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Nice is the seventh most populous urban area in France and the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department. The metropolitan area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits, with a population of about 1 million on an area of 721 km².

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1 - Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, also called villa Île-de-France, is a French seaside villa located at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera.

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2 - Cap Ferrat

Cap Ferrat is situated in the Alpes-Maritimes département, in southeastern France. It is located in the commune of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Saint Hospitius lived here as a recluse during the sixth century. Thus, the cape is sometimes called Cap-Saint-Hospice or Cap-Saint-Sospis. Once the domain of King Leopold II of Belgium, Cap Ferrat is now graced with a number of magnificent villas.

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3 - Boat Tours in Nice

Discover the coastline of the French Riviera between Nice and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat during a 1.5 hour boat trip! Spend time at sea at the best time of the day on the coast from Nice to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat aboard a 12 seaters semi-rigid boat, guided...

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4 - Castle of Nice

The Castle of Nice was a citadel used for military purposes. Built at the top of a hill, it stood overlooking the bay of Nice from the 11th century to the 18th century.

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5 - Nice Cathedral

Nice Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the city of Nice in southern France. The cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Nice. The construction of the main part of the current cathedral's body started in 1650 and finished in 1685.

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6 - Scuba Diving in Monaco

   14 km away

Make your first diving experience in complete safety in the Mediterranean Sea, near Monaco with the professionals of the Monegasque Academy of the Sea! Meet at the Monegasque Academy of the Sea center in the morning to board their catamaran and go ou...

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7 - Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera and is located near the French-Italian border next to the Principality of Monaco.

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8 - Port of Nice

Nice is the seventh most populous urban area in France and the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department. The metropolitan area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits, with a population of nearly 1 million on an area of 744 km².

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9 - Jet Skiing in Antibes

   15 km away

Enjoy Jet Ski with Jet 27 in Villeneuve-Loubet near Antibes and feel the sensations of gliding and speed that this machine gives you. At the gates of the seaside resort of Antibes, in Villeneuve-Loubet, close to Marineland and Antibeland, find yourse...

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10 - Statue Masséna

Halle Georges Carpentier is a multi-use indoor sporting arena that is located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, France. The arena can be used for multiple sporting events, including: boxing, martial arts, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, handball, fencing, basketball, and gymnastics.

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11 - Castle Hill

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12 - Freediving in Nice

Come and discover the techniques of freediving in the natural environment in the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer from Nice! Do you want to discover freediving or to progress in the underwater environment in a structured way, by acquiring the good practic...

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13 - St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral

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14 - Promenade des Anglais

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15 - Wakeboarding in Nice

   11 km away

Climb on a buoy towed by a boat in Cagnes-sur-Mer and try not to fall into the water! The towed buoy is one of the most fun activities to do with family or friends to enjoy the sea and make the full of sensations! Between Nice and Antibes, Watersport...

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16 - Fondation Maeght

   12 km away

The Maeght Foundation or Fondation Maeght is a museum of modern art on the Colline des Gardettes, a hill overlooking Saint-Paul de Vence in the southeast of France about 25 km from Nice.

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17 - Prince's Palace of Monaco

   13 km away

The Prince's Palace of Monaco is the official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco. Built in 1191 as a Genoese fortress, during its long and often dramatic history it has been bombarded and besieged by many foreign powers.

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18 - Monaco City

   13 km away

Monaco City is the southcentral ward in the Principality of Monaco. Located on a headland that extends into the Mediterranean Sea, it is nicknamed The Rock.

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19 - Port de Fontvieille

   13 km away
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20 - Marineland

   15 km away

The Marineland of Antibes is a theme park founded in 1970 by Roland de La Poype in Antibes, in the French Riviera. On 26 hectares it includes a marine zoological park with dolphinarium, a water park, a children's play park, a mini golf and a three-star hotel.

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21 - Tourrettes-sur-Loup

   16 km away

Tourrettes-sur-Loup is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. It has been called Tourrettes-sur-Loup ever since the early twentieth century although prior to that it was known as Tourrettes-les-Vence, that occurred in the sixteenth century and lasted until the French revolution.

