Visit the Cote d’Azur: What to do in Nice, France?
All the indications about what to do in Nice we are giving you are our authentic and personalized tips. At Riviera Bar Crawl Tours, we are specialized in making your holiday unique, offering walking tours, private excursions, activities, a pub crawl in Nice, and much more.
We are lucky to have a great team of local tour guides, and pub crawls guides who know the city inside out and who have developed relationships with the best pubs, bars, and clubs in Nice and on the Cote d’Azur.
How to make the best your holidays on the French Riviera?
Between the sea and the mountains, magnificent beaches, and famous seaside towns, the Côte d’Azur offers a wide range of activities, attractions, and leisure activities in
Nice for holidaymakers looking for sun and fun.
Saint-Tropez, Cannes, the famous Croisette, and the Vieux-Nice (the old Nice) are some of them, with many jewels to discover on the French Riviera.
Part of these is Villefranche sur Mer and its citadel overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the Baie des Anges, Antibes and its ramparts, Monaco, and the Oceanographic Museum.
And last but not least, the fabulous city of Nice with its old ocher-colored houses, its promenade, and its private beaches, are unmissable places.
Walking tour In Nice: day and night
Lively and colorful, with beautiful architecture, many natural corners, and the sea at its feet, it must be said that Nice has no shortage of attractions.
Between the Musee Matisse, the Chagall Museum, the flower market, and the Nice carnival. the panoramic view from the colline du chateau (the Castel hill), Cimiez, Mont Boron, etc., there is much to discover in Nice
Here are some tips from our local Nice walking tour guides. We also advise you to dedicate a day to visit the old town and the surroundings allowing you to put the car down and get around mainly on foot.
Explore the Vieux Nice: the Old Nice
Nestled at the foot of the castle hill, the old town of Nice is a small wonder to explore without moderation.
It is not very extensive, but there is so much to see and do that you can finally spend a lot of time there. All the senses awake, I rush into its maze of alleys and go to discover its many treasures.
Thee facades of Old Nice offer a whole range of warm and sunny colors. A Mediterranean atmosphere and even a touch of Italian.
With its many cafes and restaurants, its small shops of all kinds, its markets, and flea markets, Old Nice is teeming with activities and temptations. Difficult to resist the
attraction of all the delicacies and specialties that are sold on every street corner.
An outstanding architectural heritage
The Old Nice is also a large number of remarkable monuments with palaces and churches in the Baroque style, which remind us that the city belonged for centuries to the States of Savoy.
You can admire the Cathedral of Sainte-Reparate on Place Rossetti, the Chapel of Mercy on Cours Saleya, etc. to only name a few.
Do not hesitate to enter the interior of these buildings; the richness of the decorations is worth a look.
The Cours Saleya and the flower market
Before leaving the old town, go to Cours Saleya, a long pedestrian square that hosts every morning (except Monday), a colorful flower market in Nice where you can buy flowers, fruits, and vegetables in season.
An authentic Mediterranean market where Nice and tourists come together to discover local products and Nice specialties.
The opportunity to taste, for example, a piece of the street food such as a “pissaladière” or the famous “socca,” a pancake made from chickpea flour.
Walk to the heights on the Castle Hill
After having surveyed the old town in all directions, I am off to climb the Castle Hill, a huge rock which dominates the city.
It can be reached on foot from Old Nice, by elevator or by tourist train. The Castle Hill, considered to be the cradle of the city of Nice, is an old fortified site where the medieval upper town once stood.
If the castle has not existed for a long time, we can now enjoy the large park with trees for a moment of relaxation away from the city.
A pleasant walk, which is especially great for its panoramic views of the sea, the city skyline, the port and the mountains of the hinterland.
Along the sea from the Promenade des Anglais
Impossible to come to Nice without passing at one time or another on the Promenade des Anglais which stretches for 7 km by the sea. A pleasant urban stroll where tourists
can enjoy the beach and the promenade in Nice.
On foot, by bike, inline skates, lying on the beach or sitting facing the sea, everyone has their own way of enjoying it. Walk to the legendary Hotel Negresco while admiring the
Vieux Nice and enjoying your day trip.
Visit the Cimiez arenas and the arena garden
Located in the heights of Nice, the arenas of Cimiez, bear witness to the city’s Roman past. Free to access, you can be pleasantly completed by a stroll in the garden of the
arenas from where you can see the thermal baths, vestiges of the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum.
