An esplanade is a long, open, level area, usually next to a river or large body of water, where people may walk. This allows people to promenade along the sea front, usually for recreational purposes, whatever the state of the tide, without having to walk on the beach. Esplanades became popular in Victorian times when it was fashionable to visit seaside resorts.

The original meaning of esplanade was a large, open, level area outside fortress or city walls. Esplanade and promenade are sometimes used interchangeably, but that is a mistake. A promenade can be anywhere, and it is exclusively for walking, while an esplanade is for walking but also can include large boulevards or avenues with cars.

A similar term with the same meaning in the eastern coastal region of Spain is rambla, but morewidely referred to as paseo marítimo (esplanade) or paseo (promenade) in the Hispanic world.

Examples of esplanades


* Gold Coast Oceanway, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
* Eastern Beach, Victoria, Australia
* Calçadão de Copacabana and de Ipanema (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
* The Promenade, Brighton, England
* The Esplanade, in Weymouth, England
* La Promenade des Anglais, in Nice, France
* Tsim Sha Tsui East, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong
* Marine Drive in Mumbai, India
* Gulf Street in Kuwait City, Kuwait
* The Promenade, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
* Tel Aviv Promenade, in Tel Aviv, Israel
* Corniche Beirut, seaside promenade in Beirut, Lebanon
* Gurney Drive in Tanjung Tokong, Penang, Malaysia
* Esplanade in George Town, Penang, Malaysia
* Sliema Promenade, Sliema, Malta
* The "Malecón" (Mexican Spanish term for promenade) of Puerto Vallarta downtown and a small version of it in the marine, both in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
* St. Clair Esplanade in Dunedin, New Zealand
* Marine Parade, in Napier, New Zealand
* Promenade at Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City, Philippines
* Baywalk, Manila, Philippines
* Mall of Asia Esplanade, Pasay City, Philippines
* The Esplanade, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
* The Esplanade, Singapore
* The Golden Mile, Durban, South Africa
* Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa
* Kordon Yolu, İzmir, Turkey
* Breakwater Corniche or Al-Kasr in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
* The Esplanade, Redondo Beach, California
* The Esplanade, Rio Del Mar, California, United States
* Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, United States
* Brooklyn Promenade, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York, United States
* Rambla de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay


* The Esplanade of the Ministries, in Brasilia, Brazil, which is surrounded by the Brazilian Ministries, the National Cathedral, Library, Museum and Theater, and the Brazilian Congress.
* The Esplanade, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
* Thames Embankment, in London, England
* The Esplanade Rishton, England
* Pohjois- and Etelä-Esplanadi in Helsinki, Finland
* Esplanade de La Défense is a subway station, situated below the esplanade of La Défense, Paris, France.
* The Danube Promenade in Budapest, Hungary.
* Esplanade, in Calcutta, India
* Esplanade, Chennai (previously known as Madras), in Chennai(Madras), India
* Sibu Esplanade, Rajang River, Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia
* Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh, Scotland
* The Esplanade, Disneyland Resort, California, United States
* Charles River esplanade, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
* The Eastbank Esplanade, in Portland, Oregon, United States
* The Promenade a high class shopping area in Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania, United States.
* The Esplanade is often the centermost street in Black Rock City, the temporary home of the Burning Man Festival, United States

See also riverwalk.


* Promenade on space station Deep Space 9 ("")
* The Promenade area in Canal City, Planet Notak, in
* Riverfront Esplanade, a fictional New Jersey development, on The Sopranos TV show.
* The Promenade in Glen Oak, California on 7th Heaven TV show.
* Waukeen's Promenade, in the city of Athkatla, in the video game Baldur's Gate II.
* Chapter One of Camara Laye's "The Radiance of the King".
* VMK Esplanade in Main Street land of VMK

ee also

* [ Promenade of Tel-Aviv] Israel 60. Tel-Aviv 100. Photo by Lev Borodulin
* Boardwalk
* Foreshoreway
* Oceanway
* Processional walkway
* Riverwalk

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  • esplanade — [ ɛsplanad ] n. f. • 1477; it. spianata, de spianare « aplanir » 1 ♦ Terrain uni et découvert, artificiellement aplani. 2 ♦ Terrain aménagé devant un édifice, une maison, en vue d en dégager les abords. L esplanade des Invalides à Paris. ⇒ parvis …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • esplanade — Esplanade. s. f. l S se prononce. Espace uni & découvert au devant d un lieu basti, au devant d une place fortifiée. Il y a une grande esplanade au devant de la place. on a fait une grande esplanade au devant de la place pour découvrir de plus… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • Esplanade — Es pla*nade , n. [F. esplanade, Sp. esplanada, explanada, cf. It. spianata; fr. Sp. explanar to level, L. explanare to flatten or spread out. See {Explain}.] 1. (Fort.) (a) A clear space between a citadel and the nearest houses of the town.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • esplanade — 1590s, from Fr. esplanade (15c.), from Sp. esplanada large level area, noun use of fem. pp. of esplanar make level, from L. explanare to level (see EXPLAIN (Cf. explain)). Or perhaps the French word is from or influenced by It. spianata, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Esplanade — (fr., spr. Esplanad), 1) großer freier Platz vor einem Gebäude od. Garten; 2) der freie Raum, welcher die Werke der Citadelle einer Festung umgibt u. von der Stadt trennt; 3) auch nur die Oberfläche des Glacis …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Esplanade — (franz.), großer, freier Platz vor einem Gebäude oder Garten; bei Festungen der freie Raum zwischen der Zitadelle und der eigentlichen Stadt, welcher der erstern freies Schußfeld gewähren und selbständige Verteidigung ermöglichen soll …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Esplanade — Esplanāde (frz.), in Festungen der unbebaute Raum zwischen Stadt und Zitadelle; auch Platz oder Promenade, durch Abtragung alter Festungswerke etc. entstanden …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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