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Castel is a public beach that also contains the private beach-restaurant Castel Plage. It's the beach furthest east on the Quai des Etats Unis, nestled under the Colline du Chateau. The public beach is wide and long but with large, less comfortable stones. Often the water is slightly calmer here as the promontory on the eastern end shields this beach from east winds.

Castel Plage

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Castel beach is right under the luxury four-star Hotel La Perouse.

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Hotel La Pérouse

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Access & Map

Castel is a 10-minute walk from the Albert 1ere-Phocéens bus stop where bus 12 stops. The closest tram stop is Masséna on tram line 1. See more on buses in Nice.

Parking

There's no free parking nearby. The closest car park is the underground garage on the quai des Etats Unis, Parking Sulzer.

Eating

Choices are limited if you're not dining at Castel Plage beach restaurant. You can pick up picnic supplies and snacks nearby in Nice's Old Town.

Safety

The nearest lifeguard is one beach to the west at Ponchettes. See more about lifeguards.

Worried about your valuables while swimming? I recommend a waterproof fanny pack available on Amazon.

Castel Plage Private Beach-Restaurant

Castel Plage is one of the oldest establishments on the baie des anges but the owners have kept pace with the times nicely, with stylish and modern decoration. Because of its location, this is one of the more expensive beach-restaurants both in the daily rental fees and the prices on the menu. The restaurant is open late in summer but the atmosphere is quiet and romantic. It is the most sedate beach-restaurant in Nice.

The owners of the the Castel Plage beach restaurant have opened an extension, Les Bains du Castel, at the former Bains de Police further east. It's an expensive "gastronomic" restaurant that specilizes in seafood. Spread on a rock platform overlooking the sea, the setting is gorgeous. Go there for the sunset.

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Telephone: 04 93 85 22 66
Address: 8 Quai des Etats Unis
Website: castelplage.com
Beach Opening Hours: 9am-7pm
Beach Prices: Lounge chair & parasol €30; towel €7
Restaurant Style: Spacious and classy with indoor lounge/bar area; smooth music
Restaurant Opening Hours: April-September noon to 10.30pm with snacks only from 4 to 7pm.
Restaurant Prices: Starters from €23; mains from €30.

My Reviews

On a warm, comfortable June evening my party of five chose to eat dinner at the Castel Plage restaurant. Reservations are on line only and you cannot reserve a particular table. First come gets first choice we were informed! Ever-conscious of the latest trends, the menu is on an iPad, not paper. Fine. The problem was with the food. I ordered the Pinsa Straciatella & Summer truffle (€23) which listed 10 other ingredients.

Pinsa Straciatella at Castel Plage

It was a gloppy mess. All of the ingredients blended into one mushy taste. Another member of the party (a trained chef) ordered the Octopus pasta (€34) and was immediately suspicious when it arrived five minutes after ordering. It had clearly been pre-cooked and maybe even cooked in another place. It was mediocre. The Asian-style Tuna Tartare (€30) was OK but not outstanding. Service was good, maybe because the restaurant was half-empty. The tables were well-spaced and the music was subtle.

Verdict: mediocre value for money

June 16, 2024

On a bright, sunny day I requested a shady table and was pleased that the waiter gave me the best available. The chill music thummed in the background while I pored over the menu. I finally settled on Salmon carpaccio with spinach. The warm rolls were delightful and helped augment a very light meal. The thinly sliced salmon was good quality and the sauce was a slightly sweet gravlax-style sauce but the six or so spinach leaves turned out to be for decorative purposes only. I was grateful for the rolls to sop up all the sauce. Although tasty, this was really a starter and at €18 I can't say that it was particularly good value for money. Jeanne May 23, 2012

 

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