When in Nice, it’s almost impossible to resist settling into the relaxed and glamorous Mediterranean way of life. Blessed with plenty of sunshine, a multicultural energy and sensational food culture, people from all over the world come to vacation in seaside Nice.
Things to do in Nice, France
Start your holiday in Nice with a gentle stroll down the stunning Promenade des Anglais. With a fabulous white sandy beach and bright blue sea on one side, and the busy cosmopolitan city on the other, the walk epitomises the way of life on the French Riviera. Always bustling with couples rollerblading, kids playing and families strolling, La Prom (as the locals call it) is a great place to soak up the atmosphere of this fabulous sea-side city.
Encompassing the Rue de France and Rue Masséna, the Zone Pietonne is a small network of charming pedestrian-friendly streets which offer the perfect place to soak up the laid back Riviera atmosphere. Lined with French patisseries and cafés serving some of the most delightful baked goods Nice has to offer, as well as a whole host of cosy souvenir shops, wandering these streets is a wonderful way to while away an hour or two. For any fans of people-watching, this is the place to perch under the canopies with some famous French wine or coffee, to observe a truly wonderful blend of European and Mediterranean lifestyles.
Tucked away amongst the high rise apartments of modern Nice is an old and intriguing gem – the Château de Nice or Castle Hill. Now a ruin, the old castle was once a glorious fortification dating from before the 13th century, which was completely decimated during Louis XIV’s battle for Nice against the Spanish in the early 1700s. Now, visitors make the 100 step climb up to the top of Castle Hill to see the ruins, but most importantly, to admire the stunning vistas across the beautiful city of Nice.