Are you going on a weekend, a holiday or for your honeymoon on the French Riviera and would like to visit Nice in 1 day? Well, if you want to know how to discover the must-see places of Nice in 1 day, here is a tour to do on foot to discover the most beautiful places of Nice!
In fact, this walking itinerary (see map below) gives you the possibility to make a loop around the most beautiful monuments of Nice but at a slow rythm that leaves you time to enjoy the atmosphere and relax breaks.
1 Day Nice Tour – My must-see list
There are many thematic tours to visit Nice on foot (see on the official website of the Tourist Office), but the one that I propose here only includes the must-see sites of Nice, in other words only sites that seem to me the most interesting to visit in 1 day. To take advantage of a quiet walk, here is the list of these must-sees that I have programmed for my Nice in 1 day tour:
- The Promenade des Anglais
- The Palace of the Mediterranean
- The Negresco
- The Masséna Museum and its garden
- St. Peter’s Church in Arena
- The Alsace-Lorraine garden
- Masséna Square
- The Saleya Court
- Bellanda Tower
- Castle Hill
- The Old City of Nice
Nice in 1 day – Itinerary map of the must-sees
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Nice in 1 day – Visits of my itinerary
Nice walking tour – Promenade des Anglais
It is by the most famous address of Nice that my tour starts. The Promenade des Anglais dates back to 1822 and was made thanks to Pastor Lewis Way. This one launches a subscription to the rich English people of Nice in order to help the people of Nice without work by building a 2 m wide road from Le Paillon to rue Meyerbeer.
Nice walking tour – Mediterranean Palace
Dating back to 1929, the Mediterranean Palace was the 3rd largest historical casino in Nice after the Casino Municipal and the Casino de la Jetée-Promenade. Today, it is a must in Nice for its listed façade and its Art Deco architecture.
Nice walking tour – The Negresco
Perhaps as well known around the world as the Promenade des Anglais, the Negresco is a magnificent palace that dates back to 1912. Completely renovated in 1957, their new directors, the Augier couple, have restored the Negresco to its former prestige and international renown.
Nice walking tour – Masséna Museum and its garden
The Masséna museum is housed in a superb Belle Époque villa dating from 1878. This museum tells the history of Nice from the 19th century to the end of the 1930s. It houses emblematic works such as Napoleon’s death mask or Josephine’s diadem.
Itinerary Nice on foot – Garden Alsace-Lorraine
This beautiful park, which dates back to 1885, is located in the heart of Nice and extends over one hectare.
Itinerary Nice on foot – Square Masséna
Too beautiful, too elegant, too colorful… I love this place with its red facades and arcades. Located in the center of the city, it is a high place of gathering of the inhabitants of Nice and the famous Nice Carnival.
Continuing towards the circuit in the direction of Cours Saleya, don’t miss to admire the facade of the Opera of Nice.
Nice walking itinerary – Cours Saleya
Cours Saleya is the main pedestrian street in Old Nice. This esplanade runs from the lower part of the castle hill to the area around the opera house. It is a very lively and animated place of Nice with many cafes and restaurants. It is here that you will find the famous Nice flower market!
After the Galerie de la Marine, you will find 2 covered passages leading to the beach. You will have to go along the Quai des Etats-Unis to a small square.
After crossing the Ponchettes street, you will find stairs (Montée Lesage) to go to the hill of the Château. The less courageous can take an elevator to go up to the Castle.
Nice Walking Route – Tower Bellanda
The Bellanda Tower is located on the castle hill. From here, you will have a panoramic view of all Nice and the Baie des Anges.
Itinerary Nice on foot – Castle Hill
Built in the 17th century, the citadel went around the whole city. By the winding stairs, you will go up to a waterfall and cross the magnificent 19-hectare park from where you will have a view overlooking the city.
Itinerary Nice on foot – Old town
The Old-Nice is the oldest part of the city of Nice but also one of the most lively. With its charming little streets, its colourful facades, its many shops (sale of olives, spices, flowers, Provencal fabrics, souvenirs), the old town of Nice attracts tourists and artists too. At night, this is the place to go out. Indeed, its narrow streets are lined with restaurants, pubs and nightclubs.
Holidays in Nice – Hotel recommended
For holidays or a short stay in Nice, I advise you to take a hotel well placed in the city center and this in order not to lose time in transport. My good plan is the Mercure Nice Marché aux fleurs.
This hotel is ideally located on the Promenade des Anglais, close to the Flower Market and convenient to visit the old town of Nice. Moreover, car parks are located near the hotel. In short, an ideal location at an unbeatable price for Nice!
You want to come to Nice with your dog?
Here is my article: Nice with dog
And to continue the city tours of South of France,
here it is: Marseille in 2 days