Cross Place Masséna
Crossing the Promenade du Paillon, you arrive at Place Masséna, a vast, almost pedestrianized square, a stone’s throw from the Promenade des Anglais and Old Nice.
Its tall buildings with orange-pink facades and its numerous arcades housing shops and restaurants give it a touch of Italy.
See the Port of Nice
Compared to the size of the city, the port of Nice may seem small , On the other hand, it is rather pretty with its buildings with colorful facades and its surrounding wooded.
Clearly visible from the castle hill, you can also stroll around in search of the small fishing boats typical of the Mediterranean.
And if you want to linger a little, know that there is no shortage of restaurants and bars along the quays.
The Mont Boron park
Located opposite the castle hill to the east of the port of Nice, Mont Boron is a large forest park with many shaded paths.
An island of greenery where you can walk at leisure while enjoying fantastic views of Nice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and Villefranche-sur-Mer in some places.
Villefranche sur Mer
Last step of my walk before returning to Nice: Villefranche-sur-Mer, a colorful city that smells good of the south and the good life.
Whether you arrive like me on foot from the Fort du Mont Alban, from Nice by the coastal path or by car, the city of Villefranche sur Mer will, in any case, offer superb panoramas of its bay!
Taste the local specialties
Coming to Nice also means having the opportunity to taste some of the region’s culinary specialties: pissaladière, small stuffings, gnocchi, Niçoise stew, Swiss chard pie … so many Nice dishes to try without moderation.
Part of our significant activities an tours, the wine tastings, and the food tours have been attracted a lot of travelers, curious to understand more about Nice trough its gastronomy.
Food tours in Nice
Nice, a city apart. Not really French, not really Italian with a complicated history which strongly influenced its culinary culture, which wants to be different, authentic, and proud.
Be ready to surprise your palate with flavors as amazing as they are delicious.
You do not understand anything at Nissart and yet would like to taste these specialties of Nice more attractive than the others?
During this Nice food tour off the beaten track in the charming old town, you will be received in colorful stalls like a real Nice, and it is through the tasting of typically sweet and savory dishes that the history of Nice and its gastronomy will be told. The tour includes tastings of typical dishes per person, including one of olive oil and one of Provençal wine.
Wine tasting in Nice
Words are not enough when it comes to evoking the beauty of the Cote d’Azur.
It may be better to look at a Henri Matisse or Marc Chagall canvas, to give yourself time to discern what is most beautiful and authentic, between the lavender fields, the
Sainte-Victoire mountain, the pine forests, olive trees, and vineyards …And, it is the same for the wines which wonderfully reflect the sublime context from which they come.
Whether pink, red or white, they smell, taste, and intrigue you as Nice, the French Riviera, and the Provence do.
Join us for regular wine tastings events and even some custom tours and unique tasting of the best wines from Nice and the region.
With some partnerships with locals bars, vineyards, and wine professionals, you can join us to discover all about the South of France wines.
Thanks to the menu of our wine tastings, you can discover the specificity of the Nicean wine region through its terroir, grape varieties, history, and interactive wine list.
Bar crawl in Nice to discover the city
Pub crawl and parties in NIce are also part of the full range of services that our local guides set up for you. At Riviera Bar Crawl Tours, we understand that it may be complicated to know in which district to go and which pubs, bars, and clubs to choose from when partying for the first teme in Nice.
We have decided, with or local pub crawl masters, to take you out in the best bars in Nice and the French Riviera. Meeting at 8.30 PM, our pub crawl will take you to the best happy hours, fantastic themed bars and some of the best clubs in Nice
It is also a great way to meet new people (locals. Travelers, students,etc.) and to make new friends. So, alone or with friends, join us for the best parties in Nice.
Fun and activities in Nice
Fun parties, vibrant bars, bars, and amazing clubs are part of the nightlife in Nice. But on day time, you should head to some of the best beaches on the French Riviera and dip yourself in the warm Mediterranean sea.
As part of our whole activity range, why not try the stand-up paddle as part of the best sports experience?
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Explore Nice surroundings
If you are lucky enough to stay longer than a weekend, you will undoubtedly want to explore the surroundings. Here are some suggestions:
- Visit the villas and gardens in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Beaulieu-sur-Mer
- Take a Tour of Cap Ferrat for a pleasant stroll by the sea
- Visit the medieval village of Èze and its exotic garden
- Spend a day in Cannes, Antibes to Monaco
- Discover the fabulous Mercantour National Park
There are some things to do on the French Riviera, just ask our tour guides and team for bookings and other custom day trips!