Tourism at the heart of Nice

Going out in Nice

From the Hotel West End, our Conciergerie will be delighted to show you the Côte d'Azur and guide you through your choices: shows, transports, beauty services, childcare, shopping, excursions, museums etc.

Our calendar shows you the most significant events in Nice:

  • Telerama Cinema Festival in January
  • The Nice Carnaval, from February to March
  • The Nice Fair, during the month of March
  • the Castle Festival, in June
  • The Nice Jazz Festival, in July
  • Crazy week !!!, in July
  • The "Musical Nights of Nice", from July to August
  • The "September of Photo"
  • Fantasy cinema festival in Nice, from October to November
  • the Christmas market and the Big Wheel, in December

Don't hesitate to contact us for all requests and reservations: concierge@westendnice.com
or on +33 4 92 14 44 00.

Take a walk in Nice

Nice

From 93 metres on high, the hill of the castle dominates the ochre roofs of Old Nice giving an exceptional panorama over the Baie des Anges and over the Port.
the Castle of Nice is the place where the town of Nice was born: there you can discover the remnants of the old Cathedral dating from the 11th Century, the mosaic flooring and a grandiose waterfall.
It can be accessed using the staircases (around 500 steps) or by a lift at the foot of the Tour Bellanda.

Our Concierge's advice: take a walk at the top of the hill at sunset: the palette of colours over the town and over the mountains is majestic. For families, there is a children's playground at the centre of the hill.

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The Coulée Verte is a green area in the very centre of the town: a 12 hectare park stretching from the national Theatre of Nice (the TNN) to the Promenade des Anglais. This spot is an ideal place for a refreshing stroll during hot summer days between the trees and different water features, or quite simply for a breath of nature.

Our Concierge's advice: allow a good hour to walk around it.

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The Port Lympia is France's second cruise port with over 467, 000 passengers and welcomes boats travelling around the Mediterranean almost every day. An essential tourist attraction and the first aspect of the town for cruise passengers, the buildings around the port have recently undergone renovation: as such, they offer a multitude of colours giving the place a joyful aspect.

Our Concierge's advice: every year, in the middle of September, don't miss Lou Festin du Pouort (the port festival): a popular festival bringing together concerts, strolling entertainers for both young and the old and especially the Village des Chefs.
get back in touch with traditions and cross the port of Nice free of charge with the "Lou Passagin" "pointu" (a typical Nicoise boat).

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The Old Nice is, as its name suggests, the oldest part of the town.
The heart of Nice is filled with small streets of traditional shops, restaurants with all sorts of specialities and many bars, you can find life there day and night.

The main street is the Cours Saleya where the antiques market takes place on Mondays and the flower market (and local produce) is to be found on all other weekdays; in the evening, the square changes completely to make way for restaurant terraces.

Our Concierge's advice: seek out the antiques market every Monday on the Cours Saleya.
Stop off at "Fenocchio's" ice cream shop: you will find over 120 flavours of all sorts, sweet and savoury, all home-made.

Nice & its museums

Museums in Nice

The Saint Nicolas Cathedral, inaugurated in 1912, is one of the most significant Russian orthodox buildings outside, with over 300 precious icons, frescoes, wood carvings and in particular an iconostasis in embossed and chiselled metal, the work of the painter Leonide Pianovsky.
The cathedral has been a classified historic monument since 1987.

Our Concierge's advice: don't forget to visit the Chapel of the Czar's son, Nicolas Alexandrovitch dating from 1868.

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The Massena Palace is a majestic villa dating from the 19th century, fully refurbished in 2008. It provides visitors with a chronological and themed history of Nice from 1792 to 1939, and also a sizeable library covering the history of the County of Nice, and of Provence, Savoie and Northern Italy.

Our Concierge's advice: visit the gardens around the museum and come back at night, the architecture of this magnificent building is perfectly highlighted.

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The MAMAC(Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) opened on 21 June 1990. It is linked by the Promenade des arts to the National Theatre of Nice, also called TNN.

Our Concierge's advice: go up onto the roof, the view is spectacular.

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An ancient villa on which building started in 1878, the town of Nice acquired it in 1925 to transform it into Museum of Fine Art,also called the Palais des Arts Jules Cheret. French painting from the 19th and 20th centuries is represented here, in particular with the works of Boudin, Monet, Guillaumin or even Raoul Dufy.

Our Concierge's advice: plan your journey because the museum is located outside the town centre.

The Lerins Islands

the lerins islands

The Lerins Islands are two islands off the coast of Cannes: the Ile Sainte-Marguerite and the Ile Saint-Honorat.

The Ile Sainte-Marguerite is the largest. The first sign of life on this island dates from the 6th century BC. The Sainte Marguerite fort was built in 1624 to protect the island from attack, then it was made into a prison. In particular, it provided shelter to the man in the iron mask, who according to legend was the brother of Louis XIV. During our time, the fort has become a museum of the sea, presenting collections of underwater archaeology. There are also some houses on the island.

