Nice originally gained fame as a winter resort. The aristocracy from Russia, England and other European countries gathered here, in which the winter months were not mild. Gradually, this cozy town turned into a fashionable and coveted place, a real gem of the French Riviera.
Nice is the coveted Cote d'Azur, the center of fashionable hotels, expensive clubs and restaurants. Holidays in Nice are preferred by wealthy tourists or travelers who value comfort, excellent service and high standards.
The capital of the French Riviera boasts not only beaches and entertainment. This is a beautiful city with many historic buildings, pretty streets, magnificent promenades. Architecture lovers will definitely have something to see during their trip to Nice.
What to see and where to go in Nice?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a brief description.
1. Promenade des Anglais
The main city "promenade", a symbol of Nice and the focus of the local establishment. The embankment stretches for 6 km. along the bay with the poetic name "Bay of Angels". The name of the place dates back to the 18th century, when wealthy Englishmen began to come to Nice to survive the cold winter. The bridge embankment has seen many famous people from F. Nietzsche to members of the Romanov imperial family.
2. Hotel "Negresco"
A neoclassical luxury hotel located on Promenade des Anglais. It is a symbol of the entire Cote d'Azur. The hotel opened in 1913, Coco Chanel, M. Dietrich, E. Hemingway were noted among its famous guests. To decorate the interior of Louis XIV (one of the hotel rooms), the original ceiling of a medieval castle was used. The design of the luxury apartments of the hotel is unique, each room has an individual name and interior.
3. The old city
Quarters located on the waterfront, with buildings of the XVI-XVII centuries, which make up the historical center of Nice. The area of the old city is small - only a couple of square kilometers. The place is a maze of narrow stone streets fanned with medieval romance and shrouded in the atmosphere of sophisticated French antiquity. On the territory of the historical center is the majority of attractions.
4. Port of Limpia
Sea gates of the city, which are adjacent to the picturesque promenade and vibrant marina. Despite the abundance of yachts and other vessels, the water in the port bay is so clear that you can often see fishermen. The port began to be built in the middle of the 18th century; construction continued for more than 100 years. Cruise ships often moor here, as Nice is included in most Mediterranean routes.
5. Place Massena
The area was built during the XIX century. Now it is considered one of the most beautiful squares of Nice. The place was named in honor of A. Massin - a talented and successful French commander. Around the square there are many interesting architectural objects, in the southern part rises the fountain "Sun" with a 7-meter statue of Apollo, installed in the middle.
6. Piazza Garibaldi
At the end of the XVIII century on the site of Garibaldi Square was a large wasteland, which began to be built up in 1780. Gradually, the wasteland turned into a busy area, in 1869 a picturesque small garden was laid out here. The place was named after the national hero of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi. This was done not in vain, since the architecture of the square resembles a typical Italian piazza.
7. Marc Chagall Museum
The gallery was created with the direct participation of the artist himself, who lived in the vicinity of Nice in the 1960s. XX century. The building was erected on the ruins of an old estate according to the project of architect A. Erman. Chagall worked on the design of the garden and on the stained-glass windows. The museum was opened in 1973. Visitors can admire the master’s creations, created under the influence of studying Bible texts.
8. Matisse Museum
The museum exposition is dedicated to the work of the famous painter A. Matisse. Here are exhibited not only the paintings of the master, but also his personal belongings. The collection is located in a 17th-century Genoese villa. The maestro lived in Nice for almost 40 years, many of his works are picturesque landscapes of the incomparable French Riviera, which are currently exhibited in the museum. Matisse himself is buried nearby in the monastery.
9. Museum of Modern Art
The gallery was created in 1990 by the project of architects A. Vidal and I. Bayard. According to the standard concept, the Museum of Modern Art exhibits works of art from the second half of the 20th century. Of particular interest are the works of contemporary artists - residents of Nice, such as Arman, Cesar or Klein. The museum building itself is an interesting art object with a roof garden and glass corridors.
10. Museum of Fine Arts
The collection is housed in a historic mansion of the 19th century, built in the neoclassical style for the Russian Countess Maria Kochubey. The collection mainly contains works of French artists of the second half of the 19th century, but there are also works of the period of classicism and the Renaissance. At the Museum of Fine Arts you can admire the canvases of Sisley, Degas, Moss, Dufy, Monet and Cher.
