18 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Nice

Written by Lisa Alexander
Updated Dec 25, 2023
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When you first catch a glimpse of the seaside splendor and palm-fringed cityscape, you'll understand why painters such as Matisse and Chagall found inspiration in Nice. It's hard to compare with this setting: an expansive stretch of sunny Mediterranean coastline sheltered by rolling hills.

Historic Center of Nice
Historic Center of Nice | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

The historic center of town, with its cluster of brightly-painted red tile-roofed stucco buildings, Belle Epoque palaces, and Art Deco monuments, nestles along the Baie des Anges. The bay's cerulean blue waters skirt an expanse of pebbly shoreline. During summertime, the seafront is converted into small beaches with rows of parasols and lounge chairs.

Prized for its bustling waterfront promenade, beaches, and charming historic center, Nice epitomizes the French Riviera. You might be fooled into thinking it's just a resort town. Think again. Nice is a real working city, albeit a beautiful bay-front metropolis where the residents really know how to live.

Nice is one of the best places to visit in France to experience la belle vie (the good life). From wandering the quaint pedestrian streets of the Old Town to strolling the famous Promenade des Anglais, the delights of spending time in this cultured seaside city are endless. Plan your sightseeing itineraries with our list of the top tourist attractions and things to do in Nice.

1. Vieille Ville (Old Town)

Vieille Ville (Old Town)
Vieille Ville (Old Town)

You will not be able to resist the old-world charm of the Vieille Ville. Packed within the maze of narrow medieval streets and alleyways are apartment buildings strewn with drying laundry, locally owned cafés, tiny restaurants, épiceries (grocers), boulangeries, pâtisseries, artisan ice cream shops, and a cathedral that still celebrates Mass regularly. This little tangle of urban life is popularly known as "Babazouk."

The Vieille Ville begins at the western end of the Colline du Château (Castle Hill) and is bounded by two busy streets: the Boulevard Jean Jaures and the Quai des États-Unis.

A good place to start a walking tour is at the Cours Saleya (the southern end of the Vieille Ville), which hosts an outdoor farmers' market every day except Mondays. The market is well known for its selection of colorful fresh flowers.

Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate
Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

Next walk to the cathedral, the Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, a marvel of 17th-century Baroque architecture that stands on a compact square. Be sure to go inside. The sanctuary is larger and more opulent than you would expect. Take time to admire the gilded Corinthian columns and the sculpted cherubs surrounding grand masterpieces of painting.

Just a few steps away is the Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, prized for its delicate frescoes and impressive sculpture collection.

From the cathedral, go for a stroll around the neighborhood. If you head toward the Rue Sainte-Réparate or the Ruelle de la Halle aux Herbes, you will come across a few enticing restaurants. Continue north to the Ruelle de la Boucherie, an alleyway that runs into the Rue de la Boucherie, where you will see gourmet food shops and other boutiques frequented by locals.

If you stumble upon the Rue de la Poissonnerie (a narrow street between the Cours Saleya and the cathedral), you will find two noteworthy places to stop. Look for the Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation (Chapelle Sainte-Rita), an ornately decorated 17th-century church, and for a tiny macaron shop & tea salon (located at number 6) called Angea.

Continuing farther north is the Palais Lascaris (15 Rue Droite), a sumptuous Baroque palace listed as a Monument Historique. The palace houses the Musée du Palais Lascaris, a collection of 17th- and 18th-century furniture, paintings, sculptures, Flemish tapestries, and musical instruments. The second floor of the palace reveals mythological-themed ceiling frescoes of the Italian school.

2. Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais
Promenade des Anglais

The first vacation-goers to discover Nice were British aristocrats, who arrived here in the 1820s. The Brits traded in grey drizzly English winters for la vie en rose under the sunny French Riviera skies. This gorgeous seaside promenade takes its name from those original visitors.

The Promenade des Anglais follows the curve of the Baie des Anges and its shoreline. This broad waterfront esplanade is reserved for walking, roller skating, rollerblading, and skateboarding. Everyone seems to come out to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activity at the same time! A bike lane parallels the pedestrian promenade and next to that is a grassy median lined with palm trees.

View of Nice and the Promenade des Anglais
View of Nice and the Promenade des Anglais

You'll find plenty of locals here, walking their dogs, chatting with friends, or just taking in the unique slice of urban/seaside life in Nice. Everyone loves this promenade, from teenagers and college students who hang out on the beach, to older residents who come here to relax by the sea.

