There’s so much more to Nice than its world famous beach. This beautiful capital of the French riviera exudes elegance and culture and is bursting at the seams with fabulous galleries.
Its origins date back to approximately 350 BC when a settlement was founded by the Greeks who gave it the name Nikaia after the Greek goddess of victory Nike. Over the centuries Nice swung back and forth between French and Italian rule. Eventually in 1861 Nice became part of France once and for all.
The scenic beauty of this area, not to mention the sunny climes attracted the attention of wealthy Brits from the 18th century who enjoyed spending the winter months there and to this day it remains a very popular tourist destination with its mild climate all year round.
What To Do In Nice France – What Nice has to Offer
Nice is the largest resort on the Cote d’Azur and also has the most number of visitors. A good place to start your sightseeing would be in the beautiful old medieval town or Vieux Nice, as it is known by the locals. The Cours Saleya which runs parallel to the sea is one of the busiest streets in the old town and where you will discover the market with its glorious striped awnings and stalls with fresh produce and flowers. This is the real hub of the town and definitely worth a visit. The famous flower markets are held every day except for Monday.
Very close to the Cours Saleya is the Galerie des Ponchettes (Musée Dufy) where you can see an incredible collection of the works of Raoul Dufy. For art lovers, you may also like to take the chance to see some other noteable museums, amongst them, the Nice Museum of Fine Art, the Matisse Museum, the Chagall museum and also the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Another attraction not to be missed is the Palais Lascaris situated on the Rue Droite. This historical monument in the old part of the city is fabulous baroque palace which is worth visiting not just for its elaborately decorated interior and magnificent staircase but also because it is a museum with both permanent and temporary exhibitons including musical instruments.
Promenade des Anglais
No trip to Nice would be complete without visiting its famed Promenade des Anglais. This 7 km stretch of promenade is without doubt the most famous stretch of seafront in Nice. Travelling along this stretch gives you the opportunity to stop for a drink or a bite to eat as it is lined with bars and restaurants.
The ancient village of Eze
Impressive as the squares and buildings of Nice are it is also a great starting point for other nearby day trips. I would say that one of the best is a day trip to Eze. The ancient village of Eze which stands on a cliff 427m above sea level can be reached by bus or train from Nice. It is utterly spectacular and a trip that I would definitely recommend.
What To Do In Nice France – Final Words
We visited in April and spring was the perfect time to visit as it was warm but not too busy. Once you get to the top of the climb you are rewarded with the most breathtakingly beautiful views. The cobbled streets are narrow and the climb is steep but there are plenty of lovely little shops and galleries along the way where you can stop and take a breather.
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