11. Museum of Asian Art
The small museum building was erected at the end of the 20th century according to the project of the Japanese architect K. Tange. The idea to create such a place came to the mind of the Mayor of Nice, J. Medsen, who successfully worked in this post for five terms. The collection contains about 200 exhibits brought from Japan, China, India, Tibet. The museum building is located on the banks of a small artificial lake in one of the city parks.
12. Massena Museum
The collection is located in the neoclassical palace, located on Promenade des Anglais. The building was erected at the very beginning of the 20th century. The mansion was named after Andre Massen - the marshal of the Napoleonic era. In 1919, the heir to the military commander gave the palace to the state and wished that a free museum began to work on its territory. The authorities accepted the gift with pleasure, and since then the Massena Museum has opened the doors for the general public.
13. Palace of Justice
A monumental building in the classical style, located in the historic center of Nice. It was erected at the end of the 19th century on the site of the old Dominican monastery (the monastery was destroyed during the French Revolution). The building is very popular with local youth, in the evenings dozens of people are placed on stone steps with drinks and food. Sometimes street musicians perform in the square in front of the Palace.
14. Nice Opera House
The scene building is located in the old city. Since its founding in 1826, the theater has been considered one of the best provincial opera stages in France. Unlike the metropolitan Opera Garnier, tickets here are sold at more affordable prices. The local troupe is played by very talented actors. The repertoire mainly consists of classical productions of musical works by famous authors.
15. Nicholas Cathedral
One of the largest Orthodox churches in Western Europe. The cathedral was built on the site of the mansion, where the heir to the Russian throne, Nikolai Alexandrovich (son of Alexander II), died. During his journey, the prince fell ill and died in Nice. By the will of his father, a chapel was erected in memory of the young man. At the beginning of the XIX century, the Orthodox community, in need of a large church, began the construction of a full-fledged church.
16. Cathedral of St. Reparata
Nice Cathedral, which was built and illuminated in 1699. Until 1903, the building continued to grow with additional extensions. The temple is named after Holy Reparata, a young Christian martyr who was ruined by the Romans for her faith. It is believed that the body of the saint was placed in a boat and put on a free journey through the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, the ship docked on the shores of Nice.
17. Basilica of Notre Dame
The church building is one of the main attractions in Nice. The basilica was erected in an elegant neo-Gothic style in the middle of the XIX century according to the design of S. Lenormann. The light facade is decorated with gilding, which gives the temple an elegant and festive look. Notre Dame de Nis was built immediately after the city was annexed by France. From the side, the temple resembles the famous Notre Dame Cathedral.
18. Notre-Dame-du-Port Church
The church was built very close to the port, so after construction in the middle of the XIX century, it became known as the “port parish”. Previously, the temple was surrounded by modest houses of fishermen, now in their place is a calm and respectable urban area. Above the church facade worked by J. Febvre. The interior is decorated with works by E. Costa. The temple has a second name - the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
19. Cimiez Monastery
The Franciscan monastery of the 16th century, surrounded by a magnificent medieval park (the oldest on the Cote d'Azur). The interior of the monastery cathedral is decorated with carved wooden altar, which is covered with gold leaf. The church also houses a stone cross of the 15th century. On the territory of the monastery is a small cemetery with the grave of A. Matisse. For tourists there is a museum of Franciscan monks.
20. Nice Observatory
The observatory building is located on the hill of Mont Gross. It was built according to the design of G. Eiffel and S. Garnier. The construction is crowned with a rotating dome 24 meters in diameter. Initially, the observatory belonged to the Sorbonne University, but after the First World War the building was desolate for a long time, and only in 1988 there was some revival. In addition to a scientific institution, the observatory will serve as a popular attraction.
21. Fort Alban
The fort is located in the east of Nice in a hilly area in the territory of Mont Baron Park. The fortress was erected in 1560 for defensive purposes in order to prevent an enemy attack from the sea. The architectural complex is a reference example of French military architecture. Some buildings are pretty well preserved. From the height of the hill on which Alban stands, a fabulous view of the Bay of Angels opens.
22. Monument to the fallen
Monument of 1928 dedicated to the victims of the First World War. The monument is perfectly visible both from the sea and from the embankment. Surprisingly, this war memorial, located in a calm and peaceful Nice, is one of the most impressive in all of France. In height, it reaches 32 meters. On the stone slabs of the monument are carved the names of the inhabitants of Nice who fell during the fighting.