Why not join in the scene? Find one of the iconic blue-painted metal chairs (nailed in place so that they are more like a bench) or the slightly shaded benches beneath a few pergolas. If you prefer to be right on the beach, take one of the staircases down to the seafront.

Statue de la Liberté on the Quai des Etats Unis
Statue de la Liberté on the Quai des Etats Unis | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

Just behind the Promenade des Anglais, on the Quai des Etats Unis, is the Statue de la Liberté. This statue is a scaled-down version of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Architectural highlights of the Promenade des Anglais include the Art Deco Palais de la Méditerranée (at number 13), now a five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel with a gourmet restaurant overlooking the sea, and the legendary Le Negresco (at number 37), which is listed as a Monument Historique. Le Negresco is a lavish five-star luxury hotel with a world-class art collection and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

3. Place Massena & Fontaine du Soleil

Place Massena near Avenue Felix Jaures
Place Massena near Avenue Felix Jaures | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

The Place Massena is the centerpiece of Nice both physically and figuratively. It borders the Vieille Ville (Old Town) and is a short walk from the Promenade des Anglais. You must visit, ideally as soon as you arrive in Nice, to soak up the spirit of the city.

The square makes quite an impression with its enormous fountain. You can really feel the Italian influence here. The Fontaine du Soleil (Fountain of the Sun God) has an obvious Roman-inspired theme, and the Place Massena is full of life just like a piazza in Italy. Foca, a small shop that sells focaccia (an Italian specialty) sandwiches is found in the row of curved buildings across from the fountain.

Apollo Fountain
Apollo Fountain | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

Take a moment to admire the fountain. Notice the enormous size of the Apollo statue, at 7 meters in height. This is no ordinary Neoclassical statue. The artist really had a sense of humor! Look at Apollo's head, he's sporting a miniature chariot as a crown. And since he's so close to the beach, he's holding a towel but otherwise presents himself au naturel.

Outdoor cafés at Place Massena
Outdoor cafés at Place Massena | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

Of course, tourists head here to take selfies and travel pics, but locals also meet at the fountain and then walk to nearby eateries or cafés. At the northern end of the square on either side of the tram stop, there are two outdoor cafés. The tables spill out onto the square so that you may enjoy your coffee and conversation in the afternoon sunshine.

The section of Place Massena next to the tram stop (at Avenue Félix Jaure) is a hub of social and commercial life in Nice. You'll find it's almost always busy, day and night. This intersection leads to Avenue Jean Médecin, a modern street lined with shops like Sephora, Zara, and Mango. You could head in the opposite direction (south) towards the Avenue de Verdun to browse designer boutiques such as Tiffany & Co., Cartier, and Hermès.

4. Parc de la Colline du Château (Castle Hill Park)

View from Parc de la Colline du Château
View from Parc de la Colline du Château | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

On a sunny afternoon, you will love the pleasant breezes and shade of this wooded hillside park. Even on a cloudy day, the Parc de la Colline du Château boasts some of the best views in Nice. The expanse of red-tile rooftops, church towers, and the sparkling Mediterranean coastline stretches out for miles before your eyes.

Note: Despite its name, Colline du Château does not have a castle. Unfortunately, the medieval château was destroyed by Louis XIV in 1706.

You can reach the Colline du Château by foot from the Old Town: Either head to the Quai des États-Unis and then take the Mont Lesage staircase or get there from the other side of town, by walking from Rue Catherine Segurane to the Mont Eberlé footpath. The first option will take you right to the Tour Bellanda observation deck. The second option is a better choice if you're coming from the direction of Place Garibaldi.

Either way, it's a delightful walk/hike through shady oak woodlands to reach the top of the Colline du Château park. The Tour Bellanda observation deck affords breathtaking views of the coastline.

Author Lisa Alexander at Point de Vue Terrace
Author Lisa Alexander at Point de Vue Terrace | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

For the most spectacular panoramic vistas, head to the Point de Vue terrace (where you'll find a Touring Club de France compass). Here you can see the Vieille Ville, the Promenade des Anglais, and the Baie des Anges. You'll want to spend some time soaking up the amazing scenery. If you're lucky, someone might be playing accordion music while you're there.

