Can’t wait for the relaxed, good-times vibe of summer? Get yourself to Eden Plage Mala in Cap d’Ail, where that magic awaits…
We have been fortunate to travel to Cap d’Ail, on the French Riviera quite a few times, and it has become a firm family favourite over the years.
One of the best parts of Cap d’Ail for us is this wonderful 3,6 km long coastal path. It stretches from the Plage Marquet (500m west of the border with Monaco at Fontvieille) to the gorgeous Plage de la Mala. This, about an hour long walk, is one of most splendid scenic walks out there.
There are few greater feelings than trotting down this coastal path, beach bag on shoulder, listening to the waves hitting the rocky coves beside you and taking in all the Mediterranean greenery – Côte d’Azur at its best.
Every cliché comes to your mind about how amazing nature is, and how lucky we are to witness all this beauty.
Make sure to wear plenty of sun-cream and carry water with you, there aren’t many shady spots along this walk and the sun is strong. If things get too heated, you can always jump in the turquoise sea to cool off, which is accessible pretty much all along the serpentine path.
Then, finally, you get the first glimpse of the incredible beach… Almost there!
Only two paths lead to this paradise, or you can choose to come by boat. From above, the stairs, about 120 of them, will take you directly to this hidden gem. Or the winding coastal path that we just walked along. We usually go one way and return another.
Plage de la Mala is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Riviera. The turquoise deep water bay is surrounded by dramatic white limestone cliffs. It has two beach clubs, the firm favourite of ours being Eden Plage Mala with the red umbrellas, and a relaxed atmosphere. You can’t beat a sunny day on this beach. The beach is a pebble beach so swimming socks can be quite useful.
Then its time to relax in the sun. Eden Plage Mala has everything you can wish for; a beautiful restaurant and bar, a beach boutique, massages and regular live music performances.
You may never want to leave.
The restaurant menu at Eden Plage Mala is pretty extensive, and surprisingly affordable, consisting of fresh Mediterranean dishes. The pizzas here are amazing!
EDEN PLAGE MALA
Allée Mala, 06320 Cap d’Ail, France | +33 4 93 78 17 06 | website
Open 7 Days a week from 9 am until Midnight, March 30th to October.
Open for dinner from May 24th to September.
After a day of swimming and soaking in the sun, it may feel like a challenge to hike back to Cap d’Ail, but the whole beach experience makes you want to do it all over again the next day.
Now, take a break (or a few) while climbing the stairs, turn around and soak in the views of the breathtaking scenery.
There is another incredible little place worth mentioning along the coastal path. Restaurant Le Cabanon. Ideally positioned on the picturesque headland between Plage Mala and Monaco. Romantic evening walk, great food, amazing sea views and delicious rose wine. A definite feast for the eyes and the taste buds.
Pointe des Douaniers 06320 Cap d’Ail | +33 4 93 78 01 94 | website