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french riviera beaches.
Imagine... Cannes during the film festival, glitzy, crowded and exciting, so different from the 3 beautiful islands of Porquerolles, Port Cros, Ile du Levant with their hiking trails and nude beaches. Or maybe you want to visit St Tropez with its yachts on the port and fashionable places to see and be seen...

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Find here all the infos you need to decide which of the riviera beaches is the best fit for you, family oriented, lover of nature or fashion victim...
Use the interactive map, every marked blue dot is the precise location of a beach described underneath, if you zoom in (click on +) you can see which roads will get you there and even parking possibilities.
Have fun using the Earth button (top right) and zoom in, now... you are there. take your time to look around and discover places you might want to visit.
There are thousands of small coves all along the coast and with the Earth map you can see the access to it or you can come by sea and decide which port is the best to launch a canoe or a boat. Even in summer on the Côte d'Azur you can still find a deserted spot if you are willing to walk or even sometimes scramble a bit over rocks. Good luck on finding the best secret romantic spot on the french riviera beaches.

  • best beaches from Menton to Marseille
    • St Jean-Cap-Ferrat . Plage de La Paloma
    • rich spot of the Côte d'Azur on this rocky peninsula full of posh cafes, super yachts and great mansions.
      6 miles from Nice, the small cove pebble beach is access free and you can rent a sunbed from the restaurant $$$ La Paloma, where you might get a glimpse of the rich and famous. Great views of Eze cliffs and Monaco. Park around the little port and walk to the beach on Chemin Saint Hospice you can also take a walk around the Cap by the Sentier du Bord de Mer.

    • Cannes . Plage de l'Hotel Martinez

    • called ZPlage, the private beach of the famous 1930 Hotel Martinez is the largest in Cannes with fine sand and upscale comfort. The Martinez is full of actors and journalists during the Festival de Cannes a very interesting and exciting time to be there.If you want to be on a beach and have a taste of the Riviera luxury, this is it.

    • Agay . Plage du Camp-Long, Plage du debarquement

    • These 2 beaches next to the charming little city of Agay, a favorite of Guy de Maupassant (writer 1850-1893) and Antoine de Saint Exupéry (The Little Prince), are on each side of the Cap Dramont where there is a very nice trail going all around (1h30mn). Plage du Camp-Long is sand and on the east of the Cap, Plage du Débarquement has a free parking and is a shingle beach where 20,000 GIs from the 36th Texan Division came ashore on August 15 1944 to liberate Provence.

    • Les Issambres . Plage de la Gaillarde

    • Sandy beach in the little town and famous with locals for its day restaurant on the beach "Le Farniente" and night club "Le Caveau". Great place for a stop at the end of the day.

    • Ramatuelle . Plage de l'Escalet

    • A lot less busy than the famous Plage de Pampelonne which is nearer to St Tropez, the small public beach of l'Escalet has great charm with sand and pink rocks. Free parking and showers and you can take a walk south from the beach along the coast where you will find more pretty tiny sand coves.

    • Bormes-les-Mimosas . Plage de l'Estagnol

    • Next to the Fort de Brégançon, official retreat of the President of the French Republic. Shallow lagoon of fine sand, ideal for families under the shade of pine trees, a preserved part of the coast and if you go on walking east there are 2 more great beaches Cabasson and Pellegrin. There is also a very good restaurant "L'Estagnol" next to the parking accessing the beach.

    • La Seyne-sur-Mer . Plage des Sablettes

    • Great big and long sandy beach backing a municipal park with picnic spots and beach volley with plenty of small restaurants very close by, a favorite with families.

    • Bandol . Calanque du Port d'Alon

    • cute pebble beach surrounded by white rocks and pines with a small outdoor restaurant facing the water where you can drink rosé Bandol and eat oysters from the other side of Marseille. Best goal of a pretty strenuous walk we did with my husband along the coast from the nearby town of St Cyr sur Mer. Plenty of little coves to explore all around, big shady parking and a very relaxed atmosphere, my personal romantic choice.

    • Cassis . Calanque d'En Vau

    • A jewel of pebble beach in a small cove surrounded by the steep white cliffs, typical of the Calanques. Between Marseille and Cassis the whole area is magnificent and its access can be difficult, due to the nature of the terrain and to the fact that the few small roads are closed during summer for fire prevention (June 1st to September 15). The area is also a favorite for rock climbers and hikers that love a challenge. This limestones cliffs protects a prehistoric site that was discovered in 1985 by a diver from the area who gave his name to the Cosquer Cave.
      Calanque d'En Vau is accessible by road 559 Marseille to Cassis then a smaller road through the forest of La Gardiole. During summer you park in Cassis and take the coastal path.

  • best time to go
  • in France practically everything is on halt during summer vacation, mostly from July 14 to August 15, lots of people on the roads and crowds on the easily accessible beaches.
    June and September are great months to go and enjoy very sunny weather, warm water and in some cases even semi deserted beaches. May and October being cooler and many businesses close down for the season or not open yet, still a great time to be there.

    You have all you need here to find the french riviera beach of your dream and if you enjoy walking you will no doubt find the perfect deserted romantic spot not far from a perfect romantic restaurant...
    Use the Earth button on the map, have fun with it, it is a great tool to prepare your trip and help you visualize your dream.

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