Below the terrace is a small café with tables on an outdoor patio that overlooks the Nice harbor and hillsides.

Author's Tips: The short uphill hike to the top of the Colline du Château park is somewhat strenuous. It's best not to attempt this on a hot summer day. In the summer, you might go early in the morning or take the elevator from the Rue des Ponchettes.

Waterfall at Parc de la Colline du Château (Castle Hill Park)
Waterfall at Parc de la Colline du Château (Castle Hill Park)

One of the highlights of the park is the cascade (waterfall) as well as the viewing platform above it. There's also a children's playground, scenic train rides (for a fee) for tourists, and an archaeological site.

The park is open every day from 8:30am until 6:00pm year-round (until 8:00pm in spring and summertime).

Address: Rue des Ponchettes, Rue de Foresta, Montée Montfort, Nice

5. Musée Matisse

Musée Matisse
Musée Matisse

Sitting on the hill of Cimiez, the Musée Matisse is a must-see attraction for anyone who appreciates modern art. This delightful museum occupies a 17th-century Italianate villa surrounded by gorgeous Mediterranean gardens and olive groves. The permanent collection represents an extensive and diverse assortment of Matisse's works.

There are 31 paintings, over 400 drawings, and 57 sculptures (almost all the sculptures Matisse ever created), along with interesting sketches for the decorations of the Chapel in Vence. The entire ensemble of works provides an overview of the artist's creative method and genius.

You will have a chance to admire some of the artist's masterpieces such as the Portrait de Madame Matisse from his Fauve period and Tahiti I and La Verdure from the 1930s. Matisse's signature "cut-outs" style of art is well represented, including the Nu Bleu and the enormous Fleurs et Fruits.

The museum is open every day year-round except Tuesdays. Guided tours are available in English and French.

Address: 164 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, Nice

6. Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez

Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez
Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez

Near the Matisse Museum, the Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez is nestled in the hilltop Cimiez neighborhood, directly above the ancient ruins of Cemenelum. Below the monastery are vestiges of the Roman baths and amphitheater.

Originally a Benedictine foundation, the monastery was taken over by the Franciscans in the 16th century and extended in the 17th century. Its present appearance is characterized by the restoration carried out according to neo-Gothic models in 1850.

Today the Cimiez Monastery is listed as a Monument Historique and houses a museum about the history of local Franciscan monks since the 13th century. The museum also contains a collection of frescoes and religious art.

The monastery's 15th-century church is adorned with three masterpieces of painting by Louis Bréa, the renowned Italian painter.

You will enjoy wandering the monastery's luxuriant grounds, landscaped with Mediterranean trees and a rose garden. Vantage points from the garden offer sweeping views of the town all the way to the sea.

Address: Place du Monastère, Nice

7. Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain

Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain
Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain | EQRoy / Shutterstock.com

The Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain was opened in 1990. Housed in a sleek building created by architects Yves Bayard and Henri Vidal, the building has four towers faced in Carrara marble from quarries in Carrara, Italy.

The museum's collection represents a cross-section of fine arts from the 1950s through the 1970s, including Pop Art and American abstract art. Particularly noteworthy are works on display by Yves Klein, of the Nouveaux Réalistes (New Realism) movement, who was born in Nice in 1928.

Rooftop of the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain
Rooftop of the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

Be sure to check out the rooftop, which offers 360-degree panoramas of the Nice cityscape. You can walk around the circular rooftop walking path, to check out the vistas from four different vantage points. Each viewing platform features an interesting perspective on the city, such as an outlook onto the Old Town and the sea or a view of the hilltop Cimiez neighborhood.

Address: Place Yves Klein, Nice

8. Promenade du Paillon

Jardin Albert 1er
Jardin Albert 1er

The Promenade du Paillon provides a breath of fresh air and calming green space, right in the heart of Nice next to the Place Massena. The garden is sandwiched between the Avenue de Verdun and the Boulevard Jean Jaures.

It's more of a locals' hang-out spot than a tourist destination. Still, you should stop by on your way back from visiting the nearby Fontaine du Soleil or on the way to the Promenade des Anglais. You will get a taste of what life is like for Nice residents, who come here to chat with friends, go for a stroll, or bring their kids to the playground.

The centerpiece of the Promenade du Paillon is the Miroir d'Eau water fountain. This modern installation features dozens of water jets that spray a cool mist. The fountains spout water in a synchronized fashion, and sometimes music accompanies the show. In the evenings, the Miroir d'Eau is illuminated.

