Are you the kind of person who enjoys Nikki Beach and spraying bottles of champagne around a swimming pool with a lot of people? Well, this blog is definitely not for you. I like to find a deserted beach, preferably with no one else to be seen. Antisocial? Very, but who cares? My trip starts at Theoule sur Mer, a small town popular with summer visitors, with Chateau de Theoule right in the middle. There is a gorgeous sandy beach right in front and it is ideal if you have children and want to sit on a comfy deck chair. Many Monaco residents have homes in the area and it is easy to see why it is such a stunning area.
Theoule has a few little restaurants and bars too and in Port …… you can hire a kayak or a boa and go off exploring the little coves.
Too many people around for my taste so continue driving (or take the bus that goes along the coast road) and drive up a hill till you see a car park on the left. Park here for L’Aiguille and Le Pointe de L’Aiguille and take the steps down to stunning little coves which are never crowded due to the steps down. Quite a trek but worth it! This is the first of my hidden beaches. Between Theoule and Agay there are countless little beaches, just look out for the big blue signs and these will tell you what beach is below the sign.
Plage St Bartholemy
These are never crowded due to their inaccessibility. Sadly, I struggled to find a dog-friendly beach in this area. France is such a great country to take your pet but not to the beach in summer. There are a few places where dogs are permitted and I will give you a link at the end. The second of my hidden beaches is Plage St Bartholemy not dog-friendly but you will love it.
Continue on to Saint Raphael and again you are spoiled for choice with little coves. Look out for L’ile D’or and Le Plage dembarquement at Dramont which is where American troops landed 15 August 1944.
If you keep going you will come to Frejus which is a bit of a concrete nightmare purpose-built for tourism in the 60’s and 70’s and reminds me of Spanish seaside towns. The beaches are stunning, however with miles of golden sand. Saint Aygulf is in the commune of Frejus and I found a super little beach which allows dogs!
Park in the free car park at Parc Areca in Saint Aygulf. Walk for 2 minutes through the park and through a metal gate turn left along the coastal path and round the corner, you will find a beautiful cove and beach with great snorkeling. If there are 6 people that would be crowded, it is perfect! And that makes 5! I’m sure you will find your own five favorites if you visit this area. Let me know if you have a secret beach I can visit!