Nice’s historic Old Town, or the Vieux Nice, is a magnet for tourists and property buyers alike. The Vieux Nice evokes rustic, Mediterranean charm and the lively atmosphere from the local bars and restaurants makes the Old Town and properties for sale in the old town, Nice undoubtedly one of the most popular areas.
Historically the Vieux Nice was separated from the rest of the city by the Paillon River, which gave the Old Town’s population a strong sense of community. The Old Town is idyllically nestled in the shadow of the ‘Chateau on the hill’, offering direct access to the Promenade des Anglais to the South. The Northern boundary is now defined by the tramline and the Promenade du Paillon. Opened in late 2013 the Promenade du Paillon offers a peaceful space in the heart of the city. With its beautiful water displays and games for children, the Promenade du Paillon has rejuvenated the area and added value to the property that overlooks it.
The Old Town offers excellent transport links. The city’s tramline has two Old Town stops and the nearby JC Bermond bus stop is a hub for local buses. From here one can easily access the whole of the city including the airport.
The Chateau on the hill was a fortress with panoramic views of the Riviera coastline. Demolished in 1706 under the orders of Louis XIV, the site and adjacent grounds are now home to a large park, a children’s playground, a picturesque waterfall and several view points which offer spectacular views of Nice’s Baie des Anges along with all its principal sites; the Promenade des Anglais, the Port and Place Massena. If you are feeling brave, you can climb the 213 stairs to reach the top, or alternatively take the public elevator for a small fee. The Petit Train, the white tourist train also weaves in and out of the narrow Vieux Nice streets and up to the Chateau, for a picturesque and informative visit.
In the Evening, the Old Town comes alive with its abundance of restaurants and late-night bars. From traditional French brasseries to lively Irish bars, flavourful Indian cuisine to Provencal gastronomy. Make a stop to admire the Palais de Justice (the court house) before heading to the bustling Cours Saleya, at the heart of the Vieux Nice. The Cours Saleya is filled with restaurants, bars, sprawling terraces, and street performers such as laid back buskers and back flipping Brazilians. Visitors also gather in this area daily for the excellent local markets.
Just down the road from the Cours Saleya is Nice’s Opera house, an architectural masterpiece in itself, which offers regular performances throughout the year.
Apartments for sale in the Old Town, Nice are varied and unique. From small studios to former palaces, the range of price, size and quality of apartments for sale here can be immense. Many buyers who purchase apartments for sale in the Old Town do so to rent on a weekly basis, capitalising on the strong demand in what is fast becoming a year-round destination. Prospective property buyers are charmed by the Vieux Nice, it’s easy to fall in love with the unique atmosphere which characterises the Old Town. Investors are increasingly turning to the Old Town for solid returns.