Beaches - Nice
Last Updated: 28th Apr 2012
To the surprise of many, a lot of the beaches in the Nice are made up of wide, rounded pebbles. For those more accustomed to the sand beaches of Bondi, Durbin and California, it takes a little bit of getting used to.
The upside of course is that you probably won’t get pebbles in your hair, cracks or crevices. The Mediterranean Sea is often a spectacular azure blue on sunny days and during the summer much of the beach is taken up by restaurants and hotels who will charge for the use of their sun lounges and umbrellas, just one of the key components of European beach culture that you will see at the waterfront. There are however large portions of free beach available.
The French call the region of Nice the ‘Côte d’Azur’ (the Blue Coast) and people travel to Nice from all over Europe to experience the pure magic of the Mediterranean’s pure blue water.
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You’ll want to bring a blanket or towel to lay on the rocks (if you don’t have a chair). The beach is nice to relax on and if you’re not used to it, be prepare to walk slowly around the beach. The locals seem to be able to run across it as if it were sand, but my California-beach sand feet were too scared to do much of that.