Everyone dreams of the big prize at the Hippodrome
The horse racetrack at the Hippodrome Côte d’Azur is not only for game birds. It’s also a great experience for anyone who likes a different afternoon or evening of galloping, trotting or steeplechase (obstacle course).
Of course, it is possible to play a little on the favorite or outsider. But you can also simply enjoy the dense atmosphere through the panoramic windows of one of the facility’s three restaurants, or get a quick takeaway at the Snack-Bars.
Over the course of a season, there are many races. At times, almost every day but read the exact program of the hippodrome on their website.
The Hippodrone – one of France’s largest racetracks
The racetrack Hippodrome Côte-d’Azur was built in the years after World War II in the beautiful surroundings close to the Mediterranean Sea in Cagnes-sur-Mer, between Nice and Cannes.
In Nice, the original racecourse was supposed to give way to the airport, and in Cannes the city’s hippodrome had suffered major damage during the war.
Therefore, the non-profit association, Société des Courses de la Côte d’Azur, joined forces to build the large racecourse, where there are also good training facilities and horse stables, as well as a crowd stand on the northwest side of the track with impressive views of the facility and the Mediterranean Sea in the background.
The new racecourse hosted the first races in September 1952, and is one of France’s largest horse racing facilities with 2,000 parking spaces and space for 12,000 seated spectators, half of them in the stands.
Show for all the money
Horse racing has always been a colourful show and you don’t have to be a horse expert for an unforgettable experience. On race day, you should arrive well in advance so that you can see the impressive horses and jockeys in their brightly colored suits up close at the presentations.
Bet a few euros at good odds and cross fingers, with all the other spectators that it is precisely your betting number that whizzes first across the finish line after a long and intense race.
- Le Pesage is a gastronomic restaurant,
- Le Paddock is a brasserie,
- L’Hippocafet is a cafeteria,
- Les Snack-Bars is for the rapid hunger or thirst.
Admission 5 euros, free for children under the age of 16.
During the holidays and weekends of December, January and February, special activities for children are organized free of charge. Get up close to the ponies, try a bike sulky race or inflatable bouncy castle. See the exact times on the hippodrome website: https://hippodrome-cotedazur.fr/site/
By Mikael Mortensen – 2022