Seaside Strolling in Nice

A stroll by the sea along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice is one of the things they say you have to do. Not arguing with conventional wisdom, we hopped off our hop on/off tour bus at this point, found a bench and just sat for a while looking over the beach and watching the comings and goings.

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It is a lovely place for a stroll, not busy at all when we were there so wandering along this wide pavement by the sea was extremely pleasant.

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In 1822 the orange crop of Nice was terrible and a lean time apparently for the workers. The English residents employed them to build this wide boulevard, hence the name. It stretches for over 4 miles around the bay and has been the favoured stroll of fashionable folk ever since.

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There are great views over the sea and the beach but I especially loved the ornate exterior of the Hotel Negresco on the other side of the street. All pastel shades and very fancy they say it looks like a wedding cake.Β Son however was more intrigued by the doormen dressed in shorts and black tights – something he found especially comical.

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All the way along the boulevard are cafes and lots of people heading for the mainly private stretches of beach.

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No sand here, just pebbles and not particularly tiny ones either. Apparently a few private beaches have added a layer of sand but most looked to me to be a stony experience.

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We walked all the way along the Promenade and around to the Vieux Port. Stunning views here too, lots of restaurants, lots of boats and ferries departing for Corsica.

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56 thoughts on “Seaside Strolling in Nice

  1. I remember the first time I visited Nice, and I was gutted to see it was a pebbly beach having pictured it in my head as a nice, big sandy beach! My family had a drink in Le Negresco as my dad wanted to see inside – it’s just as elaborate as the outside would have you believe, a gorgeous building.

  2. A lovely look along the Promenade des Anglais – I remember the Hotel Negresco, it looks so beautiful but we didn’t venture inside. The old port is my favourite part of town, so much to see with the ferris, small boats, little shops and cafes. I’m pleased you enjoyed your visit here.

    • We didn’t go inside the Negresco either but I wish now that we had – curious to see if the inside matches the exterior, I’m sure it does!! We loved the port too, so much to see and all the comings and goings, I could have stayed there for hours.

  3. Joy – the aspect of your travels that I love most of all is the fact that your son is having these wonderful experiences which he will never forget. Although 9 years since I travelled with my oldest granddaughter (soon to be married) we still say “Remember when……..”. Shirley

  4. Looks like your stroll there was a bit more relaxing the ours when our daughter was 1πŸ˜‰. Back then I was disappointed to see the famous rivieras are full of pebbles but our daughter loved playing with them.

  5. I can’t relate to pebble beaches, but have always wanted to experience a French or English pebble beach.
    Sand is all I know.

    The umbrellas white and blue are tres magnifique! I have longed for the south of France for many years. I hope to make there before I’m too old and feeble to get there. Merci beaucoup pour le tour!

    • Oh it’s a wonderful place to visit, so many lovely places on the coast and the wonderful little villages away from all the hustle and bustle too – I hope you do get there soon!! Pebble beaches are not to all tastes but I do love them – something different!

  6. I remember that beach so well Joy! It was where I got the worst sun stroke I’ve ever had!! And the pebbles I remember those too! I saw the Negresco featured on the Michael Portillo programme – he stayed there I think. Looked a lovely place – the view from his room was amazing and a lovely spot for an aperitif or two! πŸ™‚

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