As our selection of France's top beaches shows, the most beautiful beaches do not always have to be on the Riviera. Côte d'Azur certainly hosts a lot of treasures that we will introduce to you, but other regions also enchant the tourists. Whether it is picturesque promenades or secluded, wild bays: France captivates you with its multi-faceted seaside resorts. We have put together the ultimate list of the best beaches in France, exclusively for your beach holiday and tell you where you can daydream together or play with your family.
The Conche des Baleines beach at the far end of the island Île de Ré in the Atlantic opens up directly behind the dense forest Lizay. The easiest way to explore the beach and its surroundings is probably by bicycle. The flat, dark blue water is good for swimmers. At the right time of year, the winds make the place perfect for windsurfing.
Our tip: Visit the stone lighthouse Phare des Beleines. From the viewing platform you have a wide view over beaches and sea.
In the south of Corsica, the dream beach of Roccapina is framed by a rocky and densely overgrown bay. Azure water meets white sand. Rising from the picturesque rocks are numerous monoliths. Access is not easy. From the village you have to walk down a dirt road, but it's well worth the effort. A flight to Ajaccio is recommended from where you can get to the nearby village by bus or rental car.
Our tip: A "stone lion" watches over the bay. The huge granite block is a successful photo opportunity!
The small village of Étretat on France's northern coast is perched on unique and truly spectacular limestone cliffs. The backdrop in Normandy is extraordinary and provides you with a special kind of beach holiday. Underneath the huge cliffs a comfortable stretch of beach runs in front of emerald-green to dark-blue water which gently sweeps ashore. During the summer months, the beach provides refreshing bathing fun in the English Channel. In the village you will find all amenities such as accommodation and restaurants.
Our tip: From the cliffs you can enjoy a magnificent view of the beach and the bizarre limestone formations.
Porquerolles is the largest island of the Hyères archipelago in southern France and can be reached by a short ferry ride from the Côte d'Azur. The island impresses with an original coastal region. Notre Dame’s beach in the north-eastern part of the island stretches along a sweeping bay. In the hinterland pine trees, wild herbs and gnarled eucalyptus trees create a magical setting. The beach is an ideal destination for the whole family and offers activities such as swimming, diving and boat tours.
Our tip: Rent bikes at the ferry station to get to the beach quickly and easily.
The beach of Palombaggia in the south of Corsica is often listed among the ten best beaches in Europe. Its Caribbean ambience gives the beach its special charm. To get to the beach, you have to take a path that branches off the island's circuit. It leads down a few hundred metres through pine forests and rewards you with a stunning sight. A white sandy beach and the crystal-clear, azure sea form a small bay which ends by protruding into the sea as a bizarre rock formation. Broad, as if pruned, treetops allow you to only draw one conclusion: you have arrived in paradise.
Our tip: You have incomparable views of the beach, coastal forest and sea from the bay Tamaricciu.
Not far from Hyères is the 5km long beach of Almanarre on the strip-shaped peninsula of Giens. The wide, sandy beach is ideal for sports such as beach volleyball or badminton and comes to life right on cue. Due to its size, the beach offers plenty of space and retreats for quiet hours. The stretch of coast attracts many water sports enthusiasts and facilities include paragliding, water skiing, diving and kitesurfing. The charming landscape consists of rough cliffs in the south and offers an excellent view of the beauty of nature.
Our tip: Visit the Site archéologique d'Olbia, located just behind the beach.
The extremely wide coast of Espiguette with its vast sand dunes, marshes and lagoons rather resembles a shoreline along the Sahara. Signs of civilisation almost disappear along the endless beach. The yellow sand and the often rough sea create a picture of originality and an unspoiled state. A scenery that promises freedom and light-heartedness. But do not despair like Robinson Crusoe, because the best French dishes and refreshing drinks are served by the restaurant Les Pieds Nus.
Our tip: The wide, natural beach is perfect for beginners in kitesurfing.
This hidden, stony cove may be discovered by chance as you walk the hiking path around Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat near Nice. Between stony, poplar-covered terraces and craggy rocks, the cosy beach of flat stones is nestled. A paradise beyond compare! The smooth, azure blue water invites you to relaxed bathing and diving. You can also enjoy culinary delights in the first-class restaurants.
Our tip: From the beach you can enjoy an impressive view over the coastal villages all the way to Monaco!
In the far south-west of France lies the local beach of the town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The Basque coast on the Atlantic washes in gentle waves, because stone dams around prevent the ingress of strong wind and wild sea. For bathing children, the beach is perfect, surfers will search in vain. As a popular bathing establishment, the beach maintains a lifeguard post and various bathing facilities during the summer. The bathing beach is separated from the innumerable hotels, restaurants and bars by an inviting promenade.
Our tip: While the kids have fun at the beach club, you can try the diving platform.
Well shielded from the Atlantic, this small bay welcomes you to the Armorica National Park in Brittany. The homelike atmosphere is characterised by colourful country cottages, forest-clad cliffs and a wide, white sandy beach. In the nautical centre next to the beach you can enjoy sailing lessons or rent the necessary equipment for kayaking and canoeing. The adjacent village has excellent hotels, restaurants and bars to take care of your physical well-being.
Our tip: Do not miss one of the spectacular cave tours! You explore the cave systems in the rocks around the bay by boat.