How to spend 24 hours in Nice

Welcome to Nice: A Perfect Day in the French Riviera

Bonjour mes amis! As a travel writer, I have been fortunate enough to visit many beautiful places around the world. But there’s something special about the French Riviera that always draws me back. And within the Riviera, there’s one charming city that stole my heart – Nice.

Located on the southeastern coast of France, Nice is a perfect blend of French and Mediterranean culture. From its stunning beaches and colorful streets to its delicious cuisine and rich history, there’s something for everyone in Nice. And if you only have 24 hours to explore this gem, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here’s how to spend a perfect day in Nice.

Morning: A Stroll Through Old Town

Start your day by taking a stroll through Vieux Nice, the city’s charming old town. As soon as you step into the narrow streets lined with colorful buildings, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Take your time to wander around, admire the architecture, and soak in the lively atmosphere.

As you make your way through the winding streets, you’ll come across the famous Cours Saleya market. This vibrant market is a feast for the senses, with stalls selling everything from fresh produce and flowers to local specialties like socca (a savory chickpea pancake) and pissaladière (a delicious onion and anchovy tart). Grab a bite to eat and a cup of strong coffee to fuel your day.

Midday: A Dip in the Mediterranean

After a leisurely morning, it’s time to hit the beach. Nice is blessed with a stunning coastline, and there are several public and private beaches to choose from. My personal favorite is Plage Beau Rivage, a private beach with a laid-back vibe and crystal clear water. The entrance fee includes a sunbed and umbrella, so you can relax and soak up the sun in comfort.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also rent a paddleboard or kayak and explore the coastline from a different perspective. And when hunger strikes, head to one of the beachside restaurants for a refreshing salad or a delicious seafood dish.

Afternoon: A Taste of Culture

No trip to Nice is complete without a visit to the Musée Matisse. This museum houses a fantastic collection of works by the famous French artist, Henri Matisse. As you walk through the galleries, you’ll see how his style evolved over the years, from his early Fauvist works to his later cut-out pieces.

After the museum, take a short walk to the Colline du Château, a hilltop park with breathtaking views of the city and the Mediterranean. It’s the perfect spot to relax, have a picnic, and watch the world go by. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can also climb to the top of the castle ruins for an even better view.

Evening: Sunset and Seafood

As the day comes to an end, head to the Promenade des Anglais for a stroll along the famous seafront promenade. This is the perfect spot to catch the sunset, and you’ll see locals and tourists alike gathering here to watch the sky turn shades of pink and orange.

After the sun sets, it’s time to indulge in some delicious seafood. Nice is known for its excellent cuisine, and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. If you want a taste of traditional Niçois dishes, head to La Merenda, a small and cozy restaurant with a daily changing menu. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of local rosé wine.

Night: A Taste of the Nightlife

Nice may not be as wild as its neighboring city, Cannes, but it still has a vibrant nightlife scene. After dinner, head to Place Garibaldi, a lively square lined with bars and restaurants. Grab a drink and join the locals in a game of pétanque, the French version of bocce ball.

If you’re in the mood for some live music, head to Le Shapko, a popular jazz bar in Old Town. You’ll find a mix of locals and tourists here, all enjoying the great music and lively atmosphere. And if you want to dance the night away, check out High Club, a popular nightclub with a rooftop terrace offering stunning views of the city.

Final Thoughts

As my 24 hours in Nice comes to an end, I can’t help but feel a sense of longing to stay longer. This charming city has so much to offer, and I hope this guide has given you a taste of what to expect. From strolling through the old town to watching the sunset over the Mediterranean, there’s no shortage of