• Colline du château (Castle Hill)

The site of the first town founded by the ancient Greeks, then the first mediaeval town, today’s Castle Hill (Colline du Château) has preserved only a few foundations and fragments of walls; but this park and botanical garden offers unique vistas over Nice and its surroundings, a surprising artificial waterfall, remains of the former 11th-century Cathedral, walkways paved with colourful 20th-century mosaics…

Access: by lift free (Cours Saleya) or on foot along rue Rossetti, Montée Menica-Rondelly and rue Catherine Ségurane

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  • Cours Saleya and Marché aux fleurs (flower and vegetable markets)

Built on the ramparts dismantled in the early 18th century, Cours Saleya, a pedestrian area in the heart of Old Nice, has become a picturesque part of the city, a must for tourist and locals alike.

In this rectilinear baroque ochre setting, the flower and vegetable markets (in the 100 most picturesque market in France) are held every day except Monday, when they are replaced by an antiques market, provide a feast for the eyes and a delight for the taste buds.

On summer evenings, tourists take advantage of the pleasant arts

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  • Place Rossetti and Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate (Sainte-Réparate Cathedral)

Ochre façades, fountains, flower-decked balconies, baroque cathedral and café terraces contribute to the life of this bustling square, one of the most picturesque in Old Nice.

This church, which became a Cathedral in the 16th century, Sainte-Réparate cathédral, is the largest sanctuary in Old Nice. Inspired by early Baroque architectural models from Rome, the structure has a basilical layout; with a triple nave and a transept. The decoration of the side chapels and choir is particularly sumptuous and the interior reflects the influence of Saint Peter’s of Rome.

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  • Promenade des Anglais

Nice owes this route its international standing!

This famous seaside road is always elegantly decorated with flowers and follows the harmonious curve of Baie des Anges. Originally a footpath no more than 6 feet wide, it was widened by an Englishman, Reverend Lewis Way, at his expense in 1820 and the local population soon dubbed it ‘Chemin des Anglais’. In 1931, when it was given its final form with two roadways separated by a central reservation planted with palm trees, the ‘Prom’ was inaugurated by the Duke of Connaught, one of Queen Victoria’s sons.

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  • Quai Rauba Capeu and le port de Nice

At the foot of the Castle Hill, Promenade des Anglais becomes Quai des États-Unis along the old town, then Rauba Capeu, which offers one of the finest vistas on the Mediterranean Sea and the beautiful blue and ochre nuances along Promenade des Anglais.

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  • Promenade du Paillon

A true green path: there is a 12-hectare park right in the heart of the city, connecting the Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) to the Théâtre de Verdure and the Promenade des Anglais. A green walkway through the city with games for children, water mirrors and mist sprays.

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  • Marc Chagall Museum

The national Marc Chagall museum, was created by the artist’s will to bring together in one purpose-built place his most important biblical works : the 17 paintings which make up the Biblical Message.

The permanent collection is the biggest public collection of works by Marc Chagall. It is organized around the set of works produced by the painter on the Old Testament themes, supplemented by a large number of works of secular or religious inspiration: over 400 painting, gouaches, drawings, wash drawings and pastels. The museum offers the visitor a first room containing twelve large-size paintings illustrating the first two books of the Old Testament, Genesis and Exodus. In a second, smaller hexagonal room are five compositions on the theme of the Song of Songs, another Old Testament book.

Closed Tuesday.

Price:€8 /€10

Free admission the 1st Sunday of each month and for citizens of EU member States under age 26.

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  • Matisse Museum and Cimiez Gardens

In a fully renovated Genoese villa set in the olive grove in the Cimiez Gardens, this single-artist museum follows the artistic development of the painter who lived in Nice from 1917 to his death in 1954.

The collection is of interest for the overview that it offers, from the first paintings in 1890 to the gouache drawings that Matisse produced at the end of his life, and for its presentation of all the techniques the artist used to express his art. The museum also houses the artist’s personal objects, thus offering a more private view of his work.

Closed Tuesday.

Price:€10

Free admission : Children under age 18 (proof required), Students (student card required)…

This garden is a vast olive grove, with thousands of centuries-old trees; the lawns are easily accessible to everyone, which makes this a favourite haunt for family outings.

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  • Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain MAMAC

This original architecture and a major permanent collection tracing the history of the European and American avant-garde since the early sixties.

The MAMAC collections, with nearly 1.200 works, illustrate the key role of Nice in the development of groundbreaking movements from the 1960s and 1970s to the present: New Realists (César, Arman, Niki de Saint-Phalle), Pop Art (Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann), Fluxus (Ben Vautier), Minimal and Conceptual Art, School of Nice, Supports-Surfaces, as well as more solitary figures associated with Nice, like Ernest Pignon-Ernest and Gilli.

Closed Monday.

Price:€10

Free admission : Children under age 18 (proof required), Students (student card required)…

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  • Sport museum

Devoted to sport in all of its different forms, the Museum is open to all. Its collection of objects bear testimony to sport’s finest hours, whisking visitors away on a journey through the museum’s 2,000 m2 of exhibitions.

Relive the greatest sporting exploits of each era through an innovative and immersive trail. See the football used in the World Cup 1998 final, Marcel Cerdan’s gloves, Jean-Claude Killy’s skis, Yannick Noah’s racket and the Olympic torches as well as paintings by Maurice Denis and sculptures by Gustave Doré and Alfred Boucher… With atmospheric sound installations, film projections and interactive challenges, each room invites visitors to feel the intensity of physical effort and the emotion of defeat and victory for themselves…

Closed Monday.

Price:€6 / €8

Free admission : Children under age 18 (proof required), Students (student card required)…

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NICE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

Information offices :

  • 5 Promenade des Anglais

1st June to 30th September : 9am-7pm,Monday to Sunday

  • Gare SNCF Avenue Thiers

1st June to 30th September: 9am-7pm,Monday to Sunday

  • Promenade du Paillon

1st June to 30th September: 10am-20pm,Monday to Sunday