Top Attractions in Nice
Top Attractions in Nice
With the stunning seaside location, Nice has been a hot vacation destination for sun bathers and high stakes gamblers since the 19th century. The port city is famous among vacationers of all age bars and budget preferences. From fabulous markets to pebbled beaches, the city has a lot to offer! It is also a gastronomical mecca with various world-famous traditional delicacies. The smell of the mimosa and socca (a chickpea crêpe) envelopes you as soon as you step out of the airport. The folklore of Nice is extremely rich and the region’s calendar is laced with numerous festivals and carnivals. Don’t miss out on one of the most beautiful beaches of the French Riviera. A year-round travel destination, Nice is visited by over a million visitors every year. If you are in the mood for a laidback vacation with some outdoor sporting, Nice fits the bill just right!
Observatory of Cote d’Azur:
Also known as the Observatory of Cote d’Azur, Nice Observatory is an astronomical observatory in the city and a popular tourist attraction. Opened to the public in 1887, it was declared a historical monument in 1994. People from far and wide visit this centre, especially to marvel at the architecture designed by Gustave Eiffel, who made the iconic Eiffel Tower along with Charles Garnier, the architect of Monte Carlo Casino.
Promenade des Anglais:
Promenade des Anglais is a lovely promenade along the Mediterranean running from the airport on the west to the Quai des États-Unis. An abode for a range of luxury hotels, great natural views and a heart-touching memorial for the victims of the July 2016 Nice attacks, it provides alluring views of the city. With beguiling landscapes, the beauty of this iconic promenade goes beyond the French borders.
Opéra de Nice:
Built in 1885, this magnificent opera house was classified as a historic monument in March 1992 and stands as a principal opera venue across Nice with a huge seating capacity of 1093. Proffering 3 types of performances: Operas, Ballets, and Classical concerts, it houses Ballet Nice Méditerrannée as well as the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra. Head here to enjoy a quality program of operatic arias and classics while visiting Nice.
Located in the Old Town of Nice, Ponchettes Beach is the busiest shore of Nice and runs from the Opera Beach in the west to Castel in the east. The idyllic beach offers plentiful options that stretch beyond just sunbathing. It has a volleyball court and is within easy reach of dining and snacking options with its own well-maintained facilities, including a shower block and clean toilets. Away from the chaos of the city, the invigorating beach waves are a therapeutic escape.
Tagged as the largest and most spectacular historical squares in the city, Place Masséna is always abuzz with people and big brands. You should head here to admire the stunning architecture with major highlights being the fountain (Fontaine du Soleil) and the monumental statue of Apollo. The square also accommodates numerous shopping places and eateries to ensure you make the most of your time and take care of your hunger pangs.
Basilique Notre-Dame de l'Assomption:
Established in 1864, Basilique Notre-Dame de l'Assomption is tagged as the largest place of worship in the charming city of Nice. It is known to attract a large number of tourists for its Neo-Gothic architecture, especially the imposing twin towers and vibrant stained glass. You may get a chance to attend the various musical performances and concerts that are held here all year round.
Entirely dedicated to the creations of world-renowned French painter - Henri Matisse, Musée Matisse uncovers his artistic startings and his advancement till his last works. Situated 2 kilometers north in the leafy Cimiez quarter of Nice, the museum is home to around 68 paintings, 236 designs, 218 drawings, and 56 art sculptures. You may also catch a few temporary exhibits and film screening events that take place every year.
Located in Vieux Nice, the Palais Lascaris is a peek into the most luxurious, baroque-style family home in Nice. Built in the first half of the 17th century on the bequest of Antoine Gautier (1825-1904), this aristocratic building is an eminent musical instrument museum today and houses over 500 historical musical instruments.
Scattered over an area of 17 acres, Parc Phoenix is the largest botanical garden and zoo in Nice located at the southwestern edge of the city along Promenade des Anglais. Head here for a moment of relaxation while touring the city of Nice. Established in 1990, it has many activities and exhibitions on nature all year long, with displays of gardens and birds, along with a Greenhouse that makes the visitors experience 6 different tropical climates. Don't miss out on the Museum of Asian Arts designed by Japanese architect, Kenzo Tange.
Tagged as the first museum dedicated to the world-famous artist, Pablo Picasso, this museum, popularly known as Grimaldi Museum, is constructed in the former Greek town of Antipolis. Go through the collection donated by Picasso himself and marvel at the beautiful work, especially when you stop by "The Goat" and "La Joie de Vivre", which are among the most notable paintings here. It is an abode to 245 works of Picasso and stands among the most visited museums in the city.