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HIGHLIGHTS

• Musée des Beaux-Arts

From your rental apartment in Magnan

Access in minutes on foot:

• Beach and Prom 1 - 5
• Gambetta in 5 - 25
• Musiciens in 20 – 50
• Etoile in 30 – 50
• Carre d’Or in 30 - 50
• Liberation in 30 – 50
• Vieux Nice in 40 – 60
• Port in approx. 60

Public transport from your Magnan rental apartment:

Key transport links in minutes on foot:

• Buses on Promenade des Anglais

• Buses on Rue de France

• Train station in 15 – 25

NICE NEIGHBOURHOODS

Carré d'Or
Etoile
Gambetta
Libération
Magnan
Musiciens
Port
Vieux Nice

Nice and Around Nice

Which area to book for your holiday apartment in Nice?
The pros and cons of the Magnan area

To help you book the right holiday rental apartment in Nice for you, here is some information about the area we call Magnan. You can see the area on the small diagram at the top right of the page. It is marked with a star.

The Magnan area covers West of Boulevard Gambetta and the Hotel Negresco to the end of the Promenade. The two major roads are the very famous Promenade des Anglais and Rue de France which runs parallel behind it. Further west, Rue de France changes to Avenue de la Californie.

holiday apartments in NiceThis is the area where you find sprawling hotels lining the Promenade des Anglais ready to host the business commuters. The main reason holiday makers choose to stay in this area is the proximity to the beach and Promenade. You should also find the size of the rental apartments quite large, balconies and terraces plentiful and if on the Promenade you’re likely to get impregnable views of the Bay of Angels.

The airport bus runs from the airport and along the Promenade des Anglais before turning towards Place Massena and then the bus station at the Old Town. Other buses run frequently along the Promenade also with plenty of stops along the way.

The Magnan area is also popular with mature students who have enrolled with the highly acclaimed EDHEC business school to be found at 393 Promenade des Anglais. The school offers several international programs. If you are interested in booking a rental apartment for longer term whilst studying here, please email us.

holiday apartments in NicePromenade holiday apartments cannot usually be beaten for the panoramic views offered, especially the higher the floor. The buildings generally reek of old grandeur and an era gone by. Unashamed Art Deco adorns most common parts of the buildings and many of the apartments inside. This can give an older feel to a lot of Promenade apartments. You’ll find a bigger concentration of coloured bathroom suites here more than anywhere else. Somehow, they get away with it. If you love period properties, the Promenade is for you.

Rental apartments on the Promenade are still popular despite the downside of potential noise and soot from the busy roads below. Both can seep into apartments despite the windows being closed. The higher the floor, the less the noise and soot and whilst double glazing helps greatly – it often will not eradicate either. Bear in mind these two potential nuisances when choosing your holiday apartment, though the panoramic sea views can anesthetise them quite a lot. Check out our Nice holiday apartments Promenade and Les Cedres for stunning panoramic sea views right on the Promenade des Anglais.

Cheaper private beach clubs can be found at this end of the Promenade and the beach is usually less busy than further near to town. There are some large supermarkets on Rue de France and Avenue de la Californie as well as bakeries, snack bars and shops along Rue de France. Sadly, the area probably has the poorest selection of great restaurants. We’d advise a fifteen minute stroll down the Promenade to the Carre d’Or area to find better choices. It will be a 30 – 40 minute stroll down the Promenade before you reach the Cours Saleya and Old Town.

For a lazy afternoon, if you’ve had your fill of the sun, stroll nearer to the airport and watch sporting seniors play boules against the backdrop of the Mediterranean. It’s a serious game, though usually played like gentlemen with tape measures and lots of squinting to see exactly who is closest to the cochonnet.

We are often asked whether Nice is safe. We think it is one of the safest cities in Europe. We do not have holiday rental properties in any undesirable areas. Whilst Nice has its share of petty theft, we do not think any of our guests should feel threatened or in danger when staying in Nice rental apartments. At the far end of the Promenade you may notice prostitutes late in the evening. The profession appears to be tolerated, though not legalised in Nice. This doesn't mean the area is unsafe and if you ignore them, they will ignore you.

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