Nice is truly a picturesque place in the French Riviera. As it sits along the coast, on the Baie des Anges between the sea and mountains, it has a breathtaking view. There are plenty of interesting attractions and delicious food to taste in this city. Yearning to visit the South of France? Here’s a list of things to do in beautiful Nice.
1.Promenade des Anglais
The signature 7 km boardwalk is a staple of Nice. As you visit the shore, you will stumble upon many cute cafes and restaurants with terraces that overlook the Mediterranean sea. You can rent a city bike for 15€ per day, which is a great option to explore the beach strip.
2. Parc de la Colline du Château
Castle Hill once sat at the top of the mountain, but it was dismantled by French King Louis XIV soldiers in 1712. The Parc has now become a popular attraction due to it’s spectacular greenery and unique waterfall which faces the Promenade des Anglais.
3. Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe St.Nicholas
The Russian Cathedral is a historical spot for Nice and is the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe. It was opened and funded by Russian Tsar Nicholas in 1912 due to the developing relations between Russians and the French Riviera, that is present to this day. After a longstanding dispute over ownership, in 2011 the cathedral was declared to be under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate and belong to the Russian state.
4. Vieille Ville
The Old City of Nice is truly a spectacular landmark located parallel to the Promenade des Anglais.You’ll find hundreds of unique shops and cute restaurants with terraces in Vieille Ville. There is also plenty of shopping to do as the market takes over the old city during the mornings and afternoons.
4. Cours Saleya Market
The street market in Nice is located in the Old City. It is open from Tuesday – Sunday to visit.Some of the goodies include traditional lavender soap, salt and spices, fresh bio produce, fish, cheeses, souvenirs and of course the notable beautiful flowers of France. The food market is only open in the mornings, but the fabulous flower vendors stay out all day long for your pleasure. On Mondays, Cours Saleya transforms into an Antique market where you can find many collectibles and unique French antiques. This Nićoise street market has a charm and is a must see during your trip to Nice.
5. Le Safari
To try some traditional Niçoise food, Le Safari is a great choice to dine at. Whether you choose to go for lunch or dinner, there are many Niçoise dishes to choose from. For an appetizer, the Petits Farcis is a delicious dish to try – stuffed meat inside various vegetables like zucchini, tomoto, and eggplant. As a main course, I would suggest the Daube Ravioli – a marinated beef stew that is cooking in a red wine sauce, served on top of mushroom ravioli. Seafood and fish is a staple for Niçoise food, so if you’re feeling like having ocean products you can try the Morue Déssalée , which is a Niçoise styled Codfish. Not to mention, this restaurant has a beautiful terrace which overlooks the Old City streets.
Without over exaggerating, Fonocchio is one of the top places to get gelato. French gelato you may ask? Well, it’s better than many gelato shops in Italy. With over 50 unique flavours to choose from – there is absolutely everything available to satisfy your taste buds.
7. Villefranche Sur-Mer
Looking to escape the busy streets of Nice for the day? Rent a scooter and drive over to Villefranche Sur-Mer. The small village is located less than 30 minutes away from Nice, and the ride there is absolutely breathtaking. You will have an astonishing view of Nice’s pastel coloured houses, and be in the best location to observe Nice’s beautiful skyline.
After a day of exploring, have a couple of drinks at Aston Hotel’s rooftop and watch the sunset. The spacious terrace has a panoramic view of the entire city.
Interested in hearing some live music at a bar with a energetic ambiance? Sharpko is the place to be. The dynamic vibes are all throughout the bar. Enjoy a tasty cocktail, while listening to a fabulous band.
In conclusion, it’s fabulous city to explore and there are plenty of things to do in Nice. In my opinion, 3 days in Nice is more than enough.If you’re comfortable with riding a scooter, I highly suggest to rent one for a day to drive around Nice. Observing the skyline as you cruise between the mountains, is truly a unique experience
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