10 Fun Things to Experience While Visiting Nice

Nice is a real city with a gritty meets cosmopolitan vibe and an economy that functions year-round – it isn't all about the beach here, although the beach is pretty spectacular. The hub city in the French Riviera, Nice makes a great base for exploring the Cote d'Azur, but also has plenty of native attractions including a half dozen plus museums including Musee Matisse and Musee National Marc Chagall. Away from art, however, Nice is home to a fantastically unique black pebble beach, the legendary Promenade des Anglais and a very cool Old Town (Vieux Nice), which itself is filled with boutiques and restaurants and well worth a wander. While if you'd rather get into the beautiful turquoise meets cerulean hued water, there are also adventures to be had both on it and underneath.  

Once you've finished exploring Nice itself, however, there is so much to see within 30 minutes of the city by train. To the east there is Monte Carlo, Monaco, seat of the Grimaldi family, and home to its own sparkling beach and fabulously famous casino. To the west you have Cannes (just 10 minutes by train) and then Antibes, which was immoralized by Jazz Age writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and while always posh, has recently seen a renewed love affair with travelers.   


Musée International d'Art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky


This turn-of-the-century mansion is the site for a fine collection of "naive" art, a genre known as a forum for unschooled and untrained artists including Rousseau, Bauchant, Bombois, Rimbert and Seraphine. Guided tours provide a unique overview...  Read More

Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicolas à Nice


A Russian Orthodox jewel on the Cote d'Azur, this turn-of-the-century cathedral is Tsar Nicolas II's tribute to a late Tsarevitch claimed by tuberculosis in 1865. Constructed in 1896 to serve the large population of Russian aristocrats who had...  Read More

Musée des Beaux-Arts


This museum houses a remarkable collection of Italian and French works of art from the 15th-century to the 19th-century with works from artists like Degas, Monet, Boudin and local French Riviera artists Jules Cheret. There are also some...  Read More

Musée et Site Archéologiques de Nice-Cimiez


In the Cimiez quarter of Nice, about 2 kilometers from the city center, this is a well curated museum where artifacts from the Bronze Ages (1100 BC) to the late Middle Ages are displayed on two open-plan floors. The exhibits display tools,...  Read More

Musée des Arts Asiatiques


There is an impressive array of antiquity on display at this superb museum where rare and unique artifacts preserve aspects of Cambodian, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian cultures. Items on exhibit include precious stones and metals, sandstone...  Read More

Musée national Marc Chagall


This museum pays homage to Russian-French artist Marc Chagall's full career but gives pride of place to his 40 Old Testament gouaches. Designed to Chagall's precise specifications, the building itself is a work of art. Chagall also created...  Read More

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Musée Matisse


Matisse called Nice home from 1917 to 1954 and this fine museum in a stunning 17th-century villa houses a remarkable permanent collection of his work, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs and his signature paper cut-outs. It...  Read More

Place Massena


At the edge of Vieux Nice, this impressive square acts as the transition between the old and new architecture of the city. At the southern end of Av Jean Medecin, which is the main commercial street in the city, the square dates to the early...  Read More



Built in 1820, this magnificent walkway has become one of Nice's most famous landmarks. Flanking the Bay of Angels, the walkway is the ideal place for athletic pursuits or a leisurely stroll, with stunning views of the sea on one side and the...  Read More

Vieux Nice
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Little has changed about Nice's Old Town since its 18th century beginnings and today it is a wonderful place to just wander around. The narrow streets with pastel hued buildings are filled with food shops and bars, boutiques and cafes and delis....  Read More


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