Côte d'Azur, France

Nice: Promenade des Anglais

A run along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice is a classic seaside run, and an iconic spot in the Côte d’Azur . The waterfront promenade (called ‘Le Prom’) runs for about 7 km (4 miles) along the water, between the airport and the quay, with good views of the Mediterranean, harbor, boats, and other activity. On a nice day, there’s always lots of activity along here this palm-lined route: runners, walkers, bikers, skaters. Our route incorporates the Quai des Etats Unies, is sort of an eastern extension of Prom. Anglais and is close to Vielle Ville (old Nice), and provides access to beaches.

The Promenade has an interesting history: In 1820, when a particularly harsh winter up north brought an influx of beggars to Nice, some of the English proposed a useful project for them: the construction of a walkway (chemin de promenade) along the sea. Since then, of course, Nice has expanded upon the project. On a more unfortunate note, the Promenade was site of a brutal attack in July 2016, when a truck was deliberately driven at revelers celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84 people.

Essentials
  • 7 km (4 miles) one-way
  • 84 feet
  • Any point along Promenade. Eastern end is near the Airport/Park Phoenix; Western end is the Quai des États-Unis