Climb the Castle Hill of Nice – Sweeping views across the Côte d’Azur

Recently I visited the city of Nice, at the French Cote d’Azur for the second time. Both times I climbed the Castle Hill of Nice. Once right before sun set which gave me a gorgeous sunset of the bay of Nice. The second time, it was during the day and I saw things I missed the first time. This inspired me to write a bit more about the Castle Hill of Nice, to make sure, when you visit, you get to see everything and have all the right information so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area

History of Castle Hill of Nice

The hill above the old town of Nice is 92 meters above sea level. This makes for an excellent strategic and military look-out over the bay of Nice. The Citadel was in use between the 11th and 18th century BC but was destroyed in 1706. Now, all that is left of the castle are the ruins.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
These ruins of the Castle of Nice are all that is left of the Castle.

How to get to the Castle Hill of Nice?

If you’re heading to the old town, it is a kinda can’t miss thing. I mean, it is a hill. Even from the beach or the harbour, you see it popping out.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
You can also take the Nice train up to the Castle Hill

A climb up the castle hill of Nice is a popular activity for young and old to do when in Nice. There are different ways to go up the hill of Nice so take your pick.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
Mosaic stairs inside the park.

Walk up the Nice Castle Hill

You can climb the steps of the Castle Hill and make your way up on foot. If you come from the Promenade D’Anglais, you’ll find the first stairs up. These guide you upwards and you can enjoy the view (and take a breather) on your way up. There are several other staircases and roads leading up the hill from the other end and from Place de Garibaldi.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
If you don’t want to walk up, take the lift up the Castle Hill of Nice

Take the Elevator up Castle Hill of Nice

This is by far the easiest way to get up the Castle Hill. Yes that is right; they have a lift going up the hill.

There is only one which brings you up and down in less than 3 minutes. The entrance to the elevator to the Castle Hill of Nice is located at Rue des Ponchettes.

It operates on different hours during the day. Check the time schedule when you’re visiting Nice because times may vary. As a rough guideline, during the summer it operates until 8pm, out of season until 6pm.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
This is the Entrance to the “Elevator to the Castle”

The best thing about the elevator is: IT IS FREE! Yes! Big win for the budget traveller in me. Free is always good, right? And you feel less guilty for not climbing it.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
Evening views of the sea with the roof of the elevator in the foreground.

What to see at the Castle Hill of Nice?

A visit to the Castle Hill of Nice is a popular thing to do for the locals of Nice and tourist visiting the Côte d’Azur. But what to see? Or what to do?

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
Panoramic View of the Harbour during the day

Bellanda Tower (Tour Bellanda)

You’ll encounter this lovely view point with the tower when you climb the steps from the old town. One of the only remaining defence structures of the Castle of Nice, this tower is perfectly lit at night. From the platform you’ll already have striking views of the Bay d’Anglais.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
Bellanda Tower at the Castle of Nice

Cemetery

The Castle Hill of Nice houses no less than 3 cemeteries. Divided into 3 sections, Jewish, Protestant and Catholic, the cemetery is vast and with some pretty remarkable graves. Unfortunately, during my visits it was closed, but I managed to give you guys a sneak peek.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
Castle Hill Cemetery sneak peek

Waterfall (Cascade Dijon)

This is an artificial waterfall but nothing less than spectacular. My mom spotted it from the old town and insisted on finding it. We climbed all the way to the top of the Castle Hill and went down from there.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
Getting wet, posing in front of the waterfall

Be aware as the ground will be slippery (au!) and you’ll get wet because of the water splashing from it, but it does make for some spectacular images, don’t you think?

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
Waterfall at the Castle Hill of Nice

The views across Nice

One of the biggest draws of the Castle Hill of Nice is definitely the views! You can see across the Bay d’Anglais and the whole city of Nice, you can see the harbour with the hills in the back.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
Panoramic view of Nice and the bay d’Anglais

It doesn’t matter if you go during the day or during sun set, it is nothing less but spectacular. As pictures speak louder than words, I’ll give you some nice ones that I took during my 2 trips up there.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
Excellent views of the old town of Nice
A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
Panoramic view of the harbour of Nice.
A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
View over the Hills around Nice

Other things to do at Castle Hill in Nice

There are numerous play grounds, parks and benches to just sit and relax as the young ones make new friends.

Or you can take some delicious foods from the market and have your own picnic at the parks. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, a visit to the Castle Hill of Nice should be on everyone’s Nice itinerary.

Looking for more things to do? Check out this itinerary to the South of France and make sure to include Nice in your two week France itinerary.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
Playground at the Castle Hill

Have you been to Nice? Have you visited Castle Hill? What is your favorite view of Nice? Let me know, you can share your thoughts in the comment section below.

A visit to Castle Hill of Nice is a populair attraction in Nice. I give you my tips so you don’t miss out on the best views of Nice and the surrounding area
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