Simultaneously relaxed and atmospheric, Nice's 'old quarter' is
a jumble of alleyways that wind between dwellings and other
buildings which date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Quaint independent shops, delicatessens and traditional bars and
restaurants dot these ancient streets, whilst the central square
hosts regular markets selling flowers and fresh local produce.
Parc du Château
On a hill overlooking the city, the Parc du Château (Castle
Park) can be reached by climbing a long flight of stone steps or by
taking the Château Lift at the hill's foot. Although little remains
of the sixteenth-century castle, the park offers fresh air and
unparalleled panoramic views of Nice and its coastline.
Promenade du Paillon
Providing an aesthetically pleasing link between the historic
and modern neighbourhoods of Nice, this brand-new promenade follows
the route of the city's underground river - the Paillon - and is a
beautiful and relaxing green space featuring lawns, trees,
sculptures and spectacular fountains.
On a rise to the north of central Nice and situated beside a
picturesque park, the Musee Matisse houses a collection of artworks
bequeathed to the city by the celebrated French artist Henri
Matisse with exhibits including paintings, sculptures, drawings,
engravings and illustrated books. The museum also hosts temporary
exhibitions by other artists.