France - French Riviera - Nice

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Things to Do in Nice 

From the narrow streets in the Old Town to large boulevards along the coast, from innovative architecture to beaches — Nice really does have something for everyone! 

Coastal City 

Between the rocky beach and the highway lies the Promenade des Anglais. This five-kilometer-long esplanade is home to well-known landmarks, famous hotels, residential palaces, and a range of restaurants, many of which were built in the Belle Époque and Art Deco styles. At the eastern end of the promenade, you’ll find a path that will take you uphill to the Colline du Chateau (Castle Park). This is a perfect spot for a view over the city and coast, which is made extra special by its castle ruins and stunning waterfalls.

View from Colline du Chateau, Nice, French Riviera, France, Europe
The view over the promenade and the city is best from the Colline du Chateau. 
 

The baroque-style old town is a great spot for both al fresco dining and retail therapy. If you get the chance, be sure to head to one of the many markets to taste some local delicacies and check out some ornate arts and crafts. If you’re in the mood for some more shopping, Nice’s other city districts offer plenty of smaller shops and malls. 

Light up the Night 

From the Old Town to the Promenade des Anglais, and onto the harbor, Nice has plenty of evening entertainment. There’s everything from glamorous champagne bars to relaxed cocktail bars, as well as top-notch nightclubs. On your way to the party, be sure to check out the Place Massena, Promenade du Paillon, or the Jardin Albert I., which are beautifully lit after dark. 

The Divided Village of Èze 

Great for a half-day trip, the medieval towns of Villefranche-sur-mer and Èze are located about half an hour from Nice’s city center. The latter is divided into the coastal town of Èze-sur-mer, with shops and cafés at sea level, and the quaint Èze Village, which sits on top of the picturesque mountain. The 12th-century-style village can only be reached by foot from Èze-sur-mer, which will take you about 1.5 hours.

Èze Village, French Riviera, France, Europe
Èze is located just about half an hour from Nice. 
 

The slightly challenging uphill walk is worth it: once you reach the top, you’ll find fascinating castle ruins and beautiful fountains to accompany your unforgettable view over Nice and its coast. This area is particularly busy among tourists, so if you’re after a bit of peace and quiet, follow one of the many trails leading into the more secluded mountainous region.

Splash Your Cash

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is another great option for a day trip. This is a more modern town, located on a peninsula between Villefranche-sur-mer and Èze. According to various sources, the small town is home to the most expensive land in the world. You’ll understand why, when you see the luxurious beach villas and impressive yachts.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, French Riviera, France, Europe
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is said to be home to the most expensive land in the world. 

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Interesting city right at the beach with lots of nightlife and shopping

Sightseeing

Beaches & water

Nature & outdoors

Winter sports

Nightlife

Shopping