Nice and its ‘galets’ have their charm but during the summer the water is no longer turquoise as before and the beach becomes very crowded, so we went to discover the most fascinating beaches of the French Riviera just a few kilometers from Nice, here below those that we absolutely recommend to see.
LA PLAGE DES MARINIÈRES
A few steps from Villefranche sur mer and a few steps from the train stop, the plage des marinières is the closest sandy beach to Nice: only 7 minutes by train or 15 by car. By train it is really convenient to reach: from the Nice train station there are only two stops: Nice Riquier and Villefranche. By car you will enjoy the panorama of the harbour and of the Mont Boron up to the village of Villefranche, but I warn you that the parking is expensive and in summer it fills up quickly. If you continue along the beach you will find the plage de l’ange gardien and shortly after a small cove where dogs are allowed. We brought our Peschetta, which for the first time entered the crystal clear waters of the sea. The temperature was ideal for her. You can also rent a paddle or kayak and explore the bay. The particularity of this beach is the calm sea and the breathtaking landscape. It is in fact in a cove between the Mont Boron and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, if you have never been there you will also have to go up to see the view from above, voilà.
Cap Ferrat is one of the most suggestive peninsulas of the Côte d’Azur, from the small village to the paradisiacal villas you will pass to the sandy and pebble beaches overlooking the coast. The turquoise water of Paloma and Plage des Fossés will captivate you. The only problem is finding parking nearby as all the streets have only one lane and some for both directions. Precisely for this reason we prefer by far to go there for an evening picnic, illuminated by the lights of the boats and the nearby Beaulieu sur mer.
You will find the beach from the most crystalline sea here: the plage de la Mala. Too bad that there is no real parking for the beach and the places along the road are not enough for everyone. Precisely for this reason we go there mainly in the evening when most people return home to eat and we can enjoy the tranquility of this pearl set among the rocks. The alternative for the day instead is to park at the Parking de la Pointe des Douaniers or along the road that will lead you there and take the Sentier du Bord de Mer and the sentier du littoral which will lead you to the Mala but which will also let you discover many small coves between the rocks where you can do some diving and enjoy the crystal clear sea in peace. Here you will be a few kilometers from Monaco and if you want to enjoy a breathtaking view of the latter then go up to the Tête de Chien at sunset and let yourself be enchanted by the orange and the pink coloring the sea.
Now we head along the west coast. Direction Cap d’Antibes. There are numerous sandy beaches between Antibes and Juan les Pins but they are all very crowded. The ones we love most are of pebbles or rocks and we will now explain how to get there. It is not an area that many know and for this you can find your own spot even arriving at 11 am. You must follow the signs for Villa Eilenroc. Depending on the season you will find a place along the road or in the adjacent streets, in any case, once you arrive you will see that next to the gate of the villa there is a small gate, always open, with a small map in front. That is the beginning of the sentier du litoral: a walk along the cape that goes around the villa. Along this path surrounded by vegetation you will find a first cove among which many fish are hiding and then if you continue you will find other rocks and small coves from which to dive. We loved the first one but we had fun exploring the surroundings anyway. Finally go also to discover the town of Antibes, especially the old area with its small streets and shops, it will fascinate you.
I hope you enjoyed these tips. They are the result of a year of living here in Nice and of many aperitifs on the beach. Happy holidays and a hug.