plage la mala

Cap d'Ail beach

Looking down on the Plage la Mala beach, near Monaco.

We spent an afternoon lazing around on this beautiful beach in Cap d’Ail, which is in France, just one train stop before reaching Monaco.

The beach itself, much like the town it’s near, is quite tiny, but luckily there was almost no one there when we went. Probably due to the somewhat dreary and overcast day, but we managed to have fun nonetheless. And if you’re planning a trip here, it turns out there is a relatively cheap youth hostel in this town, so you can really be just a few minutes walk away.

Also, for those of you who wondering whether the reality of topless beaches matches the hype, the answer is yes. Too bad Americans are such prudes.