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This walk takes you along the entire length of the promenade in Nice, between the harbour and Parc Phoenix next to the airport. You will also explore Castle Hill Park (Parc de la Colline du Château), a 19 hectare maze of greenery perched high up above Nice old town, with many areas to be discovered including an impressive waterfall.
Parking available at harbour or on-street. Place Garibaldi also easily accessible by tram and bus.
Route: Starting at the water feature on Place Garibaldi, head south east to follow the course of the tram line along Rue Catherine Segurane. After 500m keep right to move onto Rue de Foresta. Another 350m along, when you are in line with the end of the harbour (there is a nice viewpoint a little off the street), turn sharp right (North) up Montée Montfort. Along this road there are various paths and staircases off to the left which you can take to reach the Colline du Château area. Alternatively you can follow the road to the top. Once there, take time to explore. Exit the park via the staircase next to the lifts at the west of the park. This will take you onto the start of the promenade. Cross the main road then turn right (North West) to follow the Promenade des Anglais as far as you wish to. It is approx 5km long. If going all the way to Parc Phoenix turn right (North West) after 5km and cross both carriages of the road to reach Boulevard Rene Cassin. Turn left (South West), and walk along Boulevard Rene Cassin for approx 1km to reach a busy interchange. With the tram line on your right-hand side, continue ahead (West) onto a minor road leading to the back of Parc Pehonix. At the end of this road turn left (South West) and walk along Avenue Charles Buchet to the entrance of Parc Pheonix. Return via bus to Place Garibaldi.
WALK REPORT: 7th May 2016
When I first found out we were going to Nice on holiday to visit family I instantly thought about doing a couple of walks for my 100 walk challenge while I was there. One which came to mind was the walk along Promenade des Anglais, which I had never done in it’s entirety despite numerous visits to the city! Today was to be the day – our last full day before returning to Scotland. My husband and I arranged to meet the others at Parc Phoenix at the far end of the prom and spend a few hours there entertaining the kids before taking the bus back to the apartment. We started from Place Garibaldi, making a quick pit stop at Pâtisserie Cappa to pick up some pain au chocolat!
Castle Hill Park is an area I have visited a few times on holidays to Nice and it never fails to impress. Once up there, I can’t help but think how strange it feels to be in such a quiet, green place right in Nice city centre! And the views from the top are just spectacular – you can see all the way along Nice promenade (where we would soon be walking!). There is so much to see in the park I still don’t think I have seen all of it. No castle, despite the name, however there are some remains of it here and there such as in the photo below. There is a large play area for kids, a lovely waterfall which is very refreshing in the summer because it gives a welcome spray if you stand in the right place, and loads of little footpaths and staircases leading here and there. You could spend hours exploring it!
As we walked along the prom I tried not to stare too much at the inviting turquoise waters of the Med and instead looked out for interesting features on the street side, such as these beautiful buildings.
Some typical features of the promenade included huge palm trees, rows of bright blue bikes for hire, and white sheltered seating areas. These looked perfect to cool down and relax in on a summers day – watching the joggers, cyclists and roller bladers do their thing on one side, and admiring the sparkling turquoise Mediterranean on the other.
Once in Parc Phoenix at the end of the walk I was once again snap happy photographing all the amazing flowers! It is a great place to visit especially if you have kids: it is a 7 hectare park with play areas, musical fountains, waterfalls, exotic birds, turtles, over 2,500 species of plants….. a great place to end this walk!