Côte d'Azur, France
Plage de la Gravette: in August, Blue Flag, with three freshwater showers, portaloos and lifeguards.
Gravette is an excellent beach with lots of character,
calm waters protected by curving reefs, it's about 10 minutes pleasant walk from the rail station via the port. Access is via an archway near the main portal in the old town wall.
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Antibes main beaches are sandy, of decent size, provided with showers, toilets and food/drink kiosks or restaurants and within easy walking distance of just about anywhere in either the old or new towns.
The 24 beaches in the Antibes-Juans-les-Pins conurbation are all Blue Flagged and the region is well known for its music festivals.
What the beaches don't have is masses of good parking so in the summertime if you're travelling by car get there early, or go by train and walk for 10 minutes via the port to get to Gravette or via the new town for the Salis and Ponteil!
Next door to Gravette, also accessible via a hole in the wall, is a rather more modest and unnamed beach with less sand and less bathers but more waves since it's open to the Mediterranean, unlike La Gravette's sea walls. Visible in the distance left is Fort Carré.
This is the rather ambitiously-named Royal Beach, a small private strand - the only one in Antibes - next to La Ponteil.
Note that Antibes-Juan-les-Pins(aka JLP) is a single civic area under the control of one Mairie. Beaches on this page are Antibes proper. If, however, you walk west for about 10 minutes you will arrive at Juan-les-Pins beaches. These sport fine sand but are mostly narrow and controlled by restaurants/hotels, so it's pay time, though the public can walk within 3 metres of the waterline anywhere in France.
There is one large, pleasant public beach at the far west end of JLP's strip.
Plage le Ponteil: Blue Flag, soft sand, shallow waters, portaloos, nice curving promenade and car park adjacent if you get there early enough. Ponteil beach is a bit of a walk from the rail station, maybe 15 minutes depending on your pace. The trees mark the start of Cap d'Antibes.
Plage de la Salis: also Blue Flag with soft sand, shallow water, toilet block, nice curving promenade and street car parking nearby if you get there early enough. There's a sailing club on la Salis and at the other end is a handicap-friendly 'Handiplage' with lots of special facilities.
Sand quality on Antibes' beaches is some way from fine powder but nevertheless a huge improvement on the pebbles found on nearby stretches of the French Riviera, such as the destinations seen below...
A panorama of the central French Riviera from Plage de la Salis' little marina wall.
From left you can see: Antibes' port and some mega yachts; the distant, hideous 'pyramids' of Villeneuve-Loubet Plage; the low hills section of Cagnes-sur-Mer and St Laurent-du-Var; the sprawl of Nice; Mount Boron's park; the start of east Riviera affluence at Villefranche-sur-Mer. Continuing out of the picture to the east as far as Italy are St Jean Cap Ferrat, Eze, Beaulieu, Monaco and Menton.
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