In addition to good beaches and museums, Nice also offers an atmospheric street life. Among the sights the city offers, don’t miss 5 of the top attractions enjoyed by tourists:
Pommenade des Anglais
This 3 miles of walkway runs along the seafront and 8-lane highway and offers elegant hotels, galleries and shops that reflect Nice’s prosperity. It is popular for Sunday family strolls, bicyclists, skate-boarders and in-line skaters.
Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicholas
The cathedral’s exterior is pink brick and gray marble with intricate mosaics. Completed in 1912, its interior contains fine woodwork and beautiful icons. It was built to honor Grand Duke Nicolas Alexandrovitch who died in Nice when he was 20 years old, and offers some of the finest Russian art outside Russia. Admission is 3 euros for adults, 2 euros for students, and children 11 years old and younger pay no admission.
One of the main sights along the Promendade des Anglais, the Massena Palace is not only striking architecturally, its gardens were designed by Edouard Andre who also designed the gardens at Monte Carlo Casino. The former grand home is designed like an Italian villa similar to the Palais Lascaris, a 17th century stucco palace also close to the pommenade. Admission is free.
In addition to private art galleries and workshops, Nice has some twenty museums. Most are free except during special summer events. The Musée Matisse and Musée Chagall remain two of the most popular art museums.
With some 20 public beaches and 15 private beaches, there is literally a beach for everyone. Two of the public beaches, Centenaire and Carras, provide easier sea access for the physically challenged. Most of the private beaches also have restaurants and hotels. Private beaches charge an admission but provide showers, changing cubicle, parasols and mattresses from April to October.
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