Located on the French Riviera in France, on the Bay of Angels, Nice is the 5th largest city in France and the second tourist destination after Paris. Nice was the first city to receive tourists, as European royalty headed to its beaches in search of a quiet and relaxing environment. Today, the city continues to be one of the most favorite cities in the country.
If you are interested in visiting Nice, here are tourist locations other than the beach that you can visit.
- Henri Matisse Museum
Henri Matisse spent his last years in Nice. With the help of his assistant, Matisse makes large and colorful shapes and puts them together, and creates great works of art like The Snail. Some of these stunning works of art can be seen at the Matisse Museum, located in a 17th-century villa very close to the gardens des Arènes de Cimiez. This museum has the largest collection of artists and entry is free. After a visit to the museum, you can also explore and take a walk in the park.
- The Orthodox Cathedral of San Nicolas
The largest Orthodox cathedral in Europe is located outside Russia and is the most beautiful city building. The cathedral was built by order of the empress Maria Fedorovna in honor of her son Nikolai who died in Nice in 1865.
It took about 10 years to build. The dome and six crosses at the top of the cathedral are made of white marble. Today, the Cathedral also hosts a set of Russian artworks and in the basement of the building, you can find the city’s Museum of Russian Colonies.
- Nice Old Town
The Old Town of Nice is the oldest part of the whole of Nice. It has several narrow streets and pastel-colored houses with red roofs that look like fairy tales. The Old Town is the part of the city where you can still feel the traditional feel of Nice such as exploring the small churches and finding many kinds of shops around every corner.
In addition, in the old city, there are other places that you should not miss such as Square Saint François and its fish market, Sainte-Reparte Cathedral (the oldest church in Nice), and Rossetti square, The Nice Opera or the flower market.
- Museum of Contemporary Art
The museum has an amazing gallery of works by Andy Warhol or Lichtenstein as well as other French artists. Entry is free. In addition, here you can also find a monster statue from Loch Ness, a statue of Teté Carrée, Louis Nucera’s modern library, and the Acropolis.
- Lascaris Istana Palace
If you want to know what Nice was like during its heyday, you have to visit Lascaris Palace. From the outside, the Palace doesn’t look too big and was once owned by the noble family of Lascaris-Ventimiglia of Nice. The decoration inside is amazing, baroque-style architecture with some added mythological creatures. The best part is that entry is free.
- Massena Square
Masséna Square is considered the center of Nice. It was built in 1840 until it was renovated again in 2007. The square is famous for its charming statues of the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa. The artwork is called Conversation Nice and consists of a set of 7 statues with the shape of a person sitting like a squat 12 meters high and representing the 7 continents. These statues glow at night.
Nice is known for its beautiful beaches and year-round sunshine. However, the destinations above can give you a little info about tourism in Nice.