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World's Top Waterfront Cities

Nice, France

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Nice

What PPS Says: Nice is a bustling, energetic, and engaging city strongly associated with the magnificent waterfront. From the Colline du Château with its magnificent views overlooking the port, the Mediterranean, and the old city to the promenade along the waterfront and the grand hotels, restaurants, and the fabulous market in the Cours Saleya, Nice is among the best destinations along the Mediterranean coast.

What We Like: La Promenade des Anglais, known familiarly as La Prom, follows the Mediterranean coast past this picturesque resort town and continues to the seaside airport. In town, La Prom leisurely follows the pebbly beachfront, accessed by clearly marked pedestrian crossings over a slow-moving boulevard from the grand old hotels. The route is planted with stands of palm trees and islands of lawn, and is artfully strewn with monuments and fountains.

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