There’s nothing quite like a beach holiday to really get away from it all, to rest, relax and recharge those batteries, feeling the sand between your toes, the sun beating down and the waves crashing upon the sand.
And there can be no denying that France has some of the most beautiful beaches to be found anywhere in the world… so many, in fact, that you’ll likely struggle to whittle your list down to the ones you’re able to visit in just one trip. Which means you’ll just have to keep going back time and time again!
But to help you start putting your beach bucket (and spade!) list together, here are just a couple of our very favourite beaches in France, just waiting to be discovered. Which will you visit first?
You may well recognise Etretat, even if you’ve never been there before, famous for its stunning white cliffs and natural rock arches - favourites of Impressionist artists like Claude Monet. You can scale the cliffs via some steep paths, so take care, especially if you have small children with you.
As for the pebble beach, it’s a favourite spot for surfers and you’ll have a wonderful time going for a stroll along the shoreline.
If you’re feeling somewhat adventurous, head off to the Massif des Calanques, narrow limestone coves between a set of cliffs along 20km of coastline between Cassis and Marseille. You can really get away from it all if you make your way to En Vau, which is well worth the tricky hike down… you’ll have it all to yourself.
If you’ve set Corsica in your sights and want nothing more than to spend a few days with beautifully fine sand between your toes, Palombaggia is the beach for you.
The water is incredibly clear, so perfect for swimming (don’t forget your waterproof camera) and there are lots of restaurants right on your doorstep, so you won’t have to worry if you work up an appetite splashing around and exploring the local area.
If you really want to get away from it all, catch the ferry over to Iles d’Hyeres, where you’ll find Porquerolles, a beautiful crescent-shaped island with a quaint little village in the centre, where you’ll find all you need and more for a wonderful day out.
The best way to explore is to either go on a lovely long hike or hire a bike and follow one of the marked trails in the National Park.
The coast on the southern side of the island is made up of steep cliffs and creeks, which you can only access by foot, while the northern side is where you’ll find amazing beaches and turquoise water. You’re sure to have an amazing time.
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