5 most beautiful beaches on the French Riviera !

Orlane M | Lifestyle | Published on wednesday May 11, 2022 at 5:36 pm 

5 most beautiful beaches on the French Riviera.

5 most beautiful beaches on the French Riviera ! It is one of the most touristic and sunniest regions of France. Nestled in creeks or bordered by seaside resorts, the beaches of La Belle Bleue benefit from exceptional environments.

Translucent waters, wild and preserved landscapes, breathtaking panoramas, the beaches of the region are definitely worth the detour.

1- La Petite Afrique Beach in Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Exotic with its lush vegetation that reminds us of those of paradise islands such as Martinique or Guadeloupe. Petite Afrique Beach is also particularly impressive for its position at the foot of the cliffs.

There is plenty activities on this beach: beach volleyball court, nautical activities, facilities for children, etc.

You can easily settle in the shade of a pine or palm tree to spend a pleasant day with family or friends.

Also, if you want to treat yourself to a moment of relaxation on a private beach, Petite Afrique beach has two : Batik Beach and Baia Bella. Count between 30€ and 40€ per day (+ 10€ for the first line), price including deckchair, parasol and towel. Both beaches also have a bar and a restaurant offering different specialties. Reservation strongly recommended.

The beach is very easy to access, supervised in high season and has showers and toilets.

A true paradise of Belle Époque architecture, we recommend that you take the opportunity to get lost in the pretty alleys of the city.

How to get there ?

Plage La Petite Afrique, 06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

From Nice or Monaco, the easiest way is to take the Basse or the Moyenne Corniche to Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Once there, you have to go down to the port, the beach is just behind.

You can park in one of the two paid car parks or park in the small streets of the center if you are lucky. Indeed, places are rare in high season.

Also, you can access this beach very easily by going there by train. The train station is just a few minutes from the latter.


La Petite Afrique beach in Beaulieu-sur-Mer. ©Nice Tourist Office.

2- Les Fossettes et Les Fosses beaches in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Too difficult for us to choose between these two beaches located on the magnificent and very preserved peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Tranquility and relaxation guaranteed!

Plage Les Fossettes

It is undoubtedly the most preserved and discreet beach on the peninsula. Much appreciated by regulars for its tranquility. For snorkeling enthusiasts, the beach is also rich in its seabed.

On the beach you will find a shower, a toilet and a snack bar nearby.

Les Fosses beach is located below the Jardin de la Paix, on Pointe Saint-Hospice.

Les Fossettes beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. ©Citizien Kid.

Les Fosses beach

Located in the south of the peninsula, it offers an exceptional view of the former quarry of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the surrounding villas. The seabed is also rich there.

For the little historical point, it is at the level of this beach that the old municipal washhouse is located, today closed but which is nevertheless worth the detour!

If you want to spend the day there, plan your picnic as well as something to hydrate yourself because you will not find a snack bar or restaurant on site. On the other hand, the beach has a shower so that you can rinse yourself with clear water.

Les Fosses beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. ©Côte d’Azur France.

How to get there ?

Plages Les Fossettes et Les Fosses, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

From the East: A8 motorway, exit n°58 (Monaco – Eze), cross Beausoleil and Cap d’Ail to reach the Basse Corniche, then follow the seaside to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

From the West: A8 motorway, exit n°50 (Nice Centre), follow Nice Ouest-Arenas, then the Promenade des Anglais. Go along the seaside to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, crossing Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer.

You can also go to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat by TER in the direction of Monaco-Menton, stop “Beaulieu sur Mer” then take bus n°15 (Direction Port de Saint-Jean) at the stop “Gare Beaulieu -on sea”


3- La Mala beach in Cap d’Ail

Located in a preserved cove, the Plage de la Mala is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches on the French Riviera.

Breathtaking view of the Mediterranean and the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, crystal clear waters, in short, it’s an incredible place! Also, with its small beach huts, the bay reminds us of the pretty creeks of Marseille.

