The 5 Best Things To Do in Nice, France Aug 17, 2017 by Sarah (Awesome Escape Blogger)
Nice is an amazing destination if you’re looking for a beautiful and relaxing holiday. Nice is the sparkling jewel of the Cote d’Azur and the French Riviera. The city and countryside were the inspiration for some of the world’s best art, from Marc Chagall to Arman. If you’re thinking of heading to Nice on your next trip, here are some great activities you can do while you’re there!
Promenade des Anglais
The Promenade des Anglais is a promenade that runs along the Mediterranean in Nice. On weekends, locals walk, run or even cycle on the Promenade and there are numerous events that happen such as the annual Carnival and the Battle of Flowers. Grab a lounge chair on the pebble beach and enjoy a lazy Sunday. In the evening, take a romantic walk beneath the palm fronds.
Musee National Marc Chagall
The Chagall Museum is dedicated to the life and paintings of Marc Chagall. It houses seventeen pieces of work, all illustrating the biblical message with a focus on the books of Genesis, Exodus, and the Song of Songs. If you’re into art, this is a place that you don’t want to pass up as it’s one of the largest collections of Chagall’s work in the entire world. If you’d like to see more of the city’s famous painters, check out the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
The Castle Park, or Parc du Chateau, is the highest point in all of Nice. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in Nice, providing panoramic views of the entire city, with tiled roofs cascading towards the waters of the Mediterranean. Also known as Castle Park, there is a charming waterfall, ruins of the former city castle and access to the nearby cemetery, full of ancient monuments. There’s a mini-train that can help you get up the mountain if climbing isn’t your thing.
Wine and Dine
Nice is renowned for its diverse range of culinary experiences and local organic wines. Try some “socca,” a local specialty similar to a chickpea crepe. Find a shady restaurant patio or wine bar for some southern French cuisine, stunning fresh seafood, and open a bottle of wine. Relax like the locals and just wile away the hours!
The Old Town in Nice is a place that no one should pass up if given the opportunity to visit. It’s not only popular due to its architecture or museums, it’s also because of the energy in the area has and the people. Meander through the narrow streets lined with sunny Mediterranean townhouses, cafes, markets, and restaurants beneath red canopies. You should visit the Cours Saleya, a market in the heart of Old Town that is always busy and thriving with energy. Crowds of both locals and tourists come to the market to do their shopping daily and take photos of all the colorful fresh produce, spices, cheeses, honey, and fruit. Not only is the fresh produce amazing, but the number of fresh flowers you can get is enormous. The first wholesale flower vendor set up shop in Nice, and the beautiful flowers have been a part of the city markets for decades. The area is too small to get really lost, so wander freely! And if you do want to leave, the beach is right beside you.
If you can, visit Nice in February for the world-famous carnival! Spend some time in the French Rivera and enjoy the fine food, the sunshine, and art.