Villeneuve-Loubet Plage, Côte d’Azur, France

Villeneuve-Loubet Plage kayaking near Du loup beach, Cote d

The start of Villeneuve-Loubet du Loup beach, looking towards the port.

Holidays in Villeneuve-Loubet Plage

Villeneuve-Loubet Plage beach and walkway, Cote d

Villeneuve-Loubet beach, the Côte d’Azur, France.

Villeneuve-Loubet is divided into two quite separate parts, the old Village which is a few kilometres from the coast and the Plage which is on the coast.

Upside

Villeneuve-Loubet new beachside apartments, Cote d

Typical, new, expensive apartment blocks lined up alongside the beach, which is at the end of this steet. Parking is only payable during July-August.

• it’s a very short walk to a sizeable, clean, well maintained beach (albeit pebbly) with lifeguard and comfortable wooden walkway.

• it’s a very short walk to a dozen good value restaurants, bars, shops and a monstrous Geant supermarket.

• 15 minutes walk along the coast path to rather more upmarket Cagnes-sur-Mer or less to the Hippodrome horse race track.

• the beginning of a flat, dedicated cycle path all the way through Cagnes-sur-Mer to St Laurent du Var (with its massive Cap 3000 shopping centre including an excellent Applestore and free Genius Bar) and on to Nice‘s varied delights.

• 10 minutes walk to a rail station, also called Villeneuve-Loubet Plage, that can take you along the Côte d’Azur in both directions at a reasonable price (compared to the British Rail system anyway! ). The northeast route takes you to must-see destinations such as Eze, Monaco, Menton and even Italy’s Ventimiglia while southwest offers stops at Antibes, Cannes, Grasse, Saint Raphael, Hyeres, Marseilles (and further on to Provence).

• just a minute off the A8 motorway and right on the coast road though the latter can get horribly stuffed in the summertime, especially around lunchtime or early evening, particularly the stretch along to Cagnes-sur-Mer.

Popular activities along this family-friendly beach include paddle-boarding, canoeing, jet skis and not much else, though neighbouring Cagnes-sur-Mer offers paragliding, banana boats.

How’s the beach?

Villeneuve-Loubet Du Loup beach, Cote d

The beach is monitored by a lifeguard in season and the Mediterranean Sea at this time of year is not cold. Not swimming-pool warm either, but pretty comfortable and easy to get used to from July-September.
Delicate feet might like to use some kind of jelly sandals on the rounded pebbles but most visitors don’t bother. Pebbles can be tough on the feet but at least you don’t spend the next 12 hours finding sand in every crevice of your body!

Cagnes-sur-Mer is within easy walking distance straight ahead and Nice lurks in the distance.

Villeneuve-Loubet Plage, port and walkway, Cote d

This is a view down to Villeneuve-Loubet port/marina and one of the monstrous apartment blocks that dominate the area. On the right is a decent-size parking area, payable only July-August.

Villeneuve-Loubet Plage downsides

Villeneuve-Loubet Plage main street restaurants, Cote d

The main street is busy, noisy and hot at night during the summer, so don’t rent next to it!

A handful of the many restaurants in the Villeneuve-Loubet Plage area. We tried the Tex-Mex Ranch restaurant on the right and were delighted with low prices, comfortable but unpretentious surroundings and good, simple food.

Villeneuve-Loubet misbenefits from a mish-mash of new apartment blocks practically on the beach including four vast ‘pyramid’ blocks that dominate the small port/yacht marina, a scattering of dilapidated old houses and apartments mixed with style-free services and all bisected by a busy coast road (fortunately not actually beside the beach) and railway track.

Villeneuve-Loubet Plage main street cyclists, Cote d

Plage main street, with massive Geant Casino hypermarket on the opposite side and entry/exit from A8 autoroute just up the road.

Villeneuve-Loubet beach and Mediterranean Sea, Cote d

One of a couple of small café restaurants along Villeneuve-Loubet beaches.

Villeuve-Loubet marina, Cote d

Two of the four massive, grotesque and apparently not very well built apartment complexes around the Villeuve-Loubet marina. On the plus side they make a good landmark if you’re ever lost!

It’s a 15 minute walk from Villeneuve-Loubet Plage to Cagnes-sur-Mer, a short, pleasant walk past the Hippodrome (not hippo racing but horse racing and/or varied entertainments). Cagnes-sur-Mer offers summer music/fireworks fetes, with a wide walk and cycle track next to the traffic-packed two lane road. Don’t try driving this route summer evenings after 8pm (the popular coast road thru the town is closed) or around midday. Take the train!