Strolling on the Promenade des Anglais, number one Nice things to do, as Queen Victoria’s ghost would attest.
Nice’s Prom was suggested by British expats as a way of employing poor and unemployed itinerants in 1820.
It was the scene of the famously existential departure of Isadora Duncan – leading free dancer and feminist – as she was throttled by her own scarf when it caught in the wheels of her open-top Bugatti in 1927, outside the Negresco Hotel (that pink-domed pleasure palace below).
Hoist by her own petard you might say.
Well-dressed travellers with deep pockets should have a drink in the Negresco’s Bar Le Relais but avoid the CO2-dominated terrace.
Cours Saleya market and dining area between the Vieille Ville and the beach.
Cours Saleya is a large and lively market area selling flowers, foodstuffs and antiques, while cafés, restaurants and bars line the borders and take over the entire space in the evenings. The Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs) takes place every day, from 6 am to 5.30 pm except Mondays, Sunday afternoons and public holidays. In the evenings a small craft market hums with activity as sozzled diners pick up silly souvenirs. All day Mondays the Marché a la Brocante (antiques, curios, second-hand stuff) takes over Saleya.
Colline du Château (Castle Hill)
Colline du Chateau, at one end of Nice’s Promenade des Anglais.
Another walk worth doing is up Castle Hill for stunning views over Nice’s seafront, the city or the port. There are three main access routes, one from the far east end of the promenade (near that huge water-tank cylinder) with an elevator (lift) option for those who don’t climb too well, one from the Old Town (straight up the steep road from the Cathedral) and another more complex route via Place Garibaldi.
The Matisse Museum on Cimiez hill.
A handful of decent museums/galleries are popular Nice things to do, including Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (it’s free and located at one end of the Promenade du Paillon), Musée Chagall, Musée Matisse and Musée Archéologique, plus the Gallo-Roman Ruins up the hill in affluent Cimiez district that are unusual but hardly worth the trip.
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