The Port is an up-and-coming area of Nice that offers an interesting blend of down-to-earth, local French atmosphere as well as the modern luxury of yachts, quality restaurants and renovated buildings which line the harbour front.
The Port extends from Place Garibaldi right up to the prehistoric Terra Amata museum at the foot of Mont Boron. It is an area that has refused to lose its Niçois roots despite the successful recent renovation of the harbour front. Apartments for sale on the Port of Nice have superb views over the Port itself, the harboured yachts and the Mediterranean Sea. The views mean apartments for sale on the Port tend to command top prices, only slightly lower than the Promenade des Anglais.
Yacht owners who dock their boats in the Port of Nice, often choose to stay in this area too. This is reflected in the influx of top quality local entertainment facilities including fine dining restaurants and exclusive bars. The historic Yacht Club de Nice, founded in 1883 is located just to the east of the Port front, on Boulevard Franck Pilatte. Boulevard Franck Pilatte is one of the Port’s most exclusive areas and property prices are high because of the spectacular sea views which its apartments offer. The Port front boasts some luxury apartment buildings which offer residents Port and sea views, often accompanied with modern amenities such as elevators and air conditioning.
The Port is just a short stroll from the Old Town, but there is a far greater chance of finding apartments here with large, sunny French windows and even some outside space, making this area a good alternative to the Vieux Nice. The Port shares some of the authentic charm that attracts so many visitors to the Old Town. The history of the Port is visible from the Genoese architecture illustrated by the arches on some of the buildings on the Port front, but also a visit to the Terra Amata museum provides a fascinating insight into the city’s prehistoric past.
The Quai Rauba Capeu, at the foot of the Colline du Chateau, translates from the Niçois dialect as ‘where the wind steals your hat’ and despite the sometimes bracing wind, the views out to the endless Mediterranean Sea are breath-taking. The Quai Rauba Capeu divides the Port area from the Promenade. On the East side of the chateau, facing the Port, lies the imposing war memorial, honouring the dead from World War One and World War Two.