Nice… the diamond in the crown of the Mediterranean, the pearl of southern France. A day spent here is an absolute must when visiting the Côte d’Azur. From delicious cuisine to architectural delights, beaches to museums, your time in here will be one to remember. Here is our brief guide of the best things to do with 24 hours in Nice:
Breakfast – What better way to start your day of adventure than with a delicious pastry and fresh coffee? Patisseries are aplenty here in Nice, with Patisserie Lac a particularly popular choice for locals and tourists alike.
Nice Cathedral – A great place to visit to burn off your morning energy! Outside, the structure is somewhat unassuming – some people don’t even realise this is the city’s cathedral! Inside, though, it’s a different story. This 17th century structure with a lavish baroque design is composed of 10 ornate chapels with sculptures, paintings and gilding. Definitely one for art and history enthusiasts.
Afterwards, a walk up the nearby Castle Hill (which can also be reached via a lift) is a great idea. Once at the top, there are tranquil parks and gardens from which you can absorb the idyllic panoramic views of the city and crystal blue sea.
After all that you’ll surely want something to eat. Some great choices for a leisurely lunch include Polly and Cie, Le Fonetic and Chez Papa – all offering fresh, local cuisine. The truffle pasta at the latter of these three is to die for! And of course you must try the local speciality, the Salade Niçoise.
After satisfying your appetite, a stroll around the old town is a great way to spend your afternoon in the heat of the day. There is an enormous choice of museums to visit, catering for all interests. The Galerie Lympia showcases exciting and varied art, with recent exhibitions including the sculptures of Giacometti and photography of Depardon. Lovers of modern art will enjoy the Sheun Gallery. Slightly beyond the old town, the archaeological museum is a highly popular choice for those with an interest in ancient Roman history, and the Franciscan museum for enthusiasts of the medieval and Renaissance eras.
Whilst in the old town, do pop by the daily market which has local fresh produce and regional delicacies to take back to your villa.
A special evening of fine dining is guaranteed in this world-renowned hub of gastronomic excellence. The Michelin-starred Jan restaurant is particularly well-regarded for its exciting combination of contemporary European and South African flavours, with a tasting menu that will impress the most discerning of clients.
Afterwards, a stroll along the famous beachfront Promenade des Anglais (the name being a nod to Nice’s history as a magnet for aristocratic English tourists) is the perfect way to end a memorable day in Nice.
Perhaps time to head back to one of our lovely villas on the Côte d’Azur - all of course within a short drive from Nice (see right!)