Our beautiful Grace of Nice Marathon!

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The history of beautiful Nice dates back to 350 BC when the Greeks built a place on the shores of the Mediterranean called Nikaia, according to the Greek goddess of victory, Nike. It should be mentioned, however, that the present-day region of Nice has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Some archaeological finds prove that the area was already inhabited 400,000 years ago. The centre of Roman rule in the region is the ancient Cemenelum, now Cimiez, which was once a separate place from Nice but is now part of the city. Nice oscillated between French and Italian rule for several centuries.

It was not until 1861 that Nice finally became part of France. By then, the city had developed as a military power under the administration of regions such as Provence, the Counts of Savoy and Napoleon III. The Saracens and the Ottomans were the main forces outside Europe that conquered Nice. In fact, one of the most picturesque and anecdotal tales of the love affair is the story of the salutary "contribution" of a local washerwoman who showed the invaders her huge and obnoxious bottom.

The French and Italians were not the only ones to shape the historical course of the town in one way or another. The English also influenced the area. Their present-day contribution to the urban planning of the city of Nice is particularly evident in the renowned Promenade des Anglais, which was built with funds from the English aristocracy.

Indeed, in the mid-18th century, the wealthy English realized that Nice was an ideal retreat for winter holidays. They proposed and initiated the construction of the promenade on the old deserted beach that outlined the coastline. The design was quickly adopted by the city of Nice.

Until the second half of the 20th century, Nice gained a reputation as an exclusive holiday destination accessible only to the rich. After the Second World War, however, the tourist character of the city of Nice changed dramatically and the resort became accessible to many visitors, including the budget-conscious.

The French Riviera is the ideal place to practice sports while enjoying the beauty of nature between the sea and the land.

It is so dreamlike there to walk along the sea, to enjoy the panoramic view of the lovely hills of Nice. But the many natural parks in Nice are also a runner's dream.

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Here are five places we recommend for your next Nice stay for running:

THE PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS

Legendary! Running on this promenade offers a unique setting by the water.

The distance from Nice West to the War Memorial is 5 km or even 10 km there and back.

 

THE COCO BEACH RESERVE

The Coco Beach reserve is a small beach in the port of Nice. The rocky shores contrast with the pebble beaches of the Promenade des Anglais.

A path leads from the beach to the town of Villefranche-sur-Mer. Steep hills and stairs for those who like to exercise uphill.

 

THE HILL OF THE CASTLE OF NICE

The hill of the castle near the Quai des Etats-Unis (United States) offers a unique setting! Athletes who like intensity will love the stairs! And after hundreds of steps, you'll get a stunning 360 ° view of the Bay of Nice. This place is quite deserted until 10am. It's almost like being alone on the French Riviera.

 

THE COASTAL PATH OF NICE

This path offers a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean... away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets of Nice to find the peace and magic of this place. The path starts on the plain of Coco Beach (Port de Nice district).

 

THE PATH ON THE COAST OF SAINT JEAN CAP FERRAT

For me personally, an absolute dream! This place is very popular with tourists, so you should be there early in the morning!

 

Run together with our friends from the South of France on 23 May at "The Grace of Nice Marathon".

If you haven't registered yet, you should do so as soon as possible. This run is one of the most popular this year.

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