The Promenade area in the city centre, the best area to stay in Nice
Nice is a particularly easy place to navigate yourself around with the city being very tourist friendly with an extensive range of signs and maps that are dotted all around the city centre and if not the Nice people will be more than happy to help you find your destination. The city centre is relatively relaxed and is one of the safest neighbourhoods in the city as well as being very well connected to all parts of the city like the airport and Old Town (Vieux Nice), which makes it particularly appealing for visitors.
One of the first things that tourists like to do when visiting the city is heading straight down to the Promenade des Anglais, which starts by Vieux Nice and takes you all the way south to the airport. This long path offers many things to see and do including various beaches, however most beaches aren’t sandy and are mostly full of large stones, so it would be best to take shoes and some form of padding though it is possible to swim and sunbathe still.
There are also numerous bars, restaurants and shops dotted along the waterfront, which do get busy during sunset and after hours. One of the main areas of the promenade is the Colline du Chateau, which is a park that hosts the ruins of a 12 th century castle and though there isn’t much to see in terms of the castle, the views over Nice and the harbour are a must as you are 90 metres high up. Another popular place along the waterfront is Parc Phoenix, which is home to a botanical garden that displays 2500 species of plants as well as some wildlife.
Other things in the city centre include the Museum of Asian Art, which showcases spectacular work from artists from this continent including Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian painters, sculptors and other various art forms. The Beaux-Arts Museum is another highly-praised museum and is where you will you see many 19 th and 20 th century pastels that were produced by Cheret, Monet, Rodin and Dufy. The city centre is also home to the Orthodoxy Cathedral, which is one of the most beautiful of its kind outside of Russia and is easily recognised with its collection of ornate onion-shaped domes.
The main shopping street is Jean Medecin Avenue and this is one of the most popular areas of the city, which is where you can check out street shops as well as various shopping malls and you can pick up books, games, films, designer clothes, food and much more. The same area is excellent for going out in as there are plenty of restaurants, pubs, clubs and hotels in the area, however if you have the money to spend, nothing beats the waterfront for these facilities.