Plage de la Marinière
Plage de la Marinière
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Federico Aymar
Pinasca, Italy263 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
This is the main beach at Villefranche-sur-Mer, it is quite wide even if it’s recommend to reach it already in the morning. Seawater is very clean and it’s possibile to sea a loto of fishes at a short distance from the shore. There many services such as restaurant and toilets near it.
Written August 17, 2022
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Betsy L
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
This "little fishing village" is definitely worth visiting, if not staying, for a few days. It is in close proximity to both Nice and Monaco. It has a lovely little church, dedicated to fisherman, designed by the famous and brilliant Jean Cocteau. There are fantastic small restaurants on the narrow, winding, ancient streets. I "discovered" it by accident, while taking a long walk from Nice to Monaco, when younger. It remains, one of my fondest memories.
Written August 13, 2023
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AEXCELL
Sydney, Australia449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We love this little gem. protected on three sides set amongst one of the prettiest most colourful and ancient ports in Europe. This little fishing town as an absolute must visit. It has a SAND beach and pristine clear water where you can see the bottom metres down and fish all about. Our little corner of paradise.
Written October 5, 2022
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Ashley J
91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
This was my favorite spot on the Riviera!

I recommend purchasing a spot on the private beach.

20 euros (Towel, lounge chair, and umbrella)
Drinks (8-10 euros)
Meals (10-15 euros, some more pricy around 22 euros)

I loved it, and will be back next summer!
Written July 5, 2017
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California90278
Redondo Beach, CA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Not sure why some of the reviews are negative. Grew up in Southern California going to the beach a lot. Plage de la Mariniere has crystal clear water and I love it. The bathrooms are lacking, but the beach is great. My favorite of French Riviera.
Written April 25, 2017
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NowOverSeventy
London, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Recently my daughter treated me to a 5 night break in Nice to "celebrate" my 78th birthday. We know Nice well but I still did a bit of research on Trip Advisor and saw mention of this beach in one of the reviews. The weather was lovely and since we were staying quite close to the railway station we decided to give it a go. Just 10 minutes to Villefranche, regular and cheap trains. The private beach is expensive and normally I wouldn't pay such prices, but at my age I need some comfort. We didn't regret it and enjoyed a wonderful time. The young and very good looking staff are very friendly and professional and nothing was too much trouble. We treated ourselves to lunch as well. There is a beach table service throughout the day but we chose the restaurant. Again expensive but good. In fact we loved it so much we returned for a second day and forfeited going out for dinner in Nice and ate in our very well equipped apartment instead. I like cooking and as long as there is a bottle of wine open, I'm happy, and we had a dishwasher too! If you're not on a very tight budget I do recommend you try this. The beach is coarse sand, better than the Nice pebbles and the sea so clear. I believe Villefranche is well worth exploring though we didn't do this as it is uphill from the station and I have decidedly creaky knees. The beach is 2 minutes from the station platform.
Written October 19, 2016
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Samuel M
Erie, PA232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This has to be one of the prettiest and most scenic harbors along the French Riviera. The beach here in Villefranche-sur-Mer is a short 15 minute walk from the cruise port so there is no need for a taxi or train transfer. It makes little sense to pay for transportation to Nice, Cannes, or Antibes when there is a beautiful free beach right here. This beach appears to be quite popular among the local residents, and I heard just one other couple speaking English during our recent visit.

The walking path is above the beach and you have several entry points that you can take down to the beach below. If you go too far you will run into rocks and boulders, so choosing a spot about halfway around will provide ample beach to work with within close proximity of a snack bar, outdoor showers, and a bathroom. It is not a very wide beach (maybe 20 meters at it's widest point), but there is ample room for everybody.

Wearing beach shoes or sandals is advised because certain spots are void of sand and get a bit stoney. This can do some damage to the soles of your feet so it's smart to take the proper precautions if you plan to walk the shore. But, most of the beach is covered by soft sand that stays fairly cool throughout the day.

The crowds who frequent this beach range from young families with small children to groups of teenagers to senior citizens. This beach has something for everyone to enjoy. Later in the day a higher number of teens began showing up and things got a bit rowdy, so going earlier in the day (like 10:00 a.m.) may be a smart way to avoid this. The local people we encountered were great, and I highly recommend this beach for it's beauty, crowd diversity, and reasonable costs from the nearby establishments.
Written July 5, 2018
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PeterF_Syd
Sydney, Australia169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
Caught the train from Nice (€4.40 return) less than 10 minutes. Visited the old town before making my way to the free beach. Clear, clean water. Very refreshing. Adequate space on the beach from other sunbathers. I prefer sand, rather than the pebbles at Nice. I returned to the old town for lunch (an easy 10 minute stroll) as the waterfront cafes and restaurants are more expensive. Had a great lunch up the hill, then returned to the beach for another dip before catching the train back. All so easy and didn't cost the earth!
Written May 24, 2017
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Doug W
Essex, United Kingdom324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
Had things turned out differently I would be writing this review from a house or apartment nearby but I have had to satisfy myself with my umpteenth visit to this wonderful location. A short bus or train ride from Nice, this beach and the surrounding town are a delight to visit and, if you can afford the local hotels, a treat to stay for a short while. Actually you can walk from Nice in about an hour and then you will really appreciate the amenities here. Unlike most of those in Nice, this beach is free to the public and both tourists and locals take advantage of this almost all year round. Despite being a busy harbour hosting vessels of all sizes - see pic - the water is a lovely clear blue and the sand clean. You can visit one of the many restaurants lining the western side of the bay which vary in cost from budget to hugely expensive or perhaps bring your own food and have the odd drink or ice cream from the beach shacks on the northern part of the bay. The eastern side has no facilities of any sort and as a result is much more peaceful and is my favourite part of the beach. But all of it is superb and for me is one of the highlights of the entire Cote d'Azur.
Written September 15, 2015
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bec j
Chester, UK73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
The beach is easy to get to on the train from Nice, less than ten minutes. Rue trans are very frequent in the week but less so at weekends, meaning the trains were packed.
We got there at about 9.45am on a Saturday and it was already very busy but enough space to put out towels and parasols. By 11am people were having to walk much further along the beach to find a spot, fine until you want something from the shops and cafes. The each isn't sand, it made of small pebbles, totally fine to sunbathe on a towel but a little uncomfortable on bare feet. We bought a UV parasol (€20) and some swim rings for the children €5 each) from the shop nearest the beach, the staff were friendly and helpful.
Written August 5, 2017
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