Miroir d'Eau on the Promenade du Paillon
Miroir d'Eau on the Promenade du Paillon | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

The southern end of the Promenade du Paillon incorporates the Jardin Albert 1er (although signs indicating the name of this garden are hard to find). You'll know you're there when you see the shady trees, manicured shrubs, central fountain, and old-fashioned carousel. The Promenade des Anglais is just steps away from the Jardin Albert 1er.

The Jardin Albert 1er has a pleasant open-air theater, the Théâtre de Verdure surrounded by pine and palm trees. In the spring and summer, this outdoor venue offers music concerts, including rock festivals and performances by popular rock bands.

9. Musée National Marc Chagall

Musée National Marc Chagall
Musée National Marc Chagall

Admirers of Marc Chagall will be delighted by this museum, which houses a remarkable assortment of Chagall's biblical-themed works. The collection contains 12 large paintings depicting Old Testament illustrations, as well as a wide selection of paintings created by Chagall throughout his lifetime.

Pleasant green space surrounds the museum. The natural landscaping of olive trees, cypresses, oaks, and Mediterranean flora gives the impression of a Garden of Eden. Agapanthus flowers were planted in the garden because they bloom in early July, around the time of Chagall's birthday.

The Musée National Marc Chagall also has a lovely garden café and a gift shop.

Address: Avenue Docteur Ménard, Nice

10. Outdoor Markets at the Cours Saleya

Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs)
Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs) | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

Nice is famous for its Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs) in the Old Town. Local vendors sell a wide selection of colorful flowers from stalls with striped awnings. This vibrant scene looks like an image from a painting.

The flower market is part of a traditional open-air Provençal market held at the Cours Saleya. Besides flowers, the Marchés aux Fruits et aux Légumes (Fruit and Vegetable Markets) sells farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and other food products.

Marchés aux Fruits et aux Légumes
Marchés aux Fruits et aux Légumes | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

You will be wowed by the variety and array of products. Just the choice of vegetables is astounding, from the perfect eggplant to ten kinds of tomatoes and three types of artichokes. Plus, you might see products rarely found outside of France such as white asparagus, endive, fresh beets, and tiny wild strawberries.

The Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market) and Marchés aux Fruits et aux Légumes are held every day, from 6:00am until 1:00pm, except Mondays.

11. Musée Masséna

Villa Masséna
Villa Masséna | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

The Villa Masséna exemplifies a Belle Epoque mansion of the late 19th century. Set within a lush Mediterranean garden, this opulent building is registered as a Monument Historique and the first floor is a gem of interior design.

The Villa Masséna houses the Musée Masséna art collection. Exhibits display military-themed paintings that depict the victorious battles of Napoleon I, as well as 19th-century landscape paintings featuring the coastal scenery of Nice.

Villa Masséna Interior
Villa Masséna Interior | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

Other highlights include the antiques, graphic arts, hand-painted porcelain vases, a portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte, and the tiara of Empress Josephine (the first wife of Napoleon).

The museum is open every day year-round except Tuesdays. Hours are 10:00am until 5:00pm (until 6:00pm in summertime).

Address: 65 Rue de France or 35 Promenade des Anglais, Nice

12. Carnival de Nice

Carnival de Nice
Carnival de Nice

The Carnival de Nice has its origins in the Catholic tradition of merrymaking prior to Lent. Every year for two weeks in February, the city of Nice hosts a wild and crazy festival that draws huge crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

Spectators marvel over the fabulous parades of eye-catching floats and dazzling entertainment, such as Brazilian dancers and regional folk groups from the County of Nice. Other parades showcase giant puppets called "grosses têtes" and decorations made of fresh flowers.

The Nice Carnival is one of the most well-attended and popular events on the French Riviera.

13. Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas

Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas (St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral)
Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas (St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral)

The Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas is considered one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches outside Russia. This exquisite cathedral was built in 1912 and is classified as a Monument Historique.

Designed in the Muscovite style, the cathedral's richly decorated interior has the appearance of a jewel box with its ornamental icons, murals, and gilded iconostasis. The cathedral's crypt houses a museum.

