Point of Interest: La Colline du Chateau

Colline du ChateauWho said nothing comes for free? Sure, it’ll cost you at least 20 minutes of your time, but the short hike up Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) is more than worth it.

The Bellanda Tower (pictured below) is just a short walk up the hill, but it offers stunning panoramic views of the city (and the sea). Though there are several more vista points further up the hill, this one rests at an almost perfect height; high enough to see most of the city and look far into the distance, but low enough to still feel connected to Nice.

bellanda tower

Bellanda Tower

Nice, France

View from Bellanda Tower

Of course, the real star of the show here is the chateau, right? Well, not exactly. Though the top of the hill was once home to a chateau, all that remains now is ruins (also cool). However, there are still plenty of great features near the top of the hill, including a beautiful man-made waterfall, cafés, cemeteries, and a park. Oh, and more panoramic views. Gotta love those.

Although it will probably come naturally once you’re there, climbing up Colline du Chateau should be your first priority in Nice.

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2 thoughts on “Point of Interest: La Colline du Chateau

  1. I agree that everyone should make “the chateau” a top priority in Nice! It’s such a lovely place to sit and reflect on life while watching the sun set. I spent hours there and it was the first time since being a kid that I have felt completely free from obligation 🙂

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