VISUAL DIARY: CAP D'AIL

Oh you're looking for a beautiful secluded beach in the Cote d'Azur surrounded by magnificent limestone cliffs on either side? You've come to the right place. 

Locals and visitors to the French Riviera, waste no time in jumping on a train in the direction of Monaco from Nice or Cannes and get off at Cap d'Ail station. As you head down to the water, the signs will point to Plage Mala which is exactly where you want to go. (You can also walk from Monaco. It's an hour long hike but worth the effort for the splendid views.)

The walk from the station is gorgeous, not too long or strenuous and along a coastal footpath and staircase. (Decidedly quicker when you're tipsy on the way back.) Soon a flurry of white and red marking the two establishments on Plage Mala will appear. The beach is a lovely stretch of pebbled white sand, the water is translucent, the sun is warm and delicious. If you want to splurge a little, relax in a sun lounger at La Réserve de la Mala, and order wine and a fruit bowl. Otherwise pack a picnic and bring your own towels. Whatever you might decide, swim, tan and do little else.