The Ile Saint-Honorat is wilder. The sole occupants of the island are monks who have been there since the year 410. They own the whole island and produce wine, liqueur and honey there. In fact their wine is very well-known: it is enjoyed in the Elysee Palace and in many famous, high quality restaurants.

Our Concierge's advice:
Don't forget to visit the old fortified monastery at the tip of the Ile Saint-Honorat. From the top of it, you will have a magnificent view of the 2 islands.

Visit the Lerins Islands:
From the port of Cannes, many boat trips go there throughout the year.

Saint-Paul-de-Vence

ile saint paul de vence

It is between the 10th and the 12th centuries that the first inhabitants settled on the hill of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. In 1538, Francis Ist came to Saint-Paul and had the fortified ramparts built that still protect the town today.
The village is typically Provencal with its houses of dressed stone and tiled roofs and is completely pedestrianised because of its small streets. At the top, you will find the parish church of Saint Paul.
The town is geared towards artists: from 1920 Dufy, Soutine or even Signac settled there and stayed at the Colombe d’Or. In 1964 the Maeght Foundation opened exhibiting works by Matisse, Braque and Leger. Chagall lived in Saint-Paul-de-Vence for 19 years before his death in 1985.
Even now, Saint-Paul-de-Vence is still full of art galleries and artists.

Our Concierge's advice:
Go a few kilometres further to visit the Matisse chapel in Vence.

To go to Vence:
By car: 18 km, allow around 30 minutes
By bus: number 400

Monaco

monaco

The first signs of life in Monaco go back to around 300, 000 BC. Many peoples lived there such as the Romans, the Greeks and the Phoenicians, the rock of Monaco provided them excellent protection. But it was the Grimaldi family who provided the principality with all its modern history: it has reigned there since the 13th century.
Monaco is a town that has based its tourism on luxury. In fact, it is there that you will find a very great number of palaces, very high end shops and concessions of the most beautiful makes of car in the world.
The principality is famous for its Formula 1 Grand Prix that takes place every year in May. Many sports celebrities choose to live there (Novak Djokovic n°1 tennis player in the world and also the racing driver Jenson Button).
Many films have been made in Monte Carlo because of its famous Casino!

Our Concierge's advice:
Every summer there is the Festival of Fireworks and Music, an international fireworks competition.
Stop for a drink at the Café de Paris on the Place du Casino and surrender yourself to the ambiance of luxury and beautiful mechanics.

To go to Monaco:
By car: around 25 km, allow 45 minutes
By bus: from Nice: Bus N° 100
By train: get off at Monaco station

The hilltop villages

hilltop villages

Many villages overlook the coast from the mountains. They were built by farmers to protect themselves from invasions and bandits at the time. The majority of the towns are surrounded by ramparts, and inside there is a church, in some cases a castle and houses built with local stone and with tiled roofs. The small streets of these villages are so narrow that vehicles cannot pass through: the majority are completely pedestrianised, which gives them an unquestionable charm!

Our Concierge's advice:
One of the most beautiful hilltop villages is Gourdon: on a clear day, it has a panoramic view of Nice as far as the neighbouring department, of Le Var.

To go to the hilltop villages:
You need a car to reach the villages as there is very little, maybe no public transport.

Antibes

antibes ramparts

Antibes was created in the 5th century BC; there are still many traces from Roman times too such as aqueducts and water tanks. The town was fortified under Henri 4th, then Vauban improved the Fort Carre that had already been built.
Antibes has the largest pleasure port in Europe in particular, its quai des Milliardaires where very large yachts are moored.
The town has many museums such as the Picasso Museum, the Museum of Archaeology, the Naval Museum and also the Fort Carre and the Garoupe lighthouse, that are open to the public.
Also discover the Cap d’Antibes, a large projection into the sea where splendid villas such as the Villa Eilenroc and its botanic garden are located, as well as the famous Hotel Eden Roc.

Our Concierge's advice:
At Garoupe beach you will find the start of the path of the Cap d’Antibes, ideal for a walk by the sea. the view over the Baie des Anges and the mountains is superb!

To go to Antibes:
By car: around 30 minutes from Nice, follow the coast
By train: get off at Antibes railway station
By bus: bus number 200

Eze

view of eze

Eze is a medieval village perched on the mountainside above Monaco. This town is charming because of its very narrow little streets and due to its age. In fact, the oldest traces of occupation go back to the 2nd century BC: it was once an agricultural town protected by its high walls. The ground floor of the houses accommodated presses used to produce wine and olive oil. The village is centred around a long street that crosses it from one end to another.

Eze is now a tourist village where luxury hotels have their place among the artists and shopkeepers. It has a reputation for celebrities living there, such as Bono from the Irish rock group U2!
Also, don't miss the Fragonard perfumery where you can create your own perfume.

Our Concierge's advice:
Visit the exotic garden at the top of the village: from here you will enjoy the most magical view.
Take time to enjoy a glass of champagne on the terrace of the Chevre d’Or at sunset.

To go to Eze:
By car: around 30 minutes' drive, follow route N7
By bus: bus number 82 and 112