Beautiful beaches, gorgeous Mediterranean weather, vibrant shopping and colorful attractions all make Nice one of the most visited cities in France. Located on the French Riviera in Southeast France, Nice is a sprawling seaside resort offering something for everyone.
Traces of the city’s historic origins are found on the Hill of Cimiez, the site of an excavated Roman city, containing archaeological treasures such as an old Roman road, arena and thermal baths. This area is also home to several museums like the Museum of Asian Art, Musee Chagall and Musee Matisse.
One of the best places to hang out in Nice is along the Promenade des Anglais. This waterfront walkway is packed with outdoor cafes, bakeries, souvenir shops and restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines from Spanish and Italian to local Nicoise dishes like fish soup, chickpea flat bread, and “salade Nicoise,” a tuna salad with tomatoes, green peppers, baked eggs and anchovies.
A stroll through the historic district, Vieux Nice, offers a maze of cobblestone streets, old architecture, art galleries, a distinguished opera house and colorful flower markets. At night, Old Nice vibrates with lively bars and nightclubs.
Characterized by red and yellow ochre architecture, the charming town squares of Place Massena and Place Rossetti offer shade trees, artistic fountains, traditional restaurants and ice cream shops.
Many of Nice’s beaches are private and charge for an entrance, but there are also public beaches that are clean, offering bathroom facilities and water activities.
Nice’s shopping scene ranges from designer shops to daily markets with the most popular shopping street being Jean Medecin.