Promenade des Anglais

Add Remove
Add Remove

Promenade des Anglais

The iconic Promenade des Anglais
This seven-kilometer long promenade is the epitome of Nice and the French Riviera. An iconic landmark that today attracts tourists from all over the world as well as the local population.

Promenade des Anglais i Nice
The always human- and atmosphere-filled Promenade des Anglais – ©

The elongated boulevard, with the sea and the beach on one side and impressive historic buildings in the best Belle Époque style on the other, created a cosmopolitan gathering point.

Here all ages and nationalities meet. Some sit on one of the many benches and enjoy the vibrant life of the boulevard, others come jogging or skating, others just stroll quietly, while others lie and soak up the sun on the beach or sit at one of the many cozy restaurants.

With its central location, the Promenade des Anglais is the perfect base from which to explore Nice and discover the many exciting sights that this unique city has to offer.

The history of Promenade des Anglais
The history of the promenade goes back to 1822, when Nice in the years before had experienced a greater influx from the English upper class who wished to spend their cold winters in a milder climate along the Riviera.

At the same time, France had experienced two years of unusually poor harvests and this resulted in many farmers and workers searching for the Riviera and ending up having to beg to make ends meet.

English initiative
There was work going on on the English side and financial means were available to build a promenade. This led the English priest Lewis Way, who believed that idleness was the way to all evil, to involve these unemployed in the work of building the promenade.

In 1824 the work was completed, and as a thank you for the English initiative Nice agreed to call the new promenade “Chemin des Anglais” “. This name retained the promenade until Nice via the Treaty of Turin became part of France in 1860, where it changed to the current name “La Promenade des Anglais”. Today, the locals call the promenade La Prom.

The Golden Age – La Belle Époque
The years from 1860 until the First World War were a spectacular period of cultural, technological and economic development in Europe, which the French called “Belle Époque”. It was the starting point for the construction of a number of luxurious hotels and lavish villas along with casinos, theaters, concert halls in Nice, especially along the promenade.

The beautiful hotel Negresco in classic Belle Epoque style

The vast majority of these buildings still stand today and can be admired for their architecture and history. Others have had to let go of life, such as the elegant casino from 1880, La Jetée, built in Moorish style out on a pier in the sea. Unfortunately, it did not survive World War II.

Old picture of the then casino from 1880, La Jetée Promenade in Nice
The then elegant casino from 1880, La Jetée Promenade

But some of the most interesting buildings from the Belle Époque period that you can still admire are, for example, the famous Hotel Negresco from 1912, the Hotel Palais de la Mediteranée from 1929 and two villas that are today housed in famous museums; Musée des Beaux Arts and Musée Masséna.

By Tommy Sverre / 2021

Other experiences in Nice
  • All
  • Art
  • Castles and palaces
  • Churches & chapels
  • Excursions
  • Food & Wine
  • Gardens & parks
  • Markets
  • Museums
  • Ports & Islands
  • Squares & Promenades
  • Viewpoints
Boat Trip Boat trips

Boat trip from Nice to Villefranche

Enjoy the beautiful views of Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on a 1-hour boat trip along the French Riviera.


Hop-on Hop-off bus tour in Nice

Explore Nice with a 1- or 2-day pass to the open-top Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus. Hop on and off as often as you like and take the time to experience the most popular places

Squares & Promenades

Old town of Nice – Vieille Ville

There are many reasons to fall in love with Nice. One of the obvious ones is the charming old town with its cozy little streets, narrow houses painted in breathtaking southern colors.

Gardens & parks

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is a beautiful botanical and zoological park with exciting experiences for both children and adults. With one of Europe’s largest greenhouses…


Museum of Modern Art – MAMAC

Located in the heart of the city, close to Place Garibaldi, the MAMAC Museum exhibits modern and contemporary art from the 1950s to the present day.

Castles and palaces

Villa Masséna museum

Villa Masséna is an architectural jewel from the Belle Epoque period and today houses a museum of the history of Nice and the memorabilia of Napoleon.

Never Stress Excursions

Excursions Nice

Nice is the heart of the Côte d’Azur and many of the most interesting excursions depart from here. Book securely with free cancellation.

Castles and palaces

Colline du Chateau

This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city and at the same time the place where Nice saw the light of day for around …


Matisse Museum Nice

The Matisse Museum in Nice is a city museums and it’s dedicated to the life and works of Henri Matisse as he spent much of his life in Nice and in the Côte d’Azur region.

Churches & chapels

Russian church in Nice – Cathedral Saint-Nicholas

This is one of the most beautiful Russian churches of its kind outside of Russia. It is like a section of St. Peter’s Square in Moscow, just located in the middle of Nice.


Markets at Cours Saleya

The markets at Cours Saleya hosts four different markets. Most famous is the Marché aux Fleurs or Flower Market, open Tuesday through Sunday.

Castles and palaces

Casino Palais de la Mediteranée

This is one of the most beautiful palaces on the Promenade des Anglais and an architectural testimony to the Art-Deco period from the beginning of the 20th century

Castles and palaces

Lascaris Palace

In the heart of the old town on rue Droite lies this extraordinary mansion. It is a true monument in the French Baroque style, decorated with frescoes, luxuriously furnished rooms and ..

Food & Wine

Food Mecca at Gare du Sud

The large steel hall has now been transformed into one large cultural and gastronomic mecca and the hall is enriched with a 1,000 square meter mezzanine that is being laid ….

Squares & Promenades

Place Masséna

Place Masséna is a historic square in Nice, which connects the old town with the more modern northern part of the city.


Marc Chagall museum Nice

Chagall Museum Nice is the first national museum built to pay homage to an artist while he was still alive. It is located on the Cimiez Hill.

Ports & Islands

Port Lympia

This is one of the most popular ports in Europe and it is only quite natural with its central and beautiful location by the Mediterranean.

Jardin-albert-nice-airview Gardens & parks

Jardin Albert 1.

Jardin Albert 1 is one of Nice’s absolutely oldest public gardens and you can hardly avoid meeting it either ..

Scroll to Top

Subscribe to newsletter