The Promenade du Paillon in Nice

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The Promenade du Paillon in Nice is a vast garden, all in length that goes from the place Massena in the South, to the National Theater in the North. Its official name is Promenade du Paillon, but it is known as the green corridor. The space occupies the covering of the river, now underground.

The water mirror of the Promenade du Paillon in Nice

jean-Marc Foulquier

As soon as you enter the place Massena, you find yourself in front of a vast wet space where the cries of children resound. And for good reason. This water mirror is made up of water jets that rise from the ground intermittently. Children love to be “surprised” there under the good-natured supervision of their parents sitting all around, but dry.
This water mirror covers an area of 3,000m² and includes 128 water jets. During the day, the water jets are a joy for the children and in the evening, when the evening falls, the water jets become multicolored. An extraordinary fairyland of light and colors spreads.

The Promenade du Paillon

The Promenade du Paillon is nothing other than the covering of the river Paillon. As much as it imposed in the past a cut between the old city and its extension to the West, nowadays the Promenade has become a link facilitating the passage from one to the other.
This green space is more than one kilometer long. In addition to games for children at several points along the route in the form of a friendly marine bestiary, there are several species of remarkable trees:

  • Trees from the Mediterranean basin: olive trees, carob vines, pomegranate trees, fig trees and other plants from southern Europe
  • Asian plants: camphor trees, giant bamboos and citrus collection
  • African plants: multi-trunk palms (phoenix reclinata), Erythrina with orange-red blossoms in spring, Aloes
  • Plants from Oceania and Australia: eucalyptus, Brachychitons, Stenocarpus sinuatus, tree ferns, ficus
  • Plants of South America: Tipuana tipu, Chorisia speciosa with a trunk covered with thorns, Jubea spectabilis or Chilean coconut trees
  • North American plants: magnolias, oaks, walnut trees and maples

Albert 1st Garden and the Plateau des Mumes

To the south of the Promenade du Paillon lies the Jardin Albert 1er, created in 1852. This garden corresponds to the first coverage of the Paillon. It is a wooded park, with a bandstand, a monumental sculpture of theArc de Venet, 115°5, 19 meters high, and the Fontaine des Trois Grâces.
But there again, it is a particular space that makes the joy of children: the plateau des brumes.
The plateau des brumes is a space where a cloud of mist is diffused, thanks to 960 misters spread over 1,400 m².

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