Promenade des Anglais

One of the best features of Nice is for sure the Promenade des Anglais, the walkway between the beach and the beautiful old city center. It is seven kilometers long and named after the English that started in the second half of the 18th century to spend their winters at the Côte d’Azur. Everyday people are strolling along the shore, having a bath at the pebble beach, playing pétanque or enjoying a drink in one of the many bars. The beach is by the way partly public and in some sections commercialized giving you the choice to either have free access or to enjoy sun loungers and bars directly at the water.

Unfortunately the Promenade des Anglais was also in the news with a sad story in 2016: On Bastille Day, the national French holiday an act of terror happened there. An attacker drove a lorry into the celebrating crowd at the promenade, killed 86 people and injured 400. This day was one of the reasons why today many cities across the globe protect Christmas markets and public party locations with massive blocks of concrete.

Promenade des Anglais

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