Nice Hidden Gems
March 15, 2021 0 comment
Set next to the Place Garibaldi, Rue Bonaparte is a stylish network of bars, restaurants and cafes perfect for when you feel like unwinding on your vacation. Despite having lots to enjoy, Rue Bonaparte doesn’t have the same touristy feel as some of the city’s other venues, even in the busier season.
Chateau de Bellet
If you’re a wine fan, the Chateau de Bellet vineyards are definitely worth a trip to see. The combination of rare grapes and sulphurous terrain lead to wines that are quite unique and offer a once in a lifetime chance for any vino lovers. Take the tour and you’ll be able to enjoy the vineyards themselves, as well as the wine cellar and the Belletchapel. And, of course, there’s the chance to participate in tasting sessions.
Galerie Eva Vautier
If you love art but want to avoid the busier venues Galerie Eva Vautier is a great option. It’s based in the Liberation part of Nice town centre, and shows off the best contemporary work from France and beyond. The gallery also regularly puts on cutting-edge expositions, so if you time your trip right you might be able to catch some of Europe’s most compelling work.
La Grande Corniche
The south of France has long attracted driving enthusiasts, and La Grande Corniche is one of the most stunning roads in the region. The scenery along the road – which will take you all the way to Italy, if you want it to! – is jaw-dropping in places, taking in some of southern France’s most beautiful towns, as well as a unique bird’s-eye view of Monaco. For lovers of the road, La Grande Corniche is a must visit.
For many people, holidays are all about the beach. In Nice, Coco Beach is the hidden gem. It’s never as crowded as the coastline and has an almost tropical feel. There are also a lot of opportunities for diving and climbing on the surrounding rocks. Snorkelling is also an option if you’re an animal lover and want to say hello to the local wildlife.
Adam & Eve House
When strolling the streets of Old Town Nice, don’t forget to look up! For hidden amongst the rustic shutters and laundry lines, there are plenty of stunning architectural features to be spied. One of the best examples of hidden Nice architecture is to be found in the form of the Adam and Eve House. Situated on the rue de la Poissonnerie, the house dates back to 1850 and features a bas-relief which is widely thought to depict Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Légion d’Honneur Garden
For those looking for a little oasis of calm in the heart of the busy and bustling city, the little garden surrounding the Musée Masséna is free to visit and open during daylight hours. Filled with park benches, shrubs, and plenty of the cacti and other succulents which are so synonymous with the South, this beautiful place to relax is a great location to hang out with friends, enjoy a picnic, or plan your Nice itinerary!
Mini Replica of the Statue of Liberty
Along the Promenade des Anglais, a boulevard that is so-called thanks to Nice’s popularity with English aristocrats during the 17th and 18th-centuries, there’s one statue that you won’t want to miss off your list. The teeny tiny Statue of Liberty replica was unveiled along the boardwalk in 2014. You may well not know this, but the original Statue of Liberty (that of NYC) was actually gifted to the people of America by the people of France all those decades ago. Nowadays, several replicas can be found across France, including in the French capital of Paris and the South West City of Bordeaux.
l’Église Sainte Rita de Nice
In the very heart of the Vieux Nice quarter of the city, the Baroque church of Saint Rita dates back to the 1600s. Featuring six side chapels, beautiful frescoed ceilings, and ornate carvings throughout the church, this small yet sumptuous ecclesiastical building is a welcome calm from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the tiny streets of Old Town Nice.
La Tete Carrée Library
Tucked away in a beautiful elevated garden behind the Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain, Nice’s main library was designed by French artist Sacha Sosno as a way of demonstrating ‘thinking inside the box’. A strange sight to see when strolling through the Southern French city, you’ll most definitely want to take a snap on any wander past!