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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

Fantastic tour that ended up being private!

My boyfriend and I had a ball biking around Nice with Jules, the friendly Irish/French guide! A wonderful memory and a lovely way to see the city. Highly recommend! Jules, you rock!!!

Nice Highlights: 3-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by Sara, 06/11/2018

Picturesque trip with amazing private driver

We had a great trip with Danny. We went to Eze, which was beautiful, then onto Monte Carlo old town and Casino. We preferred Eze as it was less touristy but we'll worth seeing both. Danny was excellent. He was very accommodating and flexible so we could take our time and enjoy the sites. We liked him so much that we also booked another tour the following day to Cannes, Antibes and St Paul de Vence! All 3 we're very picturesque, but St Paul de Vence was stunning. Covering all 3 in one day is also a nice contrast between the coast and the countryside. I would highly recommended a trip with Danny.

Eze and Monte Carlo Monaco Private Car Tour Reviewed by Kelly, 05/29/2018

A perfect experience and one never to forget. I highly recommend it!!

I came there with a friend of mine and one if the most pleasant things apart from the views and the entire tour, was the tour guide. She was super friendly and funny too. Spoke different languages and made sure she accommodated us all. It was really great to have her as our tour guide and i would do the tour again any day! The overall experience of the tour was beyond great. I feel like it was money well spent and i would do it again given a chance. Apart from that, she was also willing to share with us info and she gave us a lot history on many of the sites. I have posted photos on my social media and friends have asked me about the tour. I recommend it highly!!

Monaco & Eze showcased by friendly & knowledgeable guide

Our relaxed & knowledgeable tour guide made our trip extra special - we loved learning about new places & putting places to names. Highly recommend

Monaco and Eze Small Group Tour from Nice Reviewed by Tina, 05/20/2018

All was great! Lots of sight seeing and good and skilled driver!

All was great! Lots of sight seeing and good and skilled driver! Driver Andre told lots of interesting things and could ansver any questions! If You have all day free, You can stay in Monaco longer and return to Nice by bus nr 100!

Monaco and Eze Small Group Tour from Nice Reviewed by Aigars, 05/19/2018