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Welcome to Nice

Located on the stunning French Riviera, Nice attracts visitors with its picture-perfect seaside locale and attractions. Guided private and small-group tours will whisk you by land and sea around the city and beyond to the sun-soaked region of Provence. Cruise around the Baie des Anges (Bay of the Angels) to admire the renowned sandy beach. Or take a cycling or pedicab tour of the broad Promenade des Anglais (Promenade of the English), which runs alongside the beach for about 4.3 miles (7 km). Book a walking tour in the old town’s pedestrian-only zone, where boutiques tempt you to browse and outdoor cafes invite you to relax. Foodies can take a culinary tour to sample the local specialties; or hop on a Segway tour to cover ground quickly. Explore the city’s Belle Époque architecture, the17th century Cathedral of Saint Reparata, or St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral just outside the historic center. Then get ready for a day trip of two further into the French Riviera and Provence for wine tasting. The city-state of Monaco is a 25-minute train ride away, while traveling to Cannes and Antibes also takes less than a half hour. Head further inland on a sightseeing tour to Grasse to check out a perfumery and smell wild lavender in the air. The charming tiny village of Eze offers incredible panoramic views of the Mediterranean from its hilltop perch, along with statues of goddesses and winding paths to lose yourself in the French Riviera.

Top 10 attractions in Nice

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Molinard Perfumery (Maison Molinard)

Molinard Perfumery (Maison Molinard)

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Since its founding in 1849 in the Grasse Province in the south of France, the world-class Molinard Perfumery (Maison Molinard) has been creating famous fragrances for men, women, dignitaries and even soldiers for more than 150 years.Travelers can embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of Molinard Perfumery that starts with a film exploring the company’s history and ends with a trip through the 1930s where visitors can witness perfume-making in its most traditional sense.The guided tour loops through Molinard’s beautiful reception area and flows into the soap room, where years ago a single person created hundreds of soaps by hand. The distillery remains one of the tour’s most incredible stops, as it’s one of the few perfume factories in the world to avoid modernization. Travelers will pass by the cream room, where they’ll learn about packaging and production before the final sales room stop, where a well-curated exhibition showcases fragrance collections from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.More
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Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

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A honeycomb of narrow streets dotted with baroque churches, lively markets, bustling squares, and a thriving nightlife scene, Nice’s Old Town (Vieux Nice) remains the buzzing heart the modern French city. This seafront historic center offers an atmospheric introduction to Nice.More
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Massena Square (Place Masséna)

Massena Square (Place Masséna)

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If you're spending an even remotely significant amount of time in Nice, then you'll soon become familiar with Massena Square (Place Massena). It's the massive, open square at the bottom of L'avenue Jean-Médecin; just a little bit past it is Vieux Nice and the Mediterranean. Walk under the porticos in foul weather, or enjoy the sun on its wide walkways. It ends in a gorgeous fountain framed by faded cherry-red buildings, a favorite with photographers of any ability.In the daytime, Masséna Square is a busy pedestrian/tram intersection, and it can seem like barely controlled chaos as people scurry, stroll or simply hang out along its dizzyingly tiled surface. At night it's a bit less busy, but many are more distracted as the large human-like sculptures high atop poles change color like lava lamps!Massena Square is also the site for many of Nice's most popular events throughout the year, from Mardi Gras to Fete de la Musique concerts to summer outdoor markets, exhibitions and performances of all kinds. And at Christmas, it's transformed into a village with artisanal gifts, games for kids, delicious food stalls and even a Ferris wheel.More
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Eze

Eze

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With its twisting cobblestone lanes, jumble of medieval houses, and shady courtyards lined with traditional cafés, Eze is a tranquil village high above the glamorous resorts and golden beaches of the Cote d’Azur. The hilltop town, traditionally written Èze, is undeniably picturesque, affording panoramic views over the Mediterranean, and its timeless charm has made it a firm favorite on French Riviera itineraries.More
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Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya)

Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya)

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Nice's Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya) is a veritable feast for the senses—floral fragrances rise in the air, vendors call out in French to mingling locals, and flower bouquets burst forth from every stall. Add the fresh produce market, sidewalk cafes, and weekly antiques fair, and it’s no wonder the market is a must while in Provence.More
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Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais

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A stylish walkway monopolizing four miles (six kilometers) along the Bay of Angels, the Walk of the English (Promenade des Anglais or La Prom) is a Nice icon offering stunning views, enticing pit stops, and the best people-watching in the city. Grab your bike, skates, or shoes—and don’t forget your swimsuit—for a sunny afternoon in Nice.More
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Castle Hill (Colline du Château)

Castle Hill (Colline du Château)

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Rising up over the eastern end of Quai des États-Unis, the 300-foot Castle Hill (Colline du Château) affords fantastic views over the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town of Vieux Nice, the Baie des Anges, and the glittering Côte d’Azur.More
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Place Garibaldi

Place Garibaldi

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Place Garibaldi is a large public square in Nice Old Town. With bars and cafes lining the square it’s a popular place for people to gather for lunch, dinner, or drinks.More
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Chateau de Cremat

Chateau de Cremat

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Constructed a mere century ago, Château de Crémat is one of the younger castles along the French Riviera. Looking out over the Var Valley between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alpes, the estate and its rolling vineyards offer spectacular views of Nice, as well as a lovely place to enjoy wine made and bottled on site.More
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Massena Art & History Museum (Musée Masséna)

Massena Art & History Museum (Musée Masséna)

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Housed in an Italianate neoclassical villa fronting the Promenade des Anglais, the Massena Art and History Museum (Musée Masséna) focuses on the shared history of the city of Nice and Napoleon Bonaparte, through the personal effects, artifacts, and artwork of the Masséna family. The manicured grounds are also a high point.More

