Old Town
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This historic part of Nice feels like a medieval village with narrow streets curving between old buildings with red-tile roofs, small restaurants and open-markets.
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  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love these old towns in Europe
    Very nice old town in Nice, really enjoyed the vibe and atmosphere of area. Beautiful buildings with different types of building some with a lovely yellow, orange. Along with the narrow street, laneways, shops. Restaurants and bars makes it a must old town to explore.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Marilyn C
    Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mixture of the old and the new!
    We have been to Nice several times and have new experiences each time. Just walking in the old town is fascinating. Going into the churches and small museums that are often overlooked is wonderful. People are friendly and the food is French fantastic!
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Betsy L
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BEAUTIFUL MILD TORTURE
    The "Old City" is one of the main reasons to visit beautiful Nice, which is VERY hilly. One should bring along their legs of steel ! For those who love swimming or the Mediterranean, PLEASE know this : there is NO SAND ! That, to me, and many others, is something to consider. While usually smooth, these pebbles continue into the water of course. Many "locals" buy special shoes for the beach or swimming. It is , however, great to look at. Just be aware. Many beaches in Europe are like this. For those of us who love the smooth feel of sand, as it is present in SO many other places, this can feel like a form of mild torture !
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Christophe B
    Quebec City, Canada821 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Nice regardless of the # of tourists
    Absolutely beautiful area of Nice. Lots of charm and many good restaurants... but also many tourist traps so be aware. I can't give it a 5 stars rating because it is INCREDIBLY crowded. People walk on each other in the summer. Still, it's a must in Nice.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • 436Mimi
    London, United Kingdom230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to spend the day
    Nice market in the old town and the Little train that runs from the promenade to the top of the hill is well worth a visit. This quaint little market has so much to offer and is great for browsing. The Little train is a great way to see Nice as it takes you along the picturesque promenade up to the highest point (900m) above Nice from the old fort. At the top there is a cafe and opportunity for photos.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Alanah Reeve
    Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom477 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Authentic and timeless
    Such an authentic, timeless area of Nice which truly represents the french/ Italian influences. The buildings are beautiful and considering it is 'old town' we found it to be clean and well looked after (as opposed to other cities such as Gothic Quater Barcelona). There's lots of hidden shops and restaurants which aren't on the budget side but are very sweet and great for people watching. You could honestly get lost in the beauty of the small alleyways and streets.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,992 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Italian Flavor
    This is where I like to spend time. The area is not huge, so you can wander and see almost all of it in a short amount of time. The streets are narrow, usually lacking traffic, so it is peaceful. Wonderful architecture, echoing the Italian era. And you can do some shopping or sit in a cafe.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 February 2024
  • Maria K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip to Nice
    Stunning city beauty beach and people so friendly . Felt very safe walking at night . Best Western Plus hotel on 3 Rue de Belgique ideally located in centre of city
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 March 2024
  • Foodange
    Manchester, United Kingdom4,094 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get Lost in the Old Town
    We criss-crossed the old town many times, occasionally getting lost in the dozens of narrow streets. Such a lot to see, including museums, cafés, municipal buildings, music spots and more. It was the first sunny day for a while, so a lot of people about but never seemed that crowded. Could spend hours here .. and we did.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2024
  • GoPlaces76224
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to explore
    Love the old town, could walk around it for days without getting bored. Somewhere to stop off and grab lunch or enjoy a delicious glass of wine. Plenty of little shops to explore. A perfect way to waste a few hours or days.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 April 2024
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RamblingSpots
Milan, Italy30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020
The Old Town is the perfect place for a nice walk in the evening. If travelling with children, we do not recommend a late visit, as people start gathering in bars and clubs (and outside) creating scenarios that might be disturbing for kids. On the other hand, if you're not traveling with kids, this place might be ideal for a night of fun. You can have a nice dinner, drink and dance in one of the many restaurants, pubs and clubs of the Old Town.
Overall, we recommend a visit to this lovely place.
Written 10 March 2021
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Global_Soph
Lisbon, Portugal45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Family
The charming old town well make you want to live some type of Disney fairy tale character scene. The cute and charming narrow streets are extremely colorful with a restaurant in every direction and an Icecream shop in every corner. It’s incredible how many flavors they have. Tons of cute gift shops, the very beautiful Saleya Street Market and a long peaceful beach down the French Riviera near it all.
