Nice’s beauty comes from the 19th-century mansions on its promenades and boulevards, from the city’s Italianate old quarter and the rugged natural terrain that provides countless wondrous vantage points.
Artists have always cherished this scenery, rendered even more beautiful by the unique light. So Nice is now also one of the best places to go in Europe for art galleries, with museums dedicated to Chagall and Matisse. Add great cuisine, a perfect climate and more than a dash of Riviera glamour, you’ve got a very special place.
Enjoy an Italian ice cream
While you are in the Old Town of Nice, you should take advantage of it to enjoy a traditional Italian ice cream.
Have a go at Nice local food
Visiting Nice also means discovering the local food specialities, the “cuisine Niçoise”, during your stay, which is the pride of the niçois (inhabitants of Nice)
Going to the beach in Nice
If Nice beach looks good in photo, with its big pebbles, it’s not necessarily the most comfortable beach in the world! As far as swimming is concerned, it’s the same thing. In Nice, the water gets very deep very quickly, so it’s not really an ideal spot for snorkeling or playing in the water for example. And if you like to get a tan for hours on the beach, you can go to one of Nice private beaches, like Castel beach (Castel Plage), located at the foot of the Castle Hill. Other beaches allow you to do nautical activities like parasailing, stand up paddle or tubing!
Nice Carnival, largest carnival in France and one of the world’s most famous, takes place every year in February for 2 weeks. Every year, the festivities attract several hundred thousand of spectators, coming to enjoy the monumental floats and the famous flower parade (also called flower “battle”) on the Promenade des Anglais.
Rest in the shades in Park Vigier
Totally unknown by other tourists, the park Vigier, close to La Réserve and the “Coco Beach” restaurant is the ideal place to take a nap or read a book in the shade of palm trees, during the hottest hours of the day. The right part of the park is always very quiet, as the children are mostly playing in the left part of the park.
Take a stroll at the Mont Boron
Mount Boron is a Mediterranean forest located on the east of Nice. It’s also the place where you can find the very photogenic Fort Mount Alban. It offers many walks with beautiful views of the Bay of Angels and the Bay of Villefranche. You should really go to the Mount Alban Fort, at the top, the view is amazing! To get to Mont Boron, take the city bus number 14 from Nice.
Go to the Phoenix Park
The Phoenix Park (Parc Phoenix), also called “Nice Floral Park” is a botanical and zoological garden located near Nice Airport, in the Arenas district. On 7 hectares, you will find a very high biodiversity, both fauna and flora, with aviaries, marsupials, porcupines, otters and a pond.
One of the major attractions of the site is the large greenhouse, which has several tropical climates with tropical plants and various bird specimens including pink flamingos. In the park, you will also find a children playground area. Phoenix park is a great place to spend an afternoon with your family in Nice! The entrance fee for the Phoenix Park is 4 euros per person. Discounts are available for families and students.