Nice is an attraction on its own, as it is. Being one of the places located on the French Riviera, people from all over the world go to Nice to see the spectacular views of the water, yachts, and colourful houses, as well as experience the luxury lifestyle of its residents. Top attractions that must be seen are Promenade des Anglais, Castle Hill, La Place Garibaldi, Palais Lascaris, Monument aux Morts, Parc de la Colline du Château, Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas, and La Chaise Bleue de SAB. Most of these attractions are located in the Old Town and are close to each other.
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.
La Place Garibaldi is one of the largest and oldest squares in Nice that is popular with visitors to Nice. With surrounding buildings painted in bold yellow, visitors are mesmerized by the ambience and cultural presence at the square. There is a statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi at the centre of the square that people can admire while sitting in the surrounding areas enjoying a snack or simply taking a break from shopping. La Place Garibaldi is surrounded by a few well-known streets such as Boulevard Jean Jaures and there is a tramline which crosses the square.
Lascaris Palace is a jewel of the Old Town that was built in the 17th century for the ruling family, the Lascaris-Ventimiglia family. In 1942 the city of Nice bought the palace and declared it a historical monument, before beginning renovations. Today, this Baroque palace stands to showcase antique items, a wide selection of musical instruments from the 17th century, as well as beautiful ceilings with frescoes and tapestried walls. The palace is located in Rue Droite, very close to other main attractions of the city of Nice such as Nice Cathedral. Manoeuvering narrow streets to get to the palace is in its own adventurous for visitors.
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.
A beautiful green park on Castle Hill, Parc de la Colline du Château does not disappoint visitors of Nice who are looking to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the bay of Nice. Located on Rue des Ponchettes at an elevated location, the breeze cools down the entire park. Things to do include seeing the waterfall and going to various spots to stand and view the Old Town, the Port, as well as Nice Bay. The park can be accessed directly from the Old Town via a lift or steps. The park is also children friendly, it has a playground where kids can have fun and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Benches are available for parents and guardians to sit and watch their kids.
Built in 1912, by an architect from Russia, Saint-Nicolas Cathedral stands as the largest religious and orthodox structure to be planted outside Russia. Tsar Nicholas II ordered the construction of the church when Russians visited the French Riviera quite regularly. This was a grand project which saw the Russians pour so much money into designing and decorating the building. Ornaments, special objects, and other items are used to decorate the church. Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas is a place of worship and rules are enforced. All visitors are required to respect the premises and behave appropriately. Guided tours are available.
La Chaise Bleue de SAB is a big blue chair of SAB placed on a block of concrete, in a tilted position, that brings fun to the seashore of Nice. It is right on the Promenade des Anglais. The artist who created the chair, Sabine Géraudie, fell in love with the city of Nice and wanted to visibly display this structure as a symbol of his love for the city. Many people are inspired by this unique urban art and their minds get creative. The actual location is 107 Quai des Etats-Unis, near the famous park and gardens, Jardin Albert 1er. Hangers from the 1930s were used to create the chair.