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Best Things To Do in Nice

The world-famous beach is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Nice. The city boasts many museums, churches and ruins to keep any history buff happy for days. There are also plenty of opportunities to spend some money: Boutiques and large department stores abound in the Masséna, while the Cours Saleya offers everything from freshly cut flowers to brocante (bric-a-brac) stalls. Just make sure to save some energy for after sundown; Nice has one of the hottest nightlife scenes in the Riviera.

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#1
Promenade des Anglais Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Promenade des Anglais (English Walk) runs along the pebbly shore of Nice's beach. Recent travelers say that it ... read more»

#2
Castle Hill (Colline du Chateau) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Castle Hill, or Colline du Château as it's called in French, is more "hill" than "castle." Most of it ... read more»

#3
Chagall Museum (Musee National Message Biblique Marc Chagall)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Many travelers recommend making the Chagall Museum (think stained glass and colorful, surreal artworks) a part of your itinerary. But ... read more»

#4
Old Town (Vieille Ville) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Vieille Ville, or Old Town, is a nook of a neighborhood enjoyed by both travelers and experts alike. There are ... read more»

#5
Cours Saleya Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This fruit, veggie and flower market makes for a colorful and aromatic experience. Located in Vieille Ville (Old Nice) off ... read more»

#6
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The popular Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (or the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art) is a fabulous ... read more»

#7
Avenue Jean Medecin Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For some retail therapy, travelers will want to stroll Avenue Jean Médecin, which begins its upward ascent at Place Masséna ... read more»

#8
Place Massena Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Place Masséna, the city's main square, is located very centrally in Nice, with the seafront to the south, the ... read more»

#9
St-Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral (Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicholas a Nice)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Tsar Nicholas II, the head of the tragic Romanov family, commissioned the building of the Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicholas à ... read more»

#10
Parc du Mont Boron Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For a retreat from the city and a breath of fresh air, travel experts (and travelers too) recommend taking a ... read more»

#11
Palais Lascaris Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The baroque Palais Lascaris is another of Nice's free attractions and might make for an interesting peruse on a ... read more»

#12
Musee Matisse Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: One of the best things about the Musée Matisse, located on the Avenue des Arènes-de-Cimiez, is that it's free ... read more»

#13
Nice Beaches
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Ahh, the French Riviera sun, the rolling Mediterranean waves and the legendary blue chairs. One of the main events to ... read more»

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