Top 10 French Beaches You Should Visit

France is such a great place to be this summer! Imagine visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower, spending the morning by the beach, sitting on a lounge chair with your favorite tropical drink on your hand, and more. France offers a lot of activities to enjoy, as well as a variety of beaches to go to.

In this article, we will find out the best French beaches that you would love to visit this summer. Check them out below:

Biarritz and the Basque Coast

This fancy beach resort is a crowd favorite for many reasons—the sandy shores, ocean breeze, and a variety of hotels and restaurants to be at. The Grande Plage is one of the resort’s largest beach wherein the famous Hôtel du Palais is nestled in. If you haven’t heard of it, this place used to be a dwelling place of Napoleon III and his wife, Empress Eugénie. If you are travelling with your family, make sure to never miss out Le Port Vieux and Plage de la Milady.

Saint-Tropez: Plage de Pampelonne

This 5-kilometer sand beach is where you will find a variety of beach clubs and perhaps, celebrities! Enjoy the glamour of the Mediterranean seaside by visiting this upscale destination. This wonderful historic town has a lot of Provençal markets with boho vibe, outdoor cafes, and shaded squares. Some of the most famous beaches are Cavalaire-sur-Mer, Nikki Beach, Eden Beach, and Tahiti Beach.

Plage de Palombaggia, Corsica

You’ll find yourself in an otherworldly paradise once you dip your toes in the white sandy beach of Palombaggia. It’s no wonder why it’s considered as the most popular beach on the island—the crystal-clear waters and white sand is enough to amaze you. If you’re a tourist, this should be on your priority list, along with the Porto Vecchio, which is an old town filled with scenic marina, historic town squares, and outdoor cafes.

Île de Porquerolles

If you want an exclusive place for you and your partner or your family, take a 30-minute ferry ride from Hyères and go to this idyllic island of Porquerolles. This dreamy, peaceful place is packed with historical stories and archaeological sites. The Plage d’Argent is the popular beach in the area. And if you’re bringing your children with you, the Plage de la Courtade is the perfect beach to play around.

Deauville and Trouville

Elegant ambience, world-class facilities, and dreamy landscapes—you will find everything in this place. Deauville and Trouville have a classic boardwalk with Art Deco changing cabins. Trouville is best for families, make sure to visit this beach!

Menton

This beach town will fulfill your French and Italian dreams (it’s just a few kilometers away from Italy). Menton’s shoreline offers sandy and pebbly beaches, both for public and private use, but all of which boasts serene waters safe for swimming. This place deserves a spot in your itinerary if you want to relish in its historic village and walk along the cobblestone streets for that complete French experience.

Plage de l’Espiguette

If you’re all about calm and serene beaches, then this is the perfect place to be. This expansive sandy beach stretches for 18 kilometers! There are sand dunes that add drama to the stillness of the landscape. This beach is ideal if you’re traveling purely for relaxation purposes.

Marseilles: Calanques National Park

For the thrill-seekers, satisfy your wild water adventures in the Calanques National Park. Bask in the stunning rocky inlets and limestone rocks that divide Marseilles and Cassis. You can hike, swim, and just have fun in this area.

Dinard on the Brittany Coast

Bask in the sunlight along the crowded French town and in one of the most-visited seaside resorts in Brittany’s Emerald Coast. This beach is famous among families because of its old charm and colorful, striped beach tents situated along the shoreline. If you want to showcase your swimming skills, you can do so in Plage de l’Ecluse!

Étretat in Normandy

Last but not the least, revel in the picturesque beach landscape and dramatic cliffs of Étretat. Take a plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in one of the best beaches in the country. This beautiful view inspired a lot of Impressionist artists such as Clause Monet, best believe it will inspire you too. Don’t miss taking a picture of the iconic Porte d’Aval arch!