18 Jun 2018
Nice is the fifth most populous city in France and a common choice among travellers. Its Mediterranean climate, artistic sites and historical buildings make it worth a visit. Here are 5 top places to visit in the city:
Promenade des Anglais
The Promenade des Anglais was built in the 1820s and is perhaps the most known attraction in Nice today. Its name is derived from the English expat patrons who paid for it in 1822. You will find families and fitness enthusiasts here at any time of day, and the typical bright sun and palm trees lining the promenade will surely make your visit an enjoyable one – offering a true glimpse of the Mediterranean.
Nice’s oldest part of the city boasts a very distinct environment which stands out against the rest of the city, in a colourful and typically Mediterranean style. That is to no coincidence, as until the Treaty of Turin in 1860, Nice was not French. The Italian element to this part of the city still attracts many visitors today. Shops and stalls offering crêpes or ice creams are found throughout.
Cours Saleya Market
This market is a lively, colourful one worth visiting. It is known for being a fresh produce market where flowers – from the Provence and Alpes-Maritimes countryside – are found in abundance. Additionally, artists and their easels can be seen here. It is open every day of the week except for Mondays, when a flea market replaces it.
The elegant Musée Masséna is located in a 19th century villa found on the Promenade des Anglais, which was donated to the city on the condition that it would be opened to the public as a museum showcasing local history. André Masséna gave it to Nice in 1917, and Edouard André designed the gardens. In this lavish belle-époque building, you will see 19th century French art and unique finds such as Napoleon’s death mask.
Located in Vielle Ville, Nice’s Cathedral was built in the 17th century and boasts a lavish baroque design. The interior consists of ten chapels with sculptures and paintings, and its striking appearance would probably not fit one’s typical idea of a French building. This Cathedral was built in honour of the patron saint, Saint Réparate.