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The Insider Guide

Nice is the capital of the French Riviera, where the historic cobblestones of the old town mix with a vibrant nightlife scene and gorgeous sunsets are regular viewing from the Promenade des Anglais, on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Here’s our guide to Nice.

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The Main Attractions

A warm wind blows through your hair as you stroll down the iconic Promenade des Anglais, locals, joggers and strollers passing you by as you stop to listen to a street musician perform in front of the beach and the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Welcome to a morning in Nice. The waterfront promenade has been welcoming sunseekers for over 200 years, with construction beginning in 1820. It’s welcomed a whole lot of tourists since then - the 300-odd days of sun Nice gets per year no doubt have something to do with that - and also the cyclists of the Tour de France a few times too. A short walk from the water and you’ll find yourself at the charming Cours Saleya markets, closely packed together on the edge of the old town, it’s a great place to pick up local delicacies, or just to take in the explosion of colours that comes from the flowers, food and pink and yellow houses that sit behind. When it’s time to get away from the sun, head to the Musée Matisse at the top of Cimiez Hill, a gallery dedicated to painter Henri Matisse. The faded-red and aqua blue colour scheme of the building and architectural style will have you thinking you’ve accidentally stumbled onto a Wes Anderson set. The Musée Marc Chagall is another fantastic artistic stop, showcasing the painter’s acclaimed Biblical Message across 17 paintings, and the good news is you're just getting started. The St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral is a must see, a recognized monument of France, and a walk around the Colline du Château park offers stunning views and fascinating historical insights. The historic square of Place Masséna is five minutes from the beautiful Old Town and the sea, and when you’re on the waterfront it’s easy to forget you’re in a bustling city - but when night falls, and you hit the array of restaurants, bars and the bustling nightlife of Nice, you’ll realise just what this city has to offer.

Neighborhoods in Nice