Nice Parks and Gardens

(Nice, Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur, France)

Photo of central fountains in the summerWith its acres of parkland and well-tended botanical gardens, Nice is a perfect place for those who enjoy a stroll in the city. There are also many smaller green spaces and parks in Nice, where it is possible to relax amongst the many Mediterranean plants and flowers that flourish here.

When strolling around the city's spacious parks, look out for Nice's ubiquitous palm trees.

Picture of the Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice

Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice

Address: 405 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 92 29 77 00
Nice's main botanical gardens is known for its 22-metre / 72-foot high tropical hothouse, which is home to some 2,500 plant species. Also popular at the Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice park is the Ile des Temps Révolus (The Island that Time Forgot), which is set in the middle of an artificial lake. The park organizes an array of exhibitions and educational activities during the year.
Open hours: daily, April to September - 09:00 to 20:00; October to March - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge; children under 12 free

Image of playground at the Parc du Chateau

Parc du Château

The Parc du Château's hilltop position means that visitors can enjoy great panoramic views over Vieux Nice and the Promenade des Anglais. The park was named after a château, which was built on the original site of the old town and later destroyed. A waterfall, children's play area and medieval ruins are just some of the attractions that bring visitors and Nice locals in their droves. If you want to leave the car behind, then the park can be reached via a strenuous walk to the top. Alternatively, visitors can take a lift.
Open hours: daily, April, May and September - 09:00 to 19:00; June to August - 09:00 to 20:00; October to March - 10:00 to 17:30
Admission: free (charge for lift)

View showing the Jardins Albert 1er

Jardins Albert 1er

Address: Place Masséna, Nice, France, FR
Visitors can take a break from sightseeing and enjoy relaxing in one of Nice's oldest, and most popular, public gardens. The Jardins Albert 1er park has manicured green lawns, palm trees and fountains, as well as a bandstand. In fact, amidst all this tranquility, it's remarkably easy to forget that you're at the heart of a bustling city.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Musée Masséna Gardens

The gardens surrounding Nice's Masséna museum offer some welcome shade and respite from the summer heat.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: free

Arènes et Jardins de Cimiez

Address: Avenue du Monastère de Cimiez, Nice, France, FR
This area of parkland in Nice's wealthy Cimiez district is a popular place to come for a stroll and to admire the views from the top of the hill. The Arènes et Jardins de Cimiez features beautiful gardens, an olive grove, Roman amphitheatres and a monastery garden.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 19:00
Admission: free (except for special events)

Jardin Botanique (Botanical Gardens)

Address: 78 Corniche Fleurie, Nice, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 92 29 41 80
The stunning setting of the Corniche Fleurie makes a perfect backdrop for another of Nice's botanical gardens. Within its 7.5 acres / 3 hectares, hundreds of Mediterranean plants and flowers make for a magnificent floral display.
Open hours: daily, October to March - 09:00 to 17:00; April to September - 09:00 to 19:00
Admission: free

Jardin d'Eden

Address: Avenue de Saint Sébastien, Promenade des Arts, Nice, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 93 62 61 62
Tucked away on the rooftop of Nice's contemporary art gallery is one of the city's most novel gardens, the Jardin d'Eden. To give it that authentic air, there are even special bird sound effects. As you'd expect, this a wonderful place to sit and enjoy fine views over Nice. Visitors should note that access to the garden can only be gained via the art gallery itself.
Open hours: Wednesday to Monday - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge