Let’s face it. One day in Nice is never going to feel enough. You’re always going to want to spend longer soaking up that gorgeous light that everyone talks about.
‘It’s just a different kind of light over there’, they say. It’s actually true. Within minutes you can see why artists flock here.
And so, if you’re tight on time, here’s how to spend one day in Nice.
A 1 Day Nice Itinerary
Wander round the city, making sure to include Old Nice.
Here you’ll find markets selling vibrant bouquets of pretty flowers. You’ll also find fruit and vegetable markets, as well as an antiques market once a week.
Snap Matisse’s House
The famous artist, Matisse, called 1 place Charles Félix home during some of the 1920s and early 1930s. The building isn’t open for public visits, but it’s an impressively elegant building and worth a picture or two. It’s pretty central so you won’t need to go off-track at all.
Nice somehow manages to blend old and new. Elegant, classy buildings with typically French shutters line the streets. However, just a short walk to the plaza and you’ll see Italian influences and modern arty touches.
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Pop to Lu Fran Calin for a welcoming feast. Sit out on the terrace watching the locals, sip on delicious French wine and gorge on The Plate ‘Degustation’.
It’s a generous platter of famous specialities from Nice, including the heavenly socca (looks like a chip, tastes much better and it’s probably healthier as it’s made from chickpea flour).
You didn’t hear it from me, but they also let you take home any food you can’t finish – something that’s practically unheard of in Nice.
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Afternoon at Castle Hill
Pay a visit to the aptly nicknamed Castle Hill, or Colline du Chateau. As the name suggests, it’s a pretty site that offers perfect views of the famous beach and more.
Make sure you take your camera with you as you’ll definitely want to snap away.
There’s a free lift (Cours Saleya) for those who can’t or don’t want to
enjoy endure the steps up to the top. You can go on foot from rue Rossetti, Montee Menica-Rondelly, or rue Catherine Segurane.
Aside from castle views, you’ll also find a lovely bit of greenery where groups of friends sunbathe, couples smooch on benches and quirky characters practice their tight-rope skills.
There’s a small cafe for refreshments and a pretty waterfall for more photos.
You’ll also find lots of little hedged lanes that lead to what feels like secret parts of a garden and great views of the harbour. Not bad for a free activity, eh?
If you like impressive settings and people-watching head to Le Plongeoir. Perched on the cliff edge, it offers gorgeous views of the water and traditional dishes.
If you like more contemporary dishes, head to Pure and V. The menu frequently changes, but centres on a lot of seafood.
Spend it on the rooftop of Le Meridien, sipping overpriced, but delicious cocktails.
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Where to Stay in Nice
If you’re looking for Nice hotels, head to this small boutique, with an adorable hotel pet and honey made by the local rooftop bees; Grand Hotel Le Florence.
And if you fancy a full on French affair, catch the train (it’s super easy, cheap and offers beautiful views of the coast) to nearby Cannes.
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And if you’re still not sure about visiting Nice, the fact that you can get return flights for less than £70 from the UK should persuade you…
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Big thanks to Nice Tourisme for hosting my visit.