Plage de la Gravette has a lot going for it. It’s wide, sandy and it’s right in the middle of the old town, making it perfect for a quick swim while exploring Antibes, or to spread out with a picnic for the day.
It’s even plenty big enough for a spread-out game of cricket on a quiet day (You’ll struggle hitting a 6 over those huge rampart walls!). A fabulous advantage of Plage de la Gravette is that it’s a purely public beach, meaning that unlike so many other Riviera beaches, the best stretches of sand aren’t claimed by private beach clubs. In high summer, you’ll have to get up early to claim a patch of sand down by the water though.
Because it’s a public beach, there isn’t much at Gravette in the way of the facilities that you’ll find elsewhere at the glamorous private beach clubs. There are fresh water showers by the water’s edge and outside the beach you’ll find public toilets built into the ramparts wall.
Be aware that the council locks the gates to the beach at night, around 8pm and opens them again in the morning. While they do get opened most days in winter, we’ve found that on the stormy cold days they sometimes don’t get opened.
Out of season: In winter or the shoulder seasons, you’ll be in heaven on a sunny day. Depending on the wind direction, the high ramparts block the wind, and the beach becomes a beautiful sun-trap that is very quiet for much of the day. Lunchtime on sunny winter days bring the sun-worshipping locals out to sit on the ledge underneath the wall in the sun, eating baguettes and reading newspapers, feet in the sand. Some brave souls even swim here year-round!
Dogs: There is a sign on the gates saying dogs are prohibited, but like many things in France, the laws are sometimes interpreted loosely and in this case with a good dose of common sense. Because the beaches are so crowded, you really can’t take your dogs on the beach in high summer - it is illegal. As of October 1st through to mid-April, dogs are permitted on French beaches and it’s often a very social affair, and in the height of winter the council don’t clear the beaches of sticks, meaning huge piles of them collect when the winter storms roll through. This is stick heaven for happy dogs!
Conclusion: Plage de la Gravette is a great beach- great sand, great setting, great for kids. The only real drawback is the water quality in summer, but with such a central location this is a hard beach to beat.
- Free parking
- Parking on street
- Public car-park (covered)
- Beach Sports