The beach in Nice is one of the best in the world and can not missed during your first time to the city. But there is so much more to see and a smart traveler will make sure they have enough time to soak up vitamin D and explore the rest Nice has to offer. To help hasten the planning process, we have compiled a list of the top four activities to keep you entertained during the day and through the night as well.
Promenade des Anglais
Your first time in Nice has to begin with a stroll along the promenade. Known locally as La Prom, you’ll see bicyclists, baby strollers, and whole families enjoying this favorite local gathering spot. You can see skateboarders and inline skaters perfecting their craft in addition to the many events that are held during the year. Those wanting a lazy time can take a break in one of the many cabana’s and watch the day pass by on the Mediterranean.
The area around the promenade boasts some of the best hotels in Nice for those willing to spend a bit more for a great view. We recommend starting your search for a hotel in this area.
St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral
As you gaze at this Russian Orthodox Church, you may wonder what country you are in. Fear not, you’re still in France. This beautiful designed and built cathedral was built due to the generosity of Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II in 1912. The carvings, murals, and statues in the cathedral are worth paying the entrance fee as you’ll be surprised by how intricate and lovingly detailed they are. Don’t be surprised if you are hankering for a trip to Russia after a visit to this cathedral.
Le Vieux Nice
Old town, as it’s known by visitors to Nice, is a beautiful maze of narrow streets with intersections which boast churches, vibrant squares, restaurants and a variety of local shops. History is abundant in this part of town and many tours which can teach you more about this region’s historical importance. With the warm weather this region experiences much of the year, world-famous ice cream shops help keep tourists from overheating. The Cours Saleya is an open air market that is of particular amusement to many visitors and should not be missed.
Those seeking more of a nighttime adventure can explore this area after dark as many bars and nightclubs come to life.
They are a bit of a drive from Nice but the French Pyramids are mystery structures of times past that should not be missed. While the exact origin is unknown, they are one of the few pyramids in Europe. What a nice way to explore this part of history without having to travel all the way to the deserts of Egypt or the jungles of Mexico.
This partly preserved ruin is a great example of human ingenuity. You’ll be amazed at the sheer size of the structures, especially considering no modern equipment was used to build them.