Nice is situated on the French Riviera. It is a city that combines the glitz and glamor of the region with the grit and grime of the real world much like Hollywood. Rather than film stars, however, Nice is a city of wealth and luxury with a vibrant atmosphere thanks to its location on the Mediterranean Sea.
Considered the Jewel of the Riviera, the French city has long been influenced by Italy, and this impact that can be seen along the streets. Nice is a city in which the hustle and bustle of life can melt away, and travelers can sit in the warm sun for hours to simply enjoy the sounds of the sea.
It is a destination with a certain je ne sais quoi that is perfect for any traveler looking for a unique vacation destination.
Local Favorite: SoccaSocca is a street food you will find around the gorgeous French Riveria city of Nice. The food item is a thin, crusty pancake made from chickpeas cooked in a woodfire pizza-style oven. While the hot side is crusty, the inside of a socca is soft. You will see kids tucking into Socca following a day at school. It is also a food item locals enjoy with a glass of wine or beer at a bar. Rumors suggest socca originated in 1543 when Turkish armies invaded Nice. As the story goes, the Nice fighters ran out of bullets so, they mixed chickpea soup and hot oil. They then poured the mixture down the walls of the city onto the heads of the Turks. Regardless of how effective that was, the Nice fighters tasted the oil and chickpea mix and immediately fell in love with it.
Promenade des Anglais
St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Castle of Nice
Palais de la Préfecture
Top Tourist Attractions
Vieille Ville is Nice’s old town. It is a sterling example of the old-world architecture and wealth Nice is known for. In many ways, the Old Town is more Italian than it is French. The atmosphere is lively and full of shops, cafes, and restaurants teeming with delicious food.
Reaching several Nice landmarks from the Vieille Ville is easy. Palais de la Prefecture is a 17th-century Baroque church that is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. There is also the Baroque Palais Lascaris, which was also built in the 17th century and housed the Counts of Castellar.
Promenade des Anglais
Nice not only gives travelers the chance to explore history and architecture, but it allows them to spend hour after hour near the beach. The Promenade des Anglais is a beautiful stretch of road that runs along the beach and is kissed by the warm Mediterranean sun. According to studies, Nice gets 174 days of “strong sun” a year.
Anyone looking for a break from the winter or a proper sunny summer should head to Nice and explore the Promenade des Anglais. The street is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Thanks to the diversion of traffic, it is easy to stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and lap up the sunlight.
AGS Formule 1 at Circuit du Var
Just 90 minutes away from Nice, AGS Formule 1 at Circuit du Var is perfect for the car enthusiast during a trip to Nice. After enjoying the various attractions the city has to offer, travelers can visit AGS Formule 1 to explore the 1.4-mile-long auto racing track.
Visitors can take advantage of the driving courses and speed around the track in a Formula One car. The tight corners and fast straightaways will give drivers a real sense of what it’s like to be a Formula One driver. Visitors can choose from a number of Formula One cars as they learn the ins and outs from highly trained driving instructors.
Pinning down just one must-visit art museum in Nice is difficult. The city is home to an eclectic range of art museums that should be explored by those who love art and history.
Musee des Beaux-Arts is filled with works dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries. It is home to works by Rodin and Pablo Picasso. Meanwhile, the Musee Chagall is a gallery devoted to the works of famed artist Marc Chagall. Although there are works by other painters in the gallery, the Musee Chagall’s real magic is in the paintings, etchings, lithographs, sculptures, stained glass, and mosaics created by the museum’s namesake.
Travelers looking for more updated examples of art should visit the Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain. The contemporary art museum opened in 1990 in a sleek modern building that is as upbeat as the works it houses. The gallery includes works from the New Realism, Pop Art, American Abstracts, and Minimalists genres dating from the 1960s and 1970s.
Parc de la Colline du Chateau
The Parc de la Colline du Chateau overlooks the sea and tourists from all over the globe head to it to snap selfies with the French Riveria behind them. The park is a perfect relaxation spot to finish off a day of sightseeing and exploration. It is also a great way to burn calories after eating rich French food.
The park can be reached from the Vieille Ville on foot. There is also an elevator that ascends the hill allowing visitors to save their energy for further exploration once they arrive at the summit.
Nice is a beautiful city full of culture. Both French and Italian residents have influenced it over the centuries, and its past comes to life through the city streets. The South of France city is a must-visit for any traveler who wants to see some of the best views the Mediterranean has to offer.