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Opéra Plage at Nice

The Côte d'Azur is renowned for les plages (beaches) which stretch from Menton in the east to St-Tropez in the west. Of course there are plenty of great beaches to the west of St-Trop right up to and including Marseille and I will include a few of them here.

Beaches can be either public or private - see the Practical Info section below.

Menton & around

Starting in the east there are 5 great beaches at Menton. My favourites are the easternmost ones, Sablettes and Rondelli, near the old town. There are also a couple of good beaches next door at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

Plage de Fossan, Menton

Moving west, the beach below the impressive Medieval village of Eze known simply as the Plage d'Eze boasts some of the cleanest seawater on the Riviera.

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Cannes and Around



A resort with a fort & a dash of Picasso

Baie des Anges

Angel Fish Bay


A resort with a history


Resort of the Golden Isles


The World's best address?


Living the Jet-Set life


The Port that launched Napoleon's career


Nice's deep water port

Text © Paul Shawcross

Images by © Paul Shawcross, Paul Shawcross