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Promenade des Anglais

Nice’s iconic seafront features a palm-lined Riviera walkway, looking out over stony beaches and the gorgeous blue Baie des Anges.

TravelCurious Tip

Visit one of the Promenade’s many excellent restaurants in the evening for a meal while enjoying the sunset - and some great people-watching.

Holidaying in style

Nice has been popular with the English as a summer retreat since the latter half of the 18th century. Most of the houses at this time were on higher ground, with the beaches largely deserted. In 1820, the construction of a large walkway was proposed - partly to give work to the local population, and partly to avoid beggars - and the Camin deis Anglés (its Nissart name later turned French, after the annexation of Nice in 1860) was born. It reached its current paved form in 1931.

Today, the Prom is an important social centre for the city: runners, seaside strollers, and families on an evening walk all congregate to enjoy the Mediterranean blue of the Baie des Anges and the chic of Belle Époque architecture. The walkway has become popular with inline skaters, and you can rent bikes, rollerblades, scooters and even Segways for a fun day out by the bay.


See and be seen

There are a number of magnificent hotels including the Negresco, with its famous pink cupolas, and the art-deco bling of the Palais de la Méditerranée. The hotels have their own private beach areas, complete with deck chairs and parasols; other parts of the stony shore are accessible to everyone.

If you fancy a sit down go for the sea-blue chairs so evocative of mid-century Riviera glamour, the chaises bleues de la Promenade. First designed in the 1950s, they have become a symbol of the Promenade, and in 2014 a vast two-dimensional sculpture by artist SAB immortalised them in iconic form on the seafront.

Nearby Attractions

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Le Cours Saleya
A busy and beautiful open-air market in the heart of Nice’s Old Town.
Opéra de Nice
Nice’s opera house is one of the most spectacular buildings in the city, and hosts world-class classical concerts.
Cathedrale Sainte Reparate
Nice's cathedral is one of the city's architectural gems, honouring its patron saint.
Massena Square
Nice's most spectacular square and the largest in Vieux Nice, surrounded by Neoclassical façades.
Chapelle de la Miséricorde
Chapelle de la Miséricorde is a beautiful Baroque church inside and out, dating from the mid-18th century.
Place du Palais de Justice
At the heart of Vieux Nice, Place du Palais de Justice is a wonderful display of the city's Neoclassical heritage.

Related Tours

Historic Old Town on Foot
Colourful Old Town

Discover Nice’s Old Town, by wandering the many colourful lanes and marketplaces accompanied by your expert local guide. This Italian-influenced district offers a distinctive Mediterranean flavour, complete with tall pastel buildings and long lines of washing stretching from window to window.  


During your tour you will explore the elegant square Masséna, see the many quaint boutique stores, the Opera de Nice, and the Palace Square, home to the stunning Palace of Justice. On the colorful Saleya Square, you will have time to enjoy the famous flower market stalls and some of the many local delicacies on offer.

Hidden Baroque 

Those of you who love the Baroque, will not be disappointed. Old Town boasts many architectural gems including: the Cathedrale Sainte Reparate, which honours the city’s patron saint; Chapelle de la Miséricorde; and 17th-century Palais Lascaris, one of the most beautiful buildings in Nice. Not to be missed, at the border of Old Town, where the streets get narrower, you will find the gorgeous Place Garibaldi, the largest square in Nice designed by Antonio Spinelli.

The Old Town has some great eateries, old-fashioned bakeries, classic Italian ice-cream parlors and chocolate stores. You will have time to try it all as well as to take wonderful photos of old Italian Nice. You will also have the pleasure of walking along the Promenade des Anglais to view the many historic highlights this area boasts, including the magnificent Hôtel Negresco and art deco Palais de la Méditerranée. 

Sublime Views

You will also have the pleasure of visiting Mont Boron, where you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Bay of Angels and Nice Old Town. You will then move on to explore the Castle Hill, original site of the trading town founded by the Greeks 2,500 years ago. 
The Essential Highlights of Nice
Ancient Beginnings

In this comprehensive tour of Nice, you will have the pleasure of visiting Mont Boron, where you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Bay of Angels and Nice Old Town. You will then move on to explore the Castle Hill, original site of the trading town founded by the Greeks 2,500 years ago. Interestingly enough, this ancient town was entirely dismantled by the soldiers of the French King, Louis XIV.

Venturing onwards to beautiful Cimiez, you will discover the former Roman settlement of Cemenelum, and learn how the area would later become the winter home of Queen Victoria. Spoilt for choice, you will see the Roman amphitheatre and ruins, you will enjoy the Belle Epoque architecture, and see the famous Cimiez Franciscan monastery with its stunning garden. Indeed, you will not be surprise that Cimiez would become home to Henri Matisse, and would be where he would get much of his inspiration for his fabulous work. 

Colourful Old Town and Beyond

One of the main highlights of the French Riviera capital is the prestigious Promenade des Anglais, a favorite walk-way of European nobility in the last century. Here you will find the magnificent Hôtel Negresco and art deco Palais de la Méditerranée. 

A tour of Nice would not be complete without a visit to the Italian-influenced, picturesque district of the Old City, where you can enjoy the many beautiful Baroque churches, cobbled streets, and small colourful squares. On the Saleya square, you will enjoy the famous colourful flower market as well as having the opportunity to experience gourmet specialties, including the famous socca or pissaladière, artisanal olive oil and delicious local wine. The elegant Masséna, on the border of the Old and Modern Town, will impress with its elegant style and faultless atmosphere.
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