How to spend one day in Nice, France

If you’re planning to visit Nice, France, don’t let the thought of limited time stop you from enjoying the city’s beauty. With just one day in Nice, you can still explore the city’s iconic landmarks, stroll around beautiful promenades and peddler-friendly streets and have a taste of the best cuisine and drinks the city has to offer.

Nice, French Riviera, France

Promenade des Anglais

Let’s start with the beautiful English Promenade. A wide palm-tree-lined Promenade des Anglais is a perfect place for a morning walk, sunbathing, or simply enjoying the beautiful view of the Bay of Angels. The Promenade is home to several beautiful sculptures and fountains, and the best time to visit is in the morning when the air is fresh, and the crowds are minimal. Don’t forget to admire the blue chairs – a commodity for passersby that turned into one of the landmarks of the riviera.

Nice, French Riviera, France

Place Massena

Next, head over to Place Massena, a vibrant central square buzzing with energy and life. The square is surrounded by beautiful buildings with red ochre facades and features a stunning fountain. At night, the square comes alive with colorful light displays creating an unforgettable scene.

While you’re at Place Massena, admire Fontaine du Soleil, a beautiful fountain showcasing the Sun God. This fountain is quite a spectacle as the water sprays rhythmically, and it showcases an exquisite sculpture.

Old Nice

For those who love history or cultural activities, a visit to the Nice Cathedral is a must. Located in the heart of the city, the cathedral boasts beautiful Baroque-style architecture, with intricately decorated interiors and religious artworks.

After a visit to the Nice Cathedral, take a walk to Old Nice, an ancient yet bustling neighborhood, full of narrow pedestrian lanes, and charming balconies with washed-out colors. Take a quick break to try out some of the traditional Niçoise cuisine, such as socca, a crispy chickpea crepe, or the Salade Niçoise filled with fresh vegetables and tuna.

Nice Cathedral, Nice, France

When you’re done with lunch, head over to Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, a vibrant flower market, and one of the oldest markets in the city. The market is also home to local vendors selling fresh produce, spices, souvenirs, and local artwork.

Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, Nice, France

Point de Vue Colline du Chateau

For a stunning panoramic view of the city, take a hike to Point de Vue Colline du Chateau. Once a castle, nowadays the location offers visitors breathtaking views of the Bay of Angels, Old Nice, and the surrounding mountains.

Finally, end your day trip to Nice with a relaxing evening at one of the many restaurants, cafes, or bars in the city. Try out some of the finest Mediterranean cuisine, seafood, and wines at the city’s traditional bistros and cafes located throughout the city. The highlight for us was tasty Mediterranean-style dinners followed by even more delicious French-style brunches.

Brunch in Nice, France

Eze village

If you have a couple of extra hours, take a half-day trip to Eze village, located just twenty minutes from Nice. Eze is a beautiful medieval village, famous for its narrow streets, stone houses, and stunning panoramic views of the French Riviera. You will want to get lost in this beautiful fairytale. For the best views combined with beautiful plant species and sculptures, head to Le Jardin Exotique.

In conclusion, one day may seem a little tight to explore Nice, but with careful planning, you can still make the most of your time in the city. From sightseeing to food and drinks or quick day trips, Nice, France, has something nice for everyone. If you just have one day to spend in Nice, you can still feel the vibes of this gorgeous city and its surroundings. But you will most probably start wanting to stick around for longer, like it happened to us, and explore more of it.

Nice, French Riviera, France

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