Without doubt Nice’s Promenade des Anglais is the iconic worldwide image of the city.
The Promenade is a palm-lined walkway, which goes parallel with the Nice’s coast, from the eastern end of the city to the airport, a path of about seven kilometres. The Promenade is one of the Nice’s key points. Most of the city attractions are easily reachable from this place.
The Promenade is one of the busiest areas of Nice, where cyclists, runners and walkers enjoy their time off.
The Promenade des Anglais has existed more than 250 years. Long time before the 18th century, the coast of Nice was just a large area covered by small stones and the houses were far away from the coast.
In the 18th century Nice become the favourite holiday destination for many aristocrats who discovered the climate benefits of the area. As walking along the coast was their favourite holiday activity, some English aristocrats, who came here regularly to forget the hard English winters, decided to build a walkway.
Beautiful buildings face the sea on the Promenade. My favourite is the Negresco, a legendary world-leading hotel, not only because it was built and owned by a Romanian, Henry Negresco, but also for its gorgeous neoclassical architectural style.
Built in 1913, the hotel welcomed royals and other worldwide famous people: Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Beatles, Ava Gardner, James Dean, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Hemingway, Edith Piaf, to name just a few.
Many artists pictured the Promenade of their times. My favourite is “Window on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice”, by Raoul Dufy, who authored the painting in 1938.
We have just found out that the Nice’s administration submitted a candidate application to get the Promenade des Anglais as an UNESCO world heritage item. We believe that the waterfront walkway with its elegance and reputation will get it.
Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France: Photo-album