A Guide to the Best Beaches in Nice

The splendid French city of Nice is home to over thirty stunning pebbly beaches all within easy reach of the lively city centre. Nice’s many beaches stretch uninterruptedly for miles from Côte d’Azur Airport to the charming Chateau in the city’s Vieux Port.

Best Beaches in Nice
Best Beaches in Nicedanorbit. / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

If you are visiting this wonderful French city and staying in one of Nice’s luxury hotels, your stay would not be complete without a trip to the beach. With this in mind, here is a useful guide to the best beaches of Nice.

1. La Plage Publique de Beau Rivage Nice

This wonderful public beach is located at the easterly corner of the celebrated Baies des Anges. This family friendly stretch offers excellent facilities including toilets, hot showers and of course a fully trained lifeguard to watch over the many beach-goers.

Beau Rivage Beach - Nice, France
La Plage Publique de Beau Rivage NiceSuite 112 / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

2. Castel Plage – Best Nice Beach

This beach is registered as a private space and is conveniently situated on the Baies des Anges as well as being very close to the port and to the famous chateau. This beach offers a range of sun loungers to enable you to relax in comfort and style alongside a luxurious and effortlessly elegant beach-side restaurant.

Nice - Chez Castel Beach
Castel Plage Nicejulien.reboulet / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

3. Ruhl Plage Nice Beach

This remarkable French beach dates back to the 1920’s and has been one of Nice’s star attractions for many years. Ruhl Plage is conveniently located in the vicinity of some of the city’s top hotels and casinos.

Nice Beach, Ruhl Plage
Ruhl Plage Nice BeachM.Maselli / Foter / CC BY-SA

4. Blue Beach Nice

This beautiful private beach is situated just a stone’s throw away from many of Nice’s luxury hotels including the Negresco and the Palais de la M éditerranée. This beach offers great facilities to keep the children entertained including a trampoline and specially designed kid’s pool. The gastronomy on offer here is exceptional making Blue Beach the perfect location for a great day out.

Best Nice Beaches
Blue Beach Nice·BigGolf· / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

5. Le Sporting

This incredibly popular private beach can be found half way along Nice’s delightful Promenade des Anglais. The food here is delicious and this beach tends to be a little more spacious meaning that it is a great choice for anyone hoping to avoid the crowds.

6. Villefranche Plage

This fabulous beach is not strictly in the city of Nice however it is easily reachable by bus. Villefranche is located in the neighbouring town of Menton and visitors will be able to enjoy the beach’s golden sands. There are numerous great onsite restaurants and snack bars.

7. Opera Plage

This popular location is considered to be Nice’s oldest beach club. Opera Plage dates all the way back to 1889 and is sumptuously overlooked by a number of fine French properties making this a luxurious choice for any beach-goer.

There can be no doubt that Nice is one of the best cities in France to enjoy a relaxing day or two spent at the beach. You and your family have so many options to choose from that you will almost certainly be able to find the right location for the perfect relaxing day out.

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