Free Things To Do In Nice

Nice is a city filled with natural greenery, stunning beaches, and interesting architectures. However, many thought that this stunning city in the French Riviera is only for the rich and the famous. Sure, Nice may be a bit expensive, but if you know the cheap things to do in Nice, you'll surely enjoy your stay in the city even when you're traveling on a budget.

The best way to enjoy Nice if you're traveling on a budget is to check out the many free things to do in Nice. Depending on the kind of traveller that you are, you'll surely find something to do even without spending a single amount of money. For instance, if you love visiting museums, then take time to explore some of the free museums in Nice, such as the Palais Lascaris, a lavish museum that features an extensive collection of valuable artefacts and musical instruments. Of course, there are several other free attractions in Nice that you'll surely love, such as the Castle Hill, Promenade du Paillon, Promenade des Anglais, Palais Lascaris, Place Rossetti, and many more!

Regardless of your time of visit, there will always be something for you to do in Nice. For instance, one of the free things to do in Nice this summer is to stroll through the Old Town. Walking along the beautiful cobbled stone streets, you'll be passing by Old Colonial buildings, quaint cafes, and other interesting sights. If you're a family traveling with kids, one of the free things to do in Nice with kids is to go to the Promenade du Paillon, a beautiful park that has numerous water features that both adults and kids will surely love.

So here's a list of the free things to do in Nice to help you plan your trip.

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Castle Hill

This hill offers breathtaking views over the city, out to the Alps and over the Med. You ascend via over one hundred steps, an invigorating climb which rewards you with a peaceful rest area and lookout points. Alternatively, there is a free “Art Deco” elevator.

You can discover the remains of Nice Castle, but some imagination is required as this once mighty citadel was almost completely dismantled by the soldiers of King Louis XIV...

Villa Kerylos Skip the Line Ticket

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  • Villa Kerylos is a sumptuous villa standing by the sea and flanked by high cliffs.
  • The villa combines the comfort of the Belle Epoque and classical design of ancient Greece.
  • The priority ticket allows its holders to skip lines and benefit from a direct entry to this striking villa.
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Promenade du Paillon

A delightful addition to the city of Nice, Promenade du Paillon was opened on 26th October 2013, replacing the old bus station which was widely viewed as an eyesore.

The attraction stretches for 1.2km from the Promenade des Anglais (link) at the sea and up into the heart of Nice. There are numerous water features, including a “water mirror” covering 3000m² with many fountains that spurt up at random intervals - great fun for the...

Mediterranean Coastal Sightseeing Cruise from Nice

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  • A relaxing 1 hour return cruise from Nice to Villefranche Bay.
  • Admire the stunning C´te d'Azur scenery.
  • See Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Villefranche-sur-Mer.
  • A brief lesson about French Rivera's history.
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Old Town

Known locally as Vieux-Nice, the old town is a charming maze of cobbled streets, cafes serving delicious authentic cuisine, and interesting old buildings. It’s a great place to just have a wander, people watch, and see what you can discover. There is a great atmosphere which is cheerful and friendly, especially in the summer months.

One of the main thoroughfares is the Cours Selaya, which runs adjacent to the sea. If you come in the...

Private Boat Tour on the Côte d'Azur ( Nice - Monaco or Nice - Cannes )

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  • Make your vacation unforgettable with a cool boat tour along the beautiful Côte d'Azur! Before the day of the tour, we'll chat about where you want to go – Monaco or Cannes. You'll get to see these awesome cities from the sea. We can stop for some snorkeling, swimming, or just chilling with a glass of wine.

    And guess what? The more

Promenade des Anglais

A visit to the Promenade des Anglais alongside the beautifully blue water of the Mediterranean is a must on any trip to Nice. Walk, jog, cycle, skate, or just chill out on the beach - whatever you do, it’s the ideal place to relax and soak up the seaside ambience of la Baie des Anges. Lines of palm trees add to the idyllic atmosphere. There are also many restaurants and it’s very romantic to sit at one of these and enjoy the sunset with a...

Exclusive Private Boat Tour on a Luxury Day Cruiser-Nice/Monaco

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  • We will welcome you in the enchanting port of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to discover a peninsula, legendary for its wild beauty, breathtaking villas and sleek yachts, aboard one of our stylish Day Cruisers

    From the Belle Epoque to the present day celebrities, royalty, and the jet set made this place their playground

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Place Masséna

Place Masséna is the heart of the city of Nice and is a lovely place to relax with a coffee, soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere, and enjoy the delightful sight of the fountains.

The plaza often plays hosts to concerts, processions and other festivities, and it’s quite likely that you’ll see street performers. The architecture consists of very attractive red-fronted Italian buildings. The sea is visible from the square, and it is...

French Riviera Boat Cruise, Speedboat 34ft, Depart Monaco or Nice

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  • Indulge in a genuinely luxurious experience with our private motorboat cruise departing from Monaco, Nice or Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

    Your dedicated skipper will guide you on a picturesque journey along the renowned French Riviera, allowing you to discover charming beaches and coastal towns such as Beaulieu and Menton. From the seclusion of more

Place Garibaldi

Another pleasant square to relax and take in the passing street life of Nice. This one is dedicated to Guiseppe Garibaldi, the Italian politician who was born in Nice. A huge statue in his honour forms the centrepiece of the square, surrounded by a pool with fountains.

The Place has recently been renovated and the colours of the buildings are very much in harmony with each other, tan with green shutters. Many arches run around the edge...

Nice to Menton and San Remo Italian Markets Day Tour

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  • This entertaining tour introduces several interesting settlements in Italy and France located along the Italian and French Rivieras.
  • The tour allows passionate shopaholics to enjoy their favorite activity the all day in several different places.
  • Besides shopping, you will have a chance to sightsee and cherish scenic views of
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Nice to Menton and San Remo Italian Markets Day Tour

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  • This entertaining tour introduces several interesting settlements in Italy and France located along the Italian and French Rivieras.
  • The tour allows passionate shopaholics to enjoy their favorite activity the all day in several different places.
  • Besides shopping, you will have a chance to sightsee and cherish scenic views of
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Small-Group Half-Day Tour to St-Paul-de-Vence, Antibes and Cannes from Nice

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  • Discover the French Riviera with its mix of medieval towns and villages and glamorous cities.
  • Visit Cannes, Antibes, and Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
  • Enjoy a small group tour (maximum 8 people) with an English speaking driver/guide.
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French Riviera Best of Famous Cities & Villages Small Group Day Trip from Nice

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  • See all the highlights of the French Riviera on a full-day small-group trip.
  • Visit Cannes, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze, and Antibes.
  • Enjoy the best of both worlds with live commentary from a multilingual guide plus free time to explore on your own.
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Eze and Monaco Private Half-Day Tour

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  • This is a 4 hour trip to Eze and Monaco.
  • This half day trip allows one traveller to see the immense beauty of the various places that they visit on their roundabout journey.
  • They also get a panoramic views from the cliff's roads leading from Eze to Monaco
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7 Hills of Nice E-bike Tour with Local Guide

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  • The Seven Hills E-Bike Tour is a special tour for people who are curious about the Hill of Cimiez and its amazing history from its Roman support days to the Belle Epoque Period
  • It is a ride along the coastal roads and winding hills around Nice which offers an impressive panorama while touring on an electric bike. You get to explore
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Nice Small-Group Old Town & Castle Hill Cultural Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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  • The guided tour allows travellers freedom to choose between visiting Old Nice with or without the addition of the Castle Hill.
  • During the tour, visitors learn about the city's origins and taste some local specialities.
  • The guided tour covers various monuments, squares, narrow streets and Baroque churches.
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