20 Photos That Prove Nice is Absolutely Gorgeous in June

I have to admit I was fairly skeptical about my trip to Nice, after being so disappointed in nearby Marseille. Would it be another over-hyped French seaside city? Amazingly, I fell completely in love with Nice from the first day! The city reminds me dearly of Paris but with endless pops of color along the boulevards! For that reason, I couldn’t help but feel that Nice was the Miami Beach of France – a vibrant and lively city perched on the sunny Mediterranean shoreline.

Getting around Nice is fairly easy, with an above-ground tram (I am a huge fan of these!) taking you to most places, and a very walkable downtown neighborhood called Vielle Ville, meaning old town. I wandered through the tiny streets scented with freshly baked croissants, and took photos of the classical church façades that appeared every few blocks.

On my first full day in Nice, I decided to visit the Colline du Château overlook, a former citadel from the 11th century with magnificent views over the city of Nice. There’s a free ascenseur that can take you straight up to the top so you can skip the stairs. I went on a Sunday afternoon and while there were plenty of people, it wasn’t overly crowded. Reaching the top of the overlook, I walked around the park and saw the ruins of the historic château. Vendors sold everything from food, to art, to propaganda, and a couple souvenir shops were open as well. The edges of the park featured stunning views over the Nice port, beach and shorelines!

A few days later, I walked along the famous palm-tree lined Promenade des Anglais, adjacent to the rocky coast of Nice. You’ll find every type of person on this stretch of sidewalk: from from tourists to bikers to pedestrians. I stopped to photograph the lovely blue art deco sign of the Plage Beau Rivage. With temperatures reaching over 80 degrees in June, it was no surprise that the beaches were crowded every day! Further along I came across a mini Statue of Liberty and several grand hotels such as Le Negresco, which dates back to 1913!

Vielle Ville

Nice Vielle Ville

Nice Vielle Ville

Nice Vielle Ville

Nice Vielle Ville

Nice Vielle Ville
Nice Vielle Ville

Nice Vielle Ville

Nice Vielle Ville
Nice Vielle Ville

Nice Café

Colline du Château

Colline du Château, Nice

Colline du Château, Nice

Colline du Château, Nice

Colline du Château, Nice

Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais

Le Negresco Hotel

Promenade des Anglais

La Plage

Nice Beach

Nice Plage
Nice Beach

Nice Plage Beau Rivage

September 06, 2016
I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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I’m such a lover of pastel coloured buildings – and these are just gorgeous! And what fabulous blue skies too!

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It was such a dream, Sarah! If you love pastel buildings, then you will LOVE Nice, and the Côte d’Azur in general! :)

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