Nice, France is a beautiful small city full of charm and with big city amenities. If you only have one day to visit, you’ll be able to enjoy a great deal of this beautiful place.
This itinerary will ensure that you hit the highlights of the city. But make sure to also leave some time for if you want to stop for lunch, browse the shops or swim at the beach.
We visited during Thanksgiving days, for our 3 Week Trip to Europe, which made it a perfect quick stop to spend the day.
One Day In Nice, France
We arrived in Nice at night from La Spezia/ Cinque Terre. Since it was already late, we only had time to enjoy a quick dinner, therefore I won’t be counting this day on the itinerary. We did however, enjoy a quick stroll through the city to get familiar with the area. We also met with a few friends that live here, so we went for a few drinks with them.
The next morning, since for us it was Thanksgiving day, we decided to sit down for a nice breakfast. We found a very nice restaurant by out hotel, which was also close to the main street.
Once we were done, we started our journey by walking the main street towards the old town. On the main street (Avenue Jean Medecin) you can visit the Notre-Dame de Nice. You can also shop around at the stores, although they can be a bit expensive.
Some places of interest when walking the Old town are: Palais Lascaris, Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and others. You can make your way to the Cours Saleya Market to grab some fresh fruits, vegetables and local goods for the day.
Next, enjoy a walk or bike ride to the beach on the Promenade des Anglais, and enjoy the view on the pebbled beach. Enjoy the snack that you got from the market. You can have a quick lunch here if you started your day a little later. Depending on the weather, you can take a refreshing swim. We visited in November so it was a bit cold.
After admiring the coast at sea level, you can head up to Castle Hill. You have the choice of taking the elevator or stairs. Some of us took the elevator, and two others took the stairs.
Once you reach the top, you can find several spots to admire and photograph this beautiful view of Nice and the Mediterranean Sea. There is no actual castle here though. It was destroyed in 1706.
We then headed back down, and right across from where you take the elevator, you can find the #ILOVENICE sign. This is a perfect spot to take some great pictures with the water and city view in the background.
After that, we made our way back toward Place Massena to see the Fountain du Soleil. We also passed by the Mirror of Water, which is a great spot for kids to play and adults to relax under a tree or on a bench. The jets can spray at any time. It is also a beautiful spot to visit at night.
We then made our way back to the hotel to get ready for our Thanksgiving dinner, however, you can go straight to a nice restaurant for yours. We had dinner at La Femme Du Boulanger. This places was a bit pricey, but it was definitely worth it. Plus, it was a special night.
Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the hotel. We had an early train to Barcelona the next day.
Watch this video to see more of our quick but enjoyable trip to Nice, France.
Things to know about your trip to the Cinque Terre:
Tip # 1: Visit during slow season. We visited in November, so we were able to see a lot because the crowd wasn’t too busy. However, if you visit during peak season, you will find a bigger crowd. The only downside of visiting during slow season is that you won’t be able to jump in the water.
Tip # 2: Make sure you start your trip bright and early, this will allow you to enjoy the city a lot more if you only have one day.
Tip # 3: Do not squeeze too many things in. If you have the time, great. Do it! But if you are going during peak season, then try to schedule your time for transportation. Also, leave some space for spontaneous things.
Tip # 4: Prepare some snacks and water for when you are out. Try to purchase them at markets near your hotel. This will save you tons because it will help you avoid buying something to eat in every corner. Do enjoy the local food, of course. We tried to always get a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. We were able to save money and time this way. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.
Tip # 5: Look for a place to stay that is close to the train station (if you are going from city to city), or local metro for easier transportation and less walking. Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting.
Tip # 6: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.
Tip # 5: Although it wasn’t such a big problem here, be aware of pickpockets, or people asking you to sign anything, to look at something. Keep your bags tight while walking or taking the train.
Tip # 6: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.
However, there is a lot more to see and do in Nice. You’ll want to visit again or even want to stay for another day. I hope that this itinerary helped you get an idea of things that you can do during your visit to Nice, France. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe Trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.
Here are the recommended Itineraries for my trip: