What to see in Nice?
If you are planning a trip to Europe during the cold months, you should definitely consider Nice as a destination.
The city of Nice, the bustling capital of the French Riviera, is the third most populated city in France, but far from the largest, which is Paris. However, there are many interesting places to visit and see in Nice, and for many visitors it is the gastronomy that draws them to this fascinating city full of life. Contrary to what you might think, Nice is not just a social and seaside resort: the old town, rich in history and art, tells of a thousand-year-old city not to be missed!
To help you enjoy this city to the full, here are some places to visit in Nice!
Old town: In the historic part of the city, Vielle Ville, there is a real time portal. Narrow streets wind between colourful houses, typical shops, bazaars and boutiques. Not to mention the unmissable flower market, from Tuesday to Sunday on Corso Saleya. The historic centre of Nice is a Baroque gem, crowned by the Cathedral of Santa Reparata, seat of the city’s bishop and historical monument.
Promenade of the English: A 7-kilometre walk along the seafront, which runs from the port to the airport. The Promenade des Anglais is home to the city's carnival theater as well as most of the area's most luxurious hotels. Also on the Promenade are internationally prestigious running and cycling races, such as the "Nice-Cannes" marathon or the "Paris Nice."
Villa Massena: If the Promenade des Anglais is the symbol of the "Belle Epoque" of the French Riviera, Villa Massena is its flagship. Built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries by architects Hans Georg Tersling and Aaron Messiah, Villa Massena is famous for its beautiful garden designed by landscape architect Edouard André. In 2008, a major renovation and restoration campaign updated the splendor of the structure, which can be visited daily, except Tuesdays, from 10 am to 6 pm.
The Castle Hill of Nice: Le parc de la Colline du Château is located on the hill overlooking the old town of Nice. The main attractions of this park are the wonderful viewpoints it offers over the city, such as the Bay of Angels, the harbor, and the mountains. You can walk up and down the castle on foot or use the elevator, although walking along it you manage to pass by the wonderful lookout of the Bellanda Tower.
The point is to go there and explore. Going to Nice just for a last-minute break? Watch out for crowds and outdoor festivals, not forgetting the big Christmas markets.
Whether your visit includes romance or just a few long looks into the eyes of your loved one, there are many ways to take a well-deserved break and create unforgettable memories in this city.