When you think of the French Riviera, the warm atmosphere, the smell of lavender and the sun immediately come to mind. Spending your holidays in the south of France is the ideal change of scenery for many city dwellers. But what attracts us most is the prospect of basking in the warm sand of the magnificent beaches dotted along the Mediterranean coastline. Get your beach bag ready, we’re going to show you the most beautiful beaches on the French Riviera.
One foot in the city, one foot in the water
For city dwellers at heart, there are beaches on the outskirts of the city. This way, once the day at the beach is over, you can easily leave to enjoy the pleasures of city life.
Salis beach is one of the most popular beaches, especially during the summer months. There are usually a lot of people who come here. It is located near the old walled city of Antibes. The beach is just a stone’s throw from the town centre, with its fine sand and small restaurants. It is a very well maintained place despite the influence. The advantage is that there is access to a large car park right next to it.
The beach of Portissol is in an arc, under the cornice. This location has the advantage that it is sheltered from the wind. To reach the beach, there are ladders and access for people with reduced mobility. The beach is small, so it is best to get there early for a chance to get a spot. There are two restaurants on the edge of this very quiet beach.
If you are visiting the famous city of Cannes, you can enjoy lazing in the sun on one of the 13 beaches surrounding the city. The fine sand and calm of the sea are a real haven of peace amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
Beaches away from urban life
If you want to enjoy your holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are many beautiful beaches in more remote areas.
The Calanque d’En Vau is one of the beaches you should definitely visit. To get there, you will have to be patient and walk a bit, but the beauty of the place will quickly make you forget your efforts. This beach in the middle of the cliffs is accessible by foot and by boat.
If you are looking for a new experience, go to the Ile du Levant. This island is known in the region as the oldest naturist camp in France. So if you want to go around in the simplest of clothes, there’s no problem. On the other hand, at the Grottes beach, naturism is mandatory. So it’s up to you to choose which experience you want to have.
Paloma beach is one of the most popular wilderness beaches. Unlike the previous beaches, this one has a lot of pebbles. It is located on the peninsula of Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat. The water is incredibly clear.
The beach of Mala is a seaside resort surrounded by cliffs. There is a large privatized part. However, it is possible to enjoy the place in a part that is open to the public. The access to the beach is via the path on the coastline.
The island of Porquerolles is a magnificent place where you can spend pleasant moments with your family while enjoying the stunning scenery. The water is not deep, which is a great advantage with children. In addition, you can see schools of fish in the turquoise water.