Beaches in Nice
Over 7km, make the most of the pleasures of the sea - in activity or relaxation style.
Choose between 15 private and 20 public beaches.
Your safety is assured: the sea water is in conformity with national standards ( Pavillon Bleu or Blue Flag), zones of nautical activities are clearly defined and beaches are supervised from Carras to Ponchettes.
2 public beaches are specially equipped to make access to the sea easier for the physically challenged : the beaches Centenaire and Carras. (label Handiplage 2 bouées).
5 beaches have the "beach without tobacco" label with the support of the League against Cancer: Centenaire, Voilier, Bains Militaires, Lenval and Sainte Hélène.
All the private beaches offer (from April to October) mattresses, parasols, changing cubicles and showers. Each one has a restaurant overlooking the sea.
Plage du Carras Beach
Plage de Carras is a well-equipped “handiplage”, which has facilities and lifeguards to enable people with disabilities to enter the water safely.
Dog walkers will be happy to find one of the only dog-friendly sections of beach here as well; it is marked out so your hound can play happily in the waves within this stretch.
There are toilets and showers, but no parking other than roadside which is hard to come by. There is a bus stop, conveniently also called Carras, within just a few metres though and there are Vélobleu bike stations nearby.
Plage Marquet Beach, Cap d'Ail
Plage Marquet is the most easterly of the Cap d’Ail beaches and is right on the border with Monaco.
It is the easiest of the Cap d’Ail beaches to access and therefore often the most popular/crowded during the busy times of the year.
If you come by car then you’ll find plenty of parking right next to the beach, which makes it a popular option for families. There are ramps leading onto the sand, meaning that access is also easy for those using wheelchairs.
Plage de la Darse Beach, Villefranche-sur-Mer
It is a family friendly pebble beach with good snorkelling.
It’s only a short walk from the main beach, Plage des Mariniers, but is hidden away behind the wall at Port de la Darse. There is a snack bar and a couple of restaurants just a few minutes walk away at the port.
The beach itself is small and sheltered with calm water; the sea is so clear here that you can see small silver fish swimming around your legs. The entry into the water is gradual and shallow with fine gravelly stones underfoot, good paddling for children and great visibility for snorkelling.
There is one beach shower here but no toilets or lifeguards.