Parks in Nice

When you’re not exploring the coast line, visiting museums, or dining on gourmet cuisine at one of Nice’s Michelin starred restaurants, you may want to relax a bit in one of its many parks. Here’s our recommendations:

La Place Massena

This park can also be called Esplanade du Paillon and is situated right in the hear of Nice. An extensive garden surrounds the square and overlooks picturesque red brick buildings. Visitors are always astounded at the sharp and beautiful contrast the Massena gardens have with its surrounding architecture, and the park furthermore makes a great relaxing pit stop while gallavanting through the city.

Le Parc Phoenix

This park is a perfect spot for nature lovers. Situated on the western end of Nice and just steps from the Mediterranean coast, this park has a very large variety of flora and fauna – some 2,500 different plants. Some of the plants are very rare and carry a unique and exotic beauty. Birds and insects also play a big role at the park, as well as giant aquariums they have available for viewing.

Le Parc du Chateau

Not only does this park feature a beautiful castle and quiet (and romantic) walking paths, but there are also plenty of play areas for young children. Some of the best views of the Mediterranean can also be seen from this park.

Parc Forestier du Mont-Boron

Heavily wooded, serene, and a perfect place to take a long stroll. Mount Boron is also located within this park, and is about 190 meters high and offers excellent views of the city. The views one can get in this park are also unique in that you can see the Southern Alps, Mediterranean Sea, and two different cities quite well from within the park.

Les Jardins Suspendus du Paillon

The name of this park literally translates to “the hanging gardens of Paillon”, referring to the Paillon river. This park is situated in the heart of Nice and always carries a nice breeze in from the Mediterranean, which is just a few steps away. The garden is based on the mythical gardens of Babylon, and is truly a sight to behold. It covers about 12,000 square meters and has pine trees, Phoenix palms, Mexican and Asian vegetation, Camellias, Azaleas, and rhododendrons. The garden tends to have a magically isolated feel as well, as it is barricaded from view with a dense wall of trees, thus making the park the perfect tranquil getaway.