The city of Nice is an attraction in itself, harboring gorgeous blue-green waters, premier shopping, impressive architecture and some of the best dining in the south of France. Second only to Paris in number of museums and galleries, Nice is a travel destination not to be missed. Take a look at this comprehensive must-see guide in order to determine which Nice attractions should be on your list.
A walk along the Promenade des Anglais is the perfect beginning to a memorable adventure in Nice. Constructed in the early 1800s, the Promenade provides visitors with an exceptional view of the city, as well as panoramic views of the sea. As the heart of this seaside community, Nice's Promenade is lined with beautiful architecture, beach-side cafes and open-air markets, making summer in this region one of the best times to visit France.
Revered as the largest and most beautiful Orthodox church outside of Russia, Nice's Russian Orthodox Cathedral is the most visited monument in the city. Inside the cathedral, travelers will find intricate carvings and frescoes lavishly decorated with gold and gems that were brought from Russia. Be advised that a dress code is strictly enforced - ladies will be expected to cover any bare skin and gentlemen wearing shorts will be turned away with no exceptions, so plan accordingly.
This section of town marks the convergence of the bustling commercial district of Nice with the city's charming Old Town. Due to the fact that it's one of Nice's most lively areas, expect Massena Place to be teeming with fellow travelers who are trying to soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere, but you'll also be pleasantly surprised by the array of events that are held in the square during most seasons.
Escape the hustle and bustle of activity in the city and take a hike in the Parc du Mont Boron, which is nestled just east of Nice. Offering over seven miles of hiking trails, visitors are able to climb up the hill and burn off some extra calories while also appreciating the stunning views over both the Southern Alps and the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the best things about the Matisse Museum is that it's free! The atmosphere of the museum and the beauty of the pieces it houses are also exceptional. Located in a 17th century Italian villa that has vibrant red walls, the body of work inside the museum were lent by the State, Matisse's heirs and the artist himself who was a resident of Nice from 1917 until 1954. Nestled in the heart of an olive grove near Hotel Regina where Matisse resided during his time in Nice, visitors are able to explore early works that artist completed as a student through pieces he created in his later years.
Yes, exploring the Côte d'Azur by car is arguably the best way to tour the Park your rental car and venture beyond Nice to the rolling hills of the Riviera to see some of the most awe inspiring panoramic views in the south of France. Touring the countryside on an electrically assisted bicycle (otherwise known as an eBike), is prefect for travelers of varying fitness levels, and will allow you to appreciate the beauty and serenity of the Côte d'Azur.
Known as being one of the best bust tours in Nice, La Grand Tour is not to be missed. Spend the day looping around some of the most famous attractions in Nice, hopping on and off the bus as you see fit. Drive around the headland to the port and on to Mont Boron for an intriguing peek at posh villas. A tour that encompasses the very best of Nice, this is one guided tour that should not be missed.
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