The Albert 1st Gardens are the essential place to stop and sit a while and enjoy the lush mediteranean vegetation that thrives in this frost free climate.
Finest among the palms and flowers is the eye-catching Bird of Paradise flower, Strelizia, which grows in profusion.The climbing rose pergolas are lined by rows of blue-flowered Agapanthus - the plant that shouts Mediterranean and Summer at the same time.
Divided half way by the chequer-board paving of Place Massena, the sea-facing end of the gardens showcases the huge sculpture "Arc de Venet" curving towards the sky, and terminates in the concert venue the Theatre de Verdure. The northern half is home to splendid fountains, and ultimately terminates in the bus station, the Gare Routiere.
With fine views back to the hills behind Nice in the distance, the Albert the first gardens are an essential resting point.
This is Nice's oldest public garden & is situated between the old and new towns. The trees that line the park provide some shade from the sun & block out some of the traffic noise. This makes it a peaceful place to stroll through or sit in, both day & night.
At the centre of the park is a giant steel arc designed by sculptor Bernard Venet, it represents Nice's famous coastline.
The Albert Gardens were right infront of our hotel, they are a lovely place to walk round and have a look at the water fountains or sit on a bench or the grass to relax and watch the world go by.
Jardin Albert Ier is located at
Place Massena which is the
neighborhood Town Centre
and also the location of the
"Public Gardens" where we
had a great time. Here you will
find a great merry go round for
young and old alike ......
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This is the ideal place to take a break and unwind before
continuing a tour of the city. It is a haven of tranquillity with
a large lawn, fountains, pine and palm trees and inviting
blue chairs, perfectly placed to connect Vieux-Nice, the
city centre and the seaside Promenade des Anglais.
If you have kids with you, they will delight in the charming
wrought-iron merry-go-round, playing cheery tunes on the
rare occasions it is in operation.
Also, make sire that you do not miss the towering arc-shaped
sculpture, created by artist Bernar Venet. The Albert I garden is
among the oldest in the city and was named after the Belgian
King in 1914 ....