• 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).
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.
Villeneuve-Loubet Plage downsides
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, quite a busy road, noisy and hot at night during the summer, so don’t rent next to it!
Plage main street, with massive Geant Casino hypermarket on the opposite side and entry/exit from A8 autoroute just up the road.
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.
The start of Villeneuve-Loubet du Loup beach, looking towards the port.
Du Loup beach.
One of a couple of small café restaurants along Villeneuve-Loubet beaches.
The beach on Villeneuve-Loubet’s west side, looking towards Antibes, Pavillon Bleu.
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!
The 15 minute walk from Villeneuve-Loubet Plage to Cagnes-sur-Mer (straight ahead) at 8pm on an unusually cloudy evening. August 14. Temperature 28C.
One of the curiosities of this short, pleasant walk past the Hippodrome (not hippo racing but horse racing and/or varied entertainments) over to see one of the regular Cagnes-sur-Mer summer music/fireworks fetes, was the hugely wide walk and cycle track next to the traffic-packed two lane road (down from 6 lanes through Villeneuve-Loubet Plage). Moral: 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!