5 Most Popular Things to Do in Nice, France



Nice, the Queen of Riviera, is a lovely little city nestled between the mountains and sea. It is one of France’s most popular tourist destinations and has pretty much everything you’d want in a perfect holiday.

The vast Mediterranean coastline, the grand art galleries and museums, fantastic cuisine, and just the “right kind” of climate make this spot a must-visit!

But where do you go if you’re visiting for the first time and have limited time? Don’t worry; even if you have only one day to spare, you must check out these five top destinations.

5 Top Things to Do in Nice, France

Here is a list of the best things to do in Nice. I do think that the best thing to do here is to forget about a list and just enjoy strolling around the gorgeous little alleys, or maybe even relax on the beach if you are visiting in the summer. For those with more time on your hands, you might also like to incorporate a few day trips from Nice as well.

Here is our list of the best things to do in nice.

1. Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais is more than just a 7 km long stretch of coastline running from Castle Hill (La Ccollione du Château) to Nice airport. A walk along the shoreline will give you the chance to experience a glimpse of the buzzing city life. You’ll encounter people sitting or strolling, taking in the fresh air, cyclists, and runners going about their day.

Promenade des Anglais Nice

You can sit and enjoy a lovely evening by the sea and go to one of the many Cafes that are nearby for refreshments. You might even catch the parades for Nice Carnival if you come by the city in February.

2. Vieille Ville (Old Town Nice)

Nice Old Town

A trip to Nice without visiting the old town would be like going to India and not seeing the Taj Mahal. Vieille Ville, is in essence, the very soul of Nice – a place where the local inhabitants (Niçois) live, love, and earn their bread.

Vieille VilleNice
Vieille Ville in Nice France

Some other places to check out are The Rosetti Square for some home-made ice cream, The Courthouse Square, The St Francis Square for its small fish market. Vieille Ville is a stark contrast from many of Nice’s other areas.

Vieille Ville Square

Head over to the east side and up the top of Castle Hill to see the gorgeous winding cobbled streets and beautiful buildings in many shades.

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3. Parc de la Colline du Château

Nice city coastline on the Mediterranean Sea

If you want to get an unobstructed view over the town’s red-tiled rooftops, you have to head over to the eastern edge and climb the winding staircases up to Colline du château.

From the top of the steep hill, you can locate great hallmarks such as hotel Negresco and the eastern port. Or you could simply get lost in the moment looking at the azure sea in the Baie des Anges.

4. Cours Saleya Market

Nice Cours Saleya Market

The Cours Saleya Market is one of Nice’s unique tourist attractions. This eccentric fresh produce and flower market is full of colors and perfumes of the day’s fresh produce that overflow in abundance. It starts filling up from early morning, so be sure to visit before the stocks run out.

Flowers at Cours Saleya Market
Cours Saleya Market in Nice

After you’re done shopping, visit one of the many cafes and restaurants that line the square for some freshly brewed coffee and delicious croissants.

5. Enjoy the Beaches

Nice Beach

You might be slightly disappointed with Nice’s pebbly beaches, which are not exactly for sunbathing.

Beach in Nice

But if you’re a beach lover who enjoys just sitting and taking in the fresh sea breeze, you’ll be in for a treat! But don’t worry; you can always rent the services of specific private hotels that provide spaces for sun lounging.

If you have young kids, you might enjoy visiting the beach on the other side of Mont Boron at Villefranche-sur-Mer. The pristine, clear water is not only shallower but cut off from the open sea – perfect for the little ones!

We absolutely loved our time in Nice! We had plans for day trips to towns close by but we enjoyed Nice so much that we completely abandoned our plans.

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Jolene Ejmont

Originally from South Africa, now living in Australia, Jolene is a wife and a mother to three beautiful daughters. Together with her family, she is embarking on a journey towards changing her current stress-filled life to one focusing on her dreams and her passion for travel. She wants to share her stories in the hope to inspire you to chase your own dreams!

4 thoughts on “5 Most Popular Things to Do in Nice, France”

  1. This is great. We will be there for a day in Oct and this gives us an idea of what to do. Thank you so much.

  2. I love this! You guys have had some pretty awesome places – all the pictures are simply beautiful. That has to be one of the most memorable, not many people get to say that they have accomplished that! Great Job!

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