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22 - Fort Carré

   17 km away

Fort Carré, often Fort Carré d'Antibes, is a 16th-century star-shaped fort of four arrow-head shaped bastions, that stands on the outskirts of Antibes, France.

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23 - Vésubie

   18 km away

The Vésubie is a river in the southeast of France. It is a left tributary of the Var River in the Maritime Alps. The source is in the Mercantour National park near the border with Italy.

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24 - Musée Picasso

   18 km away

The Musée Picasso, formerly the Château Grimaldi at Antibes, is built upon the foundations of the ancient Greek town of Antipolis. Antibes is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France, on the Mediterranean Sea.

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25 - Antibes

   18 km away

Antibes is a Mediterranean resort in the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France, on the Côte d'Azur between Cannes and Nice. The town of Juan-les-Pins is in the commune of Antibes and the Sophia Antipolis technology park is northwest of it.

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Why should you visit Nice ?

Travel to Nice if you like:

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How to visit Nice ?

Why travel there?

Nice offers a perfect blend of stunning beaches, rich history, and local culture. The city's year-round Mediterranean climate makes it an ideal getaway no matter when you choose to visit.

How to get there?

Nice is well connected by air, train, and road. Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport is the third busiest airport in France and serves numerous international destinations. Alternatively, you can take a train to Nice-Ville station, which is well connected with other major cities in France and Europe. If you prefer to drive, the city is easily accessible via the A8 highway.

What to book in advance?

It's recommended to book your accommodations and any popular guided tours in advance, especially during the peak season (June to August). If you plan to visit popular attractions such as Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild or the Marc Chagall National Museum, it's best to book tickets online to avoid queues.

What are the costs?

Nice can be an affordable destination if you plan well. Accommodation prices vary depending on the area and the season, but you can find budget options starting from €30 per night. Meals at local restaurants can range from €10 to €50 per person, depending on the establishment. Public transportation is efficient and reasonably priced, with a single tram or bus ticket costing €1.50.

What are the best things to do?

Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, explore the colorful Old Town (Vieux Nice), and visit the Castle Hill for panoramic views of the city. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Matisse Museum or the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (MAMAC) for a dose of culture.

Where to eat?

For authentic Niçoise cuisine, try La Merenda, a small, cozy restaurant offering traditional dishes like socca and pissaladière. For a more upscale dining experience, Le Bistro Gourmand offers creative French cuisine in a chic setting.

Where to stay?

For budget travelers, consider the centrally located Hostel Meyerbeer Beach. If you prefer more luxurious accommodations, Hotel La Pérouse offers stunning views of the Baie des Anges and is just a short walk from the Old Town.

Off the beaten path:

For an unusual travel experience, consider visiting the Cimetière du Château, an ancient cemetery on Castle Hill that offers not only a peaceful atmosphere but also a breathtaking view of Nice and its surroundings. Another hidden gem is the Cimiez Monastery Gardens, a serene haven away from the bustling city, where you can explore the beautiful gardens and the Franciscan Monastery.

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Travel to Nice, the most Italian of French cities. Nice, the most Italian of the French Riviera cities, proudly claims its Mediterranean ancestry. This small, wealthy city, which enjoys a high standard of living, knows how to make itself appreciated by tourists. 
Nice is not only a legendary seaside but also a historical center where it is good to walk in its small medieval streets.

Considered a bit like French Florida because of the high number of elderly people who choose to live there to enjoy the sunny climate, Nice reveals sparkling and youthful aspects. And especially in its medieval historical center.

Located far from the sea, whose scent can only be perceived on windy days, the "Vieux-Nice" is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, ancient buildings, and small boutiques selling handicrafts of ultramodern design. The richness of the city is also reflected in the wide choice of restaurants and hotels, some of which are particularly luxurious.

Nice: What to do?

Nice, which is the largest city on the French Riviera, boasts a highly cultural status through its various municipal museums, which have been free since July 1, 2008.

  • The Musée Départemental des Arts Asiatiques, designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, houses classical and contemporary works. Free admission

  • Along the Promenade des Anglais, you will find the Museum of Art and History, in the Palais Masséna. This Belle Époque building houses collections that tell the story of the city from the time of Bonaparte (1793-1815) to the 1930s.

