Also called La Colline du Chateau, this old fortified site is considered to be the origin of the town of Nice, and was once occupied by Celtic Ligurians.The citadel that was here was dismantled by the soldiers of the French King Louis XIV in 1706.
It’s now a place beloved by locals and tourists for its green space, shade trees, playground and waterfall. But most everyone comes for the view, which is spectacular over Old Nice, the port, and the Promenade des Anglais.
Plan on a huff-and-puff climb of 213 steps to the top. Or there is an elevator at the end of Rue des Ponchettes (if it’s in service).
Open 8 a.m. to sundown. Charge your cameras.