Things to do in Nice

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The pace in the Cote d'Azur is leisurely and relaxed. Nice things to do emphasizes the coastal scenery but also involves having a good time.

Go to the Beach

When you are on the Mediterranean coast, enjoying the beach is a likely first stop. Keep in mind the Nice beaches are all pebble beaches. Although the rocks are smooth from having been worn by the water, they are not comfortable for everyone. Many of the nearby shops sell grass mats, which are more comfortable to lie on than just a beach towel. You may also want to consider your footwear.

There are many private beaches which offer lounge chairs. The chairs have a price, as does admission to the beach, but it can be worth it. Beachgoers are allowed to stroll from public beach to private beach as long as you stay near the water. Do not bring your own food to the private beaches, though, as you are expected to purchase it on the beach.

Walk the Promenade des Anglais

As an alternative to lying on the beach, try walking on the Promenade des Anglais. The 4-mile-long pedestrian area runs along the bay and offers seating areas to take in the view or people watch. The Promenade is no less stunning, and is far more romantic, at night.

Visit a Museum

Nice has more than a dozen different museums, including the well known Matisse Museum. The Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art has an amazing view from the roof garden. The Museum of Art and History is housed in the Villa Massena, a coastal and formerly private home furnished with period pieces. These activities provide respite during inclement weather and also offer views of the surrounding area and coastline.

Go Shopping

There are several areas with boutiques to enjoy for the atmosphere as much as for the merchandise. The rue Massena, rue Paradis, and place Magenta are some of the streets to consider. There are 2 flea markets which may be of interest: the Marche a la Brocante, which occurs on Mondays, and Les Puces de Nice, which takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


Nice residents and tourists like to enjoy themselves at some of the many bars and clubs. There are several options in Le Vieux Nice, or Old Nice, which is the western side of Nice. You can tell you are in the area when the Promenade des Anglais turns into the Quais des Etats Unis.

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March 04, 2010 change by huttongreen

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