  • The Matisse Museum, also housed in a historic building (of 17th century Genoese architecture, to be precise) in the heart of the Cimiez gardens, offers a collection of works by the painter, who lived in Nice from 1917 until he died in 1954.

To get a good view of the Promenade des Anglais, you'll have to climb up the Bellanda Tower, which dominates the coast (free access by stairs, paying by elevator). Only a few stones remain of this tower, built-in 1830 on the hill of the castle. Once you reach the top, you will discover "just" a flowery park and its artificial waterfall, as well as an extraordinary view of the sea and the red roofs of the old town. Less cultural but very entertaining is the unmissable trip to the casino.

A walk in the city is a must. Among the cobbled streets, you will discover small craft stores in a picturesque atmosphere. Many religious monuments are also worth seeing: the Chapelle de la Miséricorde, on the Cours Saleya, which dates from 1740 and was built in honor of the Confrérie des Pénitents Noirs. 

Further inland, at the bend of a small alley, stands the current building, which from the 17th century was the seat of the Governors and Princes of Savoy who visited the city. 

But one of the must-see places in Old Nice is without a doubt the Cours Saleya market: every morning (except Mondays, reserved for antique dealers), this ancient esplanade comes alive with its fruit and vegetable market, as well as its famous flower market.
Finally, at the corner between rue de la Poissonnerie and Cours Saleya, look up to admire the House of Adam and Eve with its bas-reliefs dating from 1584. It is, in fact, one of the last old painted houses, once numerous in the old town.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Nice

What to eat in Nice ?

A must: the Niçoise salad, a fresh mix of lettuce, tomato, egg, and tuna.
To be enjoyed on the sunny terrace of a brasserie, preferably with sunglasses...

Lavender, herbs from Provence, and some typical embroideries.
Beware of counterfeits, however, so as not to end up with "made in China".

1) Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais
Stroll without restraint on this magnificent maritime passage offering an incredible view of the turquoise sea and the Baie des Anges.

2) Have a drink on the port of Nice
Located on one end of the Promenade des Anglais, the port of Nice is a very friendly place. It's the perfect place to have a drink while watching the great diversity of boats: small fishing boats, yachts, ferries, etc.

3) Take beautiful pictures on the castle hill
Almost a hundred meters above the old town and the harbor is the rocky castle hill. The hill is covered with holm oaks, pines, and cypresses... and it's the ideal place during your vacation in Nice to enjoy an exceptional panorama of the city, the port, and the Baie des Anges.

4) Get lost in the narrow streets of the old town
Near the Promenade des Anglais, you'll find the old town of Nice, the ideal place to discover numerous artisan stores, markets, ... and enjoy a lively and warm atmosphere.

5) Awaken your senses on the Cours Saleya
Welcome to the main pedestrian street of the old town! The Cours Saleya is a place not to be missed during your vacation in Nice to live a real culinary experience. Cheeses, spicy smells, roasted chickens, local products, fougasses,... enough to fill your eyes (or rather your mouth). You will also discover a charming flower market, full of colors. Take the time to drink a coffee, and observe the incredible life and animation around you.

6) Savor a delicious Nice specialty: the Socca
This kind of thin pancake made of chickpea flour, cooked in olive oil, will be a delight for your taste buds, to be eaten without moderation during your vacations in Nice!

7) Contemplate the Roman ruins in the Cimiez district
In the Cimiez district, you will have the opportunity to discover the ruins of the ancient Roman colony: the arenas, the thermal baths, etc. Then head towards the Cimiez monastery which has a beautiful garden, ideal for a relaxing walk!

8) Visit the Saint-Nicolas cathedral
Another place not to be missed during your vacation in Nice: the Saint-Nicolas cathedral. Built by the Russians in 1912, this cathedral is one of the most important Orthodox cathedrals (outside Russia). Its visit is really worth it so don't hesitate!

9) Sunbathing on the beaches of Nice
After having eaten the Socca, it's your turn to make the crepe on one of the sandy beaches of Nice. You can of course sunbathe and swim but also opt for water activities such as canoeing or jet skiing.

10) Admire exceptional works of art
For those who have a thirst for art and culture, Nice also offers different museums to discover, among others, the Marc Chagall museum (Cimiez district), the Matisse Museum or the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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