The off-the-radar town of Cap d’Ail near Monaco has one of the prettiest little beaches on the French Riviera.
Mala Beach, or Plage Mala as it’s referred to in French, gets its name from Mala Kschessinskaa, a dancer and the lover of Tzar Nicholas II or Russia who supposedly like to stroll the pebbly shores.
The beach is a short walk from the Cap d’Ail train station and only accessible down a set of stone steps where you’ll arrive to a crescent bay of turquoise water book-ended by cliffs and pine trees.
Like most beaches of the French Riviera, there is a public free section of the beach where you can lounge on your own towel and chair, and a private one, which on Mala is Eden Plage Mala where you can grab breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as sip cocktails, and rent chairs and parasols, get a massage, and even check email on the wifi in this Zen-like space.
Reserve ahead over the phone.
Open 7 Days a week March 30 – October, from 9 am until Midnight.
Open for dinner from May 24th to
Breakfast from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.