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An estate agents dream coastal walk
Beach was down really steep steps.
In a nutshell
Visit the ampitheater if nothing else!
Accesible from Nice by bus or train. A Sandy/shingle beach in a priviledged setting. Reached by a lengthy climb down from the town centre past the Eden Residences which dominate the Cap.
Two expensive beach-club restaurants have taken over two thirds of the beach, and populated it with sunbeds and parasolls (at a price!)
However there is one third left (pictured) as public beach and its shallow and sheltered position make it perfect for swimming. On the whole, it must rate as one of the better beaches of the Riviera
Updated Jul 25, 2006
We decided to turn back as it was too far and too hot to continue and we knew the way back was all uphill and very steep.We got back to the beach and sat on a bench in the shade for a few mins to cool off.We then started the dreaded walk back.The steps from the beach back up to the road were a killer.It was really hard work.I was melting.We finally made it up to the road and then slowly walked back upto the main road where we had parked.As we had 2 hours left on our ticket we decided to have a drink and cool off for a while.We saw a nice looking restaurant next to the car park called Edmunds.So we had a refreshing drink there.We then saw some lovely looking meals being carried past saw decided to eat there.(check my restaurant tip on here).We had a lovely lunch here and decided to do Monaco another day as we were really tired and did not have the energy to then go there.The next day we returned early(9am) and parked up and got 4 hour ticket as this was the maximum you could get and caught the bus into Monaco.It was 1.70Euros for a return ticket and the bus(100)runs every 15 minutes from about 8am til 6pm.It runs all along this coast road(Lower Corniche) from Nice to Menton and you just get on and off where you want to go.We found it easy and smooth and less hastle than driving into Monaco.Although when we came home the bus did not turn up for 45 mins and our parking ticket had ran out, but luckily we were not caught or anything...
It took about 10 minutes on the 100 bus to get to Monaco.You may have to stand up if bus is busy.
Updated Jul 26, 2005
We made our way down this neverending path of steep steps and finally saw a beautiful beach.We then gathered this was not Monaco and thought as we were now here we might as well take a look.The beach was very very nice and there were a couple of expensive looking beach clubs/restaurants.There were lifeguards on duty and people just relaxing and also some boats just off shore.There was a coastal walk which said it was to Monaco.So we thought we would walk it.Well what a mistake.It was very very physical and steep paths and up and down.It was also baking hot.We were dripping.We got round the corner and we could then see just how far Monaco was.It was about 2 miles up steep steps etc.
Written Jul 26, 2005
We found this town one day while driving to Monaco.We thought we were on the outskirts of Monaco and pulled over and parked before things got too mad.We saw a car park so decided to park up and then walk into Monaco.Litlle did we know we were about 2 miles from Monaco.We got a 4 hour parking ticket which was about 2 Euros.Parking was free between about 12 and 2 so we only had to pay for 2 hours.We found this all over where we went that all carparks were free for 2 hours over lunchtime.We started to walk towards the sea thinking we were in Monaco,lol.We walked along this road going downhill and followed signs to the beach.We then saw a sign saying beach.So we started our long climb down these steep steps to the beach.It was hard work as it was very hot that day(30c).
Updated Jul 26, 2005
The Sentier Littoral finally ends at the harbour of Cap D'Ail - a pleasant swimming and beach area overlooked by the high rise condominiums of Fontveille, Monaco.
Written Aug 7, 2004
Visit the ampitheater in Cap D'ail decorated by Jean Cocteau - it's magnificent.
Eventually I'll find my pictures from 1990. In the meantime, my French pen-pal, Marylene, took the most beautiful photos of the ampitheater. I'm posting two of the photos with her permission; follow the website link to see all of them. The full direct link wouldn't fit in the website area, so copy and paste this link:
Updated May 27, 2003
After our long walk we found this trendy looking restaurant next to the car park.We had a drink to cool off and saw meals being carried past that looked wonderful.The menu was all in French and we asked at the bar what things were.We ordered just something light as we were so hot etc.We ordered a mixed salad .We got olives while waiting and bread.The salad arrived and it was huge.We got one huge bowl of salad and two plates.
Favorite Dish: We spooned the salad onto our plates and dug it.The salad looked plain but it was mouth watering.They had put some kind of dressing on it that was delicious.Olive oil and cracked pepper(I think).There was loads of fresh salad and it filled us both up.It was very tasty.As we enjoyed our salad we saw meals being taken through which looked very nice too.Different kinds of salads and fish and steaks.The mixed salad was 12 Euros a person and we did not have to pay for the bread, water or olives(which I found all over this area of France) which was very nice.Ask for tap water when ordering water as it's free and tap water is fine to drink.They just use a bottle(glass) and fill it with tap water for no charge.A glass of wine here was 2.50 Euros and a Coke was the same.This restaurant is well worth going to and it's right next to car park....
Written Jul 26, 2005
Address: 87 Avenue du 3 septembre