Impressive tour around the ancient castles of Nice: 5 highlights

Nice has always been the destination of choice for aristocratic families worldwide and this is why there are so many family palaces and castles. Besides the castles, you should also experience great scenery, food, wine tasting, and maybe even a hot air balloon.

The main sights of Nice can be visited within 1 day. But as for Nice's palaces and castles, you should stay at least 2-3 days. That way you can see the most interesting places without rushing, enjoy the traditional French cuisine, nature and experience the romantic atmosphere of the place to the maximum.

Near the jetty, if you are staying in Nice after a Signature Sailing cruise, you can rent a car. Do not aim to visit many castles in one day, two or three is more than enough. We have elaborated the best route for you during 2-3 days to stroll in the palaces of Nice.

#1. English Castle
#2. Valroz Castle
#3. Lascari Palace
#4. Massena Palace
#5. Ephrussi de Rothschild Palace

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Sailing Charter Holiday to the Palaces of Nice

#1. English Castle in Nice

The English Castle (Chateau de l’Anglais) or English Chateau in Nice, is a monument of history and architecture under state protection. The Chateau de l'Anglais is one of the local places of interest in Nice. This palace is built on a hill in the southeastern part of the city. The promenade offers a beautiful view of this unusual structure.

Bus no. 38 goes to the Château on Mont Boron Hill. The stop is on Avenue Jean Laurent. The name of the stop is 'Château de l’Anglais’. The address is 176 Boulevard Carnot.

Nearby, on Boulevard Carnot, is the Maeterlinck bus stop. Here you can take buses number 15, 100. At the intersection of Boulevard Mont Boron and Maurice Maeterlinck is another bus stop "Maeterlinck / Mont Boron". This is where bus route no. 30 runs.

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English Castle. Sailing Charter Holiday to the Palaces of Nice

#2. Valroz Castle

The Valroz Castle (Château Valroz) in Nice is an old monument of architecture of the 19th century, one of the attractions of the city on the azure coast. It was built by Paul Grigorievich von Dervis, a Russian State Councillor and businessman.

Tram No. L1 can be taken from Nice's main bus station to the Valroz Castle. Get off at the Valrose Universite stop. From the stop you will have to walk about 700 metres in the direction of the castle.

Bus no. 37 goes in the direction of Valrose Manor. Get off at the Valrose stop at the main entrance to the university.

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Valroz Castle. Sailing Charter Holiday to the Palaces of Nice

#3. Lascari Palace

The Lascari Palace (Palais Lascaris) in Nice is a historical monument of architecture and one of the most intriguing places. It is located in the centre of the old town in the south of Nice, not far from the coast.

If you are travelling to Nice on a Signature Sailing catamaran with the intention of visiting the palace, you should plan your trip here from May to October, the period when the palace is open to the public.

The Lascari residence stands on rue Droit in the old town of Nice. It is close to the bus stop for the Old City. From the bus station you can take tram T1 and walk 200 metres towards the palace.

Local taxis are available:, Lux Monaco, Transazur, ByCar.

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Lascari Palace, Nice

#4. Massena Palace

The Massena Palace (La Villa Massena) is a famous landmark in Nice and is a neoclassical mansion with an exhibition of the Museum of History and Art. It is located on the Promenade des Anglais next to the famous Hotel Negresco.

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Massena Palace, Nice

#5. Ephrussi de Rothschild Palace

The Ephrussi de Rothschild Palace (Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild) is located on the promontory of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat near Nice. The villa, which is situated on an elevated site and covers an area of 7 hectares, belonged to Baroness Beatrice Rothschild.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is located on the outskirts of Nice and can be reached by taxi as follows:

  • By taxi: Taxi Nice, Taxi Steve, Taxi Mariana, Taxi Van, Taxis Niçois Indépendants, Taxi Nathaniel, Azur Prestige Cab or Uber Taxi app.
  • By train: There are train services from Gare de Nice Ville station in Nice to Beaulieu-sur-Mer Station. Follow this link to see the timetable. Then, take the route below on foot.
  • By bus: #81 (get off at the La Rade stop; Ephrussy de Rothschild is right in front) or bus #84 (get off at the Pont Saint Jean stop). From there, take the Chemin des Moulins to the villa.
  • By car: you can get to the villa from Nice by renting a car, driving eastwards.

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Ephrussi de Rothschild Palace. Sailing Charter Holiday to the Palaces of Nice

If you choose to spend your vacation in Nice, don't miss the spectacular view of the Côte d'Azur from your Signature Sailing Charter catamaran. Your starting point might be one of the seaside towns of France, Monaco, Italy or Greece.

Book your trip for 1, 2 days or longer. A three-person crew will be at your disposal: a captain, a stewardess and a chef.

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