15 walks around Nice

Vue aérienne de Nice.

Are you in Nice and looking to explore the region for a day? Here are our 15 recommended walks around Nice!

The Côte d’Azur and Provence are two magnificent regions, with magical places and endless discoveries. Whether by the sea, in the heart of nature, in the mountains, in small villages or even by train, there’s something for everyone. Nice is the perfect starting point for these excursions, thanks to its excellent road and rail links. Generation Voyage has limited its selection to tours that are no more than 1h30 away and can be done in a day. Here are the 15 walks around Nice we’ve selected!

1. Eze

Rue du village médiéval d'Eze sur la côte d'Azur, Côte d'Azur, France

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📍 12 kilometers

🚗 By car: approx. 25 minutes’ drive

📷Sightseeing: old town, Nietzsche trail, Fragonard perfumery

When you arrive in Eze, you feel like you’re in another world. This hilltop village is undoubtedly the most beautiful in the region. Strolling along its cobbled streets, you’re swept away by the beauty of the buildings that surround you. It’s tempting to stop everywhere, as each corner is different from the next.

The highlight is the magnificent view of the Grande Bleue from the citadel. After a hearty lunch, head for the Nietzsche trail, a hike made famous by the philosopher who loved this path. Finally, weather permitting, you can visit the Fragonard perfume factory. In short, a walk around Nice that we love!

2. Antibes

Cap d’Antibes

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📍 23 kilometers

🚗 By car: 35 minutes by car

🚆 By train: approx. 25 minutes by train

📷Sightseeing: old town, Picasso Museum, Safranier free commune, absinthe bar, Marineland

Another beautiful seaside town, Antibes is a not-to-be-missed stopover and a great day out around Nice. The old town takes us back a century with its billboards, boutiques and alleyways. If you feel like it, you can discover an original absinthe bar in cellars that are sometimes ten centuries old!

Leaving the old town, you’ll come across the astonishing free commune of Le Safranier, which has been partly self-managed since 1966, and offers some very photogenic little streets. The Musée Picasso, located in the former Château Grimaldi, exhibits some 250 of the artist’s works. Last but not least, if you’ve got kids in tow, the Marineland water park will be the perfect escape!

Tourist trains

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Photo credit: Wikipedia – Alpes de Haute Provence

3. Train des Pignes between Nice and Digne-les-Bains

Departure from Nice to Digne-les-Bains: 6h55, 9h25, 13h05 and 17h15

Departure to Digne-les-Bains from Nice: 7.15am, 10.45am, 2.25pm and 5.35pm

📷 What ‘s on: views and visits to places of your choice

Here’s a special ride around Nice! The « Train des Pignes » takes you all the way to Digne-les-Bains in the hinterland of Nice, passing through a splendid landscape. There are plenty of stops to choose from, or you can go straight to Digne.

Places of interest include Barrême and its distillery museum, Saint-André-les-Alpes and paragliding, Annot and its hiking trails, Entrevaux and its medieval town.

4. Wonder Train

🚆 By train: from Nice at 9.17am, arriving in Tende at 11.24am

📷 What to see: admire the scenery, old town of Tende

There are plenty of opportunities to return by train until the evening. For this tour around Nice, we’re sticking to the railways with the « Train des Merveilles », famous for its breathtaking mountain scenery and the presence of a lecturer on board to comment on the sights.

Once you’ve arrived in Tende, be sure to visit the village’s old town, a unique commune thanks to its hillside location.

5. AOC Château de Bellet vineyards

Château du Bellet

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📍 11 kilometers

🚗 By car: approx. 20 minutes

🚌 By bus: take bus 62 to Nice, « Chemin de Saquier » stop

📷Sightseeing: vineyards and wine tasting

If Nice isn’t famous for its vineyards, it’s not for Château du Bellet, a unique wine estate perched high above the city. With its chapel and ten hectares of vines surrounding it, it’s a magical place and an original way to explore Nice. The program includes guided tours of the estate and chapel, vineyard walks and, of course, wine tasting.

6. Monaco

Rue du Village de Monaco à Monaco Monte Carlo, France.

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📍 20 kilometers

🚗 By car: about 30 minutes

🚆 By train: about 30 minutes

📷 Things to see: Monte Carlo Rock and district, Oceanographic Museum, Exotic Garden

For this tour around Nice, we leave France for a few hours. The city-state of Monaco is one of the region’s most popular excursions. We start with a visit to the Rocher, the historic quarter with its narrow streets and old houses, not forgetting the magnificent view over the Mediterranean.

At the foot of the hill, you can visit the Oceanographic Museum, a giant aquarium that goes down to 85 meters under the sea! Then head for the Monte Carlo district, with its casino, hotels, opera house and, for connoisseurs, the streets where the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix is held. Finally, the exotic garden, a leading botanical garden, is the ideal place to end the day.

7. Chin

Plus beaux villages autour de Nice : Menton balades autour de Nice

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📍 30 kilometers

🚗 By car: 35 minutes

🚆 By train: approx. 40 minutes

📷Sightseeing: city center and exceptional gardens, Musée Cocteau, Halles market, old port, beach

On this tour around Nice, you’d think you were in Amalfi. With its architecture and lemon festival, Menton has much in common with the Italian town. The old town is a feast for the eyes as you wander through its shady, stone-yellowed streets. Menton is also a city of exceptional gardens, where botanical excellence is accessible to all.

