Vacation in Nice, France | What are you visiting in Nice? Top 10 attractions

A vacation in Nice means romance, a vibrant blue sea and a small romantic paradise. The beautiful city combines the French style with the Italian style, leaving over 4 million tourists in love with this place every year. Discover the more or less known pearls of Nice in this travel guide!

How do you get to Nice?

Once arrived in Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, you are only 7 minutes away from the beautiful city. Here are the transport options:

  • Tram: tram 2 (every 8 minutes) goes to the center of Nice and tram 3 (every 15 minutes) goes to the western part of the city. You can buy tickets from the ticket machines in the stations outside terminals 1 and 2. The ticket costs approx. 1.50 euros/person. The trip lasts 30 minutes.
  • Bus: bus 12 connects the airport with the Old Center (in just 30 minutes) and has a stop in front of terminal 1. The ticket 1.50 euros/person you can buy it directly from the driver.
  • Taxi: the taxi journey will take 20-25 minutes to the center of Nice, and the average cost is 30 euros. Taxis are located outside terminals 1 and 2.

You can find details on the official website of Nice Airport https://www.nice.aeroport.fr/en/directions/public-transport

What do you drive around Nice?

Just like in other big cities in Europe, Nice has well-developed public transport with low prices. The price of a bus or tram ticket is 1.50 euros/ride and you can also opt for tickets 5 euros/1 day unlimited tram and bus rides. You can buy tickets for the bus from the driver, and for the tram from the ticket machines in the stations. It is important that in both means of transport you validate the tickets once on board. Buses run between 05:30-21:00, but there are also night buses that run until 01:00 on certain routes. The tram schedule starts at 04:30 and runs until 23:30, but just like the buses, there are certain lines that run until 01:30. 

Tourist card

If you want to reach other cities or villages on the Côte d'Azur close to Nice or you want to explore as many places as possible in Nice itself, tourist cards can help you save! Here are your options:

  • Cote D'Azur France Pass: you can choose between the card with 3 free activities (from 45 euros/adult, 36 euros/child between 4-12 years) or the one with 5 free activities (from 67 euros/adult, 56 euros/child between 4-12 years ) that you can do on the Côte d'Azur, such as water parks, theme parks, bus, boat or train tours. This card is especially suitable for families with children or those who want to have a good time. You can buy it online from GetYourGuide, and you can also buy it from here. You save 30% from your budget compared to the standard price of the activities!
  • French Riviera Pass: opt for the 24-hour card (28 euros), 48 hours (40 euros) or 72 hours (59 euros). You have free access and discounts to over 60 tourist attractions, tours or other activities on the Côte d'Azur. If you want to visit as many attractions as possible and try as many activities as possible to discover the Côte d'Azur in depth, this card suits you. Find details and you can purchase it on https://www.frenchrivierapass.com/en/

Where are you staying in Nice?

Being one of the most famous cities of France and having millions of tourists every year, in Nice you will find accommodation even at 45-50 euros per night. The price of a hotel room is 65-70 euros on average. You can find numerous offers on Booking.com here.

Here is where you can stay in Nice at affordable prices and with good conditions, depending on your vacation budget:

  • Hotel Boreal Nice: the hotel of 3 stars it is located right in the center of the city of Nice and only 10 minutes' walk from the beach. The Old Center Square is a 12-minute walk from the accommodation. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, private bathroom, TV and WiFi. The price for a double room starts from 75 euros/night.
  • Le Windsor, Jungle Art Hotel: this hotel of 4 stars it is located 20 minutes' walk from the Old Center, in a building from the 19th century. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, private bathroom, TV, WiFi and minibar. You have access to the spa & fitness center of the hotel and to the outdoor pool. The price for a standard double room starts from 65 euros/night
  • Aparthotel Ammi Vieux Nice: the 4-star apartment hotel is located just 4 minutes' walk from the Old Center Square and 500 m from the beach. The accommodations are studio-style, with a private kitchenette and private bathroom, air conditioning, TV, coffee maker and WiFi. For a standard studio, you will pay approx 95 euros/night.
  • Villa Serafina Apartments: the complex of hotel apartments is located 30 minutes on foot and 15 minutes by bus from the Old Center. The rooms are studio type with private kitchen, private bathroom, balcony, air conditioning, TV, terrace, WiFi and coffee machine. The price for a double studio with a terrace starts from 47 euros/night

What are you visiting in Nice? Top 10 Nice attractions

Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais is one of the most popular places in Nice. Here you can walk along the seafront, with a view of the sea, long beaches, palm trees and alfresco bars. It is often considered the emblem of Nice, as it is an elegant and gorgeous place that you must definitely visit. And the beaches in front of the boulevard have fine, almost white sand and the water is clean and calm, such as Magnan beach or Carras beach. So you can relax safely even with the little ones!

