Beaches in the Côte d'Azur

The coast during the summer months is notoriously busy and on some beaches you’ll struggle to find space. However, there are some quieter areas and if you’re after a bit of sea and sand, it’s useful to know where to head.

Beaches

Nice has 15 private beaches with public ones in between, stretching for over four miles from the airport to the Vieux Port. They are pebbly and can be quite steep in parts, making them not particularly ideal for younger children. However, there are stretches that are less steep, and it’s here that you’ll see most families.

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Plage de Passable - Away from the bustle of Nice is the Plage de Passable in a little cove in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and it takes just over half an hour to get to. With a restaurant, sun loungers and water sports, it has lovely views towards the Bay of Villefranche.

Paloma Beach - On the other side of the Cap Ferrat peninsula is the little shingle beach of Paloma. This is a protected cove, popular with families and with great facilities. Half the beach is private, and often frequented by celebrities, while the other section is open to the public.

Eden Plage Mala, Cap d’Ail – Here you will find a small and secluded beach, set in beautiful lush surroundings. The beach is within walking distance of the town Cap d’Ail. There are two good restaurants and safe shallow swimming so ideal for groups with younger children. But be prepared, as the only way to access the beach is by a lot of steps through a pine forest, so not ideal for pushchairs but the result is a calm and not too busy beach waiting for you. There is also the choice of booking sun loungers at the beach club there.

Bay of Villefranche – In a superb location, near to the beautiful Port and Old Town of Nice and close to St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Villefranche is said to be one of the five most beautiful bays in the world. It is an authentic fishing village on the Riviera, still holding its traditional charm amongst the glitz and glamour of the Cote d’Azur.

Juan les Pins

Juan les Pins - The chic Juan les Pins, hugely popular in the 30s and 40s with many Hollywood stars including Charlie Chaplin and Marlene Dietrich. Why not let us book a sun lounger at Plage Helios Beach Club for you.

Plage Keller Beach Club - A relaxed friendly beach club situated on the Cap d’Antibes peninsula, where sunbeds can be reserved on the beach, terrace or pontoon. This bay is sheltered from the wind making it a nice calm spot and ideal for children. With the added bonus of spectacular scenery as you look out over the crystal clear waters.

Cannes

La Croisette - For more glitz and a feel for the buzz of the South of France, nothing beats the beach along La Croisette in Cannes. You’ll need to make a reservation at one of the restaurants but can stay there for the afternoon topping up your glass with chilled rosé. The drive can take between 35 and 45 minutes from your villa.

Just west across the bay is Théoule-sur-Mer, which has a quieter beach, covered in lovely golden coloured sand.

St Tropez

Pampelonne Beach - The famous Pampelonne Beach at St Tropez is the best one to go to for people watching, and as such, gets incredibly busy. It does have very good facilities including some great restaurants. The drive is anywhere between an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic.

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