Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez
While the Monastere de Cimiez is worth the visit on its own – with gorgeous murals, art exhibits, and a museum – the gardens are a must-see for any botanical lover. Due partly to its connection to the monastery, the gardens offer peace and tranquility, making this a popular spot among locals seeking respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. The oldest garden in Nice, founded in 1546, Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez, was once a kitchen garden for the adjoining monastery’s monks. Many of its original structures still stand in the untouched layout, including rose-covered pergolas, a fountain, and a pond, all of which have been carefully maintained by the monks. It’s located in the hills of Nice, by the Matisse Museum and Roman amphitheater, allowing panoramic views of the Old City and the Mediterranean from the terrace. The gardens feature local olive, cypress, and citrus trees among gorgeous flowers, but roses are the true star of the show; over 3000 rose bushes fill the flowerbeds, as even more climb up the historic walls and pergolas.
Le Jardin Exotique d’Eze
At the top of the historic village of Eze, an ancient fortress houses the award-winning Jardin Exotique d’Eze. The garden is divided into two sections, one dedicated to succulents and drier climate plants, while the other focuses on a more Mediterranean atmosphere. The garden’s paths wind around stunning plants and sculptures by Jean-Phillipe Richard, sprinkled along the way with information about the village’s artistic and historical heritage. A recently added waterfall heightens the otherworldly feeling that Eze is sure to conjure. The journey up the village to the garden, which sits 429 meters above sea level, rewards you with panoramic views of the Cote d’Azur. The village and its garden are well worth the climb.
Jardin d’Agrumes des Pailais Carnoles
Jardin d'Agrumes des Palais Carnoles is a garden worth visiting for any fan of citrus. The gardens are home to a wide variety of citrus trees, including kumquat, mandarin, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, and many more. Each tree is carefully tended, providing visitors with the experience of a vibrant orchard in full bloom. A dreamy citrus aroma from the garden will embrace any visitor. The garden boasts an impressive collection of citrus fruits from all over the world, including the peculiar "Citrus bizzaria" and blood oranges from the Maghreb region. The Carnolès garden is an oasis of peace and serenity surrounding the palace Prince Honoré II built in the 17th century, while also serving as a source of inspiration for scientists and art enthusiasts alike. The garden's modern objective is to create one of Europe's largest collections of citrus fruits in this garden, while the Palace is home to the Museum of Fine Arts. One can discover tranquility while strolling through the gardens and admiring the vibrant citrus fruits growing here.