Top Places To Visit In Nice – Situated on the French Riviera, the city of Nice is nestled between the mountains and Mediterranean Sea in the Provence Côte d’Azur. The city has mild temperatures throughout the year, and with its beaches, museums, monuments, coastal bars and restaurants – it is easy to see why it’s such a popular holiday destination.
Below are some of the must see places in Nice…
Promenades des Anglais
The Promenade des Anglais is a five-kilometre promenade along the beach, and one of the most popular attractions in town. Walking along the avenue you will pass beautiful architecture, restaurants, shops and street vendors.
The area is also popular with locals who roller-blade, jog, cycle, walk or sit by the Promenade or, for short, La Prom, and is the perfect place for a romantic walk with your loved one.
Nice has markets scattered all over the city selling a variety of things. The markets are the perfect place to prepare a picnic basket, with fresh bread, fruit, vegetables, pickles, meats and cheeses.
The Cours Saleya Flower Market provides for a wide array of ripe produce, sidewalk cafes, souvenir shops and flower shops selling bouquets of all sorts of colors, textures and scents. There are also local cafes, shops and boutiques dotted around the market’s edges.
St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral
The St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral is a 20th-century Russian cathedral that is a big contrast with the tropics of Nice. It is locally known as Catherdale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicolas, and features bright onion shaped domes and classic Russian design reminiscent of the USSR on the Côte d’Azur.
Place Massena is the main square of the city and is bordered by red ochre buildings of Italian architecture. Is sees a constant flow of people among its bright buildings, many stopping to watch the statues that change color and the fountain.
On the square you will also find some great cafes and bistros, and street performers, especially during summer.
The Musée Matisse is a national museum devoted to the work of French painter Henri Matisse, including his depiction of the Nice shoreline. Also make sure to check out the museum shop.
The French Riviera has several beaches extending from Nice to Juan les Pins to Antibes. They offer water activities along the shore and restaurants and bars, and the water is warm enough to swim in until late autumn.
While people speak some English, having the ability to speak French would make things much easier. But it’s better to learn once you’re there than trying to do it before you get there. There are many opportunities available to those wishing to learn French in France.
Investing in French language learning will also be very beneficial when traveling to many other countries, as they speak French not only in France but in many other countries as well, especially in Africa.
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