When you think of the French Riviera you think of sun, sea and sand. The beaches are where most of Nice’s tourists head straight for. If you are a sun worshipper then this will suit you down to the ground. Naturally, there is more to do in France’s fifth largest city than just laze in the sun.
The first person to settle in Nice did so 400,000 years ago. Since then many people and cultures have passed through. Some of these were artists meaning, along with the city’s history to gain knowledge of, you can also visit museums showcasing these local residents’ work.
Promenade de Anglais, which is a spectacle to be seen in itself, should definitely be visited as there are many places of interest along its stretch. Some of the city’s most exclusive restaurants can be found here. Another spot which attracts many visitors is the graveyard at north end of the 4-mile promenade.
If you are looking to see ‘old Nice’, where the real Niçoise people live, make your way to Vielle Ville which is the city’s old town. The area is a maze of narrow streets and walking through the area shows you there is more to the city than beautiful people and money.
Central Nice, Nice, France
Nice's most beautiful square is also it's most famous. Water fountains, gardens, old buildings and its central location make it one of the attractions you are almost certain to visit.
33 Av. Baumettes, Nice, France
This museum houses an impressive collection of artwork from 19th and 20th Century French artists. Both paintings and sculptures on show.
Open Tues-Sun 11am-5pm. Admission free.
Av. Nicolas-II, Off Bd. du Tzaréwitch, Nice, France
Considered as the Orthodoxy's most impressive building outside Russia, this cathedral was designed on the Saint-Baslie in Moscow.
Place Guynemer, Nice, France
Made entirely from white stone, Monument aux Morts is a shrine to the dead. If you look close enough you can see a total of 3655 names. One feature of the monument includes a huge urn.
East Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France
This popular hillside park in the promenade area provides a very pleasant alternative when the crowds in the city are becoming too much. But don't expect to find a château - it was knocked down in the 8th century.
Route du Fort du mont Alban, Nice, France
While this 16th century fort built on top of a hill is fascinating in itself, the view of Nice and the surrounding area is possibly the best you will find. Not only have you got a view of the city, but you can also see out into the sea and the Lower Alps also.
, Nice, France
Originating as a simple path, this became a promenade after an English man called Lewis May did a 'whip-around' with some of his fellow Englishmen and raised enough money to make it two metres wide. Now it is where you will find the city’s top restaurants along with those trying to keep fit by either rollerblading or running.
Place Ile-de-Beauté, Nice, France
If you want to see what rich people do with their money go for a stroll down to Nice's harbour. Here you will find hundreds of dream yachts and no doubt you will be tempted to embark for a cruise.
Place du Monastère, Nice, France
With a handmade altar among some of the artefacts inside inside, this convent is an interesting place to spend a few hours.
Port de Nice, Nice, France
Siutated on one end of Nice's harbour, this is another good place to go to when you want to relax.