Officially there are 25 named beaches strung out along the Baie des Anges, some of which are free, others of which are reserved solely for paying clientele. All are pebbly, so sensitive behinds might opt for one of the private beaches (€15 to €25 per day), which come with sun-loungers and comfy mattresses.

Free cold-water showers, lifeguards and first-aid posts are available most of the way along the bay, including on the public beaches; there are also a few public toilets for which you have to pay a small charge. Most beaches also offer activities, from beach volleyball to jet-skis and pedalos.

Something else worth noting: nudity is perfectly acceptable on Nice’s beaches, and locals certainly aren’t shy about letting it all hang out – but of course, there's no obligation to bare all (or anything).