Seven great things to see and do in Nice, France

19th January, 2016
One of the biggest cities on the world-famous French Riviera, Nice is a great holiday destination which combines French glamour, life on the coast and an old-town atmosphere, just a short distance from many of our luxury South of France villas. Below are just seven of the many things you can do to enjoy this wonderful city and get to know a new corner of France:

Visit Nice Cathedral

One of the city?s grandest buildings is the Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, also known as Nice Cathedral, home to the Diocese of Nice. The cathedral is a fabulous example of the Baroque architecture which can be seen all throughout the Old Town, an influence of the Roman occupation the city once faced.

Stroll on the Promenade des Anglais

Offering miles of gorgeous sandy beaches, the Promenade des Anglais stretches the entire length of the city, making it a great way to explore Nice and its coastal scenery at a leisurely pace. Also known as the ?walkway of the English?, the Promenade is a great place to not only enjoy a walk, but to simply relax, watch the sea and sunbathe on the beach.

See the Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Built by a Russian architect in 1912, this cathedral may appear to be out of place in a city which mainly boasts Baroque architecture, but the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in fact symbolises the historical importance of a Russian colony who lived on the Cote d?Azur. Its impressive exterior features 6 cupola decorated with golden bulbs, while the interior, shaped like a Greek cross, offers incredible displays of woodwork, frescoes and icons made from gold.

Enjoy some entertainment at the Opera de Nice

Home to the Ballet Nice Mediterrannee and the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, the city?s main opera house, the Opera de Nice, is a great location to enjoy some of the finest evening entertainment the South of France has to offer ? choose from an opera, a ballet or a classical concert.

Explore the city?s port

Like every major coastal city in France, Nice has its very own thriving port, worth exploring to take in the sights of the extravagant yachts as well as the colourful fishing boats owned by local fishermen. With a host of restaurants and bars dotted around the port, there?s also plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy a drink while looking out at the surroundings.

Become enchanted by the Old Town

With its narrows streets home to where the local Nicois live and work, bustling with shops, markets, cafes, restaurants and nightlife, the Old Town is a real contrast to the sweeping Promenade des Anglais, but is a part of Nice which is just as necessary to visit. Here you can watch life go by and observe the pretty old buildings, all while enjoying a coffee or browsing the markets.

Shop ?til you drop at the Rue de France

Running from the end of the Place Massena is the Rue de France pedestrian zone, lined with shops, restaurants and cafes. This is the place to head to if you?re planning on doing some boutique shopping, and you?ll also be able to enjoy lunch or a coffee on one of the outdoor terraces.

Image: James Rhodes, available under Creative Commons