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Nice Off the Beaten Path

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Nice is a wonderful, vibrant city, and there's always something new to do, see, or try. However, away from the bustling city center with its flower markets and street performers, and far from the hub of Vieille Ville, Nice has a number of fantastic sites that often go overlooked. In this guide, find out about some of Nice's best views and vistas; the classes and tours which give visitors first-hand cultural insight; and the parks, clubs, and getaway spots that locals favor. Get off the beaten path, and enjoy another side of Nice!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Sentier du Littoral

Other Outdoor Activities

Cuisine sur Cours atelier gastronomique

Cooking Classes

Parc de Valrose

Parks

eBike the French Riviera

Wine Tours & Tastings , Cultural Tours, Bike Tours

Grape Tours in Provence

Private Tours, Wine Tours & Tastings

Parc Castel-des-deux-Rois

Parks

Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur

Observatories & Planetariums

Centre Rinascita Ayurveda et Panchakarma

Spas

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

Historic Sites, Speciality Museums

Jazz Comedie Club

Jazz Clubs & Bars

Madison S's City Tips

  • All bus tickets allow for multiple transfers up to 74 minutes. Check out bus routes in advance, as this can sometimes allow you to visit multiple stops on your list.
  • Be aware that pickpocketing is a major crime in Nice, sp do keep your items secure and avoid the seafront late at night to say safe.
  • Nice has a public bicycle rental scheme called Velo Bleu. Stations are found all over the city, and subscriptions are inexpensive. Plus, all rides under 30 minutes are free.
  • Sentier du Littoral
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Madison S Says:

    The walk along Sentier du Littoral offers spectacular views from a coastal pathway. Far off the beaten trail of the Promenade des Anglais, take in the sight of Nice's craggy cliffs and sturdy shores, away from the bustle of the city center. Highlights of the walk include a view of picturesque Villefranche Bay, as well as a glimpse at some of Nice's most gorgeous waterfront homes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Doing the entire walk will take a few hours for the round trip. To view Villefranche Bay from the other side of the walk, take the set of staircases that pops up along the main path.
    • If you plan to take the Sentier du Littoral for more than half an hour, be sure to carry water and sunscreen, and wear a sturdy pair of shoes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 103 Outdoor Activities in Nice
    • Pathway Along the Sea 05/06/2019
    • A pleasing walk(provided, the weather is favourable) 28/04/2019
    • Sentier du Littoral
    Address:
    Sentier du Littoral
    06300 Nice
    France
    Other:
  • Cuisine sur Cours atelier gastronomique
    Cooking Classes
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    Madison S Says:

    At Cuisine sur Cours, cooking classes are taken to the next level. Enjoy a trip to a local market in Nice to learn the basics of French shopping. See which vegetables are fresh, and what ingredients are in season, and then head back to the school's modern kitchen, where you will turn those fresh and local finds into a three-course meal. The chefs are helpful, offering you tips, tricks, and detailed recipes, while allowing you free-reign with putting together your own dishes. Naturally, the entire event ends with the best part: actually eating what you've made!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The entire class from start to finish takes 5-6 hours.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 26 Classes & Workshops in Nice
    • Excellent Cookery and English Lesson rolled into one 22/10/2018
    • Fantastic Experience 17/10/2018
    • Cuisine sur Cours atelier gastronomique
    Address:
    75 avenue Alfred Borriglione
    Quartier Borriglione
    06100 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 96 17 29
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$20
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Tue
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Wed - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Parc de Valrose
    Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    Located at the current Science Faculty of the University of Nice Sophia, Park Valrose is a scenic location designed in the Gothic tradition. A stunning chateau sits in the middle of this enchanting park, which features cascading waterfalls, hidden sculptures, fountains, caves, and even a duck pond. A tranquil and photogenic spot unlike anywhere else in Nice, many of its materials were imported from Odessa, while its artistic license was imported from a bygone era. A great spot to relax and take in the beauty.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Note that the Parc is closed on weekends, as its openings coincide with the University it is now a part of.
    • While the Parc offers free entry, the Chateau Valrose cannot be visited, as it is currently in use by the University.
    • A kiosk by the entrance to the Parc provides cheap and quick lunches that can be enjoyed within the Parc itself.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #107 of 199 things to do in Nice
    • It is the University campus not open to public 20/10/2018
    • Not a tourist attraction 24/06/2017
    • Parc de Valrose
    Address:
    Avenue Saint-Lambert
    06200 Nice
    France
  • eBike the French Riviera
    Wine Tours & Tastings , Cultural Tours, Bike Tours
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    Madison S Says:

    On this multi-hour tour of the French Rivera, take in some of the coastline's most breathtaking views. Nice shows off its most photogenic side at coveted sights such as Mount Byron, while the peaceful pathways allow visitors to enjoy the fresh air and temperate weather. The best feature are eBike's humorous and informative guides, who provide details of the city's history and culture, as well as the bikes themselves, which offer a slightly easier ride than regular bicycles, making the trip more relaxing.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tours can be done privately or within a group, and can cater to the interests and skill levels of all participants. Feel free to chat with your guide ahead of time to plan!
    • As these tours can be popular, especially during spring and summer; book one ahead of your trip to avoid disappointment.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 103 Outdoor Activities in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Riviera e bike tour 25/09/2019
    • Great outing, great value 22/09/2019
    • eBike the French Riviera
    Address:
    1 rue du Pontin
    06300 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 9 86 65 75 17
    Price range:
    US$66 - US$66
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Grape Tours in Provence
    Private Tours, Wine Tours & Tastings
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    Madison S Says:

