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17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022

17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022

17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022

Visiting medieval cities and alpine spots are some of France’s best things to do. But the sparkling Mediterranean shores also beckon to this Western European country. Yes, here are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

So be sure to check out the area’s mesmerizing coastlines during your visit. Are you excited to start planning? Here is a list of the best beaches in France that you cannot miss.

Contents 

  • 1. Palombaggia Beach – Corsica
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 2. Etretat-Normandy
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 3. Antibes – French Riviera
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 4. The Calanques of Cassis – Provence
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 5. Donnant Beach – Belle-Ile-en-Mer
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 6. Pigeon Beach – Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 7. Cote des Basques – Biarritz
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022
  • 8. Island of Porquerolles – Hyeres
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 9. Bay of Mont Saint-Michel – Normandy
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 10. Cap Coz – Brittany
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 11. Port Cros–Hyeres
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 12. Deauville Beach – Normandy
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 13. Cote de Granit Rose – Brittany
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 14. Prado Beaches – Marseille
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 15. Pampelonne Beach – St.-Tropez
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 16. Kerlouan – Brittany
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
  • 17. Nice – French Riviera
    • Why we recommend this beach
    • expert advice
17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022
17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022
  1. Palombaggia Beach – Corsica

2 Rue Fred Scamaroni, Porto-Vecchio

Corsica, FR 20137

Palombaggia beach is located on the south coast of Corsica, in Porto-Vecchio. It has more than 1.5 kilometers of fine white sand that you will surely enjoy.

Why we recommend this beach

Corsica has tons of gorgeous beaches. The combination of fine sand and turquoise waters of Palombaggia beach makes it one of the best. Plus, it’s also the safest beach for kids on this list.

It has clear, shallow waters that young children will surely love to dip into to cool off. The beautiful pink granite rocks are not just for design. They can also protect your children by ensuring that the waves are as smooth as possible.

expert advice

Another safety plus is that Palombaggia beach has lifeguards. What if you find yourself here during high season? Go straight to the southernmost part of the beach as it is quieter and less crowded.

Recommended hotels nearby:  Les Bergeries De Palombaggia

Etretat-Normandy

Etretat

Normandy, FR 76790

Etretat is a coastal city of the English Channel located in northwest France, Normandy.

Why we recommend this beach

Etretat is best known for its stunning white cliffs and mesmerizing rock formations. It also helps that the expanse of powdered sand and blue waters make for a spectacular scene.

Artists will love visiting this coastline to capture its beauty on paper or canvas. Many famous artists have already done it.

expert advice

If you have time to spare, golf fans will love the 18-hole golf course located on one of the cliffs of Etretat. In addition to a fun game of golf, you will be able to witness incredible views of the cliffs and the city.

Recommended nearby hotels:  Casa Dormy

Antibes – French Riviera

Antibes

French Riviera, FR 06160

+33 6 32 21 07 34

Antibes is a coastal city located in the southwest of France, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022
17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022

Why we recommend this beach

Antibes is a tourist town known for attracting the rich and famous for many years. It has beautiful beaches, such as Playa de las Ondas and Playa de la Salis. Many of them offer different types of views.

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expert advice

If you fancy a small beach, go to Playa de Ondes, on the west coast. Pontil Beach and Batterie Beach have long stretches of sand where you can lounge. Gravette Beach is a horseshoe-shaped beach usually soft enough for small children.

Recommended nearby hotels:  Hôtel Belles R ives

The Calanques of Cassis – Provence

Vaufrèges

Marseille, FR 13260

+33 4 20 10 50 00

Les Calanques de Cassis is a cove between Marseille and Cassis. It can be accessed through the Calanques de Marseille National Park.

Why we recommend this beach

Nature lovers will love taking an excursion to the Calanques de Cassis. There are 15 Calanques that you can visit in the park. Depending on where you want to go, you will be able to go on fantastic excursions, exciting scuba dives, and even rock climbing.

expert advice

Another way to visit the Calanques is to take a boat trip. You can explore the area on a sailboat or catamaran throughout the day. Don’t worry; there will be stops so you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling.

Recommended hotels nearby:  AC Hotel by Marriott Marseille Prado Velodrome

Donnant Beach – Belle-Ile-en-Mer

Donnant beach

FR 56360

Donnant beach is located in the south of Brittany, in Belle-Ile-en-Mer. It is on the coast of the Gulf of Morbihan.

