If you are planning a visit to the French Riviera this summer, you'll doubtless want to indulge in some wonderful food and wine, as well as quality time on the beach. Why not combine both at one of the many beach clubs on the Côte d'Azur, which are perfect for swimming, relaxing and enjoying long and lazy lunches?
There are several French Riviera beach clubs to choose from studded around the five glorious headlands, or Caps, between Cannes and Monaco. The following are all open this season.
Plage Keller Beach Club
Among the most popular beach clubs on the Côte d'Azur, the Plage Keller enjoys a sheltered location with panoramic views and a white sandy beach. Choose between a sun lounger or a deck chair, and enjoy lunch at the gourmet restaurant Le César.
On the Menu: head chef Olivier Condat presents a Mediterranean menu using seasonal, local produce, with starters including marinated salmon with dill or lobster with citrus fruits. Main courses include fresh fish and seafood, Black Angus steak and beef tartare.
Address: 1035 Chemin de la Garoupe, Cap d'Antibes
Tel: 04 93 61 33 74
Plage Beau Rivage
This intimate town beach club just west of the Cap de Nice is among the best beach clubs of the Côte d'Azur, known for its fine dining and zen-like atmosphere. In the evenings, sunset cocktails and tapas dishes are served on the beach, and DJ nights are held.
On the Menu: quality Asian and Provençal cuisine is served at the restaurant, while fresh salads, pizzas, hummus and sandwiches are served on the beach.
Address: 107 Quai des Etats-Unis, Nice
Tel: 04 92 00 46 80
Email: [email protected]
Plage de Passable
Opposite the bay of Villefranche in an idyllic, natural setting, this is one of the family-run beach clubs on the Côte d'Azur and offers cocktails and tapas on either private four-poster sun loungers or comfortable sofas.
On the Menu: a Mediterranean menu based exclusively on fresh seasonal produce.
Address: Chemin de Passable, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Tel: 04 93 76 06 17
Eden Plage Mala Beach Club
Nestled in a spectacular, rocky setting, of all the French Riviera beach clubs this one takes some effort to reach, but is well worth it. Live music is played at weekends, and they have a boutique selling beachwear and accessories.
On the Menu: fresh seafood, tapas, Thai salad, ceviche, a choice of Buddha bowls and a meat platter.
Address: Allée Mala, Cap d'Ail
Tel: 04 93 78 17 06
La Cigale Vista Beach
With its views of Menton Bay and the Italian Riviera, of all the French Riviera beach clubs this one is perfect for a romantic lunch on its panoramic terrace restaurant.
On the Menu: chef Lucie Pichon proposes Mediterranean cuisine served either on the beach or at the restaurant. Dishes include colourful and creative salads and grilled fish.
Address: 42 avenue Winston Churchill, Roquebrune Cap-Martin
Tel: 04 93 35 75 56
Email: [email protected]
To enjoy these and many other beach clubs on the Côte d'Azur, why not rent a villa near the beach? The team at Cap Villas will be delighted to help you choose the perfect villa for you and your family.