You don’t have to be high up to find a fantastic panorama. The Promenade des Anglais is quintessential Nice, where you can find everyone hanging out, all doing their own thing. “Le prom” as the locals call it, stretches for seven miles (11 kilometres), so on a clear day you can see from the airport to the tip of Nice’s Old Port. Buy an ice cream and walk the route, or if you’re feeling less energetic, sit on one of the traditional blue chairs and read a good book.
Nice’s old castle is undoubtedly the best place for completely panoramic views. On a clear day you can see from Antibes, along the bay to Nice’s Old Port, then further on again as far as Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Climb the many stairs to get to the top or take the lift if you want to cheat. It closes at 7pm but there is a single weekend every year in summer when it opens for a special festival event called Fête du Chateau, when you can stay up there until late. It’s is a must-do activity for anyone visiting Nice for the very first time.