The world’s most famous coastline is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Nice. The enchanting city boasts many museums, churches and ancient buildings that can engage lovers of history for days. But apart from culture and art, there are many other options such as large shopping centers, luxury shops, flea markets, and of course, a spectacular and luxurious beach for resting on after all the running around. So that you don’t have to put too much effort into making up an itinerary and searching through the wide range of options that Nice has to offer, we’ve put together a list of the top 8 places you need to see when visiting!
1. The Old Town (Vieille Ville)
2. Le Chateau
Although most of the original structure of the old fortress has collapsed, there are still few remains for which it is worth climbing the 300 steps leading to the top of the hill. If stair climbing is an activity you’d prefer to skip, there are two other alternatives, one with a medium level of effort that includes a lift with an elevator almost to the top, with the remainder having to be completed by climbing a few steps. The second option is to take a tourist train up to the top of the hill taking a tour of the area’s main attractions. On your way to the Citadel, stroll through the charming park surrounding it, take a picture of the artificial waterfall and enjoy a spacious park where you can relax and have a picnic. When you reach the summit, you’ll see a breathtaking view overlooking the city’s rooftops and be impressed by the sights of one of the beautiful panoramic spots you’ve probably ever seen.
3. Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain
Not far from Castle Hill is the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, which features modern works from the 1950s to contemporary works. The three-story museum is actually two buildings connected by transparent bridges, from which you can look out over the nearby Pylon River. Inside the museum, there are 9 large halls where works by prominent modern artists such as Martinez, Armand and Eve Klein are permanently exhibited. After passing through the spectacular exhibition halls, you should visit the museum’s roof, where you can view large areas of the city and enjoy a good meal in the museum’s restaurant.
4. Avenue Jean Médecin
Apart from being one of the main and central roads in Nice, Avenue Jean Médecin is also considered the most vibrant and inviting shopping area in the city. Here you can shop till you drop, as well as enjoy occasional street performances. Among the hundreds of small and stylish shops located on the avenue, you will also find international chains and of course the French flagship store “Galeries Lafayette” and the Nice Etoile shopping mall. Even if you decide to travel alone, you definitely won’t feel lonely here as the street is lively all hours of the day.