Fodor's Expert Review Port de Nice

Nice Marina/Pier/Dock

In 1750 the Duke of Savoy ordered a port to be dug into the waterfront to shelter the approach of the city's maritime traffic, and freight ships, fishing boats, and yachts still sail into its safe harbor today. The redevelopment of Nice's port, around the other side of the château, paves an easier way for amblers who want to take in the Genoese architecture in this area, or peruse the antiques at the Puces de Nice along Quai Papacino. From June to mid-October, daily 10–7, the free shuttle Lou Passagin ferries you across the port from the Charles Felix dock to Quai d’Entrecasteaux. In early September, keep an eye out for the Fête du Port—a gastronomical explosion (and one of the rare occasions when you'll witness the French walk and eat simultaneously) outmatched only by fire-eaters and fireworks. From the port, you can take Bus No. 14 to visit the 16th-century Fort du Mont-Alban, which has exceptional views of Bordighera, and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat all the way over to... READ MORE

In 1750 the Duke of Savoy ordered a port to be dug into the waterfront to shelter the approach of the city's maritime traffic, and freight ships, fishing boats, and yachts still sail into its safe harbor today. The redevelopment of Nice's port, around the other side of the château, paves an easier way for amblers who want to take in the Genoese architecture in this area, or peruse the antiques at the Puces de Nice along Quai Papacino. From June to mid-October, daily 10–7, the free shuttle Lou Passagin ferries you across the port from the Charles Felix dock to Quai d’Entrecasteaux. In early September, keep an eye out for the Fête du Port—a gastronomical explosion (and one of the rare occasions when you'll witness the French walk and eat simultaneously) outmatched only by fire-eaters and fireworks. From the port, you can take Bus No. 14 to visit the 16th-century Fort du Mont-Alban, which has exceptional views of Bordighera, and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat all the way over to Baie des Anges (those crazy circular buildings) and Antibes. In September 2015 major works for Nice's second tram line commenced in the port. This has resulted in rerouted buses, the rat-tat-tat-tat of jackhammers, and inaccessible sidewalks and streets that will likely last until 2018.

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Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  06300, France

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