Nice Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to Do in Nice, France

Nice Tourist Spots, Best Activities, and Places to Visit in Nice

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What are the Top Tourist Attractions to Visit in Nice, France?

France is the most visited country in the world, with around 90 million visitors every year. If you analyze this numbers further and take other facts into consideration, you will find that most of those visitors usually go to France to see explore Paris (one of the top 5 most visited cities in the world), the Eiffel Tower (the most-visited paid tourist attraction in the world), the Louvre (the largest and most visited museum in the world), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris (the most famous Gothic cathedrals from the Middle Ages).

Best Things to do in Nice France
Best Things to do in Nice, France

It is clear that most visitors that flock this Western European country end up in the capital Paris (and why shouldn’t they, Paris is the most romantic city in the world). But for those looking for an alternative destination to Paris, there are other cities with plenty of things to do and see. One of them is Nice. If you are looking for activities that you want to include on your Nice Itinerary, Here’s our Top 15 Best Things to Do in Nice, France.

Explore Vieille Ville

Old town architecture of Nice on French Riviera photo via Depositphotos
Old town architecture of Nice on French Riviera photo via Depositphotos

Vieille Ville is the oldest section of Nice. Here, you will think you are in a completely new world from the new Nice’s wide boulevards and sprawling squares. This old town is punctuated by a network of alleys lined with local restaurants and shops and lofty ochre-painted flats and the imposing Colline du Chateau.

The cafes, glaciers, and creperies usually come to live in the evening until late at night.

What is more fascinating about this town section is that it still has lots of Italian architectures and feel. However, it is worth pointing out that Nice was actually part of Italy until the 1860 Treaty of Turin.

Walk along the Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais
Promenade des Anglais

If you have ever walked along a promenade before, this is a completely different experience. Promenade des Anglais has been important in the city since the 1820s when it was built.

Every February, this grand walkway hosts the Nice Carnival, while couples skateboarders, joggers, and family enjoy it for the rest of the year.

There are benches underneath the tall palm trees and pergolas lining the promenade where you can sit and watch the Mediterranean Sea waves.

Nice Cathedral

Altar of Nice Cathedral
Altar of Nice Cathedral

Located in the oldest area of the town in Vieille Ville, and hard to miss is the Nice Cathedral. It has a unique patterned dome and shape.

From the outside, you will be forgiven to think there is not much going on in this structure, but it is a different story inside.

This 17th-century cathedral features a lavish baroque design in the interior as well as ten extremely decorative chapels.

Browse fresh produce at Cours Saleya Market

Cours Saleya in Nice, France photo via Depositphotos
Cours Saleya in Nice, France photo via Depositphotos

Still in the old parts of Nice, Cours Saleya Market is the place to be if you want to buy some fresh farm produce. The market is open every day of the week bar Monday when it is turned into a flea market.

You find this market useful if you are holidaying in a home in the town.

Admire the works of Chagall

Musee Marc Chagall is dedicated to the work of famous Russian-French painter Marc Chagall. The artist himself designed the layout of the museum and chose where his paintings would be hanged. He also designed the layout of the grounds as well as the colored-glass windows of the concert hall.

The museum houses Chagall’s 17 oil paints with a biblical motif, categorized into Old and New Testament.

Explore the 19th Century French art at the Musee Massena

Musee Massena photo via Depositphotos
Musee Massena photo via Depositphotos

Located along the Promenade des Anglais is this museum that used to Duke of Rivoli’s villa. Outside the museum are gardens designed by Edouard Andre, who also configured the gardens at the Monte Carlo Casino.

A casual visitor may not actually realize that this building is a museum.

Inside the museum, you will find some assortment of oddities such as the death mask belonging to Napoleon and his wife’s tiara and a miscellany of 19th-century French art.

Try some Italian ice cream

Azzurro Artisan Glacier in Nice
Azzurro Artisan Glacier in Nice

By now, you know that Nice still has lots of Italian feel from the time it was part of Italy. In the old town nice, you will find plenty of ice cream parlors. But the one that stands out is the Azzurro, on Rossetti Square. Though the most popular ice cream shot in this region is Fenocchio, Azzurro makes much better treats, plus their cones are made from home.

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Discover the local food

Panisse photo via Depositphotos
Panisse photo via Depositphotos

Nice has one of the best gastronomic experiences that visiting the city without having a go at some local food is unheard of.

As it is known around the world, cuisine Nicoise includes such foods as Panisse, food prepared from chickpea flour; socca, also made from chickpea flour; pan bagnat, which is a sandwich form of native Nice salad, which comprises raw vegetables, tuna, and or anchovies, hard-boiled eggs, olive oil, and Nicoise olives, wrapped in a round bread.

Enjoy the views of Nice from Castle Hill.

The Nice Castle Hill is situated on a hill overlooking the city. You should visit this park because it offers the striking vistas it offers of the Old Town and the whole city and the sea. You can get to the top of the hill by using the elevator or walking.

But if you want to enjoy the journey, then I recommend taking the stairs up as this will also allow you to see the Bellande Tower on your way.

Relax at the beach

Castle beach and cityscape of Nice, France photo via Depositphotos
Castle beach and cityscape of Nice, France photo via Depositphotos

Beaches in Nice are not swimming, playing watersports, or snorkeling because water can get deep very fast. Because of this, beaches there are for relaxing, and one of the best for this purpose is the private Castel beach, which is right at the bottom of Castle Hill.

Take a walk at the Mont Boron.

Mont Boron as seen from Colline du chateau photos via Depositphotos
Mont Boron as seen from Colline du chateau photos via Depositphotos

This Mediterranean forest is found on the east side of the city and offers stunning places to take photos. There are many nature trails with the Bay of Villefranche’s breathtaking views and the Bay of Angels.

Go to the summit of Mount Alban Fort for amazing views.

Interact with nature at the Phoenix Park

Group of pink flamingos in Parc Phoenix in Nice photo via DepositPhotos
Group of pink flamingos in Parc Phoenix in Nice photo via DepositPhotos

Located in the Arenas district near the airport are these 7 hectares of extremely diverse flora and fauna. The park comprises a zoological and botanical garden. But the best attraction is the gigantic greenhouse, with controlled tropical climates that support tropical plants and bird species.

There is also a children’s playground, making the park perfect for a family day out.

Celebrate the works of the master at Musee Matisse

Musee Matisse of Nice photo via Depositphotos
Musee Matisse of Nice photo via Depositphotos

Though he wasn’t born in Nice, the legendary French artist Matisse lived in the city for almost 40 years and is even buried there in Monastere de Cimiez.

As an homage to him, the town built an impressive museum to hold his permanent collection.

Sit and watch as the world goes by at Jardin Albert 1er.

Jardin Albert 1er photo via Depositphotos
Jardin Albert 1er photo via Depositphotos

Named after the King of Belgium during World War 1, Jardin Albert 1er is located opposite the Promenade des Anglais. It offers a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the views after a long day of exploring the city. The Theatre de Verdure is also found there.

Chill at Beer District

The Beer District is perhaps the coolest place to chill during the night. Here you will be served from a frequently rotating roster of 16 from-the-tap microbrews and 50 types of beers from foreign lands.

The vibe here is very chilled and sociable, with complementary tastes offered and snacks in the form of peanuts in small bowls.

Nice Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to Nice, we listed places to visit and other amazing activities in Nice, Italy. We also listed some of the best Nice travel and tour packages and excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Nice hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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