Coastal walk Monaco – Mala Beach
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Coastal walk Monaco – Mala Beach

The coastal walk from Monaco to Mala Beach (Cap d’Ail) is a beautiful and eventful trip along the coast between Monaco and Cap d’Ail. And Mala Beach is one of the most idyllic beaches on the entire Côte-d’Azur, located in a small bay surrounded by white cliffs.

Mala Beach Cap d'Ail
Picturesque and idyllic Mala Beach at Cap d’Ail – ©

Tour description coastal walk Monaco – Mala Beach (Cap d’Ail)

This is a lovely fresh and breathtaking walk along the coast between Monaco and Cap d’Ail with the idyllic beach of Mala Beach as its terminus.

Mala Beach is located in a small bay surrounded by high white cliffs where you will find sun loungers and restaurants in the summer season, which can be enjoyed for a fee.

The trip is quite easy and is done in about 60-80 minutes depending on the pace. However, it is not suitable for people with walking difficulties, as there are quite a few stairs on the last stretch down to Mala Beach.

If you are “lucky”, then on the path you can meet some of the well-known sports stars who live in Monaco. They use this coastal path for their runs, especially during those hours when there are not so many people on the trail.

path along the coast between Monaco og Mala Beach, Cap d'Ail
Aire de pique-nique – a nice shady place to picnic with a brought lunch – ©

Along the way, there is a nice opportunity to sit in the shade and enjoy some brought food and drink. There are also good opportunities for refueling water and getting a cool rinse thanks to the public showers set up along the path.

  • Length: 2.6 km
  • Difficulty: Easy (but not suitable for people with walking difficulties)
  • Duration: 1-1.5 hours
  • Elevation: +/- 25 m

Tour Start: Coastal walk Monaco – Mala Beach (Cap d’Ail)

The walk can be started from either Monaco or Cap d’Ail. We arrived by car in Monaco and started the hike from the small parking lot at the Port Cap d’Ail. The advantage here is that it is easy to find parking and then the coastal path also starts right there (see Google Map at the bottom).

Of course, you can also start the trip from Mala Beach, but it is quite difficult to find parking, especially in the summer season.

If instead you arrive by train or bus, it is also a good starting point to begin the trip from Cap d’Ail.

From the parking lot in Monaco at Port Cap d’Ail, simply follow the coastal path all the way to Mala Beach.

Highlights of the Monaco – Mala Beach Tour

This stretch of coastline was particularly popular with Winston Churchill and Greta Garbo, who at times stayed at the then Eden Palace Hotel in Cap d’Ail,  today converted into luxury residences.

The coastal path between Monaco and Cap d'Ail
The coastal path between Monaco and Cap d’Ail offers a beautiful nature scenery – ©

Along the way, you will meet a sign for a small museum – Musée Villa les Carmélias – a Belle Époque building, which testifies to Cap d’Ail’s prestigious past. Here are all the highlights of the tour:

  • Stone mill quarry from the Middle Ages
  • Monumental Belle Èpoque villas
  • Cap d’Ail
  • Cap Rognoso
  • Museum Villa les Carmélias
  • Cap Mala
  • Mala Beach

By Tommy Sverre – 2023

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