Section 1: from Nice port to the airport
5.5 km/40 min.
Stage 1: The Port Lympia
Nice's port was named Port Lympia after the spring that watered this marshy area in the 18th century. In the surrounding area, visitors can explore the portico buildings with red façades embellished with bas-reliefs and balconies around the Place de l’Île-de-Beauté, the Notre-Dame-du-Port church and its
surrounding Pie-Astraudo houses to the west and the 19th century Honoré Malbequi to the east.
Stage 2: Rauba Capeu
Rauba Capeu ("hat thief") Quay acquired its name due to the gusts of wind that have left many a head unexpectedly bare! Set off to climb the Castle Hill for an unparalleled view over Nice and the bay from the castle grounds, as well as an astonishing artificial waterfall and the remains of an 11th century cathedral.
Stage 3: The Quai des États-Unis
The Quai des États-Unis has been holding open-air art exhibitions since 2002. "Neuf lignes obliques" ["Nine Oblique Lines"] is a steel structure by the artist Bernar Venet. Made up of 9 lines of 30 m high, they come together at their apex, symbolising the nine valleys of the old county of Nice. In 2014, Nice received its very own Statue of Liberty, made by Auguste Bartholdi just like its more famous sister!
Stage 4: The Promenade des Anglais
Built in the early 19th century by the English expat community who flocked to Nice's balmy shores during the winter season, the villas and gardens along it have gradually been replaced with luxury hotels (the Royal, the Negresco), boutique hotels and casinos as well as residential blocks. Its lines of palm trees are associated with Nice around the world. On top of its many events and festivities (Nice Carnival, the Battle of Flowers, etc.), the Promenade is known for its "blue chairs" and pergolas that lend themselves well to kicking back and gazing out over the Bay of Angels.
Section 2: from the airport to Cros-de-Cagnes port
6 km/20 min.
Stage 5: The Pont Napoléon III
Built over the River Var, the Pont Napoléon III bridge links Nice and Saint-Laurent-du-Var. Between 1388 and 1860, the bridge served as a border between the Duchy of Savoy (later the Kingdom of Sardinia) and the County of Provence, annexed to France in 1481. In 1860, it was christened the Napoléon III Bridge in reference to the Emperor who had managed to acquire the County of Nice from the House of Savoy.
Stage 6: The seaside resort of Saint-Laurent-du-Var
From the Esplanade des Goélands that links the Cap 3000 shopping centre to the Promenade des Flots Bleus, to the marina, visitors enjoy meandering along a fully pedestrian path by the sea, sampling the delights of the restaurants, pubs and clubs along the way.
Section 3: from Cros-de-Cagnes port to the Bay of Angels Marina
3.5 km/30 min.
Stage 7: The fishing port of Cros-de-Cagnes
For a long time, the little port of Cros-de-Cagnes was the historic heart of Cagnes-sur-Mer. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was the largest fishing port in the Alpes-Maritimes. During WWII, it was fortified and still bears the remains of blockhouses that have since been listed. It has retained its professional maritime past, with around ten working fishermen who keep this ancient trade alive, fishing for poutine (young fish fry) in particular.
Stage 8: The Fish Shoal
Created by Sylvain Subervie, this staggering piece in forged wrought iron is evocative of a shoal of migrating fish. Measuring 25 m long, it features 15 fish of varying sizes, with the largest measuring 6 m and weighing 3 tonnes.
Stage 9: The Côte d’Azur racecourse
This is one of France's biggest racecourses, stretching over 63 ha and home to every aspect of equestrian sport. It is best known for its winter meet, an event featuring the most prestigious of races, from trot racing to gallop races.
Stage 10: Bay of Angels Marina
The Bay of Angels Marina complex was built between 1969 and 1993. This original and colossal architectural structure (70 m high, a marina featuring 530 moorings, a shopping centre and 4 gigantic pyramids featuring 1,500 residential units) was designed by architect André Minangoy and was awarded the 20th century heritage label. Its curved lines are
evocative of the Mediterranean waves or the hills and mountains of the inland region.
Departure point: Departing from the Quai Cassini in Nice's port, or the La Fighière car park located on Boulevard Tabarly, next to the Bay of Angels Marina
Bike type: All bikes
Age: +6 years
Distance: 15 kilometres
Time: 1.5 hours