The Olympic Flame will first be lit in Olympia on April 16, 2024, following ancient tradition. After a 12-day relay in Greece and a crossing of the Mediterranean aboard the famous three-masted ship, the Belem, it will officially arrive in France on May 8, 2024, heralding the return of the Games after a 100-year wait. This will mark the start of a continuous celebration across France for over two months, paving the way for the Games.
Nice, as the host city for the 2024 Olympic football competition, where 6 football matches will take place at the Allianz Riviera Stadium between July 24 and 31, 2024, will have the privilege of being one of the stage cities in this journey across France. on June 18, 2024, when the Olympic Flame will arrive on the French Riviera.
Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis, and Deputy President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, declares: “The Olympic Flame in Nice on June 18, 2024, will be more than a symbol. Being the first stop in the home stretch to Paris, Nice concludes the Ocean Relay before becoming the global capital with the United Nations Ocean Summit in June 2025.
After passing through 6 other municipalities in the department, it will arrive in Nice where it will discover the Promenade des Anglais. A celebration site will be set up in the heart of the city for the people of Nice to enjoy this grand festivity, right where the last relay runner will light the cauldron. Sporting activities linked to Nice clubs (athletics, basketball, breakdance, skateboarding, judo…) and in the presence of local champions will be scheduled from 3:30 pm on the Quai des États-Unis to involve as many people from Nice as possible in this historic event.
Furthermore, during the Games, the city of Nice will activate a setup in the city center to experience a 100% sports and Olympic moment with activities for all audiences and broadcasts of the competitions taking place in Paris, as it usually does for all major events it hosts.
Ideally located between sea and mountain, the Côte d’Azur boasts landscapes of great diversity and a heritage like no other. From the blue of the Mediterranean to the green of the Mercantour National Park, its rich contrasting geography makes it a dream destination. A land of cycling, water sports, hiking, and winter sports with its 15 ski resorts, the territory is a fantastic playground for all sports lovers!
With its 300 days of sunshine per year, its 4,294 km provides an attractive setting for over a million residents and about 10 million tourists each year.
Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis, and Deputy President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, declares: “It is an honor for Nice to welcome the Olympic Flame, which embodies this ideal of peace and friendship among peoples to which our city, the capital of the Mediterranean, is very attached. This is an exceptional opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to Olympic values and our great ambition for sport.
A Unique Land of Welcome
Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and at the foot of the Alps, Nice is globally renowned for its quality of life. As the fifth largest city in France and the country’s second tourist hub, the capital of the Côte d’Azur welcomes over 5 million visitors each year who enjoy an exceptional site and mild climate. Nice is a prestigious host land, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city offers both the residents of Nice and visitors iconic landscapes and monuments of the Riviera.
34 Olympic flames
The National Museum of Sport in Nice is currently hosting an exhibition showcasing 34 Olympic flames. Visitors have the opportunity to explore these historically significant and symbolically charged artifacts. The exhibition, titled ‘Victories,’ highlights the connections between Nice and the Olympic Games, with the contribution of the Louvre for several ancient artworks. This visit provides an immersive experience into the world of the Olympic Games and prepares visitors for the arrival of the Olympic torch in Nice during the 2024 Olympics. An enriching experience for sports and history enthusiasts alike.
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