Stroll down the beautiful Promenade des Anglais in Nice. A walkway along the glorious curve of the Bay of Angels, the Promenade des Anglais represents one of the best places to visit for beach lovers on holiday in the French Riviera.
Between mountains and sea
Nestled between the hills and the sea, Promenade des Anglais is ideal for people who want to soak in local vibe but do not want to be far from the beaches. Visitors to Nice can travel the length of the Promenade des Anglais in a number of ways, including a leisurely walk or a scenic bike ride. While it's one of the city's main thoroughfares, the promenade is pedestrianized and offers a safe, friendly, and paved route for everyone. It has a dedicated lane for cyclists and skaters. If you want to join them, you can rent skates, scooters and bikes from nearby shops in the area of try the famous blue city bikes, Vélobleu. The adjacent strip of beach also means that you need to be in a hurry to rush along the Promenade des Anglais if you prefer a day in the sun.
Perfect for a leisurely day
Nice in summer time is a dream destination and La Prom, as the locals call it, provides an idyllic backdrop for holidaymakers. Spend your day ambling along the promenade lined with shady palms, stop by the numerous cafes and restaurants along the beach, go for a swim whenever fancy strikes, soak in the sun as you enjoy the company of locals and tourists alike, or have a picnic at sunset as you marvel at the fantastic views over the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.
What to see;
As you walk or bike down the promenade, make sure you stop to admire the iconic landmarks along the way, including the Hôtel Negresco, the art-deco Palais de la Méditerranée (1929), the Musée Masséna, and Niçoise sculptor Sabine Géraudie's giant iron sculpture La Chaise de SAB (2014) that pays homage to the city's famous blue-and-white beach chairs. The Promenade des Anglais also lies close to other Nice attractions, such as the Nice Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the MAMAC museum.
What's in a name
With a name that translates to "Walkway of the English," the promenade's connection with England is obvious. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Nice had become popular as winter residence for affluent Europeans, including English royalty. The presence of the English led to the establishment of the Anglican Church and in one particularly harsh winter when a lot of people from the villages migrated to the city looking for work, the Anglican Church decided to hire them to build this promenade. The name honors the benefactors who raised money for the project.