Top attractions in Nice
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, 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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
It’s a long day but a great way of seeing so many places in one go. You don’t have long (30mins or so) at each stop which can feel a bit rushed. It does mean that you get to see places where you might like to go back for longer. Guide was good; well organised, knowledgeable and helpful. Only one downside was the first trip to a perfume factory which was not on the itinerary and which was basically used to try to sell us all perfume. I guess the tour company gets some sort of kickback but I felt like we were being used and it was a waste of 45 minutes when we could have spent more time at other places. I wouldn’t not recommend the tour because of that, but just be ready!
40 Min. delayed pick up. The Routing was nice, I enjoyed the romantic picturesque villages and cities. Guide Rafael explained well, but generally to extrovert "entertainment"(maybe this communication-style will be liked from american/british clients), for me as a German it was too much "Babbling". Nevertheless the nature and architecture, we have seen, are amazing. Last but not least: tour booked in German, but the touroperator don't offer this, so it was explained in english. This should be clarified with GYG to avoid complainings and some clients can't understand the information, given from the guide. Generally an amazing half das tour.
Our Guide Vitali was a really charming, polite and very friendly guy. Picked me up right in time, the car was very clean. The routing for this tour is good, I had enough time to get some impressions of the villages and cities. Only one thing I have to complain (but its a fault from the company, not from the guide): I booked this tour in GERMAN. Ok, I'm able to understand and speak english, so it was ok for me, but it should be clarified immediately between the touroperator and G.Y.G., that the tours are not offered in german!!!
I forgot my driving licence so my wife had to drive the little car back to our apartment and we then sent a photograph of my licence. This wasted our first 50 minutes but it was totally my own stupid fault. The car was great. Everyone smiles and waves. We made it to Monaco and back but it was a bit far to be honest. Great fun though and I’d highly recommend it. A bargain for 4 hours use and the pre loaded sat nav. The fuel is included too. A brilliant experience. :)
Amazing tour as visited the entire French Riviera in a day . Visited more than 7 places in a day from Cannes, Morocco, Antibes, St Paul de Vence in a day . Get a snapshot in a day and can go back to the places if you need to visit the places in depth. Definitely recommended