|For well over 100 years Nice has been a popular holiday destination, first attracting the aristocratic English for long winter holidays where they could take advantage of the warm Mediterranean climate. This aristocratic clientele has continued coming here throughout the years, giving Nice its reputation for being a resort where the rich and famous spend time. The picturesque port and long sweeping bay are just two of the reasons why Nice is popular.
Promenade des Anglais
In recognition of the earliest tourists in Nice, the main promenade that runs the length of the town alongside the Mediterranean is called Promenade des Anglais – meaning Walkway of the English.
The promenade is a popular place to come for a stroll at any time of the day and take in the views of the Med, or sit and relax on one its blue chairs, watching the world go by.
Main Sights in Nice
The seafront, beach and promenade are all popular, but Nice has many other sights to see too. There is a wonderful collection of different architectural styles here, from the striking Russian Orthodox Cathedral that looks more like something you would expect to see in Moscow, to the smart and luxurious Hotel Negresco.
Place Massena is the city’s main square, and it’s a large, spacious area surrounded by buildings in the Italian architectural style. Place Garibaldi is another popular square. It’s smaller but has an interesting selection of buildings lining it. Place Garibaldi is at a crossroads between the old town and the newer town centre.
The old town (Vieux Nice) is itself a popular place for tourists, presenting quite a maze of streets with some lovely shops and buildings. Look out for the wonderful colours of the daily flower and fruit markets.
Colline du Chateau
For an excellent vantage point over Nice you can climb the hill where the ruins of a castle stand. There is not much left of the castle itself, but the views from the top of the 90 steps leading here are very special, and worth the climb, or you can take a lift that travels up three quarters of the way.
Museums in Nice
Nice also offers several museums. These include the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in the town centre part of Nice, while up in the old town are some of the city’s more famous including the Museum of Asian Art, Matisse Museum, and the Museum of Cimiez Archaeological Site where there are ruins of the Gallo-Roman settlement.