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.
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.
I stopped to admire the wall of mosaics to the right of the lift exit.
The views towards the beach were fantastic.
There were more beautiful mosaics just past the castle ruins. Some of my favourites were floral mosaics by the steps under the flowering trees.
Below are a couple of close ups of these mosaics.
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.
There were fish mosaics on the adjacent pavilion.
The fish mosaic below had such a pouting expression.
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.
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.