Holiday accommodation in Beaulieu-sur-Mer is nestled on the French Mediterranean coast between Nice and Monaco. This small village is the quiet antithesis of some of the busier coastal towns, and the surrounding cliffs increase this welcome sense of isolation. Holiday apartments in Beaulieu-sur-Mer concentrate around the marina and exquisite beaches, which consist of a mixture of fine shingle and sand. The lower part of this pretty village, which still has a small fishing industry, hosts the shops and ubiquitous casino.
Beaulieu-sur-Mer holiday rentals are a great base for those involved in yachting, as the marina facilities are second to none. Perhaps because of the historical nature of the architecture, however, unfortunately many Beaulieu-sur-Mer villas aren't accessible by wheelchair. Apartment pools are not the norm either, with only a select few units having access – for many guests this is of little concern, however, thanks to the proximity of the beaches.
Outdoor pursuits: Sailing is big in Beaulieu-sur-Mer: with the marina's facilities, the village is a destination sailing spot on the Mediterranean. There are also the usual jet ski hires, fishing charters, and water skiing one expects on the Cote d'Azur. The mountainous hinterland offers the contrast to the coast of hiking and biking, and skiing during the winter.
Beaches: The two shingle beaches at Beaulieu-sur-Mer are covered with sand every year to provide softer footing, so depending on tidal patterns and the time of year, some areas revert to shingle while others remain beautifully sanded. Holiday homes in Villefranche-sur-Mer, less than a mile away on the other side of the peninsula, offer a more sheltered beach option.
Nightlife: Nightlife in Beaulieu-sur-Mer includes a theatre, which mixes cinema and live shows. Otherwise, the lively restaurants and bars tend to be upmarket and chic, though not quite as excessive as those found in and around the luxury rentals of Cannes. The beachfront is the place to go.
Shopping: The shopping in Beaulieu-sur-Mer is pretty exclusive, typically focusing on clothing boutiques. There is a regular village market, selling food and household items, which sets up on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday mornings from 7am until 1pm.
Culture: Nearby Nice has an opera house and Museum of Modern Art, while Beaulieu-sur-Mer has its own Theatre Lino Ventura which presents live shows and movies. Villa Kerylos is an interesting museum to visit, formerly the Ancient Greek-style mansion of French archaeologist Theodore Reinach.
A Mediterranean climate means Beaulieu-sur-Mer has agreeable weather year-round, with only the occasional inclement day. Most of the rain falls during October and November, with high temperatures in the summer rarely exceeding 30°C. In wintertime, the influence of the Mistral wind can drop things down into single digits.
At just nine miles from Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Nice Cote d'Azur Airport is the best travel option, particularly for budget flights as many cut-price airlines, such as Monarch and Jet2.com, also service this hub. People who want to drive from the UK find it only takes two days to cross France, a trip that can be made much faster on the French TGV train network. Paris to Nice, for example, takes only six hours.