A guide to the most popular beaches in Nice

5 July 2024

Here's a roundup of the most popular beaches for relaxing with friends, family or lovers in Nice this summer :

Promenade des Anglais beach

The Promenade des Anglais is emblematic of the city of Nice, and its beaches are just as famous. This vast expanse of pebbles stretches for several kilometres, offering breathtaking views over the Bay of Angels. It's the ideal place for sunbathing, swimming or simply strolling along the seafront. Numerous restaurants and beach bars, such as Plage Beau Rivage and Ruhl Plage, offer comfortable sun loungers, refreshing drinks and delicious cuisine.

Carras Beach

Located at the western end of the Promenade des Anglais, Plage de Carras is one of the few beaches in Nice where dogs are allowed. It is also well equipped for people with reduced mobility. Families will appreciate the supervised swimming area, while water sports enthusiasts can try their hand at jet-skiing or windsurfing.

Castel beach

To the east of the Promenade des Anglais, near Vieux Nice, is the Plage du Castel. Less busy than its neighbours, it offers a more intimate atmosphere and picturesque charm with its sea-polished pebbles. The Castel Plage restaurant offers a gastronomic experience right on the water, perfect for a sunny lunch or romantic dinner.

Nice's hidden and lesser-known beaches :

If you prefer to escape the crowds and discover some of Nice's quieter beaches, you'll find plenty of hidden treasures:

Plage de la Réserve

Close to the port of Nice, Plage de la Réserve is a small hidden cove offering rare tranquillity. It is ideal for those looking to relax away from the crowded beaches. The waters are clear and calm, perfect for snorkelling.

Coco Beach

A little further on, towards Villefranche-sur-Mer, Coco Beach is another rare gem. Less well known to tourists, this rocky beach is popular with locals. It is an excellent spot for scuba diving thanks to its rich marine life. Amateur divers can explore the seabed in an exceptional setting.

Water activities available in Nice :

Nice's beaches are not all about relaxation. For those who like to get moving, there are a multitude of water activities available:

Jet Skiing and Parascending

Thrill-seekers can try their hand at jet skiing or parasailing. These activities offer a unique perspective of the Nice coastline and a good dose of adrenalin. Most popular beaches, such as Plage de Carras, offer these services.

Paddle and Kayak

For a more leisurely but equally enjoyable activity, paddling and kayaking are excellent choices. These sports allow you to discover the coast at your own pace while enjoying the sun and sea. The calm waters of the Baie des Anges are perfect for these activities, and several hire points are available along the Promenade des Anglais.

Scuba Diving Sea Diving

Nice's crystal-clear waters are ideal for scuba diving. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced diver, you'll find several diving clubs offering excursions to explore the seabed, which is rich in aquatic life. Sites such as the Parc Naturel Marin de la Côte d'Azur offer breathtaking underwater scenery.

Enjoy your holiday in Nice !

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