Our five most beautiful beaches on the Côte d’Azur

The Côte d’Azur, its mild climate all year round, its turquoise waters… From Cap-d’Isle to Porquerolles, our selection of the most emblematic beaches where to lay out your towel until September.

The Côte d’Azur is a mythical region with ambiguous forms. It stretches from Menton to Bandol. No, from the Italian border to Cassis. It starts in highrace. No, in Toulon. The dictionary does not agree, however. Stephen Ligard, a late 19th-century French politician traveling between Marseille and Genoa, Italy, described a beach at Hyeres as ” Bathed in rays that deserve our baptism of the Côte d’Azur ” So named in 1887, the region gained its notoriety for its beaches. At that time, it was the favorite resort of queens and kings. Then writers, painters and movie stars. Everyone came here looking for light, mild climate, sea and beaches. . Today, the Côte d’Azur is the most touristic region of France, its beaches are the most emblematic of the country. They were popularized by Brigitte Bardot, Pablo Picasso or Sean Connery. It is true that they are special. They stretch for several kilometers or are located at the foot of the mountains. They are exquisite. Sand or gravel. Popular or exclusive. All border warm, clear, blue-green waters reminiscent of cyan. From Porquerolles to Saint-Tropez, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to Théoule-sur-Mer, here are five of our favorites. There is a beach.

La Mala Beach, Queen of Cap-d’Eil

Located in this ditch, Mala is earned at the end of a long toll road or by descending dozens of steep steps … or by boat. Its blue-green waters make it one of the most emblematic languages ​​of the Côte d’Azur. VV Shots

It is reached by a steep path. or a hundred paces later. Once down, it’s a creek, a horseshoe, a swing. He sinks into the mountains. What a beautiful scene! Unreal, turquoise and crystal water. 200 meter pebble beach surrounded by cliffs. The skyline? infinite blue We can be wary of them in ranking. Very personal, very emotional. But there, it must be said, La Mala beach is one of the most beautiful on the Côte d’Azur. It is located on the Gulf of Saint-Laurent in the town of Cap-d’Isle in the Alpes-Maritimes. From the coast, you can see the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the tip of Cabuel. Behind him, we imagine wonderful. Behind is Monaco.

Paloma Beach, the star of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Paloma Beach and its flagship establishment, Paloma Beach, has seen many personalities, including Pablo Picasso and his family. Paloma Group

He spent his days there, lying on the beach. His father used to take him there on holidays. He was a painter, a sculptor, a little more than that. He was Spanish. His name was Picasso. She was Paloma. He gave his name to the beach. Others followed: Winston Churchill, Roger Moore, Sean Connery or Elton John. Paloma Beach has long been considered the beach of the stars. They met at a table in Paloma Beach. We came here, to enjoy the services of a luxurious establishment and to enjoy the view of the coast, where we can see the village of Eze and the hills of Beaulieu-sur-Mer. One part is always private and the other public. We came here for the shade of the pines and its clear waters. Its 150 meters of polished gravel and its prestige. We also visit here. From here the path to Pointe Saint Hospice begins.

Aiguil Beach, Cannes is beautiful

Located on the edge of crystal clear waters and at the foot of the Esterel Massif, Aiguille Beach has an exceptional atmosphere. Tourist Office of Thiole-sur-Mer

They are, just in front, the Lérins Islands, two spots of beauty on the sea. Around, rocks, but not like others, red, Esterel massif. Behind, a wooded hill and freshness of trees. Welcome to Aiguille Beach, 200 meters of fine sand at Théoule-sur-Mer in the Alpes-Maritimes. We are just below the Corniche d’Or, the panoramic road between Saint-Raphaël and Cannes. To get there, go to the André Pradairal Promenade and put your things on the western part of the beach, where the sand is lovely. A little further, a restaurant, its private beach, its deckchairs, its cocktails and its shuttle service. Ideal for lazing around. Even further east, several secluded coves and Gardan Caves. For diving enthusiasts, think mask, flippers and snorkel, there’s an underwater trail, marked by buoys. Stay a while longer, until dusk the Bay of Cannes lights up.

Pampelonne Beach, Saint-Tropez pin-up

With its chic establishments, Pamplona charms the terms of Saint-Tropez and is one of the region’s most iconic beaches. Ramatuelle Tourist and Culture Office /Jean-Louis Cheix

It is in the form of a crescent, bracket. Yes, there are brackets. It stretches like a dream, between Cap St. Pierre and Cap Camara, in Var. It is located in the city of Ramatuelle, anyway. Pampelonne beach is considered the most beautiful in Saint-Tropez. Most famous in any field. Brigitte Bardot used to visit there in the 1950s. Stars from all over the world used to come. Why? Four kilometers of fine sand, crystal clear water and mythical structures. Boats come to anchor there for the day. Pamplona, ​​world famous, is the meeting place of the jet-set. We get there to jet ski and drink champagne, show off. But not only. Since 2019, the municipality of Ramatuelle has renewed its concessions: fewer private establishments, more public spaces. Pampelonne beach is also reeds, vines and umbrella pines.

Several accesses
The town of Ramatuelle has several accesses to the Pampelonne beach, about five kilometers long. Here are the main ones from north to south: Route de Tahiti and Chemin des Moulins (Beaches of Tahiti), Chemin des Tamaris, Chemin de la Matarne, access by Con Tiki, Boulevard Patch, Chemin des Barracks, Chemin de l’Ep, Chemin Garonne and Route On the D Bone-Terrace.

Notre-Dame Beach, Diva of Porkeroles

Located northeast of the island of Porquerolles, Notre-Dame beach captivates with the purity of its water and the authenticity of its pine forest. Hyeres Tourism

i am iconic Known all over the world. I was voted the most beautiful beach in Europe in 2015. I am a diva, a lady. Shelter from the Mistral. Lined with pine and oak groves. I am tall, very tall, I am 800 meters tall. I’m not shy, a little out of the way, but I’m easy to find, after a short walk, not too much, 30 minutes in the middle of strawberry trees. When they discover me, people think they are in the Pacific Ocean. I’m on an island, in Porquerolles, facing Hyeres. My water is clear before it’s blue, but I also wear cyan and all shades of the ocean. Jean-Luc Godard shot Pierrot Le Fou’s scene with Belmondo there. You can still see the ruins of houses and boats there. I am proud, but tired. I’m very busy, meet me in the morning or evening when I’m alone and in a good mood. I Porquerolles Notre-Dame beach.

  • To get there, a shuttle boat can be taken, for example, from Giens (€24 round trip for an adult in high season). regular travel To access the beach, count on a 50-minute walk at a moderate pace or, better yet, opt for a bike. Please note that attendance on the island is limited during high season.

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Published in August 2021, this article is being updated

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