Villefranche Beaches

Villefranche beach

Are you visiting Nice and are looking for a quite beach and a local vibe? Then you should go to Villefranche and discover this beautiful village that has four great beaches near Nice. Here, we have listed Villefranche beaches with a short description, so you can choose the one that suits you the best.

The beaches of Villefranche

Located just around the Mont Boron headland east of Nice, the seaside resort of Villefranche-sur-Mer has four beaches including two with gravel and sand with fewer tourists. Located at the ends of the city, they are easily accessible.

Discover the city of Villefranche-sur-mer and its beaches

We recommend to go on Villefranche beaches to people who wants to stay local on their first day as the riviera is also famous for its small fishing villages. These beaches are just a little more chilled than those giant Nice beaches.

Villefranche beaches are easily accessible from Nice on the 100 or 81 bus and there is different paid parking near the beaches if you have your own car.

And don’t forget to have a look around the pretty old town before or after spending time on Villefranche beach! It is without a doubt the most charming resort on the Côte d’Azur. With its colorful village houses, it feels like being in Italy! The citadel is to discover with its city hall and the green theater. From here, you can discover beautiful views of the bay of Villefranche where many cruise ships come to make a stop. For those who love the beautiful panoramas, the cornice between Villefranche and Nice offers magnificent views.

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The best beaches of Villefranche

Plage Darse

Located at the port of Darse, the beach of Darse is the most westerly beach in Villefranche-sur-Mer. This pebble beach offers one of the most beautiful views of the Côte d’Azur on the bay of Villefranche-sur-mer. Darse beach is hidden behind ramparts and is accessible only by stairs.

To access it, you will have to pass by the chemin du Lazaret where one can find a pay parking. There is several beaches there. The largest is the beach behind the promenade des Professeurs at the harbor level. It is composed of small pebbles. You can also find a smaller beach next to the oceanological observatory of Villefranche with much larger pebbles.

Plage de la Marinière

The Marinières beach of Villefranche-sur-Mer is the most important public beach. This sand and gravel beach Located east of the city and offers a magnificent view of Villefranche. It extends for about 700 meters.

Villefranche is the place we recommend for a less crowded experience. The beach is very nice for families as it has a gentle slope for kids to play safely. It is a beautiful beach, with superb views and the water is very clear.

We really like the kickass pop up restaurant below named “the Deli Bo “. This restaurant serves fresh and delicious food and you can rent mattress for adults and there is a large playground for children. Relaxing in this beach club will be accompanied by a menu full of freshness and delicious pastries

There is a large car park with more than 400 spaces available but it is not free!

Plage de l’Ange Gardien

The Guardian Angel beach of Villefranche-sur-Mer is a continuation of the Marinières beach, at the bottom of the Avenue de l’Ange Gardien. This pebble beach is quite small and is less known than the beach of Marinières as it is a little bit hidden from it. Go on the left side, when facing Villefranche and find this small cove.

Plage du Grasseuil

Located at the entrance of Cap Ferrat, the beach of Grasseuil Villefranche-sur-Mer is a small confidential pebble beach with a certain charm. On the left, there are some village houses that bring a certain charm to this place. The pebble beach area is on the right side and on the left, there is no beach, only a few pontoons where you can lie down to swim.


On your way from Nice to Villefranche-sur-mer, make sure to to make a small stop on the beach of Coco Beach of Nice which is one of the most original of the Côte d’Azur.

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Travel Tip

Villefranche Bus 100 from Garibaldi Square Segurane stop

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