It’s nicknamed Nice la Belle (Nice the beautiful) for a reason. From its deep turquoise waters and iconic yacht port to its rustic, ochre shopfronts and sunny Mediterranean disposition, this French Riviera city is the original romantic destination – attracting doe-eyed lovebirds to its white shores since the 1700s. 

But it’s not all about looks. Scratch the surface and you’ll discover that Nice has a rich artistic heritage, proud history and notable epicurean legacy, reflected in its many museums, varied architecture and stellar restaurants. 

Indeed, there’s plenty to explore for couples looking to get away from it all. So, prepare the roses and pop the champagne, here’s a rundown of our romantic must-dos for a getaway to Nice. 

Panorama Nice

Discover the delights of Vieux Nice

Take a leisurely, hand-in-hand stroll through the labyrinthine alleyways and winding cobbled streets of the city’s Old Town and you’ll be hard pushed to see how it’s changed in the last three centuries. 

Lined with pastel-coloured façades, crooked stone walls and the occasional church tower, it’s a great way to familiarise yourself with Nice. Try to catch the flower market in Cours Saleya and as the sun sets, make a toast to amour” at one of Vieux Nice’s many wine bars. 

Nice Old Town

Take a long walk on the beach

What’s a trip to the French Riviera without a walk on the beach? The Promenade des Anglais (Promenade of the English) is a popular spot among the inner-city crowd, but for a more intimate encounter, we recommend heading towards Villefranche-sur-Mer. After a picturesque 30-minute stroll, you’ll stumble upon some great local beaches – with much fewer people. 

Before you leave the city, however, pick up some bits from Nice’s world-class fromageries and charcuteries, pack a bottle of bubbly and prepare a luxury picnic for two. 

Couples beach walk

Get inspired in the art museums

With a long history of influencing the world’s greatest artists, the Côte d’Azur is the perfect place to embrace your creative side. Set an afternoon – or two – aside for some gallery time and peruse the works of ground-breaking aesthetic influencers from Picasso to Renoir. 

The three biggest draws are Musées Matisse, Chagall and d’Art Moderne. Once you’ve finished museum hopping, scale Castle Hill for the best panoramic views of Nice and get philosophical over a glass of local pastis.

Couples museums

Wine and dine in the harbour

There’s more to Nice than its famous Niçoise salad. With unique street eats, hearty French favourites and delicate pastries, there’s a host of high-end restaurants, homely eateries and patisseries across the city just waiting to tantalise and tempt.

Perhaps the most iconic dining spot, known for its exceptional harbour views, is Port Lympia. From South African fusion food at Jan to epicurean indulgence at La Réserve de Nice, there are plenty of options for besotted duos. If you’re not shy, share a seafood platter at Le Marlin or get cheesy at mozzarella specialists, Maison Gusto. 

Oh, and make sure that you’re not so lost in each other’s eyes that you don’t enjoy the beautiful sunset reflecting in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s as romantic as it gets.

Couples Harbour Dining

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