Colline du Chateau

On a hill with a splendid view of the sea, the Nice Castle once stood from the 11th century to the 18th century. It served as a military fortress, and the place is today a park with free access of a special elegance. The view of the bay, a waterfall, walkways, decorations and beautifully arranged plants turn the place into a must-see of Nice! You can visit the location daily between 8:00-20:00.

Old Town 

How else to explore Nice if not through a walk in the heart of the old town (Vieux Nice)? Colorful buildings, marble sculptures and a lively atmosphere will make you feel like you are walking through a fairytale land. And the heart of the Old Center is definitely there Rossetti Square! You can taste macarons at the patisseries, drink a coffee on the small terraces or browse the antique boutiques. And obviously here you can admire the architecture of baroque style buildings from the 18th century!

Massena Square

Massena Square is another lively place in Nice, being considered the center of the city. With a sidewalk like a chessboard, buildings in neoclassical style and Promenade Paillon right in front of it which has the famous fountain Mirroir D'Eau (,,Oglinda din Apa''), the square built in 1840 is a captivating place! Many outdoor concerts and events are held here and it is only a 2-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais.

Villa Massena

Villa Massena is an architectural gem of Nice built at the end of the 19th century in neoclassical style, with Italian influences. The superb building was the residence of Prince Victor of Essling and today it is a museum. Here you can find collections and valuable art objects throughout the history of France. And also in this complex there is an absolutely gorgeous historical garden! You can buy tickets for about 10 euros/adult from the entrance office. You have free access with the French Riviera Pass! 

Cours Saleya market

The Cours Saleya market is especially famous for the terraces with different snacks or dishes and the flower sellers, an authentic setting of the Cote d'Azur. And the history of this place began precisely in the 18th century! It is the perfect stop for a lunch surrounded by inviting smells, but also for some successful photos. And for history and art lovers, at the end of the street you will notice a yellow building. Well, this was the home of the famous painter Henri Matisse.

The Albert I Gardens

The Albert I Gardens are a little corner of heaven that you have to explore in at least 1-2 hours. Designed in the 19th century and with palm trees, artisanal fountains and important monuments, it is among the oldest gardens in Nice and a perfect place for a little shade after strolling along the Promenade des Anglais.

Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Nice

Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Nice

The Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Nice is the largest Christian-Orthodox cathedral in all of Western Europe. Both the exterior and the interior will take your breath away with their colors and details. It was built in the 20th century in the style of the Russian Renaissance. You can visit it for free between 10-18 hours, daily.

Lascaris Palace

The Lascaris Palace was built in the 17th century in Baroque style. Today the museum hosts the second largest collection of ancient musical instruments in all of France, with over 500 such objects. Its interior has a unique aristocratic charm, with imposing staircases, statues and magnificent paintings. Tickets start at 10 euros/person and you can buy them directly at the entrance to the museum. Do you have a French Riviera Pass? You have free access to the museum. 

Marc Chagall National Museum

Marc Chagall National Museum

The museum is completely dedicated to the French artist with 7 fingers on his left hand, born on the 7th of the seventh month. Here you can find the collection of his best works and more - paintings on canvas, ceramics and glass. You can visit the museum every day except Tuesday, between 10-18 (May - end of October) or 10-17 (November - end of April). Tickets start at 8 euros/adult, and European citizens under 26 have free access. You can purchase them from the entrance office. If you have a French Riviera Pass, access is free. 

