A Guide to the Best Beaches in France
France has some of the most beautiful beaches so if you’re looking for a relaxing sun holiday or a surfing beach or maybe a secluded and romantic beach, some where in France, there is the perfect beach destination for you! Here is just a taste of some of the top beaches on offer in France…
Best Beaches in France – The Atlantic Coast
The first beach we have here is found in Saint-Jean de Luz which is a beautiful village in Aquitaine. The town is just a stones throw from the Spanish border and it is part of the Basque Country. This charming village was primarily a fishing port which benefits from a sheltered bay, but today it is a very popular beach resort due to its sandy beaches and fine weather.
The town is also popular with surfers all year round who like to take advantage of the great waves that come in off the Atlantic coast. It is also renowned for having some excellent Sea Spa resorts. The main way of getting in to the village you will want to fly into Bordeaux, rent a car there and work you way down the coast.
Another option from Bordeaux is the Cap Ferret which is located only 70 kms from the city. Cap Ferret is situated on a peninsula that covers the mouth of Arcachon Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. With water on both sides you will have you choice of beaches, though the beaches on the Atlantic side are larger and sandier; the beaches on the Arcachon Bay side are more sheltered and more suited to swimming.
Best Beaches in France – The Mediterranean Coast
The next beach we recommend is located at Villefranche sur Mer. This town is located between Nice and Monaco, close to the border with Italy. This town is popular with people who would prefer to get away from the overpopulated beaches of Nice and would prefer a nice quite time. The beach here is sandy and sunbathing is more pleasant unlike the pebble beach at Nice.
As a consequence of the quieter atmosphere, there are less shops and cafes here so if you want to avail of such things you will have to hop back into your rental car and head off to Nice which is only about 15 minutes away.
Situated about half way along the Mediterranean coast, to the easy of Montpellier, is the town of La Grande-Motte. The beach here is several kilometres long and well worth taking a stroll along till you find the perfect place to throw down your towel and soak up some rays. There are plenty of other things to do in the town including golf, tennis, water sports and nature hikes. There is also the Regional Nature Park at Camargue where you get to see flamingos, white horses and black bulls.
Located to the south west of Montpellier is the small town of Sète. The town is sometimes called the Venice of Languedoc due to its canals. The town enjoys a 12kms long beach which is definitely deserving of its place on this list. The town itself is full of charming museums, historic buildings and the aforementioned canals which are fed by the waters from the Étang de Thau Lagoon.
And finally on the Med coast close to the Spanish Border is the town of Argelès-sur-Mer. The town is located about 20kms from Perpignan in the Languedoc-Roussillon Provence. The town enjoys 7kms of wide sandy beach which is designated safe for bathing and there are even a number of rocky creeks where you can do a little scuba diving. Surfing and Windsurfing is popular here as well.
As you can see most of these beaches are located away from major metropolitan centres, which only adds to their charm, but it does mean getting there will require the services of a good rental car. You can find many such cars on our car hire France page.
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