1. Promenade des Anglais

Visiting Nice by this avenue along the Baie des Anges for nearly 7 km is obviously a must to do in Nice. This name dates back to the 18th century, during which many European aristocrats settled there on vacation. Although all nationalities crossed, the English were relatively numerous there. The Prom ’is said to have been funded by one of them : Reverend Lewis Way.

Today, the Promenade des Anglais is one of the most famous avenues in the world. Bordered by palm trees and its mythical blue chairs, it stretches from the Colline du Château to Nice airport, passing by luxury hotels.

2. Vieux Nice

Let the colorful and shaded alleys be discovered little by little. The countless small shops and restaurants will make you happy for a chic and local shopping. This is the opportunity to have a drink or a bite to eat in these narrow cobbled streets in pastel tones. Some spots are essential to do in Nice. This is the case with the Place du Palais de Justice or even the Place Rossetti, one of the liveliest in Nice, where the magnificent Cathedral of Sainte-Reparate is located. But getting lost in this labyrinth is one of the best ways to visit Nice and its old town.

3. Cours Saleya Market

In the middle of old Nice, you will find this very lively pedestrian street. Perhaps it is these floral scents that have drawn you here. It is indeed on this course that the market for vegetables and flowers is held. This is a real Mediterranean market in which local products and colorful bouquets form a perfect harmony. Warm and lively, the Cours Saleya market is ranked among the exceptional markets in France and is therefore one of the must-sees in Nice. The florists and greengrocers will welcome you every day with the exception of Mondays, where they will make way for flea markets and lovers of old furniture and trinkets.

4. Matisse Museum

You will discover one of the most important world collections of the French painter. This cultural site is labeled “Musée de France”. Here, art and nature mingle and allow us to retrace the life of Henri Matisse, his developments and his career.

Having ended his life in Nice in 1954, the artist himself participated in the enrichment of this collection. Paintings, sculptures, engravings, drawings and other personal items. What better way to enter the intimacy of the creative work of this artist of undeniable genius?

5. Castle Hill Park

At the top of this rocky hill, you will have a breathtaking view of the Bay of Angels, the old town and the port. While strolling in the gardens, you will surely reach the waterfall of the castle. Artificial certainly, but very appreciated for the freshness it brings.

The ascent to the castle can be done on foot. To do this, you have to take a staircase passing by the Bellanda Tower which offers a magnificent point of view. Otherwise, it is also possible to opt for an ascent by elevator or with the little tourist train from Nice.

6. St. Nicholas Cathedral

A stone’s throw from the station, the contrast between the Mediterranean vegetation and the architecture of Saint-Nicolas Cathedral will surprise you. Listed as a historical monument, it is the first Russian-Orthodox church built in France and one of the most important outside Russia. By respecting certain rules, it is possible to visit the interior of this place of worship which has a very rich decoration. Although this is not necessarily what you expect to do in Nice, this surprising place with its style inspired by the churches of Moscow is worth a visit.

7. Phoenix Park

Facing the sea, this 7 hectare floral park, at the western entrance to Nice, is the dream destination for a moment of relaxation and change of scenery. The park has about twenty themed areas including tropical greenhouse, ponds, Mediterranean gardens, as well as several spaces reserved for animals, with a total of nearly 2,500 plant species. The focal point of the park, the greenhouse, with an area of ​​7,000 square meters and 25 meters high, one of the largest in Europe, has seven distinct spaces.