What to do in Nice, from the best beaches, great walks, bicycling, hiking, and more…

Parasol-covered beach in NiceBest Beaches in Nice Public beach or private beach? The best beaches in Nice for water sports, dining, cocktails, hipsters, families with kids, and the best beach deals if you’re on a budget.

Outside of Nice, the Best Beaches on the French Riviera, almost all easily accessible along the local train line.

JellyfishSwimming in Nice  For sea swimmers: jellyfish predictors and strategies, where to find jellyfish-free zones, and an odd celebrity encounter with a Riviera jellyfish.  For pool swimmers: the best rooftop hotel pools, but also the best open-air public pool with a miniscule entry fee and a million euro view.

Giant whale climbing structure for kidsWhat to do in Nice with Kids  So many ideas, you’re bound to find something!  Best playgrounds, water fun, animals adventures, kid culture, and unexpected amusements.


Unlike Monaco or Cannes, Nice is not known for its spas, so I set out to find the Best Deal For a Spa Day in Nice based on use of the spa facilities, a 1-hour massage, and lunch… and the result was a surprise!



map of old NiceWalking Tours are a great way to discover the secret places and surprising stories of Nice.  Nice walking tours in English range from free (true!) to just a few euros (sponsored by the city), to pricier private tours, and from overall history to themed walking tours on every subject.


Path around Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Self-Guided Walks and Hikes  From Nice there are many stunning (and easy) seaside walks you can do on your own… just look for the signs ‘sentier du littoral’ which means coastal walking path.  Besides the coastal trails, you can explore the Islands off Cannes, or walk between counties on a scenic trail from France to Italy.  And then there are the mountain hikes!


Runner on the Prom

Running in Nice  For casual joggers to serious runners, Nice has got you covered with an miles of running trails and an impressive slate of running events all year long.



Bike wheel with shadowBicycling in Nice  Take an easy guided bicycle tour, design your own self-guided velo-bleu day for 1€, or take a more serious tack with city and mountain bike rentals with a bike path map and some websites with suggested itineraries for all levels.  And finish in one of Nice’s coolest cycle-cafés.


Yoga in the shade

Open-air Yoga Classes in Nice, in English! What could be more zen than to ‘greet the sun’ with the smell of the sea air and the sound of the pounding waves?


Weekend Wine Country Shuttle  The hills behind Nice boast an award-winning wine-growing region with 11 wineries.  This summer the city is trying out a weekend wine shuttle to facilitate winery visits and tastings.  Departing from the Magnan tram stop, it has 5 stops with access to 6 wineries:  Chateau Bellet, Domaine de la Source, Domaine de Vinceline, Collet de Bovis, Chateau de Cremat, and Clos Saint-Vincent.  In service only on Fridays and Saturdays from July through August, it starts at 10am and each loop takes 1 hour and 20 minutes.  The cost is the same as a regular bus ride, but since you will be getting on and off, best to buy the bus day-pass.

Ski resort map for the Alpes MaritimesSkiing near Nice   In the winter you can be in the snow in less than 2 hours from Nice.  Here are the best ski resorts as voted by local skiers, what each resort is most known for, how to get to each one from Nice, and links to each.


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Photo credits: Yoga under the Chateau Arches by Eunoia Lune Yoga, all other photos by Best of Nice

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