The French city of Nice is only one of a handful of cities across the world which has a beach just minutes away from the city centre and possibly your dream French property in Nice.
However Nice does not just have one beach – but as many as 30 which stretch as far as the eye can see along the city’s famous Promenade des Anglais. The beaches in Nice extend uninterrupted for more than four miles from the international Nice Cote d’Azur airport to the foot of the Chateau in the Vieux Port.
Like many other beaches on the French Riviera, the Nice beaches are pebbly and in some areas they slope down to the sea at quite an angle, making these sections unsuitable for young children. However, in other sections of the seafront the beaches are less steep and it is on these beaches that you tend to see large numbers of families.
There are 15 private beaches in Nice, which are all positioned between public – or free beaches. Amongst the best beaches in Nice are:
- La Plage Publique de Beau Rivage – a free public beach next to the private Beau Rivage plage, at the easterly end of the Baies des Anges. The beach is in a protected corner, with excellent facilities such as toilets, hot showers and a life guard.
- Castel Plage – this beach is the last private beach on the Baie des Anges, before the port and underneath the chateau. Eat in the elegant restaurant on the fine pebbles or at your own private lounger.
- Blue Beach – another private beach moments away from some of Nice’s most prestigious hotels such as the Negresco and the Palais de la Méditérranée. The food at this beach restaurant is exceptional, so much so that it has earned the name ‘gastro plage’. Those with real estate in France here are spoilt for choice on where to dine out after a day on the sand. There are also activities for children such as a kids’ pool and a trampoline.
- Villefranche Plage – although not strictly in Nice, the beach at Villefranche, the next town along, is not far away. The sandy beach makes a rare change from the pebbles in Nice, and at the cost of one euro on the 100 bus to Menton, its worth the trip. The beach is free and there are a wide range of restaurants and snacks available.
- Le Sporting – another popular private beach about half way along the Promenade des Anglais where you can sunbathe and dine in peace, away from the maddening crowds.
- Ruhl Plage – this is one of the most famous beaches in Nice, which dates back to the 1920s. It is located directly infront of the Ruhl Casino and Le Meridien Hotel.
- Plage Mala – again, not exactly a beach in Nice but only a short bus ride away on the same no 100 to Menton. Plage Mala, on Cap d’Ail, is a hidden gem which can only be reached by climbing down steep steps from the town centre. There is a fantastic restaurant here called La Réserve de Mala.
- St Laurent du Var – there are a number of beaches, most of which are pebbly, the other side of Nice Cote d’Azur Airport towards the Port of St Laurent du Var. These almost flat beaches are very family-friendly, and great for a day out. Just a short drive from Nice, the beaches are lined with a number of excellent restaurants.
- Eze – for a real treat head to Eze Beach, in the small village of Eze-sur-Mer. A short drive from Nice, the pebbly beach is secluded and sheltered, and there are a number of great restaurants. Spoil yourself at the Anguna private beach, where you can lounge on sumptious sofas.
- Opera Plage – is the oldest beach club in Nice, dating back to 1889. This beach is overlooked by some of the finest French property in Nice.
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