Things to do in Nice, France

Located on the French Riviera, Nice, France, is breathtakingly beautiful. Once belonging to Italy, it became a part of France in 1860. With its gorgeous views of the azure sea, incredible shopping, dining and accommodations, and perfect weather, it’s not hard to see why Nice is visited by millions each year.   If you are looking for things to do while in Nice, France, look no further.

MATISSE MUSEUM

Henri Matisse once resided in the Hotel Regina, and just steps away from its doors is the Musee Matisse. Here you will find a large number of this master artist’s paintings, hundreds of his drawings and engravings, and some of his sculptures and illustrated books. Photographs and artifacts from his personal collection are also available to view, giving you a fantastic glimpse in to the life of this amazing artist.

COURS SALEYA MARKETS

If you can, try to get here early. The vendors set up around 6 a.m., but if you’d rather sleep, try to arrive by 9 to beat the crowds. There is a wide range of markets to choose from depending on what you are looking for. Antiques markets showcase arts and crafts, antique postcards, and antique books. At the fruit and vegetable market you will find a huge assortment of mostly organic local produce. Fresh fish is yours for the taking at the Marche aux Poissons – open every day except Monday. The flower market is something to see, and is also closed Mondays, but you will see flowers in every color of the rainbow, freshly picked just for you.

PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS

This pedestrian promenade stretches along the Mediterranean coast and is where you will find scores of people enjoying the fresh sea air, sunshine and amazing views while they walk.

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL

So visually out of place here, this great cathedral with its onion spires reaching towards the sky offers a unique contrast to the tropical palms surrounding it. It was built in 1912 for the incredible influx of Russian aristocrats who flocked to the coast to vacation.

PALAIS MASSENA

This art museum is housed in a villa that underwent construction in 1900. Its focus is on local history and decorative art, and a visit is a fantastic way to learn about the area.

If you are fortunate enough to visit Nice, France, allow yourself enough time there to not only appreciate and enjoy the beauty it offers, but also to be able to explore this amazing city on the French Riviera.

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