The Jardin Botanique de Nice is open daily and situated on the Corniche Fleurie with views across to Baie des Anges and the Massif de l’Estérel.
It is located in the midst of a residential area on a hillside, but we noticed minimal traffic noise and could hear birds and insects all the time.
The garden contains more than 3500 plant species including trees, herbs, cacti, agaves, aloes and flowers, and is divided into zones that mimic the Mediterranean climate around the world including South Africa, Mexico, Australia and central Asia.
If you are driving to the garden, come off the AutoRoute A8 highway at exit 51. There is a free carpark at the entrance to the garden (with about 15 spaces including one designated disabled space) though the carpark is quite busy and even though we have a small car (Volkwagon Golf) we found it difficult to exit out of the carpark as there were cars trying to arrive into the carpark and it is very narrow entrance.
If you intend to visit the garden by public transport, there are no trains located nearby so your only option is by bus. There is a bus stop located right at the entrance to the garden, the stop is called ‘Jardin Botanique’ (Bus numbers 8, 65 and 73, from Lignes Azur, tickets can be bought from the driver, timetable information at www.lignesdazur.com)
Within the garden, the paths are well maintained with a mixture of wide paved pathways and earth stairways, and excluding the stairways there are enough ample paved pathways so the garden is accessible for wheelchair bound people. Points of interest include a small waterfall, ornamental ponds, small bridges and a herbarium. There are many park benches and water fountain taps dotted throughout the garden which is lovely.
There are two accessible toilets onsite, free of charge, located beside the gardien’s building. I forgot to check if there were baby-changing facilities, but the toilets were very clean and spacious enough for baby strollers/buggies/wheelchairs.
There is a fenced children’s playground onsite with climbing frames, rocking horses and a merry-go-round operated by pedals. Age suitable for children from walking age upwards. Near to the playground are two children’s picnic tables, and two larger picnic tables which were shaded under trees.
Location: 78 avenue de la Corniche-Fleurie, 06200 NICE
Hours: Open daily, 9am-5pm in winter, 9am-7pm in summer.
Price: Free entry to garden, free carparking onsite, free public toilets onsite. They also offer free guided tours in French and English only with prior reservation (duration: 1.5 hours)
Points of interest: Cacti, trees, agaves, aloes, fenced children’s playground, small waterfall, ponds, bridges, herbarium
NOTE: I took a photo of the map of the garden at the entrance, however it was not very good quality. Next time I visit I will take another photo and mark an entirely wheelchair-friendly garden route and add back to this blog post.
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