Weather was briefly overcast and heavy with imminent rain this morning, giving a shiny grey luster to sea and sky. Even our beloved Plage de la Tortue beach around Saint-Raphael was shining like polished metal under these cloudy skies.
Rain poured in a very narrow section of town early in the afternoon, giving way to clearer skies once again. Typical tropical storm of the Western French Riviera!
Plage de la Tortue in Boulouris, between Saint-Raphael and Agay on the Western French Riviera is one of our favorite beaches on the Western French Riviera. Check out our article on this fantastic little beach of fine white sand. And access information on all of our favorite beaches under "Best Beaches" in the category cloud in the right-side column.
Continuing on our week-long review of the best of Saint-Raphael on the Western side of the French Riviera, we reveal another lovely little beach...
The jagged coastline between Agay and Saint-Raphael hosts a large number of small, intimate beaches where families love to go for their generally shallow waters and protected coves. When the offer the best protection against wind and rougher seas too (depending on their orientation).
We have a howling wind today. Our little gem of a beach has relatively quiet waters.
It's called La Plage du Val-Fleuri and it sits in Boulouris, to the east of Saint-Raphael.
Why we like it?
It isn't overly crowded (though I may have ruined it!). It's petite like a jewel with clear transluscent waters and with open views to the Med. It's very clean.
To the east, you can see a rocky island with its doll-sized tower plopped in its center, all adding to the mystery of the place. You can easily drift into thinking you have landed in pirate's remote paradise.
What's my favorite may not be yours... Val Fleuri has plenty of rocks, and not just sand. I highly recommend you get yourself a pair of plastic water shoes (sold at the local beach market across the street - in 2015 around 15 euros) before getting in the rocky side of the beach.
It's small, but so charming... No lifeguard is on duty.
Boulouris offers a small grocery store called Casion across the main street and a handful of shops and bakery inside the village. Plage de La Tortue beach is right next door with its restaurant on the beach. However, there's nothing on the beach itself.
Some folks prefer long wide beaches with lots of people around, a few restaurants, restrooms, that sort of thing. If this is what you are after, try Plage du Veillat in Saint-Raphael for its very central location.
Where is it?
You can easily access this beach by car from Saint-Raphael, following the coastline road heading to Agay. Look for a parking spot when you reach the stop light in Boulouris, with L'Olympe restaurant on the left-hand corner.
By bus from Saint-Raphael, look for AggloBus 5, 8 or 10 from Saint-Raphael's main "Gare Routiere" bus station and stop at the "Mairie Annexe de Boulouris" stop on Boulevard des Mimosas. You will walk up a few steps on Boulevard des Mimosas and turn right at the roundabout to Rue Valrose heading down slightly towards the sea. Cross the seaside road or Route de la Corniche and you will see a sign on a little street that points to the sea and to Plage du Val Fleuri.
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