10 Free Things to Do in Nice, France

Nice is one of the most beautiful cities along the French Rivera and you can easily go on day trips to Monaco, St Tropez or Cannes as everything is very close by and easily accessible by bus or train. However, I recommend that you first explore the city of Nice for at least three days to really get a feel of the area and of life in the French Rivera.

In addition to the incredible setting and pleasant climate, Nice is a budget traveller’s paradise. The majority of the main attractions are free and contrary to popular belief you can save a lot of money when visiting this destination.

Here are our top 10 free things to do in Nice, France:

10 Free Things to Do in Nice, France

1. Cours Saleya

10 Free Things to Do in Nice, France

This is one of the most famous flower markets in the world and is a must-see while you are in Nice. It’s free to stroll around the flower market and the area is really the hubbub of Nice – with plenty of thriving cafes and outdoor seating arrangements. This is the place to go if you want to be seen!

2.    Stroll Along Promenade des Anglais

Come rain or shine the locals jog, cycle, rollerblade and walk along the promenade from one end to the other. This is a great spot to indulge in gelato, get a bit of exercise or even soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches.

3.    Relax in the Gardens

10 Free Things to Do in Nice, France

I love the laid-back atmosphere in Nice and there are many gardens and plazas where one can wonder around or simply sit on a bench and read a book. People are all walking, either on their own or with small dogs.

4.    Browse Tiny Shops 

10 free things to do in nice, france

One of the most memorable parts of my trip to Nice was seeing the gorgeous little boutiques on either side of the cobbled streets in the old town. I spent hours browsing the patisseries, butchers, boutiques and shoe shops in the old town. Be sure to try the famous French crepes and other delicacies on offer.

5.    Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art 

10 free things to do in nice, france

This is a fascinating museum ideal for modern art lovers. Expect artworks by Warhol, de Saint Phalle, Duchamp, Rauschenberg and more. Best of all, there is an incredible rooftop view overlooking the entire city.

6.    Matisse Museum

10 free things to do in nice, france

This one is for die-hard Matisse fans (otherwise you will easily tire) since museum doesn’t feature many famous works from this artist. Either way, it’s worth a trip if the weather is chilly and you want to keep warm. The surrounding area is also very beautiful and green and worth a stroll in the lovely gardens.

7.    The Russian Orthodox Cathedral

10 free things to do in nice, france

This Christian Orthodox cathedral is the largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe and was opened in 1912. Russian nobility used to frequent the area since the 1900’s and a need for a Russian Orthodox cathedral arose. In fact, Tsar Alexander II used to visit Nice by train in the 1800’s as he was attracted by the pleasant weather and beautiful scenery.

8. Castle Hill

10 free things to do in nice, france

Get your climbing shoes on and venture to the top of the Old Chateau (also called Castle Hill) for an incredible view of the promenade and the old buildings. Take a packed lunch or snack to eat when you reach the top.

9.    Explore the Port

10 free things to do in nice, france

The port is a vibrant area that draws locals and foreigners alike. There are many little restaurants and coffee shops where you can sit and watch boats go by. The colourful old buildings and attractive architecture of this area is captivating and on a beautiful day this surely is heaven.

10. Massena Museum

10 free things to do in nice, france

The Massena Museum is situated right on the promenade and in walking distance of the major sights in Nice. It is a fabulous museum that combines exquisite interior décor with quirky and fascinating artworks and artifacts detailing the history of the area. The museum is surrounded by a beautiful garden and it was built during 1898 to 1901. Although the museum is free to enter it’s worth paying for the English guidebook so you can read about each room as you venture inside.

We hope you enjoyed our blog post, 10 Free Things to Do in Nice, France. What other free attractions do you know of in this area? Tell us in the comments below. We’d love to have your input. 

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