After some beach rolling and haute cuisine, you can also visit the quirkier corners of beautiful Nice, which have no less beauty than the more advertised landmarks of the region. There are many offbeat things to do in Nice and here is a short list describing some.
Away from the sun soaked beaches and blue seas, Nice also has some historical gems for curious travelers. The Roman ruins in the Cimiez area are part of a larger buried city and include portions of an old public bath, which is an enduring remnant of the old history of Nice.
Timings: 10AM to 6PM Daily
Monastère de Cimiez
One of the offbeat activities in Nice is a visit to the Franciscan monastery in Cimiez, a 500-year-old structure overlooking Nice, which houses medieval artworks like the Pieta, Crucifixion and Deposition by Italian artist, Ludovico Brea, along with other artefacts from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
Timings: 10AM to 12PM, 3PM to 6PM Monday to Saturday (Closed on Sundays, Public Holidays)
Cimetière du Château
A trip to this burial site is one of the offbeat tours in Nice. It is the final resting places of several Nice personalities like Renee Saint Cyr and opera singer Fredda Betti. Built on the old citadel with some parts still standing, the graveyard offers stunning views of Nice.
Timings: 10AM to 5PM Sunday to Friday (Closed on Saturdays)
Bar des Oiseaux
A restaurant in the old town of Nice, the Bar des Oiseaux is a sought-after eatery with dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Tucked in one of the side streets, the interiors are charmingly designed and many swear by this establishment’s small but delightful menu.
Timings: 12PM to 1.45PM, 7PM to 9.45PM Tuesday to Saturday (Monday and Sunday Closed)
St Paul de Vence
An old medieval town in the French Riviera, St Paul offers a visually drastic change from the polished hospitality of the tourist spots. Retaining an alluring charm, this town is famous for its museums and galleries including Fondation Maeght, a modern art museum.
Nice has a lot more to offer and some of the treasures of this region may not come on the covers of tourist brochures. Make sure you take those detours and unplanned trips into the countryside and old streets to discover offbeat Nice.