If you’re looking for something a little quieter, a little less ‘sceney’ than the beaches of Saint-Tropez or Cannes, head to Cap-Ferrat. Yes, it’s one of the poshest zip codes on the French Riviera, and just six miles east of Nice, but that doesn’t meant there aren’t a few places to unwind and relax.
And how can you resist a beach named after Paloma Picasso, the French fashion designer and businesswoman who is also the youngest daughter of famous artist of Pablo Picasso and writer Francoise Gilot? Apparently the family spent a lot of time here on the beach that has lovely views of the tranquil seas and nearby villas.
Like most beaches on the French Riviera, Paloma Beach has both a public space and a private beach club and restaurant, with mattresses for rent and a restaurant that serves the fresh catch of the day along with other specialties of the region. It’s a place of pure light, delight, and inspiration that looks back on the coastline and villages of Eze, Beaulieu and Cap d’Ail. If you can’t find inspiration here, then you’ll be hard pressed to find it anywhere.
The beach is open every day from Easter to the end of September, and if you just can’t sit still there are water sports you can partake in too, such as paddle board, wake board, pedalos, and more.
Sunbeds are €23 for the day, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and there is use of the showers and changing room. Bring your own towels, otherwise it’s €6 per.
Want to save a few bucks? Access to the public beach is free of charge, and the view is the same: amazing!