A few weeks ago, my two friends and I set out for a weekend of fun in Nice, France. Palm trees, turquoise waters, and delicious French food – what more could a girl want?
Nice is the largest city in the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, bordering the Mediterranean, in southeastern France. It’s a perfect place for a quick getaway to relax, eat delicious food, and explore the beautiful Niçois culture. Here are some fun activities to do in Nice – and most of them are free!
Stroll along the pier
I’ve recently discovered that no matter where you go, you sometimes need a little spontaneity – walk around aimlessly, without a map or an itinerary, and discover as you go along. Luckily, Nice isn’t so big that you would get so lost you can’t find your way home. If you start walking towards the pier, there’s a ferris wheel that you can ride so you can get an aerial view of the city (€7) .
We strolled along the pier to admire the bright blue waters – as my friend Hope and I stood on the rocks to pose a photo, this huge wave crashed over the rocks and soaked us both entirely! While wet clothes are never comfortable, it made for a good laugh and a great photo. The next day, when the weather was nice and warm, we sat along the water, and it was surprisingly comfortable for the fact that its a rock beach instead of sand.
Take a photo with the #ILoveNice sign
If you walk to the very end of the pier, you’ll see a huge #ILoveNice sign on a cliff. There may be a few tourists milling around trying to get a photo, but there were benches nearby that we sat on and waited as the crowd thinned out so we could get a photo without anyone else in it. On the street across the boardwalk, there are a ton of cute restaurants and cafés with balcony seats where you can admire the view!
Climb up the Colline du Château (Castle Hill)
Near the I Love Nice sign, you’ll see a set of stairs that seem to go on forever, and tourists climbing the hill. It’s not as awful as it sounds (you definitely don’t need to wear any active gear to climb, as its only stairs!) and the view is worth it. You get a beautiful view of the city and the sea.
Keep on climbing!
I know you’re tired, but don’t stop at that little platform! Climb a little higher and you’ll stumble upon a beautiful waterfall. When the weather’s warm, and you’re a little sweaty from all the stairs, the cold mist feels great on your skin. There’s also a park at the top where children can run around and family and friends can picnic.
Explore «Vielle Ville»
Or better yet, try to pronounce it! This is Old Town Nice, where you’ll find colorful buildings, lots of restaurants with outdoor seating, great seafood, and a beautiful flower market. On the weekends, the market expands and they sell fresh vegetables, fish and trinkets as well. Don’t forget to admire the architecture as you walk around the entire city.
After all that walking, unwind with a glass of wine (Nice is known for its rosé), or have a nice meal as you people watch.
Enjoy the city come to life at night
The boardwalk is beautiful during the day, but it comes alive at night, as the sunsets and the twinkling lights come on. We went on this trip as 3 young women, and none of us felt unsafe walking around at night. That being said, no matter where you go, its always good to be safe and aware of your surroundings!
Have some delicious French food for dinner – I highly recommend getting seafood as you are right next to the water! My friend got a huge pot of mussels for a mere €14 and there were enough that you could split it between 2 people and still feel full and satisfied.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and if you’ve ever been or are planning to go to Nice, let me know what you think!