Promenade des Anglais
Nothing symbolises Nice more than the Promenade des Anglais. This 3km-line of south-facing apartments runs along the wide public beach from the Radisson Blu hotel all the way to the Negresco hotel. Just north of here is the Carré d’Or, the city’s ritziest residential zone, and Place Massena, the geographical heart of the city.
The Promenade’s obvious draw is the sea. Guests can hop across to the beach or join the legions of joggers, cyclists and rollerbladers on the pedestrian-only waterside walkway.
Surprisingly, the Promenade boasts the most modern selection of rental properties in Nice. Apartment blocks range from art deco affairs from the 1950s to contemporary buildings from the 1990s. All have lifts and neat common areas, and most have luxurious parquet floors, high ceilings and, to complete the look, ultra-chic furniture.
The Promenade’s other big bonus is its public transport links. Guest walking out of Nice airport can be checking in to their property ten minutes later. Bus nos. 50, 59, 70 and 94 connect the Promenade with the Old Town and the tramway.
Pavement cafés and restaurant are thinner on the ground than in Nice’s bustling city centre, but local bakers, grocery stores and wine shops proliferate.