The Port, an up-and-coming area of Nice, has an interesting combination of a local French atmosphere and the opulence of the numerous yachts and high quality restaurants that line the harbour front. The Port extends from Place Garibaldi to the West , rue Barla to the North and the prehistoric Terra Armata Museum to the East. Apartments on the Port front have superb views of the Port area, the yachts and the Mediterranean Sea.
Yacht owners who dock their boats in the Port often stay in the Port area, which is reflected in the increase in top quality local entertainment facilities. The Port front has some superb apartments with panoramic sea views, Michelin star restaurants and exclusive bars. The historic ‘Yacht Club de Nice’, founded in 1883, is located on Boulevard Frank Pilatte, to the East of the Port area.
It is just a few minutes walk from the Old Town, but it has a far greater chance of finding elevators, sun basked French windows and some outside space, making the Port area a good alternative to the Vieux Nice.
The Port area of Nice has an authentic charm which is similar to that which can be found in the Old Town. The history of the Port can be seen in the Terra Amata museum to the East of the area and by the Genoese architecture illustrated by the arches on the buildings on the Port front.
The Quai Rauba Capeu by the Chateau, which translates from the local Nicoise dialect as ‘where the wind steals your hat’, divides the Port area from the Promenade des Anglais. On the East face of the Chateau lies the war memorial which honours the French war dead from World War One and World War Two. Place Garibaldi, named after the famous Italian revolutionary, is undergoing major renovations designed to bestow the square to its former glory.
Rue Catherine Segurane, and the area around it, has been described as Nice’s Notting Hill, due to the concentration of antique shops in the quarter. Boulevard Frank Pilatte to the east is one of the most exclusive areas of Nice and apartments here command high prices, mostly due to their breathtaking sea views.