23. Chur Saleya Market
Chur Saleya is a street where the city's grocery and flower markets are located, as well as an antique market once a week, gathering lovers of antiquity from all around. In addition to a huge variety of colors, cheese, vegetables, wine, spices and other foods are sold here. In the daytime, the market is quite crowded, so it is better to come in the interval 6.00-8.00 in the morning.
24. Phoenix Park
A fragrant flower park located in the western part of Nice. On its territory you can enjoy the view of the lush Mediterranean flora, stroll among the bright flower beds and relax your soul. Nice has many picturesque parks, but the Phoenix occupies a special place among them. Both local residents and tourists prefer it. The park is spread over an area of 7 hectares, its space is divided into 12 thematic zones.
25. Castle Hill
In the distant XII century, on the top of the hill was a fortress, hence the name Castle Hill. You can climb using the stairs leading to the Suisse Hotel, or use the winding hiking trail. At the top there are several viewing platforms from where tourists admire the surroundings of Nice, the view of the azure marina and the beauty of the well-groomed city promenades.
Nice - the delicate pearl of the Cote d'Azur
Initially, Nice became famous as a winter resort, in the modern world this city has become expensive, and I’m not ashamed of this word, premium. Lovers of comfortable rest and excellent service prefer to get out here. Upscale cuisine, expensive clubs, luxury hotels, magnificent beaches, fashion houses, various entertainment. not everyone can afford to have a rest like that, but those who got to Nice never regretted it.
What to see in Nice
What to see in Nice: main attractions
In different parts of the city you will find monuments of history and architecture, diverse in spirit, as well as a huge number of palaces and castles. The Peyon River divides the city into two parts. Until the XIX century, everything that is available in the Old Town (on the left bank) includes Italian life with baroque architecture of temples, buildings of the XVI-XVII centuries. and small crooked streets filled with hotels, cafeterias, clubs, grocery stores, etc. After Nice joined France, a strictly French format appeared in architecture - stone walls, wide linear streets. Despite the fact that almost all the sights of Nice are concentrated here, the old city is small, its area is only 2m 2
Hotels in Nice
The elegant quarter of Carre d’Or by the sea. Here you will find trendy boutiques, delightful restaurants, magnificent Albert Gardens and the castle of Maria Cristina.
The bourgeois quarter is Cimiez Hill. Every year there is a jazz festival, as well as a number of attractions and museums.
The picturesque quarter of Mont Boron with a unique Mediterranean flora. This quarter is the home of Elton John.
The quarter of Musicians will delight shopaholics, but the Les Moulins area and Aryanne square should be avoided by tourists. City crime reports are usually about these places.
In Nice, there are a couple of casinos located on the territory of hotels. Ruhl casino at the Meridian Hotel, and the Palais de la Méditerranée Casino. Blackjack, poker tables, slot machines and everything that is supposed to have in the territory of a gambling house awaits fans to try their luck.
Transport in Nice is diverse. From public transport these are buses and trams. You can use a taxi, but negotiate the cost "on the beach", there are often shortcuts, despite the built-in meters and existing tariffs.
Helicopter taxis are used to travel between cities, to the airport and for excursions over the coast. If you are interested in a more affordable option between cities - the train is at your service.
Nice Peasant Quarter
You can also use bike rental. Half an hour is free, and then you have to pay.
If you decide to rent a car, it is better to book it in advance. All iron horse rental companies are located at the airport. But keep in mind that there are few parking lots in the city and they are only free for 2 hours during the day, you do not need to pay for parking at night, and on Sunday it is also free.
Hotels in Nice
Most hotels are located along the beach line, and they are not cheap. If you want a place more noisy, closer to youth, with the hubbub of restaurants, clubs and discos, look for a hotel in the Old Town. If you are interested in a more affordable option, look for hotels outside the city, for example, in the safe neighborhoods of Liberation, Manyan, Sessol, Fabron, Saint-Sylvester and Napoleon. You can get to the city center by tram.
Hotels in Nice
Hostels are even cheaper options. Only 15 euros per night. Two-star hotels will come out about 30 euros, three stars - 33 euros, four stars - 65 euros and fashionable five stars from 145 euros.
