I know that Nice is a popular destination for a lot of you, either as part of a trip to France or Europe. Aside from my many trips to the smaller neighbouring towns, from time to time, I’ll try to cover more of Nice’s many attractions.
Visit museums in Cimiez
One of the more historically-rich neighborhoods in Nice is Cimiez. It’s home to two prestigious museums in the city, Musée National Marc Chagall and Musée National Henri Matisse, making it a hotspot for art enthusiasts from all over the world. Musée Archéologique de Nice-Cimiez can also be found here. To be honest, the view from Cimiez back down to the sea alone is worth the trip.
Take a coastal walk or hike
The French Riviera is among the most beautiful coastal destinations in the world. Aside from exploring the Promenade des Anglais, you can walk from the port of Nice to Villefranche along the Sentier du Littoral. Alternatively, take a hike up Mont Boron. There’s the hilltop forest called Parc du Mont Boron which has a picnic area and 11 km of marked hiking trails, exercise circuits and, of course, its very own castle. Parc du Mont Boron is 190m high and overlooks Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer. From Fort Alban, you can also see the Cap Ferrat peninsula one way and and the Esterel mountains the other.
Visit a Park or Garden
Parc Phoenix is a well-known seven-hectacre botanical garden and zoo, located opposite the city’s airport. There are tropical plants, greenhouses, dancing fountains, an aquarium and much more. The park houses more than 2,500 species of plants, some of which are truly remarkable and showcased in a Mediterranean landscape setting. Its 25 metre-high pyramid-shaped greenhouse is one of the tallest in Europe and it is split into 6 different tropical and subtropical climates. The park is a veritable oasis of greenery, education and relaxation.
Go to the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (also known as MAMAC) is a Nice landmark that opened in 1990. Located in the heart of the city, next to Place Garibaldi and an extension of the Coulée Verte, MAMAC offers a dive into art from the 1950s to the present day. The collection, rich with more than 1,300 works by 300 artists, offers an unprecedented dialogue between European New Realism and the American expression of Pop Art. The museum also displays key works of minimal or povera art. Two major figures of twentieth century art constitute the heart of the collections: Yves Klein, with a permanent exhibition room, made possible thanks to the donations from the Yves Klein Archives, and Niki de Saint Phalle which represents one of the most important collections of the artist in Europe following his 2001 donations to the museum.
See the music collection in Palais Lascaris
What used to be the home of the Lascaris-Vintimille family has been restored and turned into a Musée de France that features art and music from 17th and 18th centuries. Palais Lascaris is a Baroque palace that’s home to over 500 musical instruments, perfect if you’re a music lover. Here you’ll see some rare baroque guitars, saxophones made by Adolphe Sax and some 18th century records, among other things.
Visit Cap Ferrat
Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is property porn heaven and the second-most expensive residential area in the world right after Monaco. But, even better, go and visit the house and magnificent gardens of Villa Ephrussie at the entrance to the Cap.
Here are some more of my posts about Nice:-
Trip to Nice: Gare du Sud
Some of my favourite things to do in Nice
My potted history of Nice
Trip to Port of Nice
It’s all change at Nice’s main station