Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Nice

Vieux Nice

Getting lost among the dark, narrow, winding alleyways of Nice’s old town is a highlight. The layout has barely changed since the 1700s, and it’s now packed with delis, restaurants, boutiques and bars, but the centr…
Top Choice Architecture in Nice

Promenade des Anglais

The most famous stretch of seafront in Nice – if not France – is this vast paved promenade, which gets its name from the English expat patrons who paid for it in 1822. It runs for the whole 4km sweep of the Baie des…
Top Choice Architecture in Roquebrune-Cap Martin

Cabanon Le Corbusier

The only building French architect Le Corbusier (1887–1965) ever built for himself is this rather simple – but very clever – beach hut on Cap Martin. The cabanon (small beach hut), which he completed in 1952, became…
Top Choice Gardens in Nice

Parc du Château

For the best views over Nice’s red-tiled rooftops, climb the winding staircases up to this wooded outcrop on the eastern edge of the old town. It’s been occupied since ancient times; archaeological digs have reveale…
Top Choice Museum in Nice

Musée Masséna

Originally built as a holiday home for Prince Victor d’Essling (the grandson of one of Napoleon’s favourite generals, Maréchal Massena), this lavish belle-époque building is another of the city’s iconic architectura…
Top Choice Gallery in Menton

Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman

Art collector Séverin Wunderman donated some 1500 Cocteau works to Menton in 2005 on the condition that the town build a dedicated Cocteau museum. And what a museum Menton built: this futuristic, low-rise building i…
Top Choice Gallery in Nice

Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain

European and American avant-garde works from the 1950s to the present are the focus of this museum. Highlights include many works by Christo and Nice’s New Realists: Niki de Saint Phalle, César, Arman and Yves Klein…
Gallery in Nice

Musée Matisse

This museum, 2km north in the leafy Cimiez quarter, houses a fascinating assortment of works by Matisse, including oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, tapestries and Matisse’s famous paper cut-outs. The permanent c…
Historic Building in Beaulieu-sur-Mer & St-Jean-Cap Ferrat

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

An over-the-top, belle-époque confection, this villa was commissioned by Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild in 1912. She was an avid art collector and the villa is filled with Fragonard paintings, Louis XVI fu…
Historic Site in Grande Corniche

Trophée des Alpes

Perched on a hilltop just outside Monaco that’s visible from all directions, this amazing monument was built by Emperor Augustus in 6 BC to celebrate his victory over the Celto-Ligurian Alpine tribes that had fought…