The start of Villeneuve-Loubet du Loup beach, looking towards the port.
Holidays in Villeneuve-Loubet Plage
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.
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?
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.
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.