Top 5 Places to Visit in Nice

There is no better place to soak up the Riviera vibe than Nice. The year-around sunshine brings visitors to this stunning seaside city, but it’s the old town charm, artistic history and stunning views that get people to stay. If you find yourself in Nice, don’t miss these favorites!

Old Town

Old Town Nice, France
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The narrow winding alleyways that make up Old Town have barely changed since the 1700s. The streets are packed with new and old restaurants, boutiques, bars and delis. At the center of this charming section of Nice is Cours Saleya, a large market square that thrives in the summer months with fresh produce, souvenirs and an abundance of flowers.

Parc du Chateau

Parc du Chateau, Nice
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For some of the best views of Nice, the Port and the surrounding hillsides, climb the winding staircase to the Parc du Chateau. Located on the eastern edge of town, this historic hilltop has become popular for its lush undergrowth and beautiful waterfall.

Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais, Nice
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This is possibly the most famous stretch of seafront in France. The Promenade des Anglais, or Walkway of the English, runs along the Mediterranean and features Belle Epoque architecture in colorful hues. Stroll along this walkway and stop at Hotel Le Negresco, the city’s finest 5-star hotel.

Musee Matisse

Musee Matisse, Nice
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Nice has always attracted artists like Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. Matisse spent much of his life in the Cimiez quarter where the Musee Matisse now resides. This museum houses an assortment of works including oil paintings, drawings, sculpture, tapestries and the artist’s favorite paper cutouts. Matisse is buried across the street, in the Monastere de Cimiez.

Promenade du Paillon

Promenade du Paillon, Nice
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One of the newest additions to this coastal city is the Promenade du Paillon. This new park features a botanical garden and recreational space. Extending three quarters of a mile and surrounded by walkways, you could spend an entire day surrounded by 1,000 trees and 55,000 plants.