Photo Tour of Colline du Chateau in Nice, France

I was keen to visit Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) when we were in Nice. It came up in a search for free things to do in Nice and the views over the city were highly praised.

port of nice from colline du chateau

I attempted to go there one evening. but by the time I found the path, it was only a few minutes until the closing time of 7pm.

The next morning,  Colline du Chateau was my first port of call. I took the free lift up, which is situated in Rue de Ponchettes, just behind the eastern end of Quai des Etats-Unis.

lift to colline du chateau

I stopped to admire the wall of mosaics to the right of the lift exit.

mosaics at Colline du Chateau Nice

The views towards the beach were fantastic.

looking down on nice from Colline du Chateau

There were more beautiful mosaics just past the castle ruins. Some of my favourites were floral mosaics by the steps under the flowering trees.

flowering trees at Colline du Chateau Nice

Below are a couple of close ups of these mosaics.

floral mosaics at Colline du Chateau Nice

flower mosaic at Colline du Chateau Nice

The steps leading up from the trio of floral mosaics looked even prettier with the fallen purple petals lying between the stones accentuating the single blooms.

floral mosaic steps at collline du chateau

There were fish mosaics on the adjacent pavilion.

fish mosaics at Colline du Chateau Nice

The fish mosaic below had such a pouting expression.

fish mosaic at Colline du Chateau Nice

There’s a cafe, kids play area and public toilets, which charge a fee of 50 cents per person.

There were even more mosaics, this time bird themed, as I headed down Colline du Chateau on foot towards the port.

bird of prey mosaic at Colline du Chateau Nice

swan mosaic at Colline du Chateau Nice

bird mosaics at colline du chateau in nice france

Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) should be on your must-visit list for Nice. You’ll be impressed by the views and the mosaics are beautiful.