Thanks to its three long stretches of coastline, France has plenty of great beaches. From upmarket resorts to the secluded calanques (coves) and beaches steeped with historical significance, there are a variety of opportunities for fans of the sand. Here is our selection of the 20 best beaches in France.
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Just south of here are two other smaller, quieter beaches – Cala di la Folaca and the Plage d’Acciaju – where the sand is just as white and the water equally translucent.
Although it’s rather rocky and exposed, and the sea very deep, the great crags overshadowing the shore give the place a vivid, wild atmosphere.
Note that the Côte d'Azur is notoriously expensive. If you're looking for a beach destination that doesn't hit your budget, the city of Montpellier is renowned for its beaches and atmosphere just like the French Riviera.
Southern France is a paradise for foodies, history lovers, sun admirers and many more. It combines endless beaches with easy access to hot spots like Antibes, Monaco and Cannes. On this tailor-made trip to Essential French Riviera, you will explore the coast with a private, bilingual guide to make the most of your time in France.
Solemn warnings are posted of the dangers of attempting to return from the island when the tide has risen too far – if you’re too late, you can’t get back.
The southern part of the coast is flatter, and the beach, uninterrupted for 40km, is backed by pine-anchored dunes and brackish tarns, punctuated by German pillboxes toppled over by the shifting sands.
It is said that the gulf used to hold an island for every day of the year, but rising seas have now left fewer than one per week.
Immerse yourself in the Mediterranean lifestyle with this 5-day tailor-made trip to the French Riviera. Staying just 2 miles from the charming town of Antibes, you may opt to pass the days soaking up on the sun on the golden sands of the Côte d'Azur, or exploring this alluring part of the world.
The Cap’s coastal walks are delightfully traffic-free – if you don’t count the endless yachts and motorboats offshore – and there are some of the best beaches in France to discover. Paloma Plage on the north side of Pointe de St-Hospice - a luxurious beach long considered one of the most beautiful beach spots on the Riviera, perfect for an exclusive, relaxing break.
If you are looking for more inspiration for your French trip read our guide to the best things to do in France. Or explore our guide to French Polynesia and find even more spectacular beach destinations.
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