Nice offers bathers a more graceful exit from the sea thanks to new rope lines

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The famed stony beaches of Nice aren’t the easiest in terms of entering and exiting the sea, but a new series of rope tow lines on four beaches should make the process a little less hard on the feet and balance this summer.

The beautiful beaches of Nice and its iconic Promenade des Anglais have long proven themselves a draw for tourists and visitors from all over the world, but their one drawback, according to some swimmers and bathers, are the rocks.  

Getting in and out of the sea requires a balancing act verging on the acrobatic, with sore feet and a bruised ego from falling rather ungracefully down often the outcome.  

To help make the route a bit smoother for the thousands who descend into the waters of the Baie des Anges each summer, Nice City Hall has installed a series of rope lines at four beaches to assist bathers in entering and leaving the water.  

A throwback to the beginning of the 20th century, when rope tow lines were commonly used on Nice’s beaches, the modern system has been in place since the start of July and can be found at Les Ponchettes, Centenaire Plage, Blue Beach and Sainte-Hélène.  

They have all been installed near lifeguard stations and provide an extra level of safety and security for swimmers.

After a few weeks of use, the rope lines certainly seem to be a real hit, with many wondering how they ever got by without them! 


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