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Plage des Bains Militaires Beach, Nice

A quiet public beach not far from the port of Nice

The name might sound a bit intimidating but Bains Militaires is actually quite a nice quiet beach, away from the hustle and bustle of Nice centre.

The beach is small but the rocks extend a fair bit at either end, so you can usually find a spot without being awkwardly close to someone else - not always possible on some of the more obvious beaches.

There is a shower but that’s about it as far as facilities go. If you want snacks and drinks then there is a takeaway kiosk on the corner of Boulevard Franck Pilatte or a brasserie called Le Saint Juan just a few minutes walk from the beach.

Setting & location

This beach is situated in a residential area but is not far from the port area of Nice. Just a short walk past the port and you’ll come to the Club Nautique of Nice and the Bains Militaires; once a private beach for the military but now open to the public. 

Beach quality

The beach is pebbly, as are most of Nice’s beaches, so rubber beach shoes are a great help when trying to get in and out of the sea without mincing and wincing too obviously.

Bars & beach clubs

As well as organising sailing lessons, the Club Nautique also has a restaurant which is open to everyone. They have a lovely sunny terrace that looks out over the sea and is open for lunch and dinner every day except Mondays.

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Watersports to do

Spectator sports can be found in watching the local youth leap from the scarily high (and officially off-limits) diving platform. Even climbing up it is pretty dodgy as the ladders have been removed to try and discourage people from accessing it but if anything that seems to have increased the thrill for the kids, mostly teenage boys, who shin up and then plummet back down into the waves. For the rest of us there is a nice ladder leading down from the rocks by the Club Nautique.

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Directions

Getting there is easy, you can either walk from the port in about 10 minutes or take the 30 or T32 buses and get off at Saint-Aignan Pilatte.

Also see: Maps of Nice, France


Location: Nice Area


Style

Venue Style: Beach Resort


Services

Activities: Swimming


Facilities

Access: Pedestrian access

Outdoor: Showers



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