The Lérins Islands, Menton, Nice, Grasse and Saint-Paul de Vence – the beauty spots of the Côte d’Azur are spread out against a backdrop of the Mediterranean. Escape to the French Riviera.
Whether you’re happy doing nothing on a comfortable lounger, love swimming in an unspoiled cove or looking for a siesta in the shade of a palm tree, you’ll love discovering our selection of iconic Côte d’Azur beaches, from Saint-Raphaël to Menton.
Here are the 5 most beautiful beaches on the Côte d’Azur:
• Pointe de l’Aiguille beach in Théoule-sur-Mer
• Paloma beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
• Mala beach in Cap-d’Ail
• La Salis beach in Antibes
• La Petite Afrique beach in Beaulieu-sur-Mer
Pointe de l’Aiguille beach in Théoule-sur-Mer
Picture it.... The Lérins Islands and Cannes bay offer themselves up to you with the mountains in the background. All around you, the red rocks of the Massif de l’Estérel spike up from the landscape and plunge down into a crystalline sea. You are on the Pointe de l’Aiguille beach in Théoule-sur-Mer, a little corner of paradise below the panoramic Corniche d’Or road connecting Saint-Raphaël to Cannes.
Think you’ve seen everything? Get out your mask and snorkel. Sea bream, rockfish and crustaceans: the seabed is an eye opener!
Paloma beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Bling-bling and jet set! Previously frequented by the Picasso family, the beach and its iconic establishment, the Paloma Beach, have become the place where stars meet in summer. Make the most of the view of the Beaulieu bay and the Eze cliffs on the private beach of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (which also includes a little public area).
If you find it hard to do nothing, there are plenty of water sports available: water-skiing, tubing, jet-skiing etc.
Mala beach in Cap-d’Ail
Mala beach in Cap-d’Ail, near Monaco, is worth a visit. Descend the 150 steps separating the beach from the lovely Douaniers (customs officers’) path to reach the water. You’ll soon forget the effort going down when your feet touch the beach, which is surrounded by the Pissarelles cliffs. Leave your towel on the pebbles or rent a deckchair from the two beach restaurants: L’Eden Plage and La Réserve... unless you’d prefer to sweeten the experience by taking a short swim to the rocks of the wild and craggy coves surrounding the beach.
La Salis beach in Antibes
In Antibes and Juan-les-Pins, like the rest of the Côte d’Azur, (beautiful) public beaches are rare and highly coveted... La Salis beach seduces leisure lovers and families with its fine sand and view of the old fortified city. You will have to hustle a bit to get your towel on the sand in July and August, but the beach is still very pleasant when it’s not season.
La plage de La Petite Afrique in Beaulieu-sur-Mer
Even the name of La Petite Afrique beach in Beaulieu-sur-Mer is an invitation to escape and put your imagination to work. Sheltered by a limestone cliff, it’s rumoured to be home to a microclimate, making it one of the hottest places in France. Apparently, bananas might even grow in the neighbouring palm groves. With its forest of exotic trees and extensive white sandy beach, it’s a place for complete escapism!
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