Culture and recreations


Le Sport Universitaire at Université Côte d'Azur offers more than 70 activities on all its campuses, that are proposed from beginners to elite level: Collective sports, dances, combat sports, fitness and bodybuilding or outdoor activities ... .  Around fifteen sport events take place during the year.

The city of Nice provides its citizens with sports facilities. In particular, the city offers AnimaNice centers, in which different sporting and cultural activities are available for a reasonable price (2020/2021 pamphlet). See the Nice sports website.

In addition, numerous sport clubs for all levels are located in Nice and its surroundings.

Cannes, the capital of outdoor sports, is not to be outdone. From hiking to its sports facilities, the city offers many options to stretch one’s legs. Discover the places for sport in Cannes.

Antibes also has sports facilities. Consult the municipal website of Antibes to find out more about them.


Runners can rejoice because Nice regularly organizes marathons, Color Runs, and other sporting events, mainly on the Promenade des Anglais. The promenade is wide and has become the favorite running path for the inhabitants of Nice to train the whole year round while enjoying a view of the sea.

Sporting events include the:

Alpes-Maritimes Marathon
International Half-Marathon of Nice
Nice Triathlon
Prom’Classic of Nice
Ironman Nice
Mud Day Nice
Color Run
Color Azur
Holi Run Côte d’Azur (Villeneuve Loubet)
Run’Bow Color Nice

Hikes and rides in the Alpes-Maritimes

The regional Alpes-Maritimes administration has a page on its website (hiking, mountain biking, etc.) to discover the places and trails to enjoy alone or with others.

Winter sports

Do you like to ski? Discover the different ski areas around Nice. The “100% Ski” buses stop at the ski stations. A ticket costs 4 € if purchased in advance or 5 € on the day subject to availability. See the Lignes d’Azur site.

Jump in the water…

Discover the public swimming pools of Nice, Cannes, and the aquatic stadium of Antibes.

Many sporting activities are also offered in the Mediterranean along the French Riviera. In addition to introductory diving courses organized at different harbors along the Côte d’Azur, there are also numerous activities like riding on a jet ski, catamaraning, and sailing, among others for a wonderful time.

Culture and recreation

La Culture à Université Côte d'Azur concocts, co-organizes, or accompanies events for students and staff. Discover the 2022/2023 program.

The CASUN (Comité d’Action Sociale d’Université Côte d’Azur), an association for university personnel, organizes events for all members of the university: organization of exhibitions, events, workshops… . The CASUN creates partnerships and sells tickets at reduced rates and organizes short or long trips. You can meet the CASUN staff on the different campuses for more information.

The majority of those using the Welcome Center live and work in Nice, and thus most of the activities listed here are in the city. However, culture and recreation also have an important place in the other centers of the Côte d’Azur. You can find ideas for cultural, sports, or fun outings on the websites of the tourism offices of both Cannes and Antibes.

Nice is a major center of cultural activities. Its own surroundings provide plenty to discover, and there is much on offer to satisfy locals, foreigners, and tourists alike.

The city provides visitors with tourism and cultural information on its website, which permits everyone to enjoy Nice. It is also possible to browse the site to find theaters, museums, opera, and natural spaces in the city. 

Nice tourism website
Site dealing with cultural activities in Nice

Bibliothèque Municipale à Vocation Régionale in Nice :
You can borrow books, CDs and DVDs at this large mediatheque. There are also computers with French self-learning software and an open work space. To register, you need to provide a recent ID photo, an ID card, a document prooving that you are currently living in Nice, and a parental authorization if you'd like to register a child under 18. The library card is valid in all Nice public libraries and need to be renewed every year with a recent proof that you are still living in Nice.

L’Observatoire Côte d’Azur :
The observatory is both an interesting tourist and cultural attraction for visitors. Entry is 6 € (free for children under 6 and 3 € for students and children over 6). Visits are only possible on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 14:45. Credit cards and American Express are not accepted.

If you would like to explore the museums of Nice free of charge, ask for the Museum Pass at the entrance to one of the municipal museums or galleries (except at the Priory of the Vieux Logis). This pass is good for three years and available to residents of the Nice metropolitan area. To obtain it, a valid identity card or passport and a proof of residence from the last three months are required.

The Welcome Center has a partnership with a local recreation center, which offers different activities each day of the week, including a weekly language café. Don’t hesitate to contact us to get in touch with this organization.