From the palm-fringed beaches of Cannes, to the chilled vibe of Plage de la Salis, the Côte d’Azur has beaches to suit every taste
Plage de la Bocca, Cannes
Away from Cannes’ many private beaches is the sandy stretch of Plage de la Bocca, west of the city. Dotted with large boulders and golden sand reaching towards turquoise waters, this popular spot is ideal for a picnic or a little lazing about while gazing out at the Côte d’Azur’s sparkling horizon. This is also prime snorkelling territory, so don’t forget your kit.
Don’t miss: Plage des Rochers and Plage 16 have a number of volleyball courts popular with locals.
From the best flight to catch to restaurants that won’t break the bank, here’s how to make the most of a weekend in the Côte d’Azur, France
Find some cheap digs – Nice
Nice isn’t short of luxurious lodgings with prices to match, but more affordable options abound, too. Try the Villa Saint Exupery to see how far hostels have evolved. A two-minute walk from the beach, its dorms and private rooms are painted in chic, breezy tones – plus there’s a sauna, gym and beers for less than £2 a bottle. The Nice Garden Hotel has double rooms from £100 a night in the chic Carré d’Or neighbourhood, and comes with a walled garden perfect for a leisurely morning café au lait.
Picnic in style – Nice
The immaculate lawns of the La Promenade du Paillon make a chic picnic location if you want to save money on dining out. Stock up on produce beforehand at the Cours Saleya morning flower and food market (daily, except Mondays), where you’ll find an array of locally sourced foods competing for attention against the colourful bouquets. For an authentic local tipple to accompany your spread, head to Les Grandes Caves Caprioglio on Rue de la Préfecture, where you can fill your own bottle with any of the hundreds of casks of wine – a litre costs around €2.