NICE: BEACHFRONT PROMENADES AND MEDITERRANEAN ATMOSPHERE
From the most beautiful European alleys, major French culture to the best sunset spot in town – here’s a list of all the hits and not-to-be-missed’s in Nice:
Promenade des Anglais
THE must-do in Nice: If you only have a couple of hours here, the 4 km/2.5 mi long Promenade des Anglais cannot be missed. The avenue is lined with cafés, small restaurants and many luxury hotels (e.g. Hôtel Negresco, Palais de la Méditerranée) and can be enjoyed by foot, bike, skates, skateboard, etc. If possible, see the sunset from here.
Beaches of Nice
It is worth paying the entrance fee for one of the private beaches along the Promenade des Anglais, since you will invest in a sun lounger that is totally worth it on a pebble beach. I can recommend the Régence Beach by Radisson Blu (also accessible for non-hotel guests).
Colline du Château (Castle Hill)
Climb up the winding staircases to the Bellanda tower and the waterfall “Cascade du Casteu” to get the best view of Nice’s red-tiled rooftops and the Côte d’Azur form up there.
Place Masséna – Promenade du Paillon – Place Garibaldi
Start either at Place Masséna (Nice’s iconic main square) or at Place Garibaldi (THE spot for Italian food niçois style) and walk down the lovely green urban park “Promenade du Paillon”. There are many great restaurants to choose from and pretty streets to stroll though in this part of the city.
The Matisse Museum is located in the Cimiez quarter, 2 km/1.2 mi north of the city center. The permanent collection is housed in a red villa from the 17th century, surrounded by a park and an olive grove.
This beautiful French village that has already inspired the painter Marc Chagall (e.g. his painting “Couple au Dessous de St. Paul”) is a must while vacationing at the Côte d’Azur. Explore Saint-Paul-de-Vence and its many contemporary and modern art museums and galleries by foot and get lost wandering the narrow old streets. Saint-Paul-de-Vence is about 30 minutes from the center of Nice.
Have a nice time in Nice! 😉
My guidebook recommendations for Nice and the Côte d’Azur: