July 3, 2001
If you come to Nice for its reknown beaches, you will be surprised to discover that the beaches of Nice are covered with shingles (smooth stones) and bordered by busy four-lane thoroughfare. Unless you plan on building sand castles, the shingles should not be a problem and some people actually prefer them to sand. If you travel with children, beware that, like at all european beaches, some topless bathing is practiced here.
The famous "Promenade des Anglais", the seaside walk that stretches 4 miles around the Baie des Anges, has been a favorite for leisurely "promenades" since the turn of the last century. Always covered with flowers, this wonderful walk looks out onto the beaches on one side, and luxury hotels such as the Negresco on the other. At all hours of the days and nights, people come here to watch the sea, sunbath, jog and roller skate.
The Rue de France pedestrian shopping street runs roughly parallel to the seaside. This area is full of shops, including some exclusive clothing boutiques, and restaurants and cafés with outdoor terraces - a great place to sit and watch the world go by, while you eat or drink.
From journal The Beautiful Towns on the French Riviera