Written 6 January 2020
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ShellyLeon
Little Canfield, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We went to Nice for the Xmas Market. It was my first time visiting this area of France and I was not disappointed. The Old City is Beautiful and a great base to explore. We visited Monaco on a day trip, we took the coastal route by bus which took about an hour and cost 1 Euro 50 Cents! The Xmas Market was not as big as we imagined, however the City has so much to do and see you will be kept more than occupied! I would love to return in the summer!
Written 20 December 2022
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AEXCELL
Sydney, Australia524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Vieux Nice is the city’s vibrant old town, with narrow cobblestone streets and pastel-hued buildings where shops sell Niçoise soaps and Provençal textiles, plus meats and cheeses. A daily market on pedestrian street Cours Saleya offers produce and flowers, and busy pubs and outdoor eateries serving specialties like socca crepes dot the area. Leafy, hilltop Parc de la Colline du Château has grand city and sea views
Written 21 April 2021
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Aquarius
San Jose, CA33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
Lovely charming old town that one can get lost wandering for hours. There is a hike on top that offers the panoramic views with blue ocean and red roof houses that look like postcards. The town has a very relaxing vibes with small French pastries shops. Feel like time standing still or going back in time when in Nice. The name suits the town perfectly. Highly recommended this part of France.
Written 13 August 2021
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Allan H
Lutterworth, UK2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Parking near Nice Old Town. We parked at Parkazur at 66 Rue de Roquebilliere, 06300. You don’t get a ticket as you drive in, you pay at the machine on the ground floor. It was 3 euros for parking!, and 5 euros each for an all day tram/ bus pass. Tram line one outside the garage to Garibaldi then we walked a short walk down to the port. Left at the statue. When you return,you exit by inserting the tram ticket, not the car park ticket. Otherwise great.
Written 10 November 2021
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TredaTraveller
Dublin, Ireland22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
The narrow cobblestone streets and pastel-hued buildings, little shops that sell Nicoise soaps, straw hats and souvenirs, colourful market and wonderfull churches and cafe restuarants all set against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains gives this place it's DNA. Just gorgeous. Loved it!
Written 7 September 2021
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dvorac4
USA690 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
One asepct of Nice's old town that makes it particularly special is that it is authentic - real people live and work here. It's not just a medieval museum of windy streets and tiny alleys and old architecture and amazing churches. It's replete with history and is a delight through which to walk, especially when the tourists are not yet there and when they have left for the day. By day, it's very different than in the evening. During the day, shops are open with displays of product in the pedestrian street areas; at night, when shops are closed, they are barricaded shut and you would never know anything at all was there - no glass shop windows that just go dark after closing time. It can be like two different worlds - and navigation then is a bit more challenging! There are so many little hidden bars that you only find late in the evening. Find your way everywhere and explore.
Written 24 January 2020
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Jurora
Peterborough, Canada605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
Hubby and I headed out of our hotel, to go to Old Town, to see what it was about. We had no plan, and just walked along the Boulevard, and turned up a street in the Old Town section. We came across Rue St. Francoise de Paule, and walked along that. To our surprise, we came across a large street sale of antiques, collectibles, and jewellery, which stretched quite aways. There were so many tables and booths to explore. The sale continued in another area, off that main street. This was held on a Monday, so not sure if it is held just on this day. My hubby went off exploring other streets and the Sea area, while I continued on this street, looking in the lovely 3 souvenir stores. I went back and forth amoungst them, to see what they offered first before buying, and to see if similar items were lesser at one or the other. I later headed along a street looking for lunch and came across the Fontaine du Soleil with the Apollo Statue, which was popular with picture-takers. I wished I had more time to see many more streets of Old Town!
Written 14 May 2024
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RachelleCM
Rome, Italy43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The old section of the city is somewhat small, but packed with all kinds of shops where you can find whatever you like – clothes, jewelry, pottery, local sweets, wines, coffee, herbs and spices…you name it! There are churches, the Palais Lascaris Museum (a 17th century building with portraits and more than 500 musical instruments – the second largest collection in France), a flower market, bars and restaurants of all kinds, and lovely rust and ochre colored buildings that wind around, leading to the Nice Cathedral. And it’s within easy walking distance of Castle Hill, a park with a waterfall and fantastic views. It is a must-see if you’re in the city.
Written 20 February 2022
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