Located from the east and west of Place Masséna, lies the Promenade du Paillon. The Promenade du Paillon leads from Place Masséna all the way to Place Garibaldi. You can take the walk or enjoy the grass and have a picnic with your friends.
What is very interesting about the Promenade du Paillon is that back in the 19th century it didn’t actually exist. There was a long bridge that connected Old Nice with the rest of the city which was separated by the Paillon River. The River would often flood the city when there was heavy rain and so the decision was made to cover up the river.
Today, the river flows under the city centre and the city is not separated as it used to be thanks to the Promenade du Paillon and Place Masséna which are build over the river and connect the city together.
The wide stone – paved walkways include grassy gardens, colourful flowerbeds, children’s play park and splendid water fountains or else known as ‘Miroir d’Eau’. You will find people and families hanging out, having picnics and even sunbathing on the grass while enjoying the sunlight.