Whether to spend relaxing moments with family, to let the kids run wild, indulge in water sports, admire natural virgin expanse of forest or to simply watch that perfect wave dash towards the rugged shores – there is a beach for everyone in France. As soon as you cross the English Channel on cheap ferries to France, get ready to explore the 2000 kilometer stretch of shore. With many extremely diverse and spectacular beaches, France is no doubt one of the most exquisite beach destinations in the world.
With the warm waters, beautiful coastal towns, plenty of sunshine and fabulous beaches, Mediterranean coast is the most famous in the world. Nestled up against the Pyrenees, the Languedoc’s Mediterranean beaches are a great place for a family holiday. Argelès Plage, 8 km stretch of golden sand and clear blue waters is one of the best unexplored beaches here. It’s beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities such as marina and beach club for children. A two-mile stretch of trees that flanks the north end of the beach offer soothing shade from the summer temperatures.
Discover the wonderful beaches of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, a seaside village on the French Riviera between Nice and Monaco. The sandy and shallow beaches are safe for children to swim and play around. The long, sandy and wild Plage de l’Almanarre beach in the peninsula of Giens in Hyeres, is a great place for windsurfing and kite-surfing. Behind the beach is a salt marsh where pink flamingos stroll and nest. If you do not want to play with the wind, the calmer areas of Almanarre on the other side of the Peninsula is the place for you. You can sail, kayak, jog or just walk down the path of sand here.
Though little known, the beaches on Marseille cater to every possible taste and are perfect for families with children as well as for surfing, skateboarding or a beachside drink. L’Ile de Riou island in Marseille is accessible only by boat and is the starting point for scuba expeditions around the archipelago. Just a little away is the popular Cassis beach. The white cliffs and sheltered inlets called calanques of Cassis offer tourists a delightful visit.
The Brittany coast is the second-most popular beach destination in France after the French Reviera. The beaches along the coast are ideal for sunbathing and swimming. The rocky coves, spectacular cliffs and beautiful coastline offer breathtaking views. Biarritz is a famous beach in France’s western Atlantic coast. The strong surfing culture, French and Spanish ties and Basque influence is clearly visible here.