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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 colored sand.