    Explore local vineyards with Nice Wine Tours. This is off the beaten path not only for Nice, but for wine enthusiasts in general: small, local vineyards provide tastings of incredibly unique vintages and blends, with flavors that beckon to be explored! If you're really into wine, or just want to get to know the countryside a bit more, this tour is a lovely way to see some natural beauty, meet welcoming hosts, learn about Nice's landscapes, and enjoy a day out.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Your tour includes a guide who will lead you around one to three vineyards (depending on your schedule), each with its own tasting. A picnic lunch can also be included in the tour.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 42 Food & Drink in Nice
    • balloon ride for 2 22/11/2018
    • Amazing! 15/11/2018
    • Grape Tours in Provence
    Address:
    Rue Emmanuel Philibert
    06300 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 6 17 81 02 07
    Price range:
    US$182 - US$182
    Other:
  • Parc Castel-des-deux-Rois
    Parks
    Madison S Says:

    Parc Castel-des-deux-Rois is a lovely local park that is especially inviting for families and picnickers. The park itself features play areas, jungle gyms, and a water park play area to delight children; while adults can enjoy the expanse of grassy lawn, panoramic views, and picnic tables. It is a popular barbecue spot, especially on weekends.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Parc has both free entry and free parking.
    • If you or others traveling with you plan to use the water play area, do remember to bring a bathing suit, towel, and possibly a change of clothes!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 199 things to do in Nice
    • A simple but clean and tidy park 12/10/2018
    • Excellent park for small kids 01/08/2018
    • Parc Castel-des-deux-Rois
    Address:
    Corniche Andre de Joly
    06300 Nice
    France
  • Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur
    Observatories & Planetariums
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    Madison S Says:

    The tranquil views of Nice's sandy shores and dockyards from Cote d'Azur Observatory are paralleled only by the astronomy equipment the site has on offer. The grand observatory with its mega telescope looks at once both futuristic and ancient, immediately capturing the imagination of its visitors. Away from the noise and havoc of the main walks and squares below, Nice from on high is both peaceful and stunning, but the Cote d'Azur Observatory also inspires you to look upwards, at the sky.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • All of the information at the site regarding the equipment is in French. Unfortunately, there are no translations offered.
    • There is an elevator by the base of the hill the Observatory is on, which can be used instead of climbing to the top.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 199 things to do in Nice
    • Definitely worth a visit 25/12/2018
    • Ideal for a nice break 26/08/2018
    • Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur
    Address:
    Boulevard de l_Observatoire
    06304 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 92 00 30 11
    Hours:
    Wed
    2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Other:
  • Centre Rinascita Ayurveda et Panchakarma
    Spas
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    Madison S Says:

    Centre Rinascita provides a much-needed break from work-related stress (and tourism-related sore backs and aching feet!) The center offers Ayurvedic massages, a therapeutic body wellness ritual aimed at reducing stress and helping to relieve a number of medical conditions. The massages utilize oils, herbs, and steady breathing, all in tandem with the strong hands of the massage therapist. Lie back, relax, and let your worries be kneaded away.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Visit their website for pricing and packages.
    • The masseuses at the center speak fluent English.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 75 Spas & Wellness in Nice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best massage in Nice 31/08/2019
    • The father of all massages 06/06/2019
    • Centre Rinascita Ayurveda et Panchakarma
    Address:
    8 avenue Shakespeare
    06000 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 71 24 42
    Other:
  • Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
    Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The spectacular beauty of the Villa and Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild is unparalleled on this list. The stately manor home with bay views and nine sprawling gardens - featuring man-made ponds, rock gardens, and rose-laden archways - feels like a world unto itself. Inside the house with its vaulted halls, visitors can find costumes and artifacts pertaining to the history of the area, and the family that once occupied the Villa.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Book a table for lunch under the parasols on the Villa's outer terrace, and enjoy a relaxed meal at their Salon de Thé.
    • The Villa's audio guide is very informative and recommended for first-time visitors.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beutiful seaside villa 16/10/2019
    • A beautiful place to visit, la Belle Époque gone by 13/10/2019
    • Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
    Address:
    1 avenue Ephrussi de Rothschild
    06230 St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 01 33 09
    Other:
  • Jazz Comedie Club
    Jazz Clubs & Bars
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    Madison S Says:

    If you're looking for a quirky night out, Jazz Comedie Club has you covered. Evenings are enlivened with jazz quartets and live blues singers, riffing off songs in English and delivering French punchlines. Every seat in the house comes with a view, and as the club is warm and intimate, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with other musical guests. Offbeat humor, soulful music, and surprisingly good tapas await anyone who decides on a night out here.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Many of the front row seats become pre-booked, so pop over in advance of your night out to reserve a spot, if desired.
    • Acts change nightly, so you will have to check in advance to see whether the majority of a show will be in English or in French on any given night.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 18 Concerts & Shows in Nice
    • UPCOMING at the JCC and also SO SAD 26/03/2014
    • Friendly,Comfy,Good views 18/02/2014
    • Jazz Comedie Club
    Address:
    8 rue Scaliero
    06300 Nice
    France
    Phone:
    +33 4 93 14 34 28
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Other:
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