Why do we call her so?
The Promenade des Anglais takes its name from the English aristocracy who used to come and stay in Nice. The city was for a long time a highly appreciated tourist destination for this high-end clientele. Nice charmed for its mild climate and pleasant setting. But these tourists had to stroll along the beach on a simple dirt road. It was not earlier than in the nineteenth century that great works had be done, thanks to the initiative of the Reverend Lewis Way. Indeed, he raised funds to finance the construction of the Promenade des Anglais. These works have been completed in 1824 but only when Nice was officially attached to France, in 1860, the city adopted the name “Promenade des Anglais”. The ‘Promenade des Anglais’ extends from the airport to the Quai des Etats-Unis over nearly 7 kilometers and is bordered by beautiful palaces, casinos, hotels and residential buildings. Among the most famous is the Palais de la Méditerranée, funded by an American businessman Jay Gould, and considered as a masterpiece of Art Deco style. Read more
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World Heritage Site?
The promenade des anglaise is a pleasant place where the famous blue chairs are installed to allow visitors to take a break and enjoy the view of the Bay of Angels, the pergolas that offer shady spaces and the streetlights that guide the landing Planes. The Promenade des Anglais is a place in constant evolution. It’s candidacy to UNESCO’s World Heritage Wanted by Christian Estrosi in 2012 shows this as well.
Staying or living on the ‘Prom’
Buy or rent an apartment on the promenade of the English is a real privilege. These apartments offer open views of the entire Bay of Angels. These panoramic views are particularly sought after. Moreover, living in an apartment on the promenade des Anglais means that you will have everything nearby: the beaches, the city centre and the international airport of Nice. It is an ideal place to make the most of everything that the French Riviera offers.
The hotels on the Promenade are very well located. Direct access to the airport and the sea is right at the foot of the buildings. Among the luxury hotels you will find the mythical 5-star hotel Negresco. Its facades and roofs as well as its central hall (the Royal Lounge) with its canopy are classified historical monuments and in 2015 The hotel is classified company of living heritage.
The 4-star hotel Westminster has borrowed its name from the Duke of Westminster and makes also part of the history of Nice. Today completely renovated, it has been able to combine old and modern and the frescoes of the Grand Hall, the ironwork and a collection of unique paintings by the painter Begum representing views of Nice from before 1860 have been carefully preserved.
The Palais de la Méditerranée, whose casino was inaugurated in 1929, is a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture. The palace is a well-known tourist place with its casino, entertainment halls, gastronomic restaurant, a luxury hotel and a swimming pool.