Expats thinking of a move to Nice will be pleased to know that there is an abundance of sights and activities to keep busy with in this French city. From sprawling gardens and bustling promenades to fantastic art galleries and imposing cathedrals, there is plenty to see and do in 'Nice la Belle'.
Recommended attractions in Nice
Parc de la Colline du Château (Castle Hill Park)
A site of significant history, Castle Hill was the first area of Nice to be settled by the Greeks two thousand years ago, and in 1706, the citadel, which was considered impenetrable, was destroyed by King Louis XIV. Nowadays, visitors can stroll through the lush grounds, meander along winding paths and enjoy the waterfall, two onsite cafés and the unrivalled panoramic views of the city and its harbour.
Art lovers, and especially fans of the genius that was Henri Matisse, simply have to visit the Musée Matisse during their time in Nice. The stunning collection of 31 paintings and 57 sculptures are housed in a lovely and historic Genoese villa, which is surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and an olive grove.
Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas
Expats might be forgiven for thinking they’ve somehow landed on the Red Square when they see the Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas. This extraordinary structure was built by Tsar Nicholas in 1912 and designed in the Muscovite style – the typical onion domes a peculiar site in the centre of Nice. Visitors are permitted inside but should respect rules and traditions as it is still used as a place of worship.
Promenade des Anglais
Expats in Nice will come to love a stroll down the Promenade des Anglais. Built by Englishman Reverend Lewis Way in 1820, the promenade was originally just a footpath but has since grown into a grand palm-lined seaside boulevard complete with underground tunnels for traffic which means the Promenade is always filled with strollers, skaters and cyclists. It is fringed by exquisite gardens and lined with opulent buildings such as the Villa Masséna Musée and the Palais de la Méditerranée theatre.
Jardin Albert 1er
Perfect for a family day out, the Jardin Albert Ier boasts sweeping lawns, leafy trees, fountains, a wonderful rose garden, playgrounds for the little ones and even a vintage carousel. During spring and summer, the venue becomes an open-air theatre, hosting concerts and even music festivals.
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