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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

It was great interacting with Terry. He was a nice easy going guide!

Got a lot of information about the places we visited. Also got enough time at each of the places to enjoy them.

Full-Day French Riviera Small Group Trip Reviewed by Nilesh, 02/12/2017

Highly recommended and excellent value for money !

Very pleased with the experience. The minibus arrived punctually to pick us up from the hotel and we were surprised to find that we were the only 2 on the trip. The guide was friendly, well informed and eager to please. I would recommend the excursion to anyone to visit Monaco by night.

Fantastic opportunity to explore Nice countryside in just one day!

This one day trip to Nice countryside was even beyond all of my expectations! All the villages we have visited were perfectly chosen between all the beauty of this part of France. The guide was perfect and so professional with balancing historical facts and typical way of living in this beautiful area. Those villages are so nice, romantic and peaceful that I would defenitely come back to see them again. Guided visit to the Grasse perfume factory was also amazing and you can learn so many things regarding perfumes that you could never have imagined. When I come back to Nice I will certainly choose another of your beautiful trips you offer in this region (even possibly this one again) I will not hesitate to recommend you everywhere, you are really great!! Thank you for wonderful time in France!

From Nice: a day in Provence Reviewed by Lana, 02/02/2017

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

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