Promenade des Anglais
Everybody who visits the French Riviera sooner or later spends some time in Nice, if only to change trains or to board a plane. If you find yourself with a couple of hours to kill in Nice, hurry to the beach – no matter how many beaches you have already seen or will be going to see. Because this one is special.
The Promenade des Anglais is to the French Riviera what the Champs Elysees once were to Paris: the region’s most elegant street, but also the place where everybody meets everybody else, a truly civilized space without any airs. Everybody is welcome here: the old folks on the benches, always dressed too warmly for the time of year; young people zig-zagging on roller skates through the crowd; well-dressed ladies with their equally well-dressed dogs – the sidewalks are wide enough to accommodate all known forms of urban life. Even the architecture, not normally the strongest point of the French Riviera, is marvellous: you can marvel at the opulence of the Negresco and the restrained elegance of the Palais de la Mediterranee.