of around five days will give you a fuller Cote d’Azur and Provence experience. The must-see cities of Cannes and Monaco are just an hour away, along with inland favorites including Eze and St. Paul de Vence.

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Is Nice touristy?

No. Nice depends on tourism, but that hasn't tainted a visit to the city. In summer, there are throngs of tourists—just as there are in other European cities—but the traditional French culture is alive and kicking here, and the city is unspoiled by mass tourism.

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