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20 Unmissable Attractions in Nice

Nice has many great attractions in addition to the amazing beaches, great bars and restaurants  | © Jeffery Wong/Flickr
Nice has many great attractions in addition to the amazing beaches, great bars and restaurants | © Jeffery Wong/Flickr
Aside from its magical beaches, wonderful climate and fantastic places to eat and drink, Nice has many must-see attractions. Here’s our run-down of the top 20.

The Roman Amphitheatre

Founded in the 1st century, the Roman city of Cemenelum was built on the hill overlooking the sea and was home to an amphitheatre and thermal baths. The amphitheatre isn’t as well-preserved as in other French towns – like Nimes or Arles – but is beautiful in its own right.

Cimiez Arena, Nice

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Nice's Archaeological Museum

Archaeological site, Architecture Museum
The Roman amphitheatre remains in Nice, France
The Roman amphitheatre remains in Nice, France | © Danny Navarro / Flickr
Visit the Archaeological Museum for an in-depth look at life in Roman times. It’s in two parts; one is outside with Roman remains and the other is a more traditional museum on the life and times of Nice’s residents throughout the centuries. Musée Archeologique, 160 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, Nice +33 (0)4 93 81 59 57
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Mont Boron

If you want a little hike, head out to Mont Boron, the hill to the east of the town centre. You can swim on the way home or take the bus back.

Mont Boron, Nice

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Promenade des Anglais

This is one of the most famous boulevards in France – it stretches seven miles from the airport in the west to the headland in the east. Walk a little, have an ice-cream and then a seat in one of the distinctive blue chairs.

Promenade des Anglais, Nice

Le Vieux Port (Old Port)

This is at the heart of any tourist itinerary because it looks so beautiful. Wander around the boats and stop for a coffee to take it all in.

Old Port, Nice

Old Town

Nice is celebrated for its pastel-coloured houses and winding, cobbled streets of the Old Town. Take the time to wander the shops and “lécher les vitrines” – window shop (literally, to “lick the windows”).

Old Town, Nice

Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate

Named after a 15-year-old Palestinian girl who refused to denounce Christianity in the third century, this cathedral is the oldest and most ornate of the many places of worship in Nice. Sainte-Réparate became the patron saint of Nice, after her body was – so legend goes – blown by angels to Nice across the Mediterranean.

Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate,

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Flower Market (Marché Saleya)

Market, French, Street Food, Vegetarian
Open Tuesdays to Sundays, the morning market is home to lots of organic farmers who come to sell their fresh, seasonal – and sometimes organic – produce to a rapturous audience. If you have gardening queries, there are always people on hand to discuss any green-fingered issues you might have. On Mondays, it turns into an antiques market, which is also well worth a look.
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Hotel Negresco

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The Hotel Negresco is one of the most famous and most loved of Nice's restaurants and great for food lovers
The Hotel Negresco is one of the most famous and most loved of Nice's restaurants and great for food lovers | © Claudia Schillinger/flickr
It’s one of France’s most iconic hotels and one of its most kooky, from the décor to the uniforms. The Negresco features in most movies that shoot in the south of France. Head to the bar for a lovely drink. Hotel Negresco, 37 Prom. des Anglais, Nice
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La Coulée Verte

Avenue Félix Faure and Boulevard Jean Jaurès are two very grand streets that begin on the seafront at Promenade des Anglais and sweep inland in a curvy symmetrical fashion. Between both roads, the whole area has been turned into a park with amazing playgrounds for kids. It’s the place to come for a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon to picnic.

La Coulée Verte, Nice

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Promenade du Paillon

In amongst the Coulée Verte, you’ll find the lovely fountains called Promenade du Paillon. It’s a great place to cool off in the summer months.

Promenade du Paillon, Nice

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Hotel Le Meridien Terrace

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The panorama from Le Meridien hotel offers an interesting artistic perpsective towards the Old Port
The panorama from Le Meridien hotel offers an interesting artistic perpsective towards the Old Port | © Paul Downey/flickr
Situated on the famous Promenade des Anglais, the Hotel Meridien isn’t considered as full of character as some of the other hotels, but everyone loves the terrace on the ninth floor. Pay the price of admission by buying a drink, then sit back and enjoy the views along the coast.
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La Réserve Diving Boards

La Réserve is a public beach, just a little out of town and well worth the walk. There are some old diving boards where locals still jump into the sea (even though technically it’s not allowed anymore) and it’s great fun to watch.

La Réserve, Nice

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