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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

Great fun, scenery and the guide was really good

Really enjoyed it, not so much historical information, but a great way to see the sights of Nice

Nice: 2-Hour Grand Tour by Segway Reviewed by Gayle, 01/07/2017

The bikes were so fun and the tour guide was awesome!

We took the tour on a slightly colder day and that didn't even matter! The bikes were so fun to ride around the streets up the hills in Nice! Our tour guide, who was also an owner, knew so much about everything and really catered the tour towards our interests! It was an awesome time and we would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great wine excursion with a delicious but budget lunch and an awesome tour of Nice!

Vineyards of Nice Half-Day E-Bike Tour Reviewed by Erik, 01/05/2017

Fabulous! Best way to see all the towns for a first taste.

Our guide Zara was the best! I'm not a tour person, so I was hesitant about booking. It didn't take long for me to realize I made the right choice. We went to villages that I may not have stopped at but were the best part of my trip like Eze. The perfume factory was an unexpected delight. The pace of the day was perfect! Highly recommended!

Full-Day French Riviera Small Group Trip Reviewed by Kathleen, 12/18/2016

Half day tour is a quick overview with several sightseeeing highlights

The tour itself is fairly centered around key highlights considering the allotted time. Highlight for us was definitely Eze (history, 360 views, local artisans and architecture). The most significant highlight for us was definitely our tour guide (Sandrine). She was incredibly informative, experienced, 'sympatique' and customer centric. Also Sandrine was a conscientious and safe driver. This tour was from Tour Azur.

An excellent, fun way of seeing the best of Nice

Rafael our guide was very helpful, patient and informative from training us on the segways, very easy to showing us the highlights of Nice. He took us through the markets, the alleyway streets in the old town, castle hill views at the top and more. A great fun way to do the sights, we will definitely be doing the Segway thing again!

Nice: 2-Hour Grand Tour by Segway Reviewed by TE PUAWAITANGA, 10/17/2016

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