The Parc Phoenix, on the outskirts of Nice, is spread over 7 hectares. You can find 2,500 species of plants, some reputed to be rare, are conserved in a Mediterranean setting. The 7,000m², 25 metre high tropical greenhouse is one of Europe's largest.
Designed as a place where people and nature can meet, there are around twenty gardens with their own "sounds".
As you visit the park, you will discover:
The astronomical garden: two billion years revealed by the fossil record;
The island of bygone days: plants which have survived for over 8 million years;
The bamboo plantation;
The garden of grasses.
The Phoenix Park is aims to create a new balance and is making increasing room for the wild beauty of the animal kingdom.
The village of Saint-Paul de Vence was formed around the château built on the hill. During the Middle Ages, the counts of Provence ran the region while granting numerous privileges to the village of Saint-Paul de Vence.
When, in 1388, the County of Nice broke away from Provence to become attached to the States of the County of Savoy, Saint-Paul de Vence acquired a strategic position. Under the drive of Francis I with the Italian wars, the village was fortified.
At the start of the 1920s, painters like Paul Signac and Raoul Dufy were attracted by the lights and colours that the Provençal village offers. Paul Roux and his Robinson are the emblem of this period. In the 1950s and 1960s Saint-Paul de Vence was under the lens of the cameras; Jacques Prévert, James Baldwin and Marc Chagall would live for over 10 years in the village.
The famed Promenade des Anglais (the "boardwalk of the English") is the face of Nice for the rest of the world, the city's very own brand image. It's sometimes hard to believe that it was at first a 2-metre wide dirt track along the coast before becoming one of the most sumptuous and famous boardwalks on the planet.
The Promenade des Anglais, known to locals as the Prom', is a grandiose boulevard lined with towering palm trees and vivid flower-beds, beyond which stretches the azure Mediterranean as far as the eye can see…
Discover the aquatic world of the Espace Marineland on the Mediterranean shore a few kilometres from down town Antibes-Juan-Les-Pins. This amusement park presents shows featuring marine mammals (killer whales and dolphins), sea lions and raptors. .
Aside of the show, you can enter the world of sharks through a 30 metre tunnel and discover the ocean floor with its gallery of aquariums.
Marineland also has a Marine museum, which includes collections belonging to the former founder of the place, Admiral Poype de Vertrieux. .
This year, the Marineland celebrates its 40th birthday. To mark the occasion, come and discover new shows and the exhibition which retraces the marine zoo's evolution over the years.
This project was entirely conceived and financed by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght (an art dealer). Josep Lluis Sert designed the buildings but various other artists have contributed to its realisation: the courtyard decorated with Giacometti statues, the Miró maze filled with sculptures and ceramics, mural mosaics designed by Chagall and Tal-Coat, a pool and stained-glass window by Braque etc.
These remarkable buildings house one of the largest collections of 20th century art in Europe with work by Calder, Bonnard, Braque, Léger and Miró.
The Foundation frequently organizes exhibitions, focusing on a single theme or artist, using its own funding.