17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022
17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022

Why we recommend this beach

In addition to the unique brown sand, bathers at Donnant Beach can also have fun swimming in its waters. Make sure you only swim in the designated areas.

There are lifeguards in the area from July to August. Make sure you follow all their rules to be safe.

expert advice

Even if you wish, Donnant Beach does not allow games that could disturb other visitors. So don’t bring kites, boomerangs, frisbees, and the like.

Recommended nearby hotels:  Castel Clara Thalasso & Spa

Pigeon Beach – Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

1 Chemin de Saint-Hospice

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, FR 06230

+33 4 93 01 64 71

The Pigeon Beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is one of the best beaches in France. It was an icon during the 20s, and even today, it is the favorite destination of many celebrities.

Why we recommend this beach

In addition to the mesmerizing panoramic views of the sea and the chance to meet an A-list celebrity, Paloma is also considered the best swimming beach in France. A limestone cove protects it, so the waves are gentle.

expert advice

Snorkeling lovers will be delighted with the ultra-clear waters of Playa de la Paloma. The rocky parts underwater are home to meadows of seagrasses, starfish, and bream.

Recommended nearby hotels:  Rivera Real

  1. Cote des Basques – Biarritz

Prince of Galles Boulevard

Biarritz, FR 64200

+ 33 5 59 22 37 10

The Côte des Basques are the largest beach in Biarritz and one of France’s best beach spots, with excellent views of the Spanish coastline.

Why we recommend this beach

Do you like surfing? Cotes de Basques is an emblematic beach for surfing in France. French surfing was born here in the 1950s.

Catching waves here will surely be unforgettable.

expert advice

Don’t worry if you’re starting. The waves at low tide are perfect for beginners. Of course, do not try it when the high tide rises. These waves need a more technical approach, which would be excellent for expert surfers.

Recommended nearby hotel:  Sofitel Biarritz Le Miramar Thalassa

  1. Island of Porquerolles – Hyeres

Island of Porquerolles

Hyères, FR 83400

+33 4 94 58 33 76

The island of Porquerolles is located off the coast of France, in the Mediterranean Sea. It is near Hyeres.

17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022
17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022

Why we recommend this beach

The island of Porquerolles is a remote island with spectacular views of the sparkling turquoise waters from its many bays. It is an excellent place to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea, whether you stay on its sandy shores or sail on its waters.

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expert advice

In addition to the seafront, be sure to visit other places such as the 14th-century Fort Sainte Agathe and the Cap d’Arme lighthouse.

Recommended hotel nearby:  Villa Sainte Anne

  1. Bay of Mont Saint-Michel – Normandy

Mont Saint-Michel

Normandy, FR 50170

The Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel is located between the Cotentin and Brittany. When it comes to famous beaches in France, this is one of the top ones. It is even listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Why we recommend this beach

Remarkably otherworldly, you’ll feel transported into a medieval fantasy world when you visit the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.

This tidal island is not much visited for its suitable swimming holes. But you will surely love the many photographic opportunities you will have here. Need advice? Bring medieval clothing to change into and take enchantingly unforgettable photos.

expert advice

Do you want to feel in another time or world? Rent a  marinate or horse carriage from the car park. It will make your trip to Mont-Saint-Michel more authentic and magnificent.

Recommended hotel nearby:  Mercure Mont Saint Michel

  1. Cap Coz – Brittany

50-160 Avenue de la Pointe du Cap Coz

Fouesnant, FR 29170

+33 2 98 51 18 88

Cape Coz Beach is located in the heart of the Brittany Riviera, in Fouesnant. It is undoubtedly one of the beautiful beaches in this country that you should visit.

Why we recommend this beach

If you like to practice water sports, be sure to visit the beaches of Cap Coz. This seaside resort has yachts and boats that you can rent for a fun time.

There are also cafes and bars that you can visit when you want a change of scenery at night.

expert advice

Cap Coz beach is patrolled, so you know there will be lifeguards. Make sure to pick a spot near the guards when you go swimming.

Recommended hotel nearby:  Résidence Goélia Le Domaine des Glénan

  1. Port Cros–Hyeres

Port-Cros

Hyeres, FR 83400

+33 4 94 01 84 50

Port-Cros is a virgin island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is part of the Iles d’Hyeres and can be accessed via a ferry from the Saint-Pierre marina.

17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022

Why we recommend this beach

Nature lovers will surely enjoy hiking along the marked paths of Port-Cros. You will indeed feel like a castaway on a desert island. It is the wildest of the three islands of the Iles d’Or.

