Nice

Travel Guide
Nice Cathedral showing a city and outdoor eating

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Unofficial capital of the French Riviera, this glamorous seaside city has been one of France’s most popular tourist destinations since the 18th century.

With its elegant old town, chic shops, lively markets and beautiful coastal setting, Nice combines the sophistication of a big city with the laid-back charms of a beach resort. Bike, jog or walk along the city’s scenic seafront promenade, spend an afternoon exploring the atmospheric old town and dine in restaurants with ocean views.

Go for a stroll along Nice’s iconic Promenade des Anglais, which spans for 4 miles (7 kilometers) along the blue waters of the Baie des Anges. Look for some of the city’s most recognizable buildings along this strip, including the art deco Palais de la Méditerranée and the Hôtel Negresco with its bright pink dome. Rent a sun lounge on the beach and admire the view and dine at a picturesque seaside restaurant.

Enjoy the energy of the Cours Saleya Market, a flower and food market set along a square overlooked by 18th-century houses. Browse displays of orange blossoms and roses and shop for fresh produce and spices. Sip a hot drink at one of the delightful cafés lining the square. Visit in the evening when the neighborhood offers some of the city’s best dining and nightlife.

The market sits at the center of Vieux Nice (Old Nice), a collection of narrow streets that has hardly changed over the centuries. Wander through these charming streets, browsing cute boutiques and stopping at a restaurant to try Niçois-style onion pizza(pissaladière). See some of the architectural highlights found in this neighborhood, including Palais Lascaris, a striking 17th-century mansion.

View a wonderful collection of works by Henri Matisse, who often spent his summers in Nice, at the Matisse Museum. Check out modern art exhibits, including works by César and Arman, at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC).

Fly to Nice via Nice-Cote d'Azur airport, which is located 4 miles (7 kilometers) west of the city. Although Nice’s attractions are fairly spread out, it’s quite pedestrian-friendly so many visitors get around comfortably on foot. Alternatively, take advantage of Nice’s bus and tram system and find out why Nice has been a favorite destination of artists, beach-lovers and honeymooners for centuries.

Where to stay in Nice

Basilique Notre Dame which includes heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Nice City Centre

4.5/5(284 area reviews)

Known for its stunning beaches and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Nice City Centre. Check out top attractions like Promenade des Anglais and Hôtel Negresco, and jump on the metro at Alsace - Lorraine Tram Station or Massena Tramway Station to see more of the city.

Nice City Centre
Nice Cathedral showing a city and outdoor eating

Old Town Nice

5/5(130 area reviews)

Known for its beaches and abundant dining options, there's plenty to explore in Old Town Nice. Top attractions like Promenade des Anglais and Cours Saleya are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Opera - Vieille Ville Tram Station or Cathedral - Vieille Ville Tram Station to see more of the city.

Old Town Nice
Carabacel showing a fountain, a garden and a statue or sculpture

Centre Ville-Gare

4.5/5(509 area reviews)

Known for its stunning beaches and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Centre Ville-Gare. Check out top attractions like Basilique Notre Dame and Avenue Jean Medecin, and jump on the metro at Thiers Tramway Station or Jean Medecin Tramway Station to see more of the city.

Centre Ville-Gare
Castle Park showing general coastal views and views as well as a couple

Mont Boron

If you're spending some time in Mont Boron, Nice Ferry Terminal and Port of Nice are top sights worth seeing.

Mont Boron
Albert 1st Gardens featuring a garden

Carre d'Or

While you're in Carre d'Or, take in top sights like Promenade des Anglais and jump on the metro at Massena Tramway Station to see more of the city.

Carre d'Or
Nice which includes markets, interior views and food

Jean-Médecin

If you're spending time in Jean-Médecin, check out sights like Promenade des Anglais or Nice Etoile Shopping Center and hop on the metro to see more the city at Massena Tramway Station or Jean Medecin Tramway Station.

Jean-Médecin
Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais
Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais
4 out of 5
2 Rue Halevy, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $257 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
$257
per night
Jun 2 - Jun 3
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Nice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast (surcharge), and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
8/10 Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Except the construction part who was noisy and the eat in the room , the air conditioning was not working well everything was perfwct"

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais
Westminster Hotel & Spa Nice
Westminster Hotel & Spa Nice
4 out of 5
27 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $271 per night from May 27 to May 28
$271
per night
May 27 - May 28
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Nice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast (surcharge), and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (997 reviews)
"In a good location and the staff are friendly professional and helpful. I had a room overlooking the promenade with a tiny balcony which was nice but the room and the bathroom were small and a bit run down. A friend had the same category room at the back abc both room and bathroom weee quite a bit ..."

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Westminster Hotel & Spa Nice
Le Meridien Nice
Le Meridien Nice
4 out of 5
1 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $428 per night from May 22 to May 23
$428
per night
May 22 - May 23
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Nice. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (434 reviews)
"Great location- Rooms were clean and the support staff cleaned the rooms daily. The rooftop restaurant was awesome!"

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Le Meridien Nice
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Nemea Appart Hotel Green Side Biot Sophia Antipolis
Nemea Appart Hotel Green Side Biot Sophia Antipolis
3 out of 5