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Travel Guide of Nice in France by Influencers

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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Discover our travel guide of Nice in France made of pictures from travel influencers and photographers.

What you will see and do in Nice:

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Travel Tips for visiting Nice

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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