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Top activities in Nice

Coastal Cruise from Nice

Coastal Cruise from Nice

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French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
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French Riviera Private Full-Day Tour

French Riviera Private Full-Day Tour

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French Riviera in One Day

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Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Day from Nice Small-Group Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Nice

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Really enjoyed the trip! Highly recommended :)
Jane_L, Jul 2021
Visit the fields of lavender and the gorges du verdon.
Free time at Castellane and Moustiers Sainte-Marie gave me freedom to do anything I like :) Thank you for the memorable summer holiday!
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The Best Food in France
Agnieszka_V, Jul 2021
French dinner with a Mediterranean touch in the heart of Nice
As the hosts are true locals, we got some of our questions about the area answered and found some cool new things to do.
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A must do while in Nice!
Dave_G, Jun 2021
Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting
Very knowledgeable of the city‘s history and full of tips and secrets of things to do while in Nice.
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Completely worth it
Rafael, Jul 2021
Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip with Grasse Perfumery Visit from Nice
Our driver and guide was Rolph (or I hope that's the name because he was amazing, italian that started giving tours back in the 70s) and he was phenomenal: he was very knowledgeable about the places and history we passed / visited, he included relevant parts of his own personal history in the explanations, while also relating it with the history / customs of the countries of the people in the tour, and he gave the explanations - that were tailored to the people - in multiple languages (in our case, german and english, because we were a small group).
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Riviera touring soft top style
Philip_J, Aug 2020
French Riviera Famous Cities Scoot Coupe Self Drive Tour from Nice
One of the best ways to see the area in my Opinion and incredibly straight forward.
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Great fun :)
Donna_S, Mar 2020
Nice City Segway Sightseeing Tour
Excellent way to see some of the sights around Nice.
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Recommend this tour!
Katie_S, Feb 2020
French Riviera in One Day
You get to see a lot of the highlights of the South of France all in one day.
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Best Half-Day Tour of NICE
miresearchlab, Dec 2019
Cannes, Antibes, and St Paul de Vence Half day from Nice Small-Group Tour
She is very good in English.
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Great fun and a great way see the sites of Nice.
chrisC8082QH, Nov 2019
French Riviera Cities & Sightseeing Scoot Coupe Self-Drive Tour from Nice
An amazing way to see Nice with the wind blowing through your hair.
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Pleasant boattrip !
Najeeb421, Sep 2019
Coastal Cruise from Nice
It took us along the coast line of the French Riviera with very informative comments in the English and French language.
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Excellent!
Herbiv4, Sep 2019
Nice City Segway Sightseeing Tour
This was the perfect way to see some of Nice upon arriving.
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Great half day trip
Vacation469563, Sep 2019
Eze & Monaco Small Group Half-Day Trip with Perfumery Visit from Nice
A very nice small group tour and a good way to see these sights plus stops for photos overlooking Nice and at Mt Boron.
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Fun intro to nice
deboran564, Sep 2019
Original Nice city tour ( pedicab-vélo taxi)
Our driver/guide Eric was on time & friendly & English was great.
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Small group tour of French Riviera
mrkhoughton56, Aug 2019
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
We were able to see so many areas of the French Riviera in one day.
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the best way to see Nice
Baikonur, Aug 2019
Visit of the city of Nice in Citroen Mehari Electric (1 hour visit)
It really is the best way to see Nice
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Great way to see Nice
Barb1602, Aug 2019
Coastal Cruise from Nice
A good way to see the beaches, yachts, and homes surrounding the Port of Nice and the surrounding area.
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Fun in the Sun
CAROL1903, Jun 2019
Visit of the city of Nice in Citroen Mehari Electric (1 hour visit)
He knew all the best places to see the best views of Nice, taking us high up a hill where no tour bus could go.
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Very informative and personalized tour!
Odyssey56932277009, May 2019
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
This tour allowed us to see the main attractions of Nice while also getting Christopher's cultural insights.
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Take this tour!
BV D, Apr 2019
Nice City Tour and Old town Half-Day from Nice Small-Group
Very good English.
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Fabulous day!
Robinska23, Sep 2018
Ferry from Nice to St Tropez
There is no more erfect way to visit St.

All about Nice

When to visit

Nice stomps into springtime with two weeks of parades, parties, and fireworks for France's largest Carnival celebration. Once the crowds have died down, the temperate climes of March and April prove ideal for sightseeing and coastal walks. Peak season is summer, when the beaches of the French Riviera draw sunseekers from around the globe.

A local’s pocket guide to Nice

Jade Broggio

Jade was born and raised in the South of France and lived in Nice as a student. She now lives in London but goes back regularly to visit her friends and family.

The first thing you should do in Nice is...

visit Fenocchio, an ice cream parlor that’s a true Nice institution. Choose from dozens of flavors and enjoy your cone from one of the famous blue benches on the Promenade des Anglais.

A perfect Saturday in Nice...

starts at the typically Mediterranean Cours Saleya market. After, head to the cobbled streets of Old Town and stop for a socca (chickpea pancake cooked over a wood fire).

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the food. Nice's culinary specialities are a mix of Italian and Provençal cuisines and there are incredible dishes to discover, including pissaladière,panisses, and pan bagnat.

To discover the "real" Nice...

visit the Garibaldi district and the Promenade des Arts, a real open-air exhibition space. Locals like to meet there for a chat surrounded by nature and art.

For the best view of the city...

climb the stairs surrounded by pine trees (which smell delicious) to the castle. At the top, a terrace facing west offers a magnificent panorama towards the Promenade des Anglais, the sea, and the mountains.

One thing people get wrong...

is skipping Nice in favor of Cannes, Saint-Tropez, or even Saint-Paul-de-Vence when visiting the French Riviera. Nice is a real gem that has a lot to offer.

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