The cathedral is still used as a place of worship. Religious services take place on Sunday mornings. Visitors are admitted but must respect certain rules: For men, wearing a shirt is required. For women, mini skirts and shorts are not allowed, shoulders should be covered, and a head covering is preferred.

You may visit the cathedral Monday through Saturday (9:00am until 1:00pm and 2:00pm until 6:00pm) and on Sundays (2:00pm until 6:00pm). Guided tours of the cathedral are available (in English, French, or Japanese) daily.

Address: Avenue Nicolas II and Boulevard Tzarévitch, Nice

14. Musée des Beaux-Arts

Musée des Beaux-Arts
Musée des Beaux-Arts

In the university district of Les Baumettes, the Musée des Beaux-Arts offers an extensive collection of works spanning the 16th to 20th centuries. The collection includes French paintings, as well as Italian and Flemish works.

Highlights are the 17th- and 18th-century French paintings, and 19th-century paintings and sculptures. Artists represented include Jules Chéret, Fragonard, Jan Brueghel de Velours, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Pierre Bonnard, and Raoul Dufy.

Address: 33 Avenue des Baumettes, Nice

15. Place Garibaldi & Le Petit Marais

Place Garibaldi
Place Garibaldi | Photo Copyright: Lisa Alexander

A short walk away from the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, the Place Garibaldi is one of the largest squares in Nice. Designed in the late 18th century and bordered by stately Baroque buildings, the square now has a modern urban feel as it is at the junction of four high-traffic thoroughfares and is crossed by a tramline.

Gracing the square is a statue of a famous Nice resident, the Italian freedom fighter Garibaldi. Place Garibaldi also has an old-fashioned carousel, an outdoor café, a pâtisserie boutique, and a few restaurants with al fresco dining patios. Take a coffee or meal break, to soak up the afternoon sunshine and people-watch at one of the outdoor terraces.

Place Garibaldi
Place Garibaldi

One of the trendiest neighborhoods in Nice, Le Petit Marais is found between Place Garibaldi and the port. This charming quarter is known for its restaurants and nightlife.

At the heart of the restaurant scene in Le Petit Marais, you will find the charming pedestrian-only Place du Pin. This hub of social activity attracts a young crowd. Many of the restaurants have outdoor terraces for al fresco dining during the warmer months. During wintertime, the restaurants cover their terraces for a cozy atmosphere.

Nearby, the Rue Bonaparte is packed with casual eateries, cafés, pastry shops, specialty grocers, and gourmet food purveyors.

If you want to check out another place where locals hang out, head to the Port de Nice (Vieux Port). This historic port serves as a fishing harbor and also features a selection of trendy waterfront restaurants and cafés.

16. Coastal Sightseeing Cruises

View of Villefranche-sur-Mer from a coastal cruise
View of Villefranche-sur-Mer from a coastal cruise

A sightseeing cruise is one of the best ways to appreciate the gorgeous Mediterranean landscape of Nice. The area around Nice abounds with stunning scenery, from the cerulean waters of the Baie des Anges to the picturesque coastline of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

An excellent choice for first-time visitors, the one-hour Coastal Cruise from Nice departs from the Port of Nice and travels around the Baie des Anges and down the coastline. Along the way, tourists can admire the distinctive landscape of mountains, hilltop villages, and seaside villas. Commentary about the sights and the region's history adds to the experience.

17. Jardin des Arènes de Cimiez

Jardin des Arenes de Cimiez
Jardin des Arenes de Cimiez

Set in a grove of hundred-year-old olive trees, this lovely garden across from the Cimiez Monastery is a wonderful place of relaxation. On sunny days, locals enjoy going for leisurely strolls in the garden. Tourists will appreciate this space for its refreshing greenery, as well as the amazing sea views from the terraces.

Not just for nature lovers, the Jardin des Arènes de Cimiez also appeals to history buffs. Besides shady trees and welcome green space, the park boasts archaeological remains (an amphitheater and baths) from the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum. The garden is open to the public free of charge.

Address: 184 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, Nice

18. Parc Phoenix

Scarlet Macaws at the Parc Phoenix
Scarlet Macaws at the Parc Phoenix

Families with young kids will want to visit the Parc Phoenix, at the very end of the Promenade des Anglais near the airport. This seven-hectare park includes a botanical garden plus a playground and a zoo. The zoo is home to otters, porcupines, turtles, wallabies, parrots, and flamingoes, among other animals.

