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Nice opens new dog beach on the Promenade

Finally, a spot for fido to take a dip on the Promenade! Dogs have been prohibited to swim in Nice until the new Plage des Chiens.

Now that the temperature is nearing the 30 mark, the glistening blue sea lining the Promenade des Anglais is even more inviting. But the urge to run into the water for a fresh swim is a challenge for dog owners because access to Nice's beaches and swimming is currently forbidden to dogs by municipal decree, between the Carras nautical base and Rauba Capeu, with the exception of guide dogs.

Despite the ban on dog swimming, all the facilities provided by the City of Nice for dogs and their owners has earned Nice the number one spot in the 30 Millions d'Amis ranking of "dog-friendly" French cities. After the success of the Lanterne beach (between the Carras water sports centre and the Haliotis water treatment plant) up in 2008, Nice decided it was time to offer up another section of the coast to our four-legged friends, this one much closer to town.

Located at Lenval Beach on the Promenade des Anglais, opposite the Lenval Hospital, the new 320 m² secure beach, separated from other bathing sites, offers a quality walk and a refreshing swim to all dogs and their owners. To keep the area clean, doggy bag dispensers are located at each end of the area alongside litter bins and a fresh water tap is positioned to provide water to drink and rinse the dogs.

The inauguration of the Doggy Beach in Nice with Totor artist, Stéphane Bolongaro © Ville de Nice – Philippe Viglietti

In the presence of Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis, Delegate President of the Provence Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region; Henry-Jean Servat, Municipal Councillor in charge of animal protection; Richard Chemla, Deputy Mayor in charge of health, ecology and well-being; Monique Bailet, Deputy Mayor in charge of the western territory and artist Stéphane Bolongaro, the new beach dedicated to dogs was inaugurated on Wednesday, 23 June.

There was a small ceremony dedicating the beach, then the unveiling of the new Totor statue by acclaimed local artist, Stéphane Bolongaro. His famous dogs are scattered about Nice, bringing smiles to all. The fun new pup on a pole is sure to be a clear signal far and wide to denote the doggy-friendly beach. Locals were quick to notice and bring their dogs for a very excited swim. A dog trainer and a vet were on hand to give advice on how to keep dogs safe in the summer heat.

Go check it out and let your pup finally enjoy the Côte d’Azur!

135, Promenade des Anglais


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