10 Best beaches on the French Riviera

Want to learn French and enjoy the 10 best beaches on the French Riviera?

Beaulieu Riviera Language Center, a French language training boutique school located in the heart of the small seaside resort of Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, offers French courses for all levels. The opportunity in your free time to discover the multitude of wonderful beaches of the surroundings in a water that reaches almost 30°C in the summer. In Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, 2 beautiful beaches are only 5 minutes from the school! A perfect place for those who want to learn French on the beach.

Plage des Fourmis – Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Located 5 minutes from the school, it is the emblematic sandy beach of Beaulieu. Overhung by a small lush garden full of charm and ideal to admire the sea and the Casino, it is framed on the right by the mythical Villa Kerylos (where French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping recently met) and on the left by the peninsula of Saint Cap Ferrat. There are many equipments (mattress rentals, restaurants, anti-medusa nets, etc.)

Plage de la Petite Afrique – Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Also located 5m from the school, this sandy beach is located in the continuity of the main port of Beaulieu. It is more spacious and offers an impressive view of the cliffs that dive into the sea just after the city. Well sheltered, it has facilities such as a beach volleyball court and other children’s games, mattresses and restaurants. It’s perfect for snorkling. It is called Petite Afrique because it is warmer than any other places on the Riviera!

Plage Cros deï Pin – Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Going to this beach is also a beautiful walk. Indeed it is located 30 minutes walk from the school by passing along the Baie des Fourmis beach and then by the coastal path that connects the two seaside resorts. The view is incredible. On site you will find a volleyball court, restaurants, etc. It can also be reached by bus (line 15 stop Le Cap / Albert 1er)

Other beaches of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat – Passable, La Paloma

Other beaches are located along Cap Ferrat, offering superb views of either Villefranche-sur-Mer harbour (Passable beach), Beaulieu harbour (Paloma Beach) and the deep blue! Often small and enclosed between rocks, they do not lack charm and are heavens for snorklers. To discover! Accessible by bus line 15.

Plage des Marinières – Villefranche-sur-Mer

This large sandy and gravel beach, 700 metres long, is very popular. The panorama on the cove which forms the harbour and the view on the old town of Villefranche makes it a perfect postcard. Accessible by bus (line 15 and 84) and train (every 15 minutes during rush hour).

Beach of Eze by the sea

The neighbouring town of Éze is particularly quiet. Its beach stretches along a beautiful bay and there is necessarily room to put your towel down. Continuing towards Cap d’ail, the rocks and mini coves are a site for nudists. 35 mn by foot for the bravest ones. Accessible by bus (Line 100) and train (every 30 minutes during peak hours)

Mala Beach – Cap d’Ail

A charming beach in the middle of a preserved cove. Not very well known because it is difficult to reach by car. Public space has recently been expanded at the expense of private institutions. Accessible by train then via the coastal path or by bus (line 100).

Further on….

The nearest major cities also have their beaches, a plus after a visit to these unmissable places on the French Riviera.

All along the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice, the huge pebble beach, Baie des Anges, is not the most comfortable but it is equipped with many facilities and has a beautiful turquoise colour. In Monaco an artificial beach, Larvotto Beach, also offers many services and is very well secured. A little further on, Cannes has beautiful fine sandy beaches.

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