Nice and the flowers
Updated: Apr 10, 2018
Amongst other things, Nice owes is worldwide reputation to the flower cultivation that has been practiced since the 18th century.
Cours Saleya Flower Market, right in the heart of the city, opened its doors in 1897, and it is one of the oldest traditions in Nice.
Although today it is mostly made up of beautiful fruit and vegetables, the market still includes an extensive flower section, which is open every day except Mondays. While strolling along this multicolored fair, not only will you feast your eyes on a spectacular variety of flora, but you will also soak up the unique atmosphere of a place steeped with history.
The flower tradition in Nice dates back to the end of the XIX century, when the city was one of the world's leading flower-producers. Novelist and floriculturist Alphonse Karr brought the cut flowers trade in the French Riviera. He also opened the first flower shop in Nice.
The boom of flower trade in Nice was made possible by two factors: water supply in the hills of Nice, and the arrival of the railway in 1864. Flowers remained one of Nice’s leading industries until the last century, when it started to decline due to the urbanization process.