On the French Riviera, somewhere between Cannes and Monaco, lies the historical and sunny seaside town of Nice. It has one of the most mispronounced names in Europe it’s more like ‘nees’ not “nice” and is home to an airport so close to the town and famous to it nickname “Nissa La Bella”. Place Massena and Place Garibaldi, named after two characters who symbolize the city’s French and Italian identity. The French Riviera is known for celebrity visitors, festivals and a holiday atmosphere, as it’s pebbly beaches and seafront cafés lure tourist in need of a cocktail and sunlight. It’s a beautiful spot to visit even in winter with none of the inner-city urban busyness and noise but all of the charm and personality you’d expect from France’s fifth largest town.Standing in a magnificent bay, the capital of the Cote d’Azur stretches along the famous Promenades des Anglais facing the Mediterranean. What can we do in Nice France?
1.) Walk around the old Niceville “Le Vieux Nice”
Nice “old town” is a beautiful maze of winding streets, gorgeous architecture, shops, and restaurants. You can have a meal at a street-side café, pick up gifts for those back home, or wander through the Cours Saleya market in a street running parallel to the “Promenade des Anglais” and investigate the local produce and flowers on offer. You don’t need an itinerary or even a map, spot the ‘Palais de Justice’ or just locate an ice cream store and drift off in search of more winding side-streets. Narrow streets with colourful old buildings easy to get anywhere a classic French old town.
2.) View from Castle Hill
Nice’s prime lookout spot can be reached by climbing up from the streets of old town, or by grabbing a spot on the miniature Nice tourist train, which will do all the ascending for you it is quite a climb if you’re not a fan of steps. You can also take the elevator up to the top.Castle Hill is no longer home to an actual castle just ruins but it offers stunning views of Nice’s old town on one side and the port on the other, as well as beautiful gardens and a relaxed atmosphere. It’s also popular with dog walkers, so be prepared to squeal as tiny fluffy canines cross your path. You can experience an amazing view lookout over lovely Nice and the scenery of Mediterranean sea. This historic park offers dramatic city and ocean views, a manmade waterfall. The Castle of Nice was a citadel used for military purpose. Built at the top of a hill, it stood overlooking the bay of Nice from the 11th century to the 18th century. It was besieged several times, especially in 1543 and in 1691, before it was taken by French troops in 1705 and finally destroyed in 1706 by command of Louis XIV.
Nowadays, Castle Hill is used as a park. It’s the most famous public garden in Nice, and a must see a place for the numerous tourists who visit the city. It offers many amazing panoramas, and provides a beautiful view all day long from sunrise to sundown, highlighting various landscapes depending on where one looks, the Harbor at sunrise, the Promenade des Anglais at sundown. That’s why Castle Hill is called “the cradle of the sun”.
3.) Stroll along the ‘Place Massena’
The “Fountain du Soleil” located at the busy Masséna Square a splendid fountain featuring a statue of Apollo, the Greek Sun God. One of the famous landmark in Niceville. Many people local and tourist taking pictures in this fountain surround. The square is on the tram route where lots of people pass by, so if you’re in the mood for a cold French beer while people watching there’s a little bistro to enjoy the place. The Place Masséna is a historic square in NIce, Alpes-Maritimes, France. It was named for André Masséna. Its layout was designed by Joseph Vernier in 1843-1844, the square was divided into two parts in 1824. With the demolition of the Masséna Casino in 1979 became more spacious and less dense and is now bordered by red ochre buildings of Italian architecture.
The recent rebuilding of the tramline gave the square back to the pedestrians, restoring its status as a real Mediterranean square. It is lined with palm trees and stone pines, instead of being rectangular roundabout of sorts it had become over the years, Since its construction, the Place Masséna has always been the spot for great public events. It is used for concerts, and particularly during summer festivals, the Corso carnivalesque in February, the military procession of 14 July or other traditional celebrations and banquets.
4.) Stroll along Garibaldi
This place has a huge statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi a lot of restaurant and bistros to sit while watching people passing by. it’s next to the tram stop direction Henri Sappia or going to train station and easy to access anywhere in Niceville. Happy hour apéritifs transition into drinks at cafes, student bars and expat pubs, many around in Garibaldi.
5.) Experienced the restaurants and cafes in Niceville
When it comes to the question of sustenance, Nice provides plenty. Between the restaurants in old town, central Nice and those along the Promenade, one has to wonder about to find anything from freshly foods front.Nice dining out scene offers casual neighbourhood cafes to fine dining restaurants. Provençal flavours and Mediterranean ingredients dominate, and local specialities include the city’s namesake Niçoise salad, featuring tuna, tomatoes and olives.
In Vieille Ville’s casual eateries, most diners order traditional Niçois dishes, often at communal tables. In the summertime, beachside restaurants open along the shore.
6.) Explore a sunbathing and feel that pebbles Beach along ‘Promenade des Anglais’
Nice is a city of many facets its museum’s house the richest collections of French modern and contemporary art outside Paris.
a. Musée Matisse –
This 17C villa, with its Sienna earth colour, houses around 30 paintings by Matisse (1869-1954). From dark palettes to canvases lit with the Mediterranean sun, then after a stay in Morocco, to pure colour, and finally to the refined drawing of cut papers in absolute blue poster paint 54 bronzes, sketches and models complete the panorama.
This building by Marshal André Massena’s grandson is surrounded by gardens and boasts a sumptuous First Empire interior. A designated “Musée de France”, the museum presents the history of Nice from 1860 to the end of 1930 with a modern museum design
c.Musée des Arts Asiatiques
The museum was designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange and is built over the lake in Parc Phoenix. It presents traditional sacred Asian art by geographical area (India, Cambodia, China and Japan) beautiful works whose minimalism and conducive to contemplation. There is an educational Buddhism display on the first floor, while objects from daily life are presented in the basement.
d.Musée d’Art naif
600 paintings given by Anatole Jakovsky present the masters of naive art, with a large selection of Croatian art by Generallic and Rabuzin, as well as works from South America (Brazil) and France. Bauchant, Vivin, Vieillard and Nice painters Restivo and Crociani. A room is devoted to the wonderful portraits by Jakovsky.
e.Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporary
This museum also known as MAMAC exhibits works by the Nice School and the movements that preceded and followed it. Nouveau Réalisme is shown through artists like Arman, César and Spoerri, with pride of place given to Yves Klein(1928-62) and his blue monochromes.
The neo-Dada Fluxus movement is represented by Ben. Developments in abstraction are illustrated by Support/Surfaces Vaillat, Pagès and Dezeuze, and the return to figuration by Garouste and the comic-strip style of Cmbas and Hervé di Rosa.
8. Visit St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral
The cathedral was built by a Russian architect in 1912. Its six cupola with golden bulbs add a touch of the exotic to the Nice skyline and symbolise the importance of the Russian colony on the Cote d’Azur. The interior, in the shape of a Greek cross, with its décor of frescos, woodwork and icons show great goldsmith’s work. There are sumptuous iconostas around the choir.
Nice is easily explored with most attractions within a close walking distance of Place Masséna, the central square. Vieille Ville, with its labyrinth of pedestrian streets, is particularly suited to strolling, as is the verdant Promenade du Paillon. The palm-lined Promenade des Anglais curves all the way along the Baie des Anges.