Fodor's Expert Review Colline du Château
Although nothing remains of the once-massive medieval stronghold but a few ruins left after its 1706 dismantling, the name château still applies to this high plateaulike park, from which you can take in extraordinary views of the Baie des Anges, the length of Promenade des Anglais, and the red-ocher roofs of the Old Town. Children can let off steam at the playground, while you enjoy a picnic with panoramic views and a bit of shade. You can take the 213 steps up to it, or the free elevator next to the Hotel Suisse; alternatively, ascend the hill slower from the port side, near Place Garibaldi, which is a more gentle climb. However, thanks to an ambitious plan by the city's mayor, a renovation project is in the works until 2017, which will see a more contemporary, larger esplanade with a reflective pool, similar to the Promenade de Paillon. For tourists, this translates into partial closures at times and noise, but don't let this spoil the view.