Galion Beach with both public and private sections. A typical cost would be 18 euros for a sunbed for the day (14e for a half day) and 4e for parasol.
One interesting phenomenon spotted by the bugcrew this summer is how the aquamarine Nice seas compare to adjacent destinations such as Cagnes-sur-Mer and Villeneuve-Loubet Plage where the sea water tends towards muddy green.
We noticed a small motor cruiser with outrigger netting making circular sweeps along the Nice beach line, probably clearing the water of debris, not only human but also seaweed, old leaves etc. Could this be the answer to Nice’s azure Mediterranean?
Blue Beach, a mid-range private beach with foot-happy boards and pier.
Nice, and by that we mean niiice! of course, carpets and all. Posh.
Above Nice’s beaches stretches the long curve of the Promenade des Anglais. This section of promenade, at the far east end is known as Quai des Etats Unis. Season: mid summer. This is Plage du Castel. The beaches are rarely this busy.
Nice and Cannes are slightly worn clichés of the French Riviera, that part of the Côte d’Azur that is happily out of the frequently deranging Mistral wind and runs from Cannes to Menton on the Italian Border (map), but this warm Mediterranean region still holds a lot of charm and has seen some major improvements recently courtesy of a far-sighted mayor. Trams, new gardens, car parks and all.
Rhul Plage private kids pool, Nice beaches, France
The Riviera in general – and Cannes and Nice in particular – is no longer a pristine paradise as the internal combustion engine is ever-present.
But the coast is still excellent for dry, sunny weather generally and almost certain for June-August. Tourist in Nice can also find inexpensive eating, wild partying and funny people watching, while the water temperature of the Mediterranean in the summer is delightful. The French Riviera pass offers a lot of discounted tourism.