One Perfect Day in Nice

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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

One day in Nice Itinerary
One day in 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.

Flowers at Old Nice Market
Flowers at Old Nice Market
Old Nice Market
Old Nice Market

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.

Mattisse House in Nice
Matisse’s House

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.

City walk in Nice France
City walk in Nice France
City walk in Nice France

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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.

Lu Fran Calin in Nice France
Lu Fran Calin
Lu Fran Calin in Nice France
Lu Fran Calin

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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.

Castle Hill in Nice, France
Castle Hill
Beach views from Castle Hill in Nice, France
Views from Castle Hill
Castle Hill in Nice, France
Views from Castle Hill

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.

Waterfall at Castle Hill in Nice, France
Waterfall at Castle Hill

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?

View from Castle Hill in Nice
View from Castle Hill in Nice


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.

One day in Nice Itinerary
One day in Nice Itinerary


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.

Grand Hotel Le Florence in Nice France

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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One day in Nice Itinerary
One day in Nice Itinerary

Do you have any tips to add to this list? Have you been to Nice or is it somewhere that you’d like to visit? X

Big thanks to Nice Tourisme for hosting my visit.

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Comments (5)

  • Cala 5 years ago Reply

    Beautiful blog! I went to Nice and the castle and Yes, I took the STAIRS and enjoy it though it was not easy.
    thanks for sharing your experience!

    Taylor Hearts Travel 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks so much! Well done on also taking the stairs! :)

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  • Amy 5 years ago Reply

    Your photographs are stunning!
    I have only visited Nice once, a few years back when on a Cruise around the Mediterranean! We only stopped for a day, I’d love to return and stay longer at this wonderful city!

    Taylor Hearts Travel 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks so much! I hope you get to visit soon :)

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