Promenade des Anglais (Walk of the English)was built in 1820 by an Englishman, Lewis Way, for afternoon constitutionals.
It is a great place to take a walk, jog, drive a bicycle or something. It goes just by the beach and it is great day or night. There are nice hotels... like Negresco (on the first photo), on the other side of the road. There is American Promenade too, but I've been told the English one is better.
You can take a romantic walk, regular walk, jog, sit there and enjoy, go down on the beach... whatever you like.
The Promenade des Anglais, Nice's famous seafront esplanade, is a fantastic place to take a stroll any time of day or night. It is nearly three miles long and if you feel so inclined, you can hire a bicycle or rollerblade up and down it. Chairs line the promenade overlooking the ocean. It's a great spot for a romantic stroll. On the other side you can find caf?s, restaurants and shops along with hotels like the famous Negresco Hotel.
Perfect for peoplewatching, this is the place to be and be seen. Sit down on one of the many benches and watch people hanging from parachutes among various other sports, picnicking or generally posing and jsut watch the world go by.... You can walk all the way round to the harbour and the Quai Rauba Capeu is a great place to watch the sun go down.
An early evening stroll or sunset is our favourite time for the promenade, but there is alot going on whatever time of day or night.
Promenade des Anglais
In the new part of town during the day,
you'll want to take at least one walk
down the Promenade des Anglais,
two wide carriageways separated by
flowerbeds and palm trees, stretching
two and a half miles down the waterfront. ....
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On one side of the promenade, you'll find grand hotels both modern
and quaint, and along most of the other side stretches the beaches
of the Baie des Anges.
The beaches alternate between public and private, and you can find
waterskiing, windsurfing, parasailing, jet-skiing rentals in many places .....
Do you want to be seen ... or do you want to look at other people. The Promenade des Anglais is the place to be then. This long street, following the beach along the Baie des Anges, attracts all kinds of people. The Nice inhabitants walk by in the newest fashion, tourist strawl looking over sea and city, businessmen swiftly walk a bit during lunch, skaters glide by in a new sport outfit and sunbathing lovers cross it on their way to the beach. The promenade is hip and trendy and therefore a must do in Nice.
The Promenade des Anglais - so called because it was built in the 1820's by the English community in Victorian times - runs along the Baie des Anges from the Coline du Chateau up to the airport some six kilometres away, alongside the six lane highway lined with palms.
You can walk all the way and back in around three hours. If your feet can take it, your heart will thank you for it. On the way admire the belle epoche hotels and apartments, or just drink in the azure blue sea and sky.
It was outside the Negresco in 1927 that Isadora Duncan met her untimely end courtesy of the wheels of her Bugatti. The three white Pergolas opposite date from the 1930's. The famous blue chairs appeared in the late forties, only to disappear last year and make a comeback, welded together
At weekends in high season crowds throng in their thousands to the Prom. Street entertainers to divert you momentarily from one of the finest people watching opportunities in Nice. Glamorous Italian couples, haughty Parisians, eccentric retired Nicios dressed forty years too young, rollerbladers, joggers, bikers, families, everyone just taking a stroll down the Prom.
Occupying a prime position on the front of the Promenade des Anglais, with its huge art deco facade, Le Palais de la Mediterranee, opened its doors in 1929. Designed by the Nice architect Charles Dalmas, whose other commissions included the luxurious Hotel Carlton in Cannes , the sumptuous decor of its lounges and Casino attracted a clientele of rich men and elegant women. A rival to the much photographed belle epoche Negresco built in 1912.
The Palais closed in 1978, and after some years of dereliction, it has been completely restored to its former glory and reopened in January 2004. The facade holds within a luxury hotel and residences. Its imposing presence puts to shame the ugly fifties and sixties apartment blocks around it.
Always worth an evening stroll to see any status-symbol luxury cars parked on the forecourt, signalling that someone famous is dining or gambling or just stopping overnight.