For example, the main luxury hotel in Nice - Negresco, with a private beach will come from 150 euros per day. It is located on Promenade des Anglais. Opened since 1913. It is famous for being visited by such world celebrities as Coco Chanel, Hemingway, M. Dietrich. Each room in the hotel has a unique design and its own name. For example, in Louis XIV's room, the ceiling was taken from a medieval castle.
Restaurants in Nice
There is one unspoken rule for tourists, and it is always effective wherever you go. Go eat where the locals go. They know exactly where it is tasty and at the same time not expensive. Everything else is imposed and issued to tourists as “the most delicious”, but often with sky-high prices. Rest in Nice for gourmets works on the same principle.
Nice family restaurants are often visited by the French themselves. They will also provide tasty food and treat them with a glass of local moonshine with basil.
By the way, it is believed that the most delicious baguettes are sold in the port. And you choose the filling yourself, it can be fish, eggs, cheese, meat or vegetables.
In the old town, everyone will find a restaurant affordable. There are cafes and fast food eateries.
If you are one of those lucky ones who stayed at the Negresco Hotel, it’s a sin not to go to the Brasserie Rotonde. The famous wine list and the unforgettable surroundings of the restaurant in the form of a bright old carousel with galloping horses and all this with the appropriate music, you will never forget. But one “but” is only for hotel guests.
Want some fresh seafood? Fancy marine reptiles? There is a cafe “Turin” on Garibaldi Square with rather indecent prices, but it has been operating since 1908 and is waiting for everyone, if, of course, you find a place for yourself. There are a lot of visitors there.
The public free beach is not a very clean place and there is no sand. Without shoes, you can’t walk on the cobbles for a long time. In addition, large waves prevent entry into the sea. Therefore, if possible, choose paid beaches, equipped with everything you need, where you can spend time comfortably. On paid beaches there are toilets, showers, changing rooms, rental umbrellas and sun loungers. Try the beaches below the old town, at the end of the bay. There are more than two dozen of them and you can find a good place to relax. A day it will cost no more than 20 euros.
There are good rocky beaches outside the city in La Réserve, while sandy beaches in Villefranche are twenty minutes away by bus.
Shopping: shops and discounts
What to see in Nice for shoppers with a limited budget? As previously written, shopping in Nice is not cheap. But if you try, you can find small shops with adequate prices. And, of course, the European seasons of discounts, where a price drop of 70, or even 80 percent, is achieved. This is January and July.
Shopping in Nice
Degriffes stores sell branded items, but at lower prices.
The main shopping street of Jean-Madsen is filled with a variety of clothing stores, jewelry, shoe boutiques, famous shopping centers and department stores.
World-class boutiques await you at Rue de Verdon, Alfons Carré and rue de Paradis.
You will find souvenirs and antiques in the Old Town, including the Kur-Salei market and the market at
- Gratuities at hotels and restaurants are already included in the bill. 15% of the bill can be left in cafes and bars.
- If you go to a public place, such as a restaurant or a nightclub, there is an unwritten dress code rule, don’t dress provocatively.
- On tables in restaurants do not stand signs on the reservation of the place. Therefore, the waiter himself indicates where you sit.
- When resting in Nice, in crowded places, beware of pickpockets, and when walking - thieves on a motorcycle.
- The French, even if they know English, prefer to speak their native language. Before arriving, try to learn the classic phrases that may be needed in certain situations.
- Markets begin to work from 6-7 in the morning, and already close by dinner.
- If your French friends are invited to visit, bring along flowers and a bottle of wine, this will be enough.
- Buy flowers at the Kur-Saleya market.
- Try the stunning Nicoise salad.
- Try sweets at the Florian factory.
Center - Place Massena, fountain du Soleil, Albert Garden
What to see in Nice first? Central city square! It was founded in 1820-1830. It is named after the famous French marshal Andre Massen, who occupied the city in 1792 during the next military company of Napoleon Bonaparte. The area is conditionally divided into two parts - northern and southern. The first is in the shape of a rectangle, surrounded by buildings in the Genoese style, the second is semicircular. With the exception of the central axis, the square is paved with dark and light plates, which make it look like a chessboard.
On the south side of Place Massena there is a fountain du Soleil (fountain "Sun"). Opening date - 1956. Along the perimeter it is decorated with bronze sculptures from the architect Alfred Zhano. In the center is a marble nude of Apollo, 7 m high, the patron saint of the Sun.