La Plage de la Mala is made up of a public part where everyone can sit as well as two exceptional private beach restaurants: La Réserve de la Mala et l’Eden Plage Mala.

Count between €30 to €50 in low season (April/May/September) and around €100 in July and August for the rental of a mattress by the day. Both have a restaurant where you can eat southern cuisine, exclusively made up of fresh products.

Access is a little more “complicated” than for the other beaches because it is a bit steep. However, an adult can access it without any problem. Just be a little more vigilant for children as well as for the elderly.

Take advantage of this getaway to Cap-d’Ail to walk the customs officers’ path. From Marquet beach in the east to Mala beach in the west, the Cap d’Ail coastal path connects Pointe des Douaniers, Cap Rognoso and Cap Mala in a preserved setting where exotic species, villas dreams and historical or geological curiosities mingle.

How to get there ?

Plage de la Mala, 06320 Cap-d’Ail.

From Italy: exit n°58 “Roquebrune Monaco-Beausoleil”

From Nice: exit n°57 “Monaco-Cap d’Ail”

RD 6007 – Avenue Prince Rainier III – Middle Corniche

RD 6098 – Lower Corniche

La Mala beach and its private beaches in Cap d’Ail. ©La Réserve de la Mala.

4- Pointe de l’Aiguille beach in Théoule-sur-Mer

Pointe de l’Aiguille Beach is one of the most beautiful but also the wildest on the French Riviera. Facing the bay of Cannes and the Lérins Islands, the setting is extremely pretty.

Adventure and nature lovers, this beach is made for you! Not invaded by the crowd, you will not find sand on the latter but large pebbles. You can admire the cavities formed by the relief or even jump from large reddish rocks for the more adventurous.

This beach does not have showers or toilets. We advise you to bring shoes to go swimming.

If you want to eat in an idyllic setting, not far away is the L’Aiguille restaurant. This restaurant offers high quality gastronomy, all on the waterfront. Reservation strongly recommended.

How to get there ?

Plage de la Pointe de l’Aiguille, 06590 Théoule-sur-Mer.

Cross the town of Théoule-sur-Mer and head towards the heights. Pass behind the public beach of l’Aiguille and continue for a few kilometers along the boulevard de la Corniche d’Or and park at the “Parc de la Pointe de l’Aiguille”. From here, a marked path goes down to the beach. Access is easy, count about 10 minutes to reach Pointe de l’Aiguille beach.


La Pointe de l’Aiguille beach in Théoule-sur-Mer.

5- La Garoupe beach in Antibes

This heavenly beach on the edge of Cap d’Antibes is not to be missed under any circumstances! Mixture of pebbles and sand, turquoise waters, Garoupe beach is a timeless place.

Overlooking Garoupe Bay, this public beach remains exclusive as it can accommodate few people. It is also on this beach that the famous private beach Keller is located.

The good plan? In summer, it is possible to book your blue and white mattress for the day for the modest sum of 11€! To do this, go to the website of the city of Antibes, just HERE.

Take the opportunity to walk the beautiful coastal path. Count 1h30 to 2h to go around Cap d’Antibes.

How to get there ?

Plage de la Garoupe, 06110 Antibes.

To get to Garoupe beach, the easiest way is to take the A8 motorway and take the Antibes exit. You will then have to descend towards the sea following the direction of the center of Antibes. You will then have to take Boulevard Albert 1er, Boulevard Maréchal Leclerc and Boulevard du Cap in the direction of Chemin de la Garoupe.

To park, there is a large free car park above the beach, which is very quickly crowded in high season unless you arrive early enough. Otherwise you will have to turn into the nearby streets.


La Garoupe beach in Antibes.


We hope you enjoyed this article “5 most beautiful beaches on the French Riviera” ! ?

In the same style, also find our article “10 activities to do with the family on the French Riviera !” juste HERE.



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