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I spent three days in the French Riviera on my recent trip to Europe. I went with my friend Rachel who is currently living in Amsterdam. Our home base was Nice. We were here Saturday through Monday night of Easter weekend. I was worried that everything would be closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, but it really wasn’t a problem at all. We spent two days in Nice, with our third day on a day trip from Nice to Eze and Monaco. Two days in Nice was plenty, and it could possibly be done in even just one day! These were my favorite things we did while in Nice.

Streets of Nice

Church in Nice

Walk, bike, or run along the Promenade de Anglais

The Promenade de Anglais is a wide promenade that goes along the ocean for 7 km. It’s been around since the 1800s! It is the perfect location to soak up some sun while being active.

Sunset on Promenade de Anglais

Sunset on Promenade de Anglais

Promenade de Anglais

Climb up Castle Hill

If you want to get the best view in Nice, climb up Castle Hill. When we started the climb, I expected there to be a small lookout, overlooking the bay. However, it is actually fairly big at the top, with a park, concession stand, souvenir shop, and playground for kids. There are panoramic lookouts on both sides, where you can see both the bay on one side and the port on the other. On your way down, make sure to check out the huge waterfall called Cascade Dijon. If you don’t want to climb up all of the stairs, there is an option to take an elevator up!

Melissa at top of Castle Hill

Melissa and Rachel at top of Castle Hill

Nice coast

Nice Port

Cascade Dijon

See the glowing statues in Place Massena

This is the main square of the city. It was right in between Old Town and our Airbnb, so we walked through here a lot. Most of the square is pedestrian-only, with the tram going through along with a couple cross roads. There are seven statues atop very tall poles that glow different colors in the night time. They are meant to represent the seven continents and communication between societies around the world.

Place Massena

Place Massena

Play in the fountains at the Promenade du Paillon

These fountains are really close to Place Massena, inside of a park. There were tons of kids running through the fountains when we walked through.

Water fountains in Nice

Eat in Old Town

Old Town is where most of the touristy action is in Nice. There are tons of restaurants and bars all around. Nice has a huge Italian influence — it’s only about 30 km from the border and for many years, Nice was under Italian control. In 1861 it officially became part of France. You will notice this when walking through the streets of Old Town. The architecture looks Italian and the majority of restaurants are Italian. That’s okay with me! Don’t worry, there is still wine and cheese everywhere!

Old Town Nice

Mussels!

Old Town Nice

View from our table

Old Town Nice

Hang out on the beach

Nice’s beach is gorgeous and even though the temperatures while we were here was in the high 60s F (still a bit chilly for me to sunbathe), there were lots of people laying on the pebbly beach and even a few taking a dip in the ocean! We lounged here our last afternoon and the warm sun lulled me into a deep sleep.

Pebbles on Nice beach

Flower and food market at Cours Saleya

There is a large market on weekends that has lots of fresh produce and other foods, flowers, plants, and souvenirs. We got some fruit here our first morning for breakfast and walked a few minutes to the Promenade to eat on a bench. On Mondays, they have a flea market in this same location. We walked through that on our last day.

Take a picture with the “I Love Nice” sign(s)

There are two – one at Place Massena and one on the coast by Castle Hill. They are pretty much always surrounded by crowds of people, so get there early if you want a solo picture! They replaced the hashtag sign when we were there with a giant Easter egg on Easter Sunday.

I Love Nice sign

Try a macaron at LAC

LAC is a pastry shop that has every flavor macaron you could possibly think of. I got a few as a snack our last afternoon and had no regrets!

LAC in Nice

Get drinks at Les Distilleries Ideales

This is such a cool bar that was packed with people when we came here our second night. We had both eaten a large lunch and weren’t starving for dinner, so we split a carafe of wine and a mixed charcuterie board. Magnifique!

Charcuterie and wine

Eat Gelato at Fenocchio

Last but not least, get some gelato at Fenocchio, the ultra-popular gelato shop with a couple locations in Old Town. I got the Nutella and it was amazing!

Gelato


See my video below on my trip to Nice and Amsterdam!


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