Albert Garden is another noteworthy place between Place Massena and the Old Town. Hundreds of palm trees and roses grow here, fountains murmur, children's playgrounds are equipped, there are many benches, beautiful sculptures and art objects (a music kiosk, a bust of the Belgian king Albert I, in whose honor the landmark, a monument to Berlioz, etc.). In summer, festivals and large concerts are held in the garden. In a word, it is very pleasant to walk here.
Nice old town
The Old Town of Nice (Vieux Nis) is the historical part of the resort, including several authentic neighborhoods. Basically, the buildings in them were erected in the Baroque style. This is not surprising, the Italians built the old city. Among the beautiful buildings stand out the Old Senate Buildings and the Marine Arsenal, the Palace of Justice.
One of Le Vieux Nice's main attractions is the Tour de I’Horloge Clock Tower. Look for her across from the Palace of Justice. Established - XVIII century. There are always many people who want to take pictures. The clock on the tower, despite its honorable age, is working properly. Their design is dominated by royal colors - golden, blue and burgundy.
I advise you to pay attention to the church. The Cathedral of Saint Reparta, the patroness of the city, was opened in 1949. It is the seat of the Diocese of Nice. The cathedral was built in the Baroque style on the model of St. Susanna in Rome. The facade has recently been restored. Inside the temple are Corinthian columns, a lot of gold and rare frescoes.
I note another church in the area - Saint-Jacques-le-Major (Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur de Nice). Another name is the church of Jesus. After numerous reconstructions, elements of neoclassicism are clearly visible in the facade. The dome is covered with tiles, the walls are painted in lilac and blue, the finish is light yellow.
What else to see in the Old Town of Nice? Of course, as expected, there are many restaurants in the Old Town (prices, by the way, are lower than on the promenade or pedestrian Rue Massena), souvenir and gastro shops, ice cream shops (I highly recommend Fenocchio, many flavors of ice cream, including such unusual ones as beer, basil, violet, etc.)
Castle Hill with viewing platforms
For those who want to take “postcard” photos of Nice and see the sights of the city from a height, I recommend climbing to Castle Hill (Colline du Château). Today there is no castle here, it is a park at an altitude of 92 m above sea level with a magnificent view of the city. From here you can see the port of Nice with snow-white yachts, a beautiful bay with azure water and the whole Promenade des Anglais.
Observation decks are free. Around - a dense forest. Pines, oaks and cypresses give a good shadow, and you can not worry about the scorching sun. It is especially picturesque here at sunset. But to take vivid photos with the azure sea, I think it's better to come in the morning, because at 4-5 pm there were glare from the sun and the brightness that we would like did not work out.
And now life hack from Elena Kazantseva, i.e. from me. The observation deck can be reached not only on foot along the stairs, but also by elevator, by the way, completely free of charge. At rush hour, of course, it will be necessary to defend the line. But in general, it is much more convenient than to drag along the scorching sun along the ladders. I mark the elevator on the map. Just go inside and follow the “lift” signs. The only BUT - the elevator is open from 10:00 to 19:30.
If you are considering where to go to Nice in the evening, then you have two of the most obvious options: Promenade des Anglais or the port of Nice. A better place is hard to find. The city port is one of the largest in the south of France. Dozens of ships and yachts depart daily from it. Construction began in the second half of the 18th century and lasted 100 years. Today, the port has zones for cyclists and pedestrians, lots of greenery, cafeterias. By the way, the property located here is very expensive in value. Yes, and yachts, judging by their size, are not cheap :)
Promenade des Anglais (Promenade des Anglais)
One of France’s most beautiful promenades starts from Napoleon III Bridge and ends near Quai-des Etats Unis. Its length is 7 km. Along are magnificent five-star hotels, including the famous luxury hotel Negresco - a visiting card of the Cote d'Azur and a symbol of luxurious life.
Its grand opening took place in January 2013. The construction took 3 million gold francs. Coco Chanel, Madeleine Dietrich, Michael Jackson and other eminent persons lived here.
Rooms include 145 apartments. Their interior is not repeated among themselves. In off-season (for example, in November) a standard double room will cost from € 264. A day in a standard double room with breakfast will cost € 420. Suite with sea view of 57 m² - from € 600 with breakfast. In season, the price starts from € 420, luxurious deluxe suite with sea view - from € 1920 per day (breakfast included). Bookings are available at booking.com.
