Eden Plage Mala, Cap d’Ail

Eden Plage Mala, Cap d'Ail | Karoliina Kazi

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…

Cap d'Ail | Karoliina Kazi

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.

Cap d'Ail 2013 (74)

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.

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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.

Cap d'Ail | Karoliina Kazi

Every cliché comes to your mind about how amazing nature is, and how lucky we are to witness all this beauty.

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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.

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Then, finally, you get the first glimpse of the incredible beach… Almost there!

Eden Plage Mala, Cap d'Ail | Karoliina Kazi

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.

Eden Plage Mala, Cap d'Ail | Karoliina Kazi

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.

Eden Plage Mala, Cap d'Ail | Karoliina Kazi

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, Cap d'Ail | Karoliina Kazi


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.

Eden Plage Mala, Cap d'Ail | Karoliina Kazi

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.

Eden Plage Mala, Cap d'Ail | Karoliina Kazi

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.

Le Cabanon, Cap d'Ail | Karoliina Kazi


Pointe des Douaniers 06320 Cap d’Ail  |  +33 4 93 78 01 94  |  website

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  1. Rose
    22nd May 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Beautiful. I look forward to reading about more of your travels.!! Thank you for the blog follow too 🙂

      22nd May 2016 / 10:09 pm

      Thank you Rose!

  2. Roxy
    2nd June 2016 / 9:23 am

    amazing view, i love your blog. i travel to France a lot

      10th June 2016 / 11:17 am

      Thank you Roxy! You must know this view 🙂

  3. 7th February 2018 / 6:33 pm

    Oh my goodness, look at how blue that water is, I would love to just float in it.

  4. Jasmin N
    7th February 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Holy crap I need to visit there😍 actually I need to teleport myself there asap. Looks absolutely incredible!

  5. 8th February 2018 / 2:55 am

    Everything about that looks gorgeous! The water, the greenery, the architecture…it’s so brilliant! It would probably feel like a dream being there in person!

  6. 8th February 2018 / 7:16 am

    Oh wow! That place looks absolutely amazing. Those blue water and beautiful coasts… Can I go like, right now? 😍

  7. helenevlacho
    8th February 2018 / 10:04 am

    Oh my, amazing and so beautiful place. I love this green and blue, they remind me of my country!

    • 8th February 2018 / 5:09 pm

      You’re lucky you live in such a beautiful country Helene x

  8. 8th February 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Ah, those views! I can hear the waves crashing now!!! But you’re right, I feel like once I made it down I would never want to climb the trail back out. But maybe a glass of rose at Le Cabanon would help entice me. 😉

    • 8th February 2018 / 5:08 pm

      Not the easiest task, you’ll feel far from fresh after that climb but it’s so worth it. And yes you’re so right, that chilled glass of rose goes a long way 🙂

  9. Sondra Barker
    8th February 2018 / 4:20 pm

    Gorgeous pictures. I would love to visit here sometime.

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