Welcome to Nice, the charming coastal city on the Côte d'Azur! I was in Nice in June with my cousin for a short weekend getaway and I think it's the perfect destination that combines discovery and relaxation. In this article I'll show you where to go and what to do to make your weekend in Nice as memorable as ours!
Nice has it all - coastal charm, historical monuments, a lively atmosphere and most importantly, good wine. So let's get ready to experience the beauty of the Promenade des Anglais, get lost in the colourful flower market, stroll through the charming old streets, admire the impressive Nice Cathedral and find peace in the park of Mont Boron.
Where to go and what to do for a weekend in Nice
Promenade des Anglais
One cannot travel to Nice without taking a leisurely stroll along the Promenade des Anglais. Here you can soak up the sun, enjoy a gentle sea breeze and appreciate the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, especially from the blue chairs that line the path. The Promenade des Anglais leads to Mont Boron Park, which I'll talk about next, so it's a great first step to exploring Nice's old town. There are numerous cafes and beaches along the promenade where you can people-watch, chat, or read a good book. We particularly enjoyed Le Sunset Cafe for breakfast!
Mont Boron Park
For a tranquil escape and some greenery, I recommend a trip to Mont Boron Park. This green oasis is located on a hill overlooking Nice and offers stunning panoramic views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. It's a great place for a picnic and there are many winding paths to explore, including one that leads to a beautiful waterfall. It's about a 15 minute climb to reach the park, so don't forget to bring a water bottle!
Nice is famous for its vibrant Marché aux Fleurs, the flower market, located in the heart of the old town. We enjoyed losing ourselves amidst the colourful blooms, fresh produce and artisan products. The flower market is replaced by an antiques market on Sundays, so it's worth visiting both! The flower and antique markets are held in Cours Saleya from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 1pm.
Exploring Nice's old streets
Exploring the old streets of the city is a must during your weekend in Nice, as it gives you a real feel for the city. We loved getting lost in the narrow cobbled streets of Vieux Nice, the historic quarter, admiring the ochre-coloured buildings with their charming shutters that reminded us of Italy (after all, Nice was Italian until 1860!). You'll inevitably stumble across hidden squares, cosy cafés and pretty boutiques. Beware of the tourist traps, as there are quite a few of them. It's the perfect place to wander aimlessly and discover the true essence of Nice.
The Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, also known as Nice Cathedral, offers remarkable baroque architecture and captivating works of art. Inside the cathedral, you can admire the intricate details, bask in the peaceful atmosphere and take a moment to reflect on the rich religious history that surrounds the cathedral. Flash photography isn't permitted and you should wear appropriate clothing.
I hope you found this article on where to go and what to do for a weekend in Nice helpful and informative. Feel free to leave a comment below, sharing your thoughts, experiences, or any questions you may have. I would love to hear your stories and insights. Also, don't forget to explore my other articles on travelling for more exciting content. Together, let's continue this journey of sharing and discovery!