In the south of France on the Côte d’Azur, there are beautiful places to discover, such as Nice. The city consists of an old and a new center. In the old town, where Nice originated on the hill of Parque de la Colline du Château, you will find many historical sites. The most special are La Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, Palais Lascaris and Place Garibaldi. In terms of architecture, you are in the right place in both the old and the new center. There are beautiful architectural styles to discover. The crowds in the summer months are mainly centered around the harbor and on the famous Promenade des Anglais. Those who like to avoid the heat or the crowds should definitely visit the modern art museum MAMAC.
Nice ‘s Top 10 Attractions
#1. Port Lympia
It is hard to imagine, but the now so fashionable port of Nice was once no more than a swampy and swampy valley. Fortunately, about 1748 Karel Emmanuel III and engineer Filippo Nicolis changed that. And now today we can enjoy all the splendor on and aboard the most luxurious yachts available. The colorful Venetian buildings in the harbor make it complete. Especially in the summer months it is there to see and be seen. The terraces are crowded and visitors stroll along the water.
#2. Promenade des Anglais
According to Thedresswizard.com, nearly all visitors to the city of Nice walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais. It is therefore almost always busy. Especially on weekends, the promenade is used by cyclists, skateboarders and walkers. The beach begins below the promenade. If you walk towards the old town, you will automatically pass the green city park Jardins Albert I.
#3. Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC)
Right next to the National Theater of Nice is the MAMAC complex. The futuristically built complex has special art in house. The museum offers a refreshing look at modern art. The icing on the cake is that you have a stunning view of the city from the roof terrace. You can find this museum on the Promenade des Arts.
#4. Parque de la Colline du Château
Nice actually originated on this hill above the city and next to the harbor. Although the name suggests otherwise, there is no castle here. At least not since it was destroyed in 1700. Now it is a lovely park with lots of greenery, a playground for the children and a very impressive waterfall. After climbing this high hill, the biggest treat is the overwhelming view of the city.
#5. La Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate
In the old part is the cathedral of Nice. St. Réparata is the patron saint of the city of Nice and its diocese. The cathedral was built around the beginning of the thirteenth century. The largest adjustment, however, took place in the year 1649. Then it started to take on its baroque look. The inside is richly yet tastefully decorated.
#6. Course Saleya
There is always something going on in this bustling place. Course Saleya is known for its stalls. During the day all kinds of products, flowers, souvenirs and the like are sold. But in the evening it is one big open air restaurant. All kinds of cuisines are represented and sold at various prices. You can actually speak of a constantly changing market.
#7. Place Garibaldi
This historic square, named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, is located at the intersection between the old and new center of Nice. In the center of the square is a statue of Garibaldi. He was a nationalist fighter who fought for unification with Italy. You will also find a number of beautiful baroque colored buildings on this square.
#8. Ruins of Cemenelum
There is still a lot of history to be found in and around the Archaeological Museum of Nice. Here you can see the remains of the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum. The museum contains many objects that were found during research. Regularly changing exhibitions are organized that in one way or another have a link with archaeology. You will find this museum in the Cimiez district.
#9. Place Masséna
The most famous square of the new part of Nice is the Place Masséna. In addition to the checkered surface, the statues on high poles are a remarkable phenomenon. The statues are scattered all over the square. The Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa has created these seven beautiful statues, which are illuminated in a special way at night. The square is in a very convenient location between all kinds of shops and restaurants.
#10. Palais Lascaris
In the old center of Nice is the beautiful and stately Palais Lascaris. Around the seventeenth century, the palace belonged to the wealthy Vintimille-Lascaris family. Today it belongs to the city of Nice and serves as a museum of musical instruments. Among the top pieces are instruments by William Turner, Giovanni Tesler and Sebastien Erard.