With over 3400 km of coastline, the French beaches are among the most touristic of Europe. The Mediterranean beaches are the most populated in the summer. The South-East of France offers a wide variety of beaches with the PACA region. Small secret coves, large supervised beaches or calanques towards Marseilles or Esterel. The Var beaches are very popular with an exceptional coastline and relatively well conserved. The Languedoc-Roussillon is mainly composed of wide sandy beaches and resorts built in the 70's. The Corsican beaches provide an idyllic setting as long as you leave the tourist trails.
Atlantic Ocean beaches are popular with surfers. In the south, the Pyrenees Atlantiques beaches provide a rugged contrast to the beaches of the Landes and Gironde, which are bordered by extensive forests and dunes. North of the Gironde estuary, the Charente Maritime resorts with its famous islands (Oléron, Ré and Aix) remain very pleasant but are often only usable at high tide for swimming. The beaches of the Vendee are huge and are very popular in the summer.
Brittany beaches, between the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel, are sought after by lovers of nature, with many small coves. At low tide, the searching of hidden shellfish becomes the main past-time.
In Northern France, the Picardy beaches with its “Baie de Somme” mark the return of the dune areas. The beaches of Nord Pas de Calais are also very attractive with an exceptional coastline marked by two major sites, the Caps Gris Nez and Blanc Nez.
Fréjus is a major seaside resort in France and has two large sandy beaches (divided into several areas). Many restaurants, cafes, and shops line up from St. Raphael to Port-Fréjus, along the waterfront.More details
The seafront of Saint Aygulf is relatively preserved and shops and businesses are not found nearby. We find several Beaches in St Aygulf that are very agreeable in a preserved environment.More details
Villeneuve-Loubet is located east of Antibes and west of Cagnes sur Mer. The village centre is located away from the sea, perched on a hill dominated by a magnificent medieval castle.More details
Antibes, the second largest city of the Alpes Maritimes, is one of the region’s most charming seaside resorts. From old Antibes to the Cap d'Antibes, the beaches of Antibes are covered in sand.More details
Cap d'Antibes belongs to the town of Antibes. This cape, separation between Juan les Pins and Antibes, offers a prestigious setting with several houses.More details
The seafront of Cagnes sur Mer was completely renovated and a large promenade was installed going from the hippodrome to the Cros harbor. The beaches extend along the seafront for about 2.5km.More details
For those who don’t like the limelight of St Tropez but want to be close to the star of the Var region, Sainte-Maxime is a good alternative.More details
Located in the gulf of Napoule, Mandelieu la Napoule is a choice destination in the Alpes-Maritimes, at only a few kilometers from Estérel and the department Var.More details