Attractions and Activities in Nice

There is so much to see and to do in Nice and its surroundings that your days will fly by. Cannes, Marseilles and Monaco are all close by and easy accessible by train or car. But also in Nice itself there are plenty of sights, monuments and museums to explore!

Boulevard des Anglais

In 1820 an Englishman, Lewis Way, had this boulevard built at his own expenses. Soon after it was built the locals named it La Promenade des Anglais, the Walk of the English. The lovely boulevard follows the curve of the Baie des Anges and hugs the shores for several kilometers. The original path was only 2 meters wide, but nowadays the boulevard consists of 2 lanes of traffic separated by flowers and palm trees. Whether you are cycling or strolling, this Boulevard is the favorite place of locals and tourist alike.

Cimiez

Cimiez is an attractive quarter located on a hill a few kilometers from the city center. Cimiez is a calm and welcoming part of Nice filled with museums and monuments. Ancient Roman amphitheatres can be found here, as well as the Matisse Museum and, towards the foot of the hill, the Chagall museum. Chagall is best known for its paintings of the Old Testament, painted in a vivid and lively style. The Archaeological Museum is a nice place to visit for ancient culture lovers with collections dating from the Bronze Age up to the beginning of the Middle Ages.

Russian Orthodox Cathedral

In the 13th century, Franciscan monks arrived in Nice and located in the quarter of Nice named Cimiez. The Franciscan Monastery was built in the 17th Century and presents an array of murals, icons and other works of art that trace Franciscan life from the 13th to the 18th centuries. The Monastery presents a pure harmony of pink bricks and light grey marble complemented by six onion shaped towers reaching up to the sky. The garden bordering this spiritual center is simply magnificent. Monks still live in the monastery and you can pay a visit one of their rooms to see how they live.

Old Town

The curving narrow streets, winding between old red-tiled roofs are waiting for you to be discovered. The streets are packed with little shops with delicious local products and souvenirs. You can even buy wine from the barrel here if you bring your bottle. The daily flower and food market is called Cours Saleya and contains a large number of stands. Local farmers set up their tables and sell their products directly from the farm. But also more professional displays are presented here. Visit the market bright and early to avoid the hordes of tourist and stroll around at your own pace.