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The capital of the French Riviera and former sanctuary of Europe's elite boasts inland sights as stunning as its coastline! Of course, you're going for the spotless beaches that inspired artists from Chagall to Matisse, but what else is there to see?

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town, or Vieux Nice as it's known by the locals, is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Wander through the narrow, winding alleyways and explore the restaurants, bars, boutiques and market squares.

Castle Hill (Colline du Château )

Get lost in a maze of greenery while exploring Nice's Castle Hill. Here you can take in some impressive views over Vieux Nice, the Port and Baie des Anges. You can also find the ruins of the former Château de Nice, admire historical landmarks and enjoy the Cascade Dijon waterfall.

Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais is considered the most famous stretch of the Nice coastline. This palm tree-lined promenade covers 4km of the Baie des Anges, where hoards of cyclists, rollerbladers and skaters can usually be found.

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Musée Marc Chagall

Chagall's paintings are as vibrant and joyous as Nice itself, making the museum a must-do for visitors – even those with little interest in art!

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Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice

For those who are interested in art – of the modern sort at least – MAMAC exhibits works from luminaries such as Francis Bacon, Yves Klein and Ai Weiwei among many others.

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas

Be transported to Russia by visiting the most spectacular Russian Orthodox church outside the country itself. The Cathedral of Saint Nicholas boasts a rich history and remains property of the Moscow Kremlin to this day.

Musée Matisse

Journey to the suburban Cimiez Hill for one of Nice's best art galleries, exhibiting Matisse's defining works, not far from where he spent the bulk of his adult life.

Cours Saleya

It's home to some of Nice's best restaurants, but the Cours also offers a feast for the eyes. The city's sensational flower market blooms with color every morning (bar Mondays)!

Opera de Nice

Perhaps you'd prefer a night at the opera? Or ballet? They're both here! The grand 19th-century monument to the arts is a sightseeing must, even if you don't attend a show.

Planning Your Nice Visit

Best Time to Visit

The coastal breeze keeps Nice from getting too hot during summer's peak season. However, consider visiting in September or early October to take advantage of the cheaper hotel rates while the temperatures still veer around the 20°C mark.

How Safe is Nice?

Nice is relatively safe, but with a high density of rich tourists, it's worth being on the lookout for pickpockets. Though rarely violent, one worrying trend is for thieves on motorcycles to reach into stopped cars. This can be easily prevented by either driving with the windows up, keeping valuables out of sight, or both. For the same reason, try not to carry bags and cameras over the shoulder closest to the road.

Good to Know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    The summer beach weather can't be beat, unless you prefer milder, warm temperatures, in which case, visit in September or October.

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What People Are Saying About Nice

Magnificent change of scenery - best informed guide

What a great day! The countryside is stunning and really look like postcards! Best 8 hours spend. You get to see all the villages that you cannot reach by train or bus or don’t even know about them! From hotel pick up to drop off -excellent! Best money spend! Thank You Rym - our lovely tour guide! You went the extra mile with a smile! I would recommend this to ANY tourist as the nr1 day trip in Nice! Bravo

Interesting narrative and interlude music plus courteous drivers

All the stops well poised and stop breaks are good as well as good pick up intervals

Nice: 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/31/2017

Discovered places we didn't know existed in Nice

Great tour of Castle hill and Old Nice. Samuel was very knowledgable, personable, and accommodating to interest of our small group. Enjoyed the history lessons and great vistas.

Our 1/2 day trip to was both beautiful with breathtaking views!

Sebastian was awesome! Eze was beautiful with amazing views, Monte Carlo was breathtaking we were in awe of the yachts as well as the cars. While Monaco was just majestic. Perfect 1/2 day tour! Our family of 4 joined another family of 3 plenty of room, AC & wifi in the van! Thanks for the memories Sebastian!

Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze Half-Day Trip Reviewed by Debi, 10/14/2017

Very fun, a bit scary riding through traffice, but fun!

We enjoyed the ride very much. My husbands bike battery kept quitting and the guide should have traded bikes with him but did not. Riding into traffic was very scary. The ride was beautiful with panoramic views along the way. I would have liked a little more time for lunch and glass of wine. The guide was very distracted arranging other tours with other guests while riding with us. Seems like their administrative process could be improved.

E-Bike Tour : Great Panoramic French Riviera Reviewed by James, 10/13/2017