Mandelieu-la-Napoule Beach Walk, a Short But Very Scenic Trail

The Mandelieu-la-Napoule Beach Walk is a pretty short trail along the waterfront. This town is a popular spot for locals during the summer, thanks to its excellent public beaches. On the second week of our road trip through southern Provence, we lodged at a golf hotel in the town. One day, we decided to stroll along the rocky beaches with golden sand, enjoying the refreshing breeze before heading on our daily excursions.

Mandelieu-la-Napoule Beach Walk

Where is Mandelieu-la-Napoule

The seaside resort of Mandelieu-La-Napoule is situated a few kilometres southwest of Cannes, approximately an 18-minute drive away. It overlooks the bay of Cannes at the base of the Estérel and the southwestern end of the Alpes-Maritimes department.

Mandelieu-la-Napoule holds the distinction of being the French Riviera’s first golf destination, boasting two renowned courses. One of these courses was established in 1881 by Grand Duke Michel, the nephew of the Tsar. Presently, the area is home to several golf courses, including one right next to our apartment.

Where the walking trail starts and ends

The summer sunshine is intense and dazzling in Mandelieu-La-Napoule. By 9:00 in the morning, the air temperature had already soared above 30°C. We parked our car near the Riviera Beach Hotel and took a refreshing dip in the sea for half an hour before setting off our trail.

Our walking trail started at the Port of La Rague and ended at the Port Mandelieu-la-Napoule. So the kilometre-long coastal path, etched by the sea, guided us from one beach to another, encompassing two ports, two castles, three beaches, and a rock tunnel.

Agecraft Castle;Mandelieu-la-Napoule Beach Walk

Sites along Mandelieu-la-Napoule Beach Walk

Plage de la Rague

Next to the Port de la Rague lies the charming Plage de la Rague beach. Characterized by two miniature arched bays and a flat, easily walkable terrain, this beach is also the largest among the three along the trail. The first castle, Agecraft Castle, graces a small hill and, although not directly on the trail, adds to the scenic attraction of the surroundings.

Plage de la Raguette and a viewpoint

Leaving Plage de la Rague, we navigated a small rocky path to reach the second beach, Plage de la Raguette. Pausing along the way, we couldn’t resist capturing the picturesque beauty of Rague beach. In the morning light, it was transformed into a red-orange hue. Plage de la Raguette, with its more secluded ambiance, offers an unconventional setting. Despite its limited space, the beach offers a unique viewpoint of the surrounding landscape.

Rocky tunnel, Château Beach, and Chateau la Napoule

Beyond the second beach, we reached the base of Chateau la Napoule and ventured through a small rock tunnel. Carved into the red rock, the tunnel features open arched spaces that provide views of the seaside.

Continuing along the coastal path, we discovered another hidden gem – Château Beach between Port Mandelieu-la-Napoule and Chateau de la Napoule. This quaint beach offers a small opening to the sea.

Chateau de la Napoule, dating back to the early 20th century, is a testament to the legacy of Henry and Marie Clews, dedicated to preserving art. Henry’s architectural prowess is evident in the building, while his artistic works are displayed in the museum. Marie, with her artistic talent, designed the gardens still appreciated today. Entrance to the garden and museum requires a nominal fee for visitors.

Rock tunnel; Mandelieu-la-Napoule; Day Trip from Nice
Chateau la Napoule

The Golden Corniche d’Or

Mandelieu-la-Napoule Beach Walk was pleasant but short. However, if time permits, consider taking a drive along the Golden Corniche d’Or, connecting La Napoule and Saint-Raphaël. This scenic route offers unique panoramas, including the iconic Pointe du Cap Roux, renowned among sailors. The road meanders through the rocks, offering a picturesque journey framed by the azure sky, red cliffs, and the lush greenery of the Esterel region.

It is also possible to make a pitstop for a refreshing hike along this route. Consider exploring La Dramont, a circular hiking trail at Cap Du Dramont, offering scenic views of the sea. Inaugurated on the 11th of April 1903, the Corniche d’Or stands as one of the most spectacular roads along the French Riviera.

La plage du Château;Mandelieu-la-Napoule Beach Walk

Travel Tips

Where to stay

Mandelieu-La-Napoule, just a short drive from Nice, is an excellent holiday destination. Unlike the high-end accommodations in Nice, Mandelieu-La-Napoule offers more budget-friendly options without compromising on quality.

How to get there

  • When heading from Cannes, follow the A8 highway and take exit 40 “Mandelieu-centre,” or opt for the D6007 route to reach the city.
  • If you’re coming from Cannes Train Station, the journey to the city takes approximately 20 minutes.
  • Mandelieu-La-Napoule is conveniently located, with a 20-minute drive from Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport and only 5 minutes from Cannes Mandelieu Airport.

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