Hotel Negresco, photo from booking.com
Hotel Negresco, photo from booking.com
Basilica of Notre Dame de Nis
The Roman Catholic Basilica in the city center is a must-see item in the “What to see in Nice in 1 Day” program. This is the largest temple in the resort. The architectural style is neo-Gothic. Two square towers, each 65 m high, lancet arches, wide windows look luxurious. You will certainly be interested in hand-painted stained glass windows and marble statues of the Virgin Mary. Free admission.
St. Nicholas Cathedral
What else can you see in Nice? Cathedral of St. Nicholas. The largest Orthodox church in Western Europe was erected in Nice at the beginning of the 20th century. Its height is 50 m. At the same time, 600 believers can fit in it. The outer lining of the cathedral is made of pink granite and blue ceramic tiles. Inside there are many shrines: the miraculous image of Nicholas the Wonderworker, rare icons donated by the Romanov royal family.
You can visit the cathedral any day from 09:00 to 18:00. Free admission. The exact address of the attraction: 17 Boulevard du Tzarewitch. You can get here from the center by bus lines No. 71, 75. Exit at the Tzarewitch stop.
Roman Hill (Arènes de Cimiez)
In the city quarter of Cimiez, you can see the ruins of an ancient Roman city. Excavations have been carried out for half a century. Scientists have proved that an amphitheater, residential quarters, and public baths were located here. The found artifacts became part of the collection of the Archaeological Museum. Wandering through the ancient ruins is interesting and completely free. In addition, a wonderful panorama opens from the Roman hill.
Nice ranks second in France, after Paris, in the number of museums. If you are in Nice for 2 days or more, be sure to arrange an educational trip.
The Matisse Museum
Another attraction of the city of Nice is the Matisse Museum. It contains 70 sculptures, 236 sketches, several hundred paintings by the great French artist. Matisse spent 40 years of his life in Nice, and often portrayed the city in his works. Museum ticket - € 10 (valid for 24 hours for all municipal museums, for € 20 you can buy a subscription for 7 days). Admission is free for children under 13 years old. You can book a guided tour with an English-speaking guide.
Schedule: Closed - Tuesday. On other days, come from 10:00 to 17:00 in the winter and until 18:00 in the summer. The museum’s official website states that from September 2 to September 16, the building will be closed to visitors.
There is a bus number 15, 17, 25 from the Promenade des Anglais, the stop is called Musée Matisse.
Chagall Museum (Musée National Marc Chagall)
The Marc Chagall Museum was opened in 1973. It occupies a one-story building, oaks, cypresses and olives grow around. Divided into 3 large halls. The first contains the 12 best paintings of Chagall. They are based on stories from the Bible. An interesting detail: all the pictures are depicted in blue. The second room is 5 works in a bright red palette. In the third hall, temporary expositions are held, gouache master sketches, sketches are presented.
Museum work schedule: Tuesday - day off. Guests are welcome on other days from 10:00 to 17:00 from November to April and from 10:00 to 18:00 from May to October. Give back € 8 for an admission ticket.
Attractions located at: 36 Avenue Dr Ménard. You can get here by bus number 15, exit - Marc Chagal.
Museum Massena (Villa Masséna Musée)
Look for this museum near the Promenade des Anglais and the Negresco Hotel. Here is a great collection of weapons, awards, porcelain, personal items of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The first floor is reserved for rare household items and art of the XVI-XIX centuries. Second floor - documents, photographs of the Massena family. On the third floor, guests can familiarize themselves with the history of Nice. On the territory there is a garden, shop, parking.
Museum Address: 65 Rue de France. The schedule is the same as that of the Chagall or Matisse Museum. Entrance € 10 (ticket valid for 24 hours in all city museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Matisse Museum).
By appointment, individual tours are held - € 6.
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Museum of Marc Chagall (Musée Marc Chagall)
Don’t be fooled by the small size of the museum: this largest building contains the largest collection of works by Chagall, including 17 biblical messages. It also exhibited paintings, sculptures, mosaics and tapestries created by the great artist.
Address: 36, Avenue Dr Ménard.
Working hours: from 10:00 to 18:00 (from April to November from 10:00 to 17:00). Closed on Tuesdays.
Ticket price: 8 €.
Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicolas)
The cathedral was built in 1902-1912 for the growing Russian diaspora of Nice. This is the largest and most beautiful Orthodox church outside of Russia. The gilded domes of the cathedral look a little unusual against the backdrop of the traditional landscape of Nice: sandy beaches and the azure sea. Looking at the church, it seems that you temporarily moved to St. Petersburg. Learn more about the Russian history of Nice on an original tour from local guides! Go through this wonderful French city in the wake of the great compatriots - Gogol, Chekhov, Tyutchev. The tour is, of course, in Russian. Book here.
Address: Avenue Nicolas II.
Opening hours: daily from 9:00 to 18:00.
Flower Market Cours Saleya
Nice is impossible to imagine without flowers. And the Cours Saleya market is a real decoration of the city. Lush armfuls of bright buds from all over Provence will surround you from all sides, and it is impossible to resist buying at least a small bouquet. Other temptations are also awaiting here: spices, fresh fruits and vegetables, flavored cheeses, piles of warm bread and other pastries. It is at Cours Saleya that you can cheaply buy good Provencal souvenirs.
Address: Cours de Saleya.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 6:00 to 17:30, on Sundays from 6:00 to 13:30. Closed on Mondays.
Old Town (Vieux Nice)
The historic center of Nice has retained the spirit of the serene 19th-century French town not yet favored by aristocrats and nouveau riches. Walking along the narrow streets of the Old Town is not easy, at times they turn into a labyrinth with steep slopes. But it's worth it to get to know this real Nice.A Russian-speaking guide will gladly guide you through the most interesting streets of the historical center! He will show the main squares, palaces, churches and houses of the old part of Nice. Listen to city legends on an author's tour and find out where to take the best photos. Book the right time here.
Small cafes and vintage shops will be waiting for you everywhere in the historical part. Relax in them while admiring a cup of coffee at the architectural sights of the Old Town or buy original gifts in memory of Nice.
The Massena Museum talks about the history of pre-war Nice, starting from the last decades of the 18th century and ending with World War II. The exposition includes home decoration, art deco posters, early photographs, paintings and other details of the past century. The museum is located in the villa of Andre Massen, Marshal of the Empire of Napoleon. The estate is surrounded by a wonderful garden.
Address: 65, Rue de France.
Opening hours: Wednesday-Monday from 10:00 to 18:00.
input - 10 €. The ticket is valid for 24 hours for all municipal museums in Nice.
Chateau Park (Parc du Château)
One of the most beautiful places in Nice and the best observation deck. It offers an overview of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. To get to the Chateau Park is not easy, for this you will have to climb the hill along the numerous paths and stairs. But if you don’t want to bother climbing uphill, use the elevator located near the Belland Tower. At the top of the hill you will be met: beautiful views of the port and the Bay of Angels, the freshness of a shady park and the coolness of a sparkling waterfall.
Address: Montée Eberlé.
Opening hours: from 8:00 to 20:00 in the summer, until 18:00 - in the winter.
Archaeological Museum (Musée d’Archéologie)
Even before conquering the English and Russian aristocrats, Nice attracted the ancient Romans. Discover their heritage at the Archaeological Museum, located near the ruins of Roman baths and arenas. The exposition consists of various collections of antiquities: coins, tools, ceramic products.
Address: 160, Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez.
Opening hours: Wednesday-Monday from 10:00 to 17:00. Open until 18:00 from May 2 to October 31.
Cost: 10 €. The ticket is valid for 24 hours for all municipal museums in Nice.
Museum of Contemporary and Contemporary Art (Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, MAMAC)
Nice loves and values art, hence the large number of free museums and galleries. At the heart of MAMAC is a beautiful collection of works by European and American avant-garde artists - 400 works illustrating the development of art from the 1960s to the present day. Here you will see paintings by local artists such as Yves Klein and Nicky de Saint-Fall, and cult celebrities - Warhol and Liechtenstein.
Address: Place Yves Klein.
Opening hours: daily from 11:00 to 18:00. Closed on Mondays.
Input: 10 €. The ticket is valid for 24 hours for all municipal museums in Nice.
Theater of Photography (Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image)
The museum-theater hosts popular permanent and temporary exhibitions. Here the most famous photographers organize expositions of their works. The museum is also known for the gallery of celebrities who once visited Nice and a huge library with 4000 books on the art of photography.
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Address: 1, Place Pierre Gautier.
Opening hours: from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Monday.