Address: 405 Promenade des Anglais, Nice

Where to Stay in Nice for Sightseeing

The best place to stay in Nice is close to the waterfront and the Promenade des Anglais, where you can enjoy the beach and soak up the seaside ambiance. The Old Town, or Vieille Ville, is just a short distance to the east at the base of the Colline du Château (Castle Hill). Below are some highly-rated hotels in great locations:

Luxury Hotels:

  • Right on the Promenade des Anglais and in the center of all the action is the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée. This five-star hotel features a spectacular pool area overlooking the sea and a chic restaurant that serves Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Clinging to the cliffs below Colline du Château and just steps away from the Vieille Ville, the four-star Hôtel La Pérouse offers elegant guest rooms and memorable gourmet dining. The hotel's garden-patio restaurant is set in a grove of lemon trees. Guests are also enchanted by the views of the city and bay from the rooftop sundeck.
  • A converted Belle Epoque mansion, the four-star Hôtel Petit Palais provides spacious guest rooms and delightful terrace gardens. The hotel is within walking distance of the Musée Matisse and the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • A short walk from the Promenade des Anglais, La Villa Nice Victor Hugo offers bright, cheerful contemporary-style rooms in an elegant building of the Belle Epoque era.
  • A few blocks away from the Nice train station, the three-star ibis Styles Nice Centre Gare features whimsical decor and a sunny outdoor patio where breakfast is served.
  • The Hôtel Florence Nice is tucked away on a pleasant pedestrian-only street, close to the Vieille Ville and just a five-minute walk to the Promenade des Anglais. This three-star hotel has a variety of rooms; some feature terraces with city views.

Budget Hotels:

  • Built on terraces of a lush hillside overlooking the sea, Le Panoramic is a two-star boutique hotel with stylish accommodations and fabulous views for the price. Most rooms have a private balcony or terrace. The hotel is a bit out of the way from most tourist attractions.
  • Conveniently located in the center of Nice, the Hôtel Star is just a 10-minute walk from the Vieille Ville. This two-star hotel has basic but comfortable rooms.

Tips and Tours: How to Make the Most of Your Visit to Nice

An organized tour is a great way to make sure you see all the highlights of this Côte d'Azur capital, without having to navigate your way around. You will also have a chance to see more sights in a short time, since most tour companies create day-trip itineraries that include the area's top places to visit. Below are some recommended tour options:

  • See the Top Sights: The Nice City Tour covers the top cultural attractions of Nice: the Promenade des Anglais, the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, the Russian Orthodox Church, Castle Hill, the Cimiez quarter, and Place Garibaldi. The tour also includes a drive along the Middle Corniche road with its sweeping coastal views.
  • Bike around the City: Enjoy the idyllic scenery of tree-lined boulevards, sun-soaked beaches, and the fishing harbor on the Nice City Cycle Tour. The three-hour cycling itinerary also takes you past the Promenade des Anglais and Castle Hill. This is a small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people. Bikes and helmets are included.
  • Visit Monaco and Eze: The Monaco and Eze Small-Group Day Trip includes visits to two favorite French Riviera destinations. The medieval hilltop town of Eze delights, with its narrow cobblestone streets and breathtaking sea views. In glamorous Monaco, a fascinating Old Town, the magnificent Prince's Palace, and luxuriant gardens await visitors.
  • Tour Stunning Seaside Towns: Another guided tour that includes Monaco and Eze, the French Riviera Small Group Day Trip also stops in Cannes, Monte-Carlo, and the beautiful beach town of Juan-les-Pins. This itinerary allows you to visit several of the most famous places on the French Riviera.

Nice, France - Climate Chart

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Highlights of the French Riviera: Overlooking the serene, azure waters of the Baie des Anges, Nice is located near other gorgeous and glamorous French Riviera destinations like Monaco (20 kilometers away) and Cannes (33 kilometers away). Many smaller seaside towns and charming villages are also within easy reach from Nice on the Côte d'Azur coastline.


The Charm of Provence: For those who want to explore the pastoral region of Provence, it's worth driving outside Nice to the picturesque countryside, where the hilltops are dotted with enchanting medieval perched villages. Noteworthy Provençal towns close to Nice include Saint-Paul de Vence and Grasse. About a two-hour drive from Nice are the quintessential Provençal town of Aix-en-Provence and the bustling seaport of Marseilles.

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