July 29, 2013

The Beach of Villefranche-sur-Mer

For many vacationing on the French Riviera in summer, a visit to the beach is a must. Those who spend time in Villefranche-sur-Mer won't be disappointed with its small but sandy beach. Further down the coast in neighbouring Nice, the beach is much larger but also more pebbly, and on some sections guests must pay to use the facilities.

Umbrellas on the Beach in Villefranche-sur-Mer

The Pebbly Beach in Nice

The main beach in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Plage des Marinières, is on the north side of the bay below the train station. The many restaurants and shops of the old town are only a short walk away along the quay.

Plages des Marinières, Villefranche-sur-Mer

This Veolia boat was cleaning debris from the water with its large nets. Under a cascade of bougainvillea, the sign proclaims the good quality of the water for swimmers, eau de bonne qualité. 

Veolia Water Cleaning Boat

One section of the beach is sectioned off with nets to protect swimmers from jellyfish.

Jellyfish Nets

While I appreciated the beauty of jellyfish at the aquarium in Monaco, I wouldn't want to encounter one of the stingers while swimming!


The beach is also a 'No Smoking' zone.

No Smoking Zone

With such a beautiful setting it's no wonder local families make use of the beach until sunset.

Sunset at the Beach

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