If you arrive in the morning, visit the Halles market, one of the most famous in the region. For those who love Jean Cocteau, his museum is a must-see. Finally, you can end the day at the beach!

8. Cannes and Ile Sainte-Marguerite

 balades autour de Nice Les yachts ancrés dans le port de Cannes par une belle journée d'été, France

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📍 33 kilometers

🚗 By car: 35 minutes

🚆 By train: approx. 25 minutes

📷Sightseeing: old town, croisette, Palais des Festivals, Île Sainte-Marguerite

Cinephiles, this visit around Nice is made for you! We’re talking, of course, about Cannes, where the festival has been held every year since 1946. You can visit the Palais des Festivals, where the ceremony takes place. Right next door, you can stroll along the old port and the Croisette, then head for the beach.

As you move away from the sea, you discover Le Suquet, Cannes’ old hilltop town. In a maze of small cobbled streets, you’ll love getting lost and strolling past the stores. Finally, for those with the time and inclination, you can visit the island of Sainte-Marguerite, with its sea museum and sublime beaches.

9. Grasse

Grasse

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📍 45 kilometers

🚗 By car: 50 minutes

🚆 By train: approx. 1h10

📷Sightseeing: old town, International Perfumery Museum and other museums

If you’re particularly fond of perfume, this trip around Nice is a must! Grasse is home to the Musée International de la Parfumerie, which traces the history of perfume from antiquity to the present day, and explains the stages in its manufacture. There are also other interesting museums, including some perfume factories.

In Grasse, we love strolling through the old town, with its steep cobbled streets, terraces and market. It’s a classic Provençal historic center, but one we love.

10. Saint-Paul-de-Vence and the Saut-du-Loup waterfalls

cascades du Saut-du-Loup balades autour de Nice

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📍 19 kilometers

🚗 By car: approx. 30 minutes’ drive

📷 Attra ctions: medieval old town, Maeght Foundation, waterfalls

Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a beautiful medieval village at the foot of the mountains. The old town is superb, with its stone houses, religious buildings and fountain. You’ll love climbing up to the ramparts, where the reward is a superb sea view! After so much effort, you’ll want to take a break on the terrace.

The commune is also famous for its Maeght Foundation, a museum of modern art founded by, among others, Chagall, who is buried in the village. Finally, a 30-minute drive along a scenic road takes you to the Saut-du-Loup waterfalls , where you can stop off for a moment and round off your trip around Nice.

11. Saint-Tropez

balades autour de Nice Saint Tropez, au sud de la France. Des yachts de luxe en marina.

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📍 112 kilometers

🚗 By car: approx. 1h30 drive

📷 Highlights: old town and citadel, beach, Musée de l’Annonciade, Musée de la Gendarmerie

St-Trop’ and its jet set are a thing of the past. Yet we often forget that the town has a cute old town center and an imposing citadel with a breathtaking sea view. For De Funès fans, the Musée de la Gendarmerie is the place to be! For others, the Musée de l’Annonciade, with its paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries, is not to be missed.

If you’ve got time, take the road to the wonderful Pampelonne beach, 10 minutes away, to take a dip and admire the turquoise color.

12. Gorges du Verdon

 balades autour de Nice Gorges du Verdon (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France), célèbre canyon

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📍 140 kilometers

🚗 By car: approx. 2 hours’ drive

📷 Attra ctions: viewpoints, Lac de Sainte-Croix, hikes

It’s a long way from Nice, but it’s such a magical place that it’s impossible to ignore. Take the road to Point Sublime, an hors d’oeuvre with a sublime panorama. Continue on to the Pont de Galetas, the gateway to the pure blue water.

For the main course, head down to Lac de Sainte-Croix to relax or take part in activities such as pedal-boating. Finally, if you’ve got room for dessert, hike around the lake before heading back to Nice.

Italy

Imperia,balades autour de Nice Liguria, Italy.

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With the Transalpine border just around the corner, here are three Italian excursions selected by Generation Voyage!

13. Ventimiglia

📍 40 kilometers

🚗 By car: 40 minutes

🚆 By train: approx. 1 hour

📷Sightseeing: Roman ruins and old town, Friday market, beach

Ventimiglia is a visit around Nice appreciated for its Roman ruins and old town. Its crazy Friday market is the town’s central weekly activity. Not to be missed if you’re there.

14. Sanremo

📍 55 kilometers

🚗 By car: approx. 55 minutes

📷Sightseeing: old town La Pigna, Via Matteotti, Russian Orthodox Church, Stroll along the harbor

Strolling through the narrow streets of La Pigna, Sanremo’s old town, you are truly transported back in time. Every nook and cranny has a bit of magic about it, and you love to feel the atmosphere. Next, take a stroll along the harbor, then head for the Via Matteotti shopping street. Take a look at the Russian Orthodox Church, which takes us back to Moscow for a few minutes!

15. Imperia

📍 85 kilometers

🚗 By car: about 1h05 drive

📷 Places to see: Villa Grock, Historic district

Villa Grock is Imperia’s main attraction, a house of exotic, monumental architecture. The historic district is the perfect place to take a stroll through the town’s narrow streets.

Which of the walks around Nice appeals to you most?