Just because towns and cities on the French Riviera are playing grounds for the rich and famous, does not mean people on a tight budget don't enjoy their visit. Nice has a few things that visitors can do and appreciate for free. These include, a stroll on the Promenade des Anglais; going up the Castle Hill; when descending the Castle Hill, stop by Monument aux Morts to honour victims of the First World War; shop for fresh food and souvenirs at Cours Saleya Market; admire Le Vieux Port (Old Port); and visit Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate.
Promenade des Anglais is one of the most famous streets in Nice that stretches on the Mediterranean coast. People arriving in Nice take a long relaxing walk on the promenade to get a feel of the culture and beauty of Nice and its people. There are also bicycle and segway lanes on the promenade. The stony beach receives mixed reviews, some people appreciate its close proximity to main core areas and the seats along the beach where people can sit, while others complain about the stones on the beach. Restaurants and Cafes are available on the promenade but shops are not many here.
For those who are history-conscious when they travel to new places, Castle Hill is one attraction in Nice full of history of the city. Located in the Old Town of Nice, this park boasts of stunning views of the bay and the city of Nice, as well as a waterfall, beautifully tiled paths with perfect layouts, greenery vegetation, and at the base of the hill, Monument aux Morts (monument of the dead). The Port of Nice is viewed from the hill and the boats and yachts gorgeously present a postcard snap of Nice.
Located right at the bottom of Castle Hill on Quai Rauba Capeau in Place Guynemer, the Monument aux Morts is a war memorial constructed to honour 4,000 people of Nice who lost their lives during the first world war. Built in the 1920s at 32 metres high, this monument to the dead has remained a historical centrepiece in Nice and the French Riviera. Roger Seasal designed the monument and ensured that there was a fusion of the structure and the historical Castle Hill. The white neutral look wrapped on its sides with green shrubs and rocks from the hill perfect the whole look.
Marché du Cours Saleya is a market in the Old Town that is very colourful and vibrant. Vendors in their stalls sell fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, flowers, cheese, and other fresh produce. People also go to the market for cooked food and baked delights that they can take away to their hotels or eat right there at the market. Actually, the market food stalls are perfect for a lunch outing. The beach is just a road away.
Vieux Port, which means Old Port but also known as Port Cannes, is an important part of the history of Cannes. Located right at the bottom of Le Suquet Hill, it is easier to make the visit to the port on the day of Le Suquet and Forville Market tour. Attractions in this old area of Cannes are all historic and the stories gel together somehow. Near the port, there is the Marine Railway Station, which has significant history too. Today, Vieux Port is used for docking boats and yachts.
The Sainte Reparate Cathedral, also known as Nice Cathedral, is located in the Old Town and stands beautifully at the centre surrounded by other colourful buildings. Built for a lengthy period of 50 years, the cathedral was meticulously built in Baroque style and finished in 1700. Even after completion, work was still being conducted at the cathedral, the famous facade, as it is now, was constructed in 1830. The yellow and gold colours inside and outside the cathedral bring a warm ambience, visitors from all over the world are honoured to be graced by such beauty and majestic feel.