Things to Do in Nice

The heart of the French Riviera, Nice is everything you’ve heard it is and so much more.

Nice is a mixture of grit and opulence drenched with loads of sunshine. While the beaches and promenade are the places to be and be seen, it’s the winding cobblestone lanes of the old town you’ll want to get lost in and find your own little piece of Nice.

Here is my list of things to do in Nice that will keep you busy for a few days on this world famous coastline.

Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais - Things to Do in Nice - The Trusted Traveller

From the Promenade des Anglais you can enjoy the sunshine, beautiful views of the sea and the gorgeous Baie des Anges. The Promenade stretches for 7km along the coastline and in the summer is packed with people taking a stroll, riding their bikes or rollerblading.

You can walk the promenade or for something a bit more active, why not hire rollerblades, a bike or even a segway to experience this beautiful part of the city.

Address: The Promenade runs right along the beaches at Nice.

Soak Up the Sun on the Beach

Promenade des Anglais - Things to Do in Nice - The Trusted Traveller

One of the quintessential Nice experiences is to spend at least a few hours on the beach. There are many big, small,  private or secluded beaches in and around Nice but for a short term visitor you can’t go past the stretch of beach right on the edge of the Old Town.

If you can’t handle sitting or laying on the pebbles that make up the beach, then there are private areas where you can pay €10-20 for a comfortable padded sun lounger and umbrella. There is even food and drink service right to your seat!

Address: Various

Cost: Free to sit on the pebbles or hire a sun lounger on a private beach starting from €10.00 per person.

Hours: Private beaches open from 09:00 until sunset.

Wander the Vieux (Old Town)

Nice Vieux (Old Town) - Things to Do in Nice - The Trusted Traveller

Getting lost in the narrow colourful streets of the Vieux is an absolutely must. The streets are lined with unique galleries; sidewalk cafés where locals enjoy their coffee and a chat; and greengrocers selling local produce.

And while you’re wandering the Old Town, make sure you stop by the Cours Saleya Market, the city’s oldest flower and produce market.

Address: Cours Saleya, Vieux

Hours: Market open 06:00 – 17:30 Tuesday to Saturday and to 13:30 Sunday

Musee Matisse

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Nice is full of excellent galleries however, if you are to see only one, let is be the Matisse Museum. Henri Matisse lived in Nice from 1917 until his death in 1954.

The museum is located in a 17th-century villa on Cimiez Hill with a lot of his life’s work on display. Pieces range from the 1890s to post Second World War.

Address: 164 av des Arènes de Cimiez, Nice

Cost: Adult €10.00 | Under 18 Free

Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 Wednesday to Monday

More Informationhttp://www.musee-matisse-nice.org/

Russian Orthodox Cathedral

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On of the more unexpected sights to see in Nice is the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Built in 1912, this impressive piece of architecture was the first church to be designated a Russian Orthodox cathedral outside of Russia.

Visit to find out more about the history of the church and explore it’s interesting interior and exterior.

Address: Avenue Nicolas II, Nice

Cost: Free

Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 daily

More Informationhttp://www.sobor.fr/

Climb Castle Hill

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At the very end of the promenade is Castle Hill. Climb the 300 plus steps (or take the lift!) to admire the gorgeous views of Nice, the beaches and the bay.

At the top are the ruins of a Château, a few cafés, a playground and the chance to take some nice walks. It’s a nice place to visit early in the morning to beat the heat and potentially have the view all to yourself.

Cost: Free

Hours: 08:00 – 18:00 daily (last lift 30 minutes prior to closing)

Day Trip Along the French Riviera Coast

Antibes, one of the towns on the French Riviera - Things to Do in Nice - The Trusted Traveller

Nice is just one of many towns along the French Riviera Coast and if you have a day to spare why not hire a car and take a drive along this stunning stretch of road.

Make stops in at least Antibes, Cannes and St Tropez along the way. Take a dip at the beach, walk the promenades and stop off at lookout points along the way. Or even continue onto Marseille and loop back via the inland route to Nice.

More Information: I recommend car hire from Expedia.com.