Star the other evening was a black Hummer, with British number plates and a lot of nose-prints on the front windscreen.
Grab a seat facing the water along the Promenade des Anglais and just sit.
It is perhaps my favourite thing to do in Nice,perhaps even more than swimming.
I bring a bottle of wine,a glass, a Nicoise Tuna Baguette and a local melon....
splifs,when used with caution,are OK after sundown.
This wonderful seafront boulevard, always decked with flowers and when we were there statues, follows the curve of the "Baie des Anges" (Bay of Angels). An Englishman, the Reverend Lewis Way, built the promenade, which was originally a path just two meters wide, at his own expense in 1820. There are chairs for rent to sit and ponder the wonders of the Mediterranian.
Promenade des Anglais is one of the most popular sidewalks of Nice. I stayed in Nice for 3 weeks and nearlt every night I had a walk thorough this beautiful road.
You can see the crowded cafes, restaurants, in the daytime, you can encounter many poeple rollerskating or on scooters,.
Many hotels, both modern and Belle Epoque, museums and posh apartments, the Promenade des Anglais is a long wide road which runs the length of the seafront at Nice
I recommend spending some time on the Promenade d'Anglais. There were several places to rent bicycles or rollerblades, or you can just walk along the promenade until your feet hurt. It goes for miles along the seashore of Nice.
The beauty of the Promenade des Anglais is not in the sea, or the buildings, for these exist all along the Cote d’Azur, but the people who make it so unforgettable.
Early on a summer’s morning the light has a much softer tone than most of the day, and the air has an unfamiliar chill about it.
The hardy individuals who sleep on the beach are stirring; some make for the beach showers, while others grab a few more minutes slumber. Moving slowly along the shingle are beachcombers a tradition probably thousands of years old, only now not after driftwood, but with metal detectors looking for coins dropped carelessly into the pebbles.
Groups of elderly bathers vigorously towel themselves after emerging from their early morning swims and all-night anglers pack up thinking of grilled fish for breakfast. Even at 7am, joggers and promenaders are out and the less athletic are sitting in the blue chairs reading Nice Matin.
As the day progresses, and the light reaches an intensity that is never seen in more northern climes the promenade is thronged by strollers, and those on all manner of personal transport from skateboards to Segways. The private and public beaches fill with the bronzed bodies of others intent on perfecting their tans, and children splash in the sea.
Africans sell ethnic jewellery and exotic carvings, but missing are the professional photographers who used to snap the happy holidaymakers and sell the prints in the days before digital cameras. Overhead, descending planes gracefully follow the sweep of the bay, each bringing another load of tourists eagerly anticipating their holiday.
The movement never stops as the evening brings a twinkle of artificial light stretching from the chateau to the airport and the beach is given over to groups of revellers intent on partying into the night. Still the promenaders stroll, or stop to look out to sea.
Much more physical contact is in evidence than during the day, with couples holding hands or arm in arm as the beauty of the night entrances them.
This is one of the main things and best things to do in Nice, take a stroll along along the Promenade des Anglais. It runs along the sea front from the Colline du Chateau all the way to the airport. It's always busy with people walking, jogging, rollerblading, cycling etc. Or if that's too energetic sit in one of the chairs provided along the Promenade and just gaze out to over the beautiful blue sea!
Lined with cafes and hotels, both modern and Belle Epoque, museums and apartments, the Promenade des Anglais is a long wide road which runs the length of the seafront at Nice . Everything at the side of the blue mediterranean sea.
"The Promenade of the English" was built in 1820 by an Englishman, Lewis Way, for afternoon constitutionals. Today this palm tree lined promenade is is used by walkers, joggers, cyclist, and roller bladers. The promenade runs the length of Nice's ocean front.
This busy strip following the coast line of the sea stretches from a part of the city to the other. There are bike lanes and a wide path for walking, there are stairs leading to the beaches below. This is a very active area all day any time of the day, it's nice to walk along the strip take in the fresh sea air and the wonderful views!!