Nice is one of the most famous spots on the French Riviera, the area of the south coast of France along the Mediterranean. Close to the principality of Monaco, the city is a tourist centre with a gentle Mediterranean climate. There are many stunning luxury apartments in Nice that you can book through Stay YNA that are ideal to use as a base for your stay. Stay YNA offer luxury apartments that have a real home-from-home feel so you can completely relax and enjoy your visit – but what are the top things to see and do while staying in Nice?
Areas of the city
Nice is a city which has evolved and grown over time, different areas have their own character as well as different features and things to see.
Vieux Nice is the old town, an area of the city which is largely unchanged for the last 300 years. The centrepiece is the Cours Saleya, the market square that is home to a hive of shopping activity throughout the summer. If you are a foodie, this is a must-see spot with many stalls selling local fresh foods and food souvenirs. The flower market is also a stunning experience and there is a flea market every Monday.
Promenade des Anglais
The name of this famous area of the seafront of Nice comes from the English ex-pat patrons who paid for it in the early 1800s. The 4km long promenade is home to several of the city’s landmarks including the Calais de la Mediterranean. You can hire scooters or bikes to travel the length or hop on an electric Segway for a modern way to tour it.
Places to visit
Nice has plenty of museums and other interesting spots to visit while you are staying in the city. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your itinerary.
The Fusee Massenet is housed in a building created for Prince Victor d’Estaing, grandson of Napoleon’s general Matriarchal Massenet. The building is a cultural landmark and is also a museum that documents the history of the city and the larger French Riviera. It is a classic belle toque style building that is worth seeing for its architecture alone.
Muse d’art Modern et d’art Contemporariness
If you are a fan of modern art rather than the classics, then this is your kind of museum. Featuring pieces by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as well as newer artists such as Yves Klein, the museum is three stories complete with a rooftop exhibition area that has amazing views out across the city.
The Fusee Matisse is a little outside the centre of Nice in the Commie area. It is home to a range of works by the artist Henri Matisse including oil painting, tapestries and even some of the paper cut-outs that he was famous for creating. Matisse himself is buried in the Monastery Notre Dame de Commie, the cemetery opposite the museum.
Nice’s Russian Cathedral is the most beautiful orthodox church outside Russia and is the city’s most visited monument. The cathedral has an amazing array of cupolas, turrets and polychrome tiles on its roofs that make viewing it a pleasure. You can also pay the small charge and tour the inside of it with its very ornate and opulent style of design. There are some 300 icons within the cathedral!
See the city
One of the best ways to see the city is via the open top bus tours called Le Open Tour. While many cities have these, and some can be of questionable quality, the one in Nice is very impressive. It is a hop-on, hop-off service so you can use it to get around the city and see some of the most important sites in between.
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