Excursions near the house

  • Excursion to Eze, Monaco and Monte-Carlo 

It would be a shame to be only 20 km from the beautiful Monte-Carlo and not visit it. Choose a half-day excursion in which you discover the medieval town of Eze and the Fragonard Perfumery, the captivating Principality of Monaco with the city of Monte-Carlo, its palaces and the most famous casinos in France and even in Europe! You can do it for 40 euros/person including transport in these locations and the tourist guide in a tour, purchasing online from GetYourGuide here

  • Boat ride in the Gulf of Villefranche

The resort of Villefranche Sur Mer is only 8 km from Nice and the most pleasant way to get here is by boat. The 1-hour tour includes transport and the tourist guide in the price of approx. 20 euros/person. To admire the beauty of the Côte d'Azur from the boat and the sea at the same time is definitely something to dream about! You can buy the ticket online from GetYourGuide here

  • Boat trip in Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez is located approx. 110 km from Nice, but when will you be so close to the exorbitant resort? After a 2 and a half hour boat trip to Saint-Tropez, you can visit the port of the resort, the Lices Square, the Citadel, the Ponche District, the Annonciade Museum or other famous attractions in a 1-day trip! The ticket includes round-trip transport, and the price starts from 80 euros/person. You can find more details on GetYourGuide where you can buy the ticket online here.

You can find other excursions or tours near Nice on GetYourGuide!

Shopping in Nice

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With numerous outdoor markets and shopping centers, Nice is perfect for buying more than a few souvenirs! The most popular items to buy in Nice are the lavender bags (right from Provence), Bellet wine produced in the vineyards around Nice and specific to the Provence region, the famous mix of Herbs de Provence used in French cuisine, olive oil specific to Nice and ceramic objects

On Jean Medecin street and in Vieux Nice you will find markets and boutiques of all categories! Again at north of the Promenade des Anglais there are many luxury shops if you want to return with some memorable items, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Armani, Hermes and more.

Recommendations for holidays with children

Phoenix Park it is a zoo and a botanical garden, stretching over 7 hectares. Here you can find over 2500 species of plants and over 70 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and others. Among them are lemurs, dwarf kangaroos, flamingos, crocodiles and many other animals that will surely entertain the little ones, learning about them at the same time. The park is divided into greenhouses (the one called the "Green Diamond" being among the tallest glass structures in Europe), covered areas, outdoor areas and a lake. 

Tickets start from 5.20 euros/adult and 3 euros/student or person between 12-18 years old and you can purchase them on https://parc-phoenix.tickeasy.com/en-GB/products. You can visit the park between 9:30-19:30 between April and the end of September or between 09:30 and 18:30 between October and the end of March. With the French Riviera Pass you get free access to the park. 

Nightlife in Nice

Nice is among the most "lively" cities at night on the Côte d'Azur! In the Vieux Nice area are the most famous pubs and clubs, such as Wayne's Bar and Les Distilleries Ideales. And also in the Vieux Nice area, but further south and near Ponchettes and Opera beaches, there are bars Movida and Waka Bar where fun lasts until after midnight!  

What do you eat in Nice?

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The most emblematic and adored dish that you must taste once you are on vacation in Nice is Sock. A golden and well-browned pancake made of chickpea flour and olive oil delights tourists at every corner, the snack being found everywhere. There are other traditional dishes of the Côte d'Azur and France Nicoise salad with tomatoes, eggs, potatoes and tuna or the famous Ratatouille with vegetables and herbs. And to sweeten yourself, try Tarte Tropezienne – the specific dessert of the Côte d'Azur appeared, as the name suggests, in Saint Tropez around the 1950s. It consists of a fluffy muffin-type tart filled with vanilla cream and butter, sprinkled with sugar on top. 

Where do you eat in Nice?

Taste the traditional dishes of French cuisine at Chez Acchiardo restaurant from the Old Center (Vieux Nice) with prices between 6-18 euros/preparation. You can find the location of the restaurant, the restaurant schedule and the phone number for reservations on Acciardo. to L'Epicerie Georges also from the Vieux Nice area, you can enjoy platters or French dishes in a rustic setting, either in the restaurant or on the terrace. The prices vary between 5-25 euros per preparation and you can find details on L'epicerie Georges. You can find the best restaurants on Tripadvisor here! 

And near the Albert I Gardens you will find a pastry shop with absolutely delicious French desserts! to Chez Maitre Pierre you can also drink a fresh coffee with something sweet - Patisserie Chez Maitre Pierre. You can find other pastry options here!

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Nice is definitely among the European destinations that must be visited at least once in a lifetime! The charm of the south of France is well known all over the world. In a city break, even for 1-2 days, you can definitely visit the main attractions, enjoying the romantic atmosphere. The recommended minimum budget for a 2-day vacation in Nice is minimal 350-400 euros/2 adults.

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