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.
Few spots epitomize Nice -- or, in fact, the joie de vivre of the French Riviera in general -- than the inviting Promenade des Anglais. It is always bustling with humanity.There are tourists relaxing in the royal blue chairs lining the shore. There are locals roller blading, biking or jogging along it. Vendors sell crepes and drinks on it. Best of all, there are delightful (if over-priced) seaside restaurants. Splurge on a chaise lounge, and let waiters bring you cocktails and appetizers. Of course we just walked through looking for a simple asian restaurant which we finally found!
There was nothing more beautiful then taking in the sites while walking along the Promenade des Anglais. The promenade runs the length of the bay and is used by walkers, runners, bicyclists and roller bladers. On one side you have the bay, with glistening blue water lapping at the shoreline, and beaches with people enjoying the sunshine. On the other side, there are hotels, restaurants, shops, parks and roads leading throughout Nice.
There are many places to sit and relax and just watch the world go by. Pictures really don't do it justice, it really is one of those places that you have to see with your own eyes.
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.
Buying and selling property is one of the main heavy industries of the Cote d'Azur. Browsing real-estate agents windows is an absolutely must-do activity in Nice. Everybody is at it. What's on offer? What does it cost?
Nice is one of the more desirable cities in France for Parisians, wealthy Italians, and not a few Brits, so why not see what the price of admission is? The pictured four bed apartment "close to the Negresco" is only three quarters of a million euro, but a modest studio in a good central neighbourhood like Musiciens starts at 200,000 euro. Add 100,000 euros to the price of anything with a sea view.
Apartments are the main form of residence here. House hunters in search of a "house and garden", better named a "villa", will need very deep pockets, or start searching away from the coast. The outskirts of Grasse still offer "affordable" villas starting around 600,000 euro.
Nice adorns the French Riviera like a jewel accents a necklace. It sparkles! Unlike Paris when we visited years ago, we found Nice to be...let's see, how shall I say it, "FRIENDLY!"
Our walk about town led us to the Promenade des Anglais, which runs parallel to the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Once we finished with our souvenir shopping on Rue Messina, we discovered the archway leading to the promenade and beach (pic #2)and stepped through to behold a wide stretch of glistening sea.
We first noted the line of palm trees marching along the promenade, then the hotels and apartments which overlook this busy place. Peering seaward, these buildings captured the stunning view of beach and sea.
This "walkway of the English" was financed by Lewis Way, an English Minister. Completed in the 1820's, it was a very popular location at which to lodge by the early 1900's. It appears to have remained a coveted location.
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!
The Promenade is such a lively place.Spend atleast half a day here to see and meet locals as well as tourists.Street performers, skaters , cyclists and joggers make this the place to be in , while in Nice.The beach is not sandy but is nevetheless beautiful.Beautiful people make it a point to be seen here. The cool blue of the Mediterranean Sea is soothing to the eyes.
Locally referred to simply as la Prom, the curved road hugging the bay in Nice takes its name from its first builders, the English. In the early 19th century, when Nice became a winter resort for the Brits, they inhabited many villas along the beach. It was they who first constructed a path along the pebbly beach. Over the years, la Promenade des Anglais was expanded and beautified to eventually turn into the form we see today. Although a few have survived, most of the old villas along the Corniche have been destroyed to make way for Belle Époque buildings and, later, more modern apartment buildings. La Promenade is where tourists and les niçois relax and enjoy the views.
The smartest hotel is Hotel Negresko which was constructed by Romanian businessman Henry Negresko in 1912. The double room costs not less than 400 euros. Rooms are arranged by ancient furniture in empire style and Napoleon III. It is included in ten of the best hotels of the world.
"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.
Start promenade walkings from the Old Town side. The view would be more exotic - Old Town rather than hotels on Promenade des Anglais.
A very pleasant people watching activity. You'll roller skaters almost dancing along your steps.
In 2002, the promenade was decorated with modern art sculptures by famous Nice artist - Niki de St. Phalle.
As you approach the new part of Nice, look for Opera House. Couple of minutes later, the famous Negresco Hotel.
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 built in the 1820's by the English community for afternoon constitutionals.
It runs along the Bay of Angels from the Coline du Chateau up to the airport 7 km away! It takes 3 hours to walk it that’s why many locals use roller skates! Great place for a romantic stroll and of course it’s a nice place for people watching! From the other side, along the eight lane highway lined with palms you can find cafés, restaurants and shops! The famous Negresco Hotel is there too. Some people just grab a seat facing the water along the Promenade des Anglais and just sit there an watch. Believe it or not is very relaxing just watching the sea as the sun gets down...