You can also take an underwater excursion from La Palud beach to see Mediterranean sea plants and creatures.

expert advice

Be sure to visit the Fort de l’Estissac, where you can learn more about the history of Port Cros and its surroundings.

Recommended hotels nearby:  Hôtel Le Bailli De Suffren

  1. Deauville Beach – Normandy

Promenade des Planches, Deauville

Normandy, FR 14800

Deauville Beach is a famous 1.5-kilometer seaside promenade in Calvados, Normandy. It is also known as the “queen of the Norman beaches.”

Why we recommend this beach

Deauville Beach is popular with tourists and locals alike for its chic atmosphere. This beach resort not only has excellent waterfront entertainment. It is also surrounded by world-class golf courses, luxury hotels, and more.

It even has excellent shopping and dining options for you to choose from.

expert advice

When you’re at the beach, be sure to stroll along Deauville’s famous boardwalk. Take tons of photos that you can take home to show everyone.

Recommended hotel nearby:  Hôtel Barrière Le Normandy

  1. Cote de Granit Rose – Brittany

Granit Rose Coast, Côtes d’Armor

Brittany, FR

In northern Brittany, the Pink Granite Coast in the Cotes’ Armor stretches from Plestin-Les-Greves to Louannec.

Why we recommend this beach

For some of the most unique and memorable photos during your trip, visit the Cote de Granit Rose. It curves to link islands and islets through its sandy shares dotted with pretty pines.

But the show’s real stars are its pink granite boulders that sparkle when touched by the sun.

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expert advice

A fun way to pass the time when you’re here is to imagine the shapes the rocks make. Some swear they can see a shark, a rabbit, and even a witch when they look at the stones.

Recommended hotel nearby:  Castel Beau Site

  1. Prado Beaches – Marseille

Avenue Pierre Mendès France

Marseille, FR 13008

+33 8 26 50 05 00

The Prado beach is artificial and is considered the largest beach in Marseille.

Why we recommend this beach

Take the tie to relax on the shore of any of the Prado beaches. They will find this place super fun to spend the day from kids to kids at heart. You can swim all you want, make art in the sand, or lounge in your beach chair.

expert advice

Although the Prado beaches are vast because they are a series of small interconnected beaches, they can get crowded in summer. Go early in the morning if you want to pick a great spot.

Recommended hotel nearby:  Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port

17 Best Beaches in France to Visit This Summer 2022
  1. Pampelonne Beach – St.-Tropez

Ramatuelle, FR 83350

+33 4 94 97 45 21

Pampelonne beach is the longest and most popular in Saint Tropez. It is more than 5 kilometers long.

Why we recommend this beach

Pampelonne beach is another famous beach in France often frequented by stars. If you want to meet someone famous, you will most likely experience it here.

But if you’re looking to relax, this Saint Tropez beachfront hotel is still a great option. You can choose between the public areas or join a beach club to use their comfortable loungers and eat tasty meals during the day.

expert advice

The end of September is the best time to go if you want to experience Pampelonne beach. It is low season, and there are not many people. But the sun can still warm you up while you’re here.

Recommended hotel nearby:  

  1. Kerlouan – Brittany

Kerlouan

Brittany, FR 29890

+33 2 29 61 13 60

Kerlouan is located in Finistère, in northwestern France, specifically in Brittany. It is also close to Brest.

Why we recommend this beach

In Kerlouan, there is Boutrouilles Beach, which is a supervised maritime beach. There is a first aid station to feel safe while you bathe.

expert advice

Pets are allowed at Plage de Boutrouilles, so bring your furry friend. But to be considerate of other swimmers, it’s a good idea to keep your pet on a leash.

Recommended hotel nearby:  La Butte

  1. Nice – French Riviera

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes

French Riviera, FR

+33 4 92 14 46 14

Nice is located on the southeastern coast of France, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is close to the border with Italy and is close to Monaco.

Why we recommend this beach

One of the best beaches in France is located on the Côte d’Azur, in the city of Nice. Considered the capital of the Côte d’Azur, it is no wonder that many people like to stay on its shores.

Its shores may be pebbly, but the clear blue waters of Nice’s beaches more than makeup for it (pun intended).

expert advice

Take a walk along the Paseo de Los Ingleses. This 7 km promenade is next to the beach so that you will have extensive and mesmerizing views of the sea. You can also jog in the mornings or go rollerblading along this promenade.

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