Located on the French Riviera, Nice has everything you need for a stunning weekend. It features sunrise, beautiful beaches, an interesting history, museums and a thriving restaurant scene.
In addition, it is a city for all budgets and more accessible than the charming neighbors of Cannes and Saint Tropez. While there are many things to do in Nice, there are some absolutely essential things to keep in mind if you are visiting for a limited time.
Here is my guide for 48 hours in Nice, France!
Buy in Antikythira and Anchorage
Nice is famous for the Antique District. It has more than 100 stables and is the third largest in France.
If you are looking for a deal, come back later. It's easier to beat prices from sellers.
The flower market in Cours Saleya is a must visit. Opening in 1897, it is full of brightly colored awnings, beautiful flowers as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.
Before leaving, try a "socca" for lunch. It's a delicious chicken flatbread and it goes extremely well with a glass of local wine.
Explore the neighborhood of Cimiez
If you are a fan of art, history and museums, give yourself enough time to explore Cimiez. It has a rich culture and is the ideal destination for the most famous artists in Europe.
Start with a visit to the Chagall Museum. The use of Picasso-inspired paint and glass-painted paintings is amazing.
Then head to the Roman ruins of Cemenelum that date back to the 1st century AD. Returning to your hotel, stop at the Franciscan monastery of the 16th century.
Enjoy the culture of jazz in Nice
Once home to F. Scott Fitzgerald's wild party in the 1920s, Nice has a strong jazz culture. After grabbing dinner, head to Shapko or B Spot.
They are the most popular jazz club in town and a great place to spend the night while relaxing with a glass of wine.
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Go to Castle Hill
After breakfast, walk through the streets of the Old Town to Castle Hill. It is the highest point of Nice and you will find the ruins of the former Chateau de Nice.
It's one of the best spots to get a beautiful panorama of the city down!
Spend the afternoon at Castel Plage Beach Club
No trip to Nice is complete without time on the beach. Castel Plage Beach Club is the perfect place to spend a few hours for your tan.
It's a little expensive but worth it!
You will get a food and drink service, an umbrella, a bed and a cabinet for 10 euros. Stay here for the sunset and watch the end of the day with cocktail styles.
Have a dinner at Vieille Ville
Vieille Ville is the charming old town of Nice. It is one of the best places to find authentic French cuisine in the city.
Book at Bistrot d Antoine. He is totally loved by the locals and is known for its delicious risotto, fish dishes and grilled meats.
For dessert, stop at the Fenocchio Ice Cream Shop. Choose from over 100 different flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, and even tomato and basil.
Daily excursions from Nice
Are not you inclined to climb a hill or wander around museums? Nice is just a stone's throw from the top destinations in France. Here are some day trips you can add to your 48 hours on the Nice Route:
Antibes: Antibes, located between Nice and Cannes, has 23 km of coastline overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Along with its pristine beaches, it is also known for its cultural heritage.
Monaco: Monaco is the second smallest country in the world and is full of charm. The country of the harbor is famous for luxury yachts, luxury casinos and five star hotels. It's the perfect day trip if you want to live the best things in life.
Cannes: With beautiful weather, all year round, locals and travelers flock to the beaches of Cannes. You can spend the day sunbathing, shopping in the luxurious boutiques or exploring the medieval castles.
The fascination and history of the old world meet luxury and seaside beaches in Nice. Live markets selling fresh flowers and fruit, award-winning restaurants, an incredible jazz scene and the art of sunshine all year round are only part of the reason that Nice covers all of their travel lists.
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