Despite the terrible event on 14th July 2016, we will not be deterred. Nice remains a beautiful place to visit and enjoy. As you have seen in our previous articles about the Route de Grandes Alpes and the Routes de Lavende, the motorcycle roads around Nice are amazing. But there is more to Nice than just motorcycling. We put together a list of things to do in Nice. Getting around is easy. On a motorcycle you have little problems with traffic jams or finding parking spaces. So wherever you’re heading in Nice, you’ll be there in no time.
Flower Market, Old Town and Place Massena
We recommend you visit the Nice Flower Market at Cours Saleya. The market takes place every day of the week – rain or shine. The intense colors and fragrances of the flowers are quite something. While you are in that part of Nice, why not take a stroll through Nice old town. There are plenty of great family style restaurants and shopping to suit every budget. Walking the streets and alleys to Place Massena is a great way to discover Nice.
Promenade des Anglais
The Promenade des Anglais is a picture perfect spot. You have the beautiful blue sea on one side and the hills of Nice on the other side. This is great for an afternoon or evening walk. If you enjoy people watching, then this is a great location. Sit back in one of the many blue chairs or go and have a drink at one of the many beach bars.
This museum is located in a wonderful setting. The impressive mansion is set behind a mature olive grove and surrounded by the extensive Roman ruins of an ancient village. The works of Matisse we’re generously donated by his family. The museum exists since 1963. Matisse lived in Nice from 1918 until 1954. Definitely worth a visit - even if you are not into art.
While you are heading up to the Matisse Museum, you should visit the Cimiez monastery. The gardens are magnificent and the views of Nice amazing. It's well worth a trip. The monastery was founded in the 9th century and adopted by the Franciscans monks since 1546. The gardens were once used to feed the monks in, but have now been transformed into exquisitely landscaped park.
Ten minutes from Nice lies Bellet, a little-known wine region. These vineyards form one of the smallest Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) regions in France. The dozen or so domaines that make up the region offer friendly welcome as well as unique wines. We recommend the Chateau de Cremat as they offer wine tours in English.
Nice and the South of France is packed with beautiful places to visit. If we can help with answering any of your questions, please contact us for further information about Nice and its surroundings. We are happy to help.
Posted by: Jeff Fielding