Nice: Main Sights
Visitors in Nice can marvel at the azure sea and qauint art-deco facades, but there is more to the city than its impressive natural beauty. Nice has several top sights for tourists such as ancient Roman ruins, multiple galleries/museums and a Russian Cathedral, which is sure to keep even the most discerning visitor busy. All of Nice's main sights are best reached by foot; it is typically unnecessary to take public transportation.
Promenade des Anglais
One of the most famous streets in France, the Promenade des Anglais is this sea loving city's landmark. Complete with grand hotels facing the Mediterranean, tourists can relax in deck chairs along the shore, or visit any number of Nice's seaside restaurants which are as far as the eye can see. Nice's waterfront boulevard is always bustling with activity from locals roller blading or jogging tand vendors selling delicious crepes and cold drinks. Watch the sun set and don't miss the magnificent façade of Hôtel Negresco, built in 1912 for Romanian innkeeper Henri Negresco.
Cours Saleya Flower Market
One of the best attractions in Nice is the famous Cours Saleya Flower Market. Head to the Old Town and find wonderful cafes, colourful stalls and souvenir shops, not to mention a superb selection of fresh produce and flowers. The market operates six days a week, replaced on Mondays by a flea and antiques market. A favorite meeting place for locals.
Arguably the most popular museum in Nice, the Mattisse Museum pays homage to artist Henri Mattise with vibrant exhibitions. Inspired by Nice, Mattisse painted what he saw: the fresh colours and lines of the Riviera shoreline. The museum spans from his early, more traditional days right up until the end of his career. There is a gift shop on site.
Vieux Nice, or Old Nice and Plage Publique des Ponchettes
Old Nice is considered by many to be the heart of the city and Nice's most colourful neighborhood. Wander down narrow pedestrian streets for unique Provencal goods, household items, wine, galleries, boutique clothing and more. There are numerous churches and restaurants in this historic area. A popular area is Place Rossetti. The city’s Baroque Cathedral is located here. Do not miss out on Fenocchio’s Glacier, a tourist attraction boasting the best ice cream in all of Nice. Opposite Vieux Nice, you will find Plage Publique des Ponchettes, Nice's busiest beach. There are over 15 private beaches (pebble not sand).
Colline de Chateau
A popular hillside park in the promenade area, Collin de Chateau provides an escape from Nice's hustle and bustle. The actual chateau or castle was destroyed in 1706 by Louis XIV. The hill is now home to an extraordinary park the main feature of which is a large waterfall. From the park you can enjoy the best views of the city and Riviera. You can walk the steps or take a lift from Rue des Ponchettes to reach the top.
A remarkable reminder of Russia's presence in the city, the Russian Cathedral is comfortably surrounded by tropical palm trees. The cathedral is the finest example of Russia's influence on the city, when Russian aristocracy used Nice as a winter holiday destination. Emporer Nicolas II financed the construction which is modelled on St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. Find treasures such as icons, woodwork, frescoes, and gardens.
Nice Archaeology Museum and Roman Ruins
Celbrating the Roman's influence on the city, the Nice Archaeology Museum and Roman Ruins shows visitors the remains of a Roman area and bathhouses of Nice Cimiez. Within the museum you will find an interesting mix of historic and archeological exhibits displaying such coins, jewellry, Greek, Etruscan and Roman pottery.
Home to colorful-washed homes and the neo-classical church Notre Dame du Port, the Nice Port area is an enjoyable place to watch the Corsica ferries, stop in at a cafe, or in the evening time check out the nightclubs (some of the trendiest in all of Nice).
Rue de France Pedestrian Zone
This lively pedestrian area, just off the Promenade des Anglais offers lovely views of the sea, the mountains and at night the moon and stars. The Nice pedestrian zone, or "zone pietonne," is the perfect place to find gifts and souvenirs. A common area for street performers you can also find numerous shops, cafes, and restaurants; stake your people watching location early.