Explore the French Riviera with these day tours from Nice
Best of the French Riviera – full-day tour of this stunning coastline.

Nice to Saint Tropez by Boat – round-trip excursion to Saint Tropez by boat.

French Riviera Village and Countryside – spend the day on the coast and countryside discovering the villages of the French Riviera.

Night Out in Monaco

Monaco at Sunset - Things to Do in Nice - The Trusted Traveller

Just half an hour east of Nice is the independent micro-state of Monaco, one of the worlds smallest countries.

Famous for the yearly Grand Prix and home to some of the worlds richest and most famous, Monaco is a great place to spend an evening.

I suggest getting there just before sunset and heading up to the palace to see the colours change over the city and harbour. Then head down to the Monte Carlo Casino.

You can either spend the evening inside the casino or in one of the bars just outside and enjoy the people and car watching with a drink.

Address: Bus number 100 leaves from Ségurane (next to Place Garibaldi) and Place d’Armesevery.

Cost: One-way €1.50 purchased from driver

Hours: 06:00 – 20:00 daily every 15-20 minutes | Suggest a taxi to return to Nice after bus hours.

More Informationhttp://www.visitmonaco.com/

Other Ways to Visit Monaco
Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze – visit one of the world’s smallest countries on this half-day trip.

Nice to Monaco Ferry – round-trip excursion to Monaco by boat.

Where to Stay

Budget
Hotel des Dames
This colourful hotel is basic yet comfortable and it is located an easy walk to everything that Nice offers. Free wi-fi, breakfast and access to a lovely patio are all included.
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Hotel des Dames - Where to Stay in Nice
Mid-Range
Ibis Styles Nice Centre Gare
Just minutes walk to the beach, this lovely beach style hotel is well equipped with everything you would expect from an Ibis hotel.Free wi-fi is available in room.
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Luxury
Hotel Negresco
Across from the beach, this famous hotel provides luxury rooms and facilities to match. Free wi-fi, four poster beds and on-site fitness centre make this a comfortable choice.
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Hotel Negresco - Where to Stay in Nice

Or why not book an Airbnb stay. Use this link to get up to $45AUD off.

Looking for more to see and do in and around Nice?
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour – choose from 1 or 2 day passes to see it all in Nice.

Verdon Gorge Day Trip – visit this stunning gorge on a day-trip from Nice.

A Day in Provence – explore picture perfect Provence on the day-trip from Nice.

Wine Tour in Cotes de Provence – spend a full day wine tasting your way through Provence.


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What of this list of things to do in Nice are you most keen to see and do?

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11 thoughts on “Things to Do in Nice”

  1. Also, the medieval hill town of Eze (Ezeville not, Eze sur Mer) is a fantastic half day trip between Nice and Monaco. Take the Moyenne Cornish. Excellent views from here. Pay the little extra for the Jardin exotique and the view.

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  2. Since I’m so cold right now from this wintery PNW weather, I’d probably be lounging on the beach with a drink in my hand and music blasting in my ears 🙂

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  3. I love your post! Nice has become my second home! I was there in the early 80s for a short time and it never left my heart. Last year I finally returned for a monthlong stay and had the vacation of a lifetime. In February I will be returning for 6 week of sheer bliss!

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  4. Is there a way to reserve a spot at one of the private beaches for €10.00? I would love to find a website for a private beach! Thanks in advance 🙂

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    • Hi Katie,
      From the research I have done, the cheapest you are going to get for a sun lounger and umbrella on a private beach is €14, which is Opera Plage beach in Nice. Some beaches have bamboo mats rather than sun loungers and umbrellas and they will be cheaper but not as comfortable. If you can handle sitting on the pebbles then you can also go to a public beach.
      Hope this helps.
      Cheers
      Jen

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  5. Hi, I enjoy reading about Nice, Its really great destination and Your blog do alot to let us discover the beauty of Nice between the beauty of the sea, sunshie, Rivira coast, old town, Matisse Museum and Monaco trip, I find my self read about full adventure not a single destination, Really your talented line can well express how Nice is
    Thanks alot

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