Nice

With its peach-coloured façades, azure waters and gorgeous weather, Nice has a rosy, always-on-holiday glow.

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Known as the capital of the French Riviera, the coastal city is home to world-class art museums, bustling markets and pretty hiking trails. The best way to experience Nice’s many delights is to slow right down and enjoy them at a leisurely pace.

Essential sights

Promenade des Anglais

Set alongside the scenic Baie des Anges, the Promenade des Anglais is the most iconic vista in Nice. The four-mile paved promenade is the perfect place for a seaside stroll, a leisurely bike ride or a run.

Musée Matisse

Henri Matisse spent nearly 40 years in Nice. The Musée Matisse is an homage to the artist, displaying many of his works alongside photographs and objects from his time on the Riviera. Don’t expect his most famous paintings – they’re housed in larger museums elsewhere – but the collection includes many interesting drawings and sculptures.

Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain

Set in a modern white marble building just outside of Vieux Nice, the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC) displays European and American works from the 1950s to the present. Be sure to visit the rooftop terrace for a picture-perfect view of Nice.

Castle Hill

There’s no longer a castle on the hill known as the Colline du Chateau – only the 16th-century tower is still standing – but the incredible views over the bay and the red rooftops is well worth the climb to the top. You can ride up on the free lift if the sun is too hot.

Musée Marc Chagall

The Musée Marc Chagall houses one of the most impressive collections of works by the artist. Chagall himself curated and installed the collection, the highlight of which is the series of 17 biblical paintings done in his colourful, dreamlike style.