With an impressive 115 kilometers of coastline, the French Riviera is one of Europe’s top beach holiday destinations, as well as one of its most glamorous. As its second largest city, Nice is a hub of history and culture that just so happens to boast some of the best public and private beaches, with its naturally occurring smooth pebbles being washed down from the Var and Paillon rivers. From intimate hidden suntraps to party beaches with their own resident DJ, here’s some of the best Niçoise beaches.
Only a 20 minute bus journey from Nice city center, those wishing to escape the bustle of Nice’s beaches will not be disappointed by Elton John’s preferred holiday destination. Villefranche is one of the Riviera’s most beautiful small towns, and having been settled since prehistoric times, it also makes for a wonderfully historical day out, boasting spectacular sites such as the Fort du Mont Alban, a 16th century fortress built by the Duke of Savoy Emmanuel Philibert. For those visitors wishing to stay in the sun the beach at Villefranche does not disappoint, with its long Plage des Marinières stretching almost a kilometer along the bay and providing views of the dramatic surrounding cliffsides. The coarse sand here makes a change from Nice’s large pebbles, and with a diverse variety of eateries lining the beach, ranging from casual beach cafes to high-end French restaurants, there is alot to keep guests entertained.