With a wealth of grandiose architecture, enviable collection of world-class museums and vibrant local markets, Nice is worth dedicating plenty of time to on a trip to South of France. And then there’s the city’s idyllic position, looking out over the Mediterranean waters, amid the glamorous coastal towns of the French Riviera. Our pick of the best things to do in Nice takes in a selection of the sites this city is most celebrated for.
With a history of being a popular retreat for the European Elite and revered artists, Nice is known for its deep-rooted art scene. Having once been resident here, Henri Matisse is celebrated through the works on display at Musée Matisse, which is one of the largest collections on his work worldwide. And another artist that the focus falls on is Marc Chagall; the Musée Marc Chagall contains over 400 of his paintings and drawings, with a religious thread running through the collection. The Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, also known as MAMAC, then focuses on European and American works spanning the decades from the 1950s onwards. From here, art lovers can move onto the Musée de Beaux-Arts de Nice, which – located in a mansion that was built in 1878 by a Ukrainian princess – brings together paintings and sculptures originating from the years between the 16th and 20th centuries.