Do you want to travel to Nice and spot sights in a big city during this holiday? Or would you rather relax on the beach? Why choose? You can do both during a holiday in Nice. This fashionable city is located in the south of France, on the Côte d’Azur. For example, in the cool morning hours you can visit the Matisse Museum and wander through the streets of Vieux Nice. Then have the afternoon on the pebble beach on the Promenade des Anglais. Art lovers can indulge themselves during a holiday in Nice. Here you will discover more than 15 museums. And if you purchase the French Riviera Pass, you will get an extra discount if you want to visit several museums. So you can see paintings by Matisse in the Cimiez district one day and marvel at the modern art in the MAMAC the next.
Incidentally, this pass has even more advantages. For example, you can book a wine tasting or a guided walk through Vieux Nice with it.
You can also do a lot of things totally free in Nice, below I explain what you can do for free.
Admire the Maison d’Adam et Eve
One of Nice’s most unique architectural house is a hidden gem, hidden in the city. A bit far away from the most touristic areas. Head over to the Rue de la Poissonnerie to find the Adam and Eve House, one of the oldest structures in Nice.
Promenade des Anglais
(or “La Prom” for locals) in Nice is undoubtedly the most famous promenade of the Mediterranean. It was built in 1820 because the English aristocracy that used to spend their winters in Nice wanted a walking path next to the sea. Today, this 8-kilometer-long seaside promenade is a place to meet friends, jog, skate, “watch people” or simply watch the Mediterranean sea from the epic blue chairs.
Get lost in the market
The Cours Saleya Market is a delight for all the senses and the liveliest place in the city. In addition to flowers (only in the morning), fruits and vegetables, you will also find some natural products and handicrafts here, and you can view the work of the artists from the area. Although Cours Saleya is full of tourists nowadays, the inhabitants of Cours Saleya do not give up their shopping here. On Mondays, the place turns into an antique market.
Get to know Old Nice
Let yourself be carried away in the maze of the narrow streets of Vieille Ville. There’s just too much going on here — it’s full of bistros and eateries, markets, shops, and galleries. It’s hard to get bored. You will notice that Vieille Ville looks quite Italian! The most important building around the city is the Cathedral – Cathédrale Sainte Reparate.
Go to the Castle Hill park
Find a staircase right next to the Promenade and climb to Castle Hill. This place can be visited from sunrise to sunset and offers spectacular views over different parts of the city at any time. For people with less energy there is also a free lift.