While a walk along the prom (prom prom) is one of the main attractions of Nice, if you’re thinking of lounging around on soft, sandy beaches you better think again. The main public beaches in Nice are much more stony, pebbly affairs - think more Brighton than Bondi. That said, they’re a pleasant place to while away an afternoon in the sunshine, and the main seafront at Promenade des Anglais and Quai des Etats Unis (which is where the activity part of the Fanzone will be located) should be on everyone’s hitlist. If you’re after sandier beaches, head further down the coast towards Cannes and Antibes.
The best view of the town and Baie des Anges can be had from the Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill). It’s 90m above sea level and worth a look - don’t worry about the climb, though, as there’s a lift that’ll take you most of the way there. The ruined remains of an old castle are located in the park atop the hill, and it’s a pleasant spot to watch the world go by.
The town is broadly split into two areas - the older settlement of Cimiez which is up the hill, and** Vieux Nice**, the winding streets of the old town located down at sea level.
The old town (Vielle Ville) is separated by from the newer settlement by a strip of public park called La Promenade du Pallion. Part of the city’s tramline runs parallel to this alongside the Boulevard Jean Jaures, so combined with the seafront it’s a handy frame of reference for getting around.
The old town features some of the city’s oldest churches, including the Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, the Église de l’Annonciation de Nice and the Église Saint Jacques-le-Majeur.
The Town Hall, Opera House and Palais de Justice are all located less than a stone’s throw from the seafront, along from the flower and fruit market at Cours Saleya.
For the art fans among you, there’s the MAMAC (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), as well as the Musée des Beaux Arts featuring more traditional artworks. There also the Musée Matisse, featuring a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures meaning that culture vultures can get their fill.
There’s also the French Riviera Pass (available in 24, 48 and 72 hour versions) for those who want to take advantage of potential discounts to museum entry and public transport, including the Musée Océanographique de Monaco, the Musée Matisse and access to other activities. You can check out the full list of benefits and see whether it’s for you at http://en.frenchrivierapass.com/ (in English).