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Place Masséna

Close to our hotel in Nice

Considered the crown jewel of Nice, Place Masséna is known for the beauty of its red buildings with their arcades and its views of the nearby hills. The city’s hub and the main site of the carnival, it was built in the 1840s under the direction of the Consiglio d'Ornato development group, and has since seen numerous transformations, the latest dating back to the 2000s. Today, it consists of an esplanade that is almost entirely pedestrian, featuring the superb Fontaine du Soleil (Sun Fountain) with its imposing statue of Apollo and creations by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa:  seven sculptures of men perched ten metres above the ground, which represent the seven continents and light up in different colours at night.

Place Masséna isn’t the only monument in the city to honour the illustrious André Masséna, a Napoleonic marshal from Nice. His name is also associated with the superb Villa de la Belle Époque on the Promenade des Anglais, which was built between 1898 and 1901 and houses the Masséna Museum. This museum focuses houses historical items like Napoleon’s death mask and his wife Josephine’s tiara as well as art including works by 19th century landscape artists and sculptures. The Villa also features magnificent interior design, furniture and ornaments from the Napoleonic era. Before you leave the Masséna Museum, don’t forget to explore the paths through its lovely garden abutting the Negresco building.

Discover Nice

Its stylish beauty and colourful architecture

Nice tourism

The Côte d’Azur’s capital is the ideal place for a holiday. The Promenade des Anglais, the sun-bathed beaches, Place Masséna, Old Nice and Cours Saleya, the tree-lined gardens, the museums, the carnival, the jazz festival - Nice really is the capital of joie-de-vivre.

Promenade des Anglais

Nice owes its international fame to the Promenade des Anglais. Stretched along the Baie des Anges, it was originally just a 2 metre-wide path created in 1820 by a visiting English vicar using his own funds. Baptised the “chemin des Anglais” (the English path) by the local population, the enlarged pathway was inaugurated in 1931 by one of Queen Victoria’s sons.

Old Nice

Until the 18th century, the old town was the entire city of Nice. In these picturesque surroundings, admire the Baroque palaces and churches, the colourful façades and the quaint little streets.  At the heart of Old Nice, experience Cours Saleya, with its warm and lively market.

Nice and its beaches

As a certified child-friendly “Famille Plus” destination, Nice has an array of activities for young and old alike. With such a nice climate, you’ll want to make the most of its numerous beaches. 15 private beaches and 20 public beaches stretch out over 7 km. The water is high-quality and meets European standards.


The Basilica of Notre-Dame is the largest church in Nice and is the first modern religious building. Inspired by Angers Cathedral, it is ornamented with stained glass windows from the 19th century, and features two square towers and a rose window representing scenes of the Assumption.

Nice Carnival

The city has events and festivals throughout the year that remind you of all its tremendous joie-de-vivre. The Nice Carnival, the Côte d’Azur’s top event, held at the end of winter just before Lent, has a whole line-up of unforgettable shows which are well worth a trip to Nice.  Each year, it attracts nearly a million visitors from around the world.

Boat rental

Interested in a trip on a high-performance and glamorous Italian boat? We offer half- or full-days rentals of an Invictus 280 GT, which can host up to 8 people. It’s the perfect boat for sweet escapes to the Baie des Anges or the Lérins Islands.