Striking the perfect balance between a seaside resort and a cosmopolitan city, Nice serves as an ideal base for a holiday on the French Riviera. A popular travel destination since the late 18th century, the city boasts a mild Mediterranean climate, a rich culture, a lively Old Town district and a picture-perfect shoreline bordered with grand hotels. The city’s soft but intense light, charming architecture and colorful marketplaces have long attracted artists, including Matisse and Chagall, and there are more museums in Nice than in any French city save Paris.
For a city with roots that reach back to the 4th century B.C., there’s a surprisingly contemporary vibe to Nice too, thanks to recent efforts to modernize the city’s infrastructure. From an updated transportation system to pedestrian-only plazas lined with shops and restaurants, Nice is easy to traverse, explore and savor. Here’s a look at the top tourist attractions in Nice: