Have you ever wondered why is the most important icon of a French city named as English Promenade?
As always, the answer underlies in a brief history. In the second half of the 18th century, the English aristocracy discovered the beauty of the area and also, the magnificent view. Therefore, they began to come to Nice more frequently in order to spend their vacations. However, due to the harsh winter of 1820, the amount of beggars increased rapidly. So, the English came up with an idea: to construct a promenade.
At first, la prom was called as Camin deis Anglés in Niçard (which is a dialect of the Occitan Language). After the French took over Nice by the Treatment of Turin in 1860, the name officially turned to the one that we use today: La Promenade des Anglais (or Promenade or La Prom).
Today, the promenade (which is approximately 7 km) starts from Côte d'Azur Airport and ends in the beginning of Quai des Etats-Unis. When you go there, you will find yourself among palms, runners, bike riders, the ones who take their dog out and mostly the tourists. You can either walk along the promenade while you enjoy the sun and take some fresh air (i remember that once i used this phrase in French course when we had to come up with a story) or swim. You can also sit down on the blue chairs and enjoy the sea, the sound of the waves and the swimmers. There are lots of private and public beaches but fortunately, the order is like this: private beach-public beach-private beach-public beach and so on... Therefore, it allows you to compare them more easily. If you like to take some alcohol or have lunch at the beach, then you may prefer the private beaches. But according to you, if it is luxury, you may prefer the public beach. It is up to you... To me, ever since they both have showers, there is no such difference between them.
On the other hand, -since it is the Mediterranean- the water is more salty than in the ocean. However, it is absolutely clean and fresh. Until now, i have swum in various seas and to me, this one is the most clean and the most fresh one although i find it salty. Please do not forget to carry a bottle of water in your bag unless you are used to swim in the salty waters.
The promenade provides you amazing views and sculptures to take lots of photos such as La Chaise de SAB, the sea, Hotel Negresco etc. But, i advise you not to walk along the whole street. Because, as i said before, it is 7 kms long and when you start walking, after a moment, you feel like it will never finish. But if you do, you can return to Place Massena by taking the bus 98.
Well unfortunately, i do not have any café or restaurant advices because i went to all of them and to me, each of them are equally amazing even though they are for different tastes.
Enjoy the paradis!