Top 5 tourist attractions in Nice

Promenade des Anglais, photo by ellevalentine on Flickr

The Côte d’Azur is one of the most glamorous beach destinations in Europe, and one that is not exclusively limited to those who are rich and famous, although many celebrities from France and beyond have been spotted sunbathing and frolicking on the French Riviera. And one of the urban gems of the riviera is nice, a city that has something for everyone, young and old. The famous waterfront, the mix of cultures, the cuisine and a ton of other attractions make Nice a great destination on the French Riviera. After you’ve head your fill of sunbathing and swimming, why not check out some of the top 5 tourist attractions in Nice?

Colline du Chateau

Nice is a beautiful city, and if you want to get a good look at it from up above, then you can climb the Colline du Chateau, a hill overlooking the Baie des Anges and the harbor, which offers a great vantage point. On top of the hill, you’ll find the ruined castle and a platform that can be reached by climbing a long set of stairs. The castle is surrounded by a park which is a great place for a walk, but unfortunately closes at sunset.

Museum of Asian Art

View from Colline du Chateau, photo by Dale Harvey

Nice, like other cities on the French Riviera, is not exactly cheap, but it does have its fair share of free attractions. If you want to absorb some culture while you’re visiting, you can take a look at the Museum of Asian Art which has exhibits from India, China, Indonesia and other south-Asian countries. The entry is free and you can spend a few hours wandering the halls of the museum.

Chagall Museum

Famous Russian-French artist Marc Chagall’s work is the type of art that appeal to everyone, and his beautiful stained glass oevres can be found in many places throughout Europe. The Chagall Museum has a nice selection of the artist’s works, which are organized according to the instructions of Chagall himself. The museum has a nice garden, also created with the help of Chagall (he also designed the mosaic next tot he pond).

Vieux Nice

The old town of Nice is essentially a maze of narrow streets and old buildings which retain the flavor of Nice of the past century, and has some nice boutiques and cafes. The shadowy streets are especially beautiful at night, when many people come out for promenades. A must see spot in the Vieux Nice is the Cours Saleya street, a bustling market in the morning and a great place for pavement cafe dinners in the evening.

Promenade des Anglais

Vieux Nice, photo by David Baron

Promenade des Anglais is probably the best known landmarks in the city, so of course it is also in the top 5 tourist attractions in Nice. The promenade is one of the most iconic places on the French Riviera, bustling with activity day and night, with people lounging on the blue chairs lining the shore, roller skating or walking. There are quite a few excellent seafood restaurants along the promenade should you get hungry.

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