3 Day Trip to Nice, France – Things to do.
Nice, located on the French Riviera, is popular with both locals and tourists because of the subtropical climate and panoramic views of the coast. It has everything you need for a great weekend and fits into every budget. Although there are many things to do in Nice, there are a few that I consider absolutely necessary to make your three-day trip unforgettable.
Promenade des Anglais
Start your morning with a nice walk on the Promenade des Anglais. This world famous 7 km long promenade leads from Castle Hill (La colline du Château in French) to Nice Airport.
There are many bars, cafes and restaurants along this promenade, so you can immerse yourself in a breakfast or coffee in the morning with a beautiful view.
The Old Town of Nice, Cours Saleya & Castle Hill
After breakfast you can explore the Old Town and travel to the 18th century with all its architectural jewels such as the cathedral Sainte-Réparate. In these fascinating old streets you can easily spend half a day.
The Cours Saleya flower market is high on my list. It begins its story in 1897 and is located in the heart of the Old Town. It’s full of fresh vegetables, pastries and beautiful flowers. The market is open every day, except on Monday, then it is replaced by a flea market that is also worth a visit.
If you walk through the streets of the Old Town, you can walk to Castle Hill, the highest point of Nice, where the ruins of the former Castle of Nice are located. It is also one of the best places for the great view of the city.
Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Dinning at Vieille Ville or Old Town
Vieille Ville or in other words Old Town is the best place to find authentic French dishes. There are countless restaurants for everyone. Plan your meal in advance, as reservations are required for some places.
Eat some ice cream for the desert. The Old Town is full of ice cream parlors. One of the most popular shops among tourists is Fenocchio. They have hundreds of flavors, some of which are very strange, like rosemary or lavender ice cream.
In addition to Fenocchio, there is another popular ice cream parlor, Azzurro, on the Rossetti square. It was recommended to us by a local, they claimed it was better than Fenocchio. Honestly, we both tried, and I enjoyed it. I can’t tell if one was better than the other. Both were absolutely delicious.
The Neighbourhood of Cimiez
If you like art, love history and museums, the Cimiez district should be on your list. The Cimiez is a residential area of Nice with lots of history and museums.
The Cimiez monastery was built in the 14th to 15th century and is definitely worth a visit with its beautiful gardens, Roman ruins and the Matisse Museum. It is located on a hill overlooking the city of Nice.
The Matisse Museum has a large collection of his paintings. Henry Matisse lived in Cimiez and was buried in the monastery cemetery.
Remember that besides sightseeing you can also spend some time on the beach. Nice has both public and private beaches, so just choose the one you like.
Take a day trip to Monaco. You can get there by train, bus or taxi. My personal choice was a bus (no 100), the journey takes only about 40-50 minutes and costs € 1.50 per single trip.
As you probably know, Monaco is the second smallest country in the world and only a few kilometres long. So you don’t need a guide. You can easily cross over.
Prince Palace of Monaco
Prince’s Palace would be my first stop. The palace is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco. The shift changes take place every day at 11:55.
The Oceanographic Museum is worth a visit, at least because of its design. The hotel is located on the edge of the cliff just above the lake and offers a breathtaking view.
Cathedral Of Saint Nicholas
The Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, also known as the Notre-Dame-Immaculée Cathedral of Monaco, is another impressive building built in the 19th century from light limestone. The cathedral is one of the main sights of Monaco. Many royal events take place here.
Monte Carlo Casino
After exploring this historic part of the country, go to Port de Monaco and take a nice relaxing walk to the legendary Monte Carlo Casino. You can visit the casino inside for about € 10, but you are not allowed to take pictures.