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Plage des Marinieres




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The longest stretch of beach is the southwest facing Plage des Marinières which curves around the bay for about a kilometre. To the right is the old town of Villefranche-sur-Mer and to the left is a low, wooded hill. Steep cliffs rising in the background complete the stunning setting.

Marinieres Beach, Villefranche-sur-Mer

Although narrow, the coarse sand is easy on the feet. No special shoes required! It's neither quiet nor secluded however, as the Nice-Italy train runs on an elevated track right behind the beach. In fact, the Villefranche-sur-Mer train stop is only a few steps from the beach making this beach easily accessible from all parts of the coast. Nice bus 80 also goes right to the beach.

Between the beach and the train station a closed road is used for paid parking that can accommodate 400 vehicles. Also on the road are a number of snack bars where you can order takeaway or sit down and eat at a shaded table. It's even possible to buy alcoholic beverages at several places. Showers and toilets are also available and there are lifeguards on duty in July and August.

Plage Marinières is a great family beach as the shallow water extends about 10m into the sea before gradually deepening.

Unfortunately Plage des Marinieres has had problems with the cleanliness of the water, mainly because of boats in the bay. The furthest west portion of the beach is somewhat cleaner but it's best not to engage in long swims with your head submerged. For up-to-date information see

While in Villefranche, why not sign up for a paddleboarding tour? This tour takes you through the highlights of Villefranche-sur-Mer before setting out on a paddleboard to cross the bay to Cap Ferrat.

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