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
Photo of Alex Ledsom
7 May 2017

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

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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.

The Musée Matisse

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Musée Matisse
Musée Matisse | © bchookang / WikiCommons
Matisse – one of France’s most-loved painters – lived in Nice for much of his life and the Musée Matisse offers a wonderful look into his life because it is housed in the old villa where he lived for almost 50 years.

The Musée Marc Chagall

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Musée National Marc Chagall
Musée National Marc Chagall | © Janet McKnight / Flickr
Marc Chagall was a local resident (of French/Russian descent) and painted much of his work in the region. He is well known for his interpretations of the Old Testament and the museum in Nice has many on display as well as his wonderful stained glass windows.

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

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)

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Enjoy browsing at the antiques market on the Cours Saleya, Nice
Enjoy browsing at the antiques market on the Cours Saleya, Nice | © Camille King/ Flickr
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.

Hotel Negresco

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.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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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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.