While planning a beach holiday in Nice one needs to remember that there are no sandy beaches in the capital of Côte d'Azur. All beaches are pebbled, while those located on the outskirts of the city are mainly rocky. People don’t really like walking on sharp rocks to swim. However, one can solve this issue by buying special swimming shoes with a solid base (a pair of them is worth 10-12 Euros, and can be found in any souvenir shops). However, some people prefer to find sandy beaches not far from Nice.
What is the location of the sandy beaches near Nice?
There are three key places located not far from Nice, where one can spend some great time on sandy beaches:
- In the town of Villefranche-sur-Mer;
- A bit farther in Beaulieu-sur-Mer;
- And finally in Cannes.
Now let’s look at each of them. One can reach Villefranche-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer by taking a train from ‘Nice Ville’ train station and paying just 2-3 Euros. Trains depart almost every thirty minutes.
There are just two stops to reach Villefranche-sur-Mer (around 7 minutes). The beach can be seen immediately from the train station. Furthermore, Villefranche-sur-Mer is a memorable place where one can spend some time on the beach, and enjoy a walk around the historical center of the city.
The central beach is called Mariner and has a length of 800 meters. You won’t find any attractions except boats; however, there are several open cafes and fast food restaurants. This sandy beach is free. Sand is soft and sometimes includes small pebbles. Guests can use change cabins, showers, and toilets.
Do you like sandy beaches? One can find a lot of them not far from Nice in such places as Villefranche-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, and Cannes.
To reach Beaulieu-sur-Mer, one needs to next on the next stop (10 minutes in total). The local beach is also close to the train station. The best beaches are sandy La Petite
Afrique and La Baie des Fourmis. The first one is surrounded by palms and offers as free, as well as paid zones. There’s a playground for kids and a volleyball ground. The second one is located right next to a casino. It’s also free, yet clean and cozy.
If you are not interested in sandy beaches, but in excursions and emotions, you can go to Cannes and walk along the famous Promenade de la Croisette. Golden sand of the beaches in Cannes doesn’t make the water dirty, that’s why it shines like a diamond. Look at the photo to see the amazing glitter of golden sand and glimmer.
To reach Cannes, you need to go to the west. Trains depart from Nice Ville and Nice St-Augustin. The total travel time is 30 minutes, while the price is 7 Euros. Also there’s Bus 200, and the ticket is worth 1 Euro.