Best Beaches in France for Your Summer Getaways

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Modified: August 26, 2021

by Hannah Carmona

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When people say “France”, we always think of its iconic monuments and famous tourist attractions. But have you ever wondered about the other exciting things that France offers? Exploring the lavender fields in France, for instance, or skiing in France are some of the exciting things to do in this European country. There is so much more to do and discover in France besides visiting the Eiffel tower or touring Paris. In fact, exploring the best beaches in France is another way to discover this country.

 

Yes, that is right! France is not just rich in eye-catching landmarks but in majestic beaches as well. All you must do is spot them in your maps, too, and create a different itinerary. Try to replace city spots with beach getaways, and your trip will be more thrilling!

 

THE BEST BEACHES IN FRANCE

The monuments and tourist spots in France are jaw-dropping — and so do its beaches. The landmarks may be bursting with dreamy architecture, but the beaches in France pop with heavenly views. You might probably want to consider rewriting your travel itinerary for France and include some of its beaches. Furthermore, if you need help, here are some of the best beaches in France.

 

1. PLAGE MALA

Plage Mala, France

Photo by Peter McAviney on Flickr

Location: Cap d’Ail

Best time to go: From mid-June to mid-September

 

Who likes hideaways? In France, Plage Mala is everyone’s favorite summer hideaway. This sandy beach in a protected cove offers fine white sand and pebbles where you can enjoy a Mediterranean panorama. The cliffs on the western side of this beach will take your breath away. Additionally, the bright green color of Cap Mala’s lush grass on the eastern end will be your source of relaxation. Moreover, since the ports are far from this beach, the sea waters are always clean and clear. No wonder why it is one of the best beaches in France.

 

THINGS TO DO

Sunbathing

Swimming

Fitness classes

Picnic

 

HOW TO GET THERE

By train: There are regular coastal trains from either west Monaco or east Nice going to Cap d’Ail. Cap d’Ail train station is three kilometers away from west Monaco, while from east Nice, it is ten kilometers away. Finally, you can already walk to Plage Mala from the train station, which will take about 13 minutes.

By bus: From either Nice or Monaco, you can also take a bus going to Cap d’Ail. If traveling by bus, the trip will take at least 15 minutes from Monaco and 35 minutes from Nice. Moreover, from the station, you can already walk to Plage Mala, too.

 

WHERE TO STAY: PIED DANS I’EAU. TRES CHARMANT

Location: 14 Avenue Raymond Gramaglia, 06320 Cap d’Ail, France

 

Pied Dans l’Eau. Tres Charmant features accommodation with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and garden access. The units come with a satellite TV, ironing facilities, a seating area, and a private bathroom with free-of-charge toiletries. In addition, its kitchenette is complete with a dishwasher and microwave.

 

Clearly, you will not get bored in this accommodation as you can also go on hiking or fishing in nearby areas. And, if you like to go somewhere other than the beach, Stade Louis II is 4.1 kilometers from here.

 

You can also visit Monaco’s Exotic Garden that is just 4.2 kilometers away from the property. Moreover, the rate of the Studio Apartment with Balcony and Sea View starts at 208.32 USD per night for two guests.

 

BUDGET

Train and bus tickets from Moncao: 3.13 USD and 1.86 USD

Train and bus tickets from Nice: 4.39 USD and 1.86 USD

Hotel accommodation: 208.32 USD

 

2. PLAGE DE LA GAROUPE

Plage de la Garoupe, France

Photo by Koma_fr on Flickr

Location: Antibes

Best time to go: From June to September or mid-October through April

 

Plage de la Garoupe was a deserted spot in Antibes back in the early ages. The good thing is that a famous American socialite couple, Gerald and Sara Murphy, changed everything. In 1920, they bought a villa here and spent numerous hours cleaning the entire area. And, guess what? Finally, after taking out tons of seaweeds and old fishing nets, the Murphys attracted their famous and wealthy friends to this beach. Hemingway, Fritzgerald — American novelists, and Picasso — Spanish painter, were a few of Murphy’s guests here in Plage de la Garoupe.

 

Since the Murphys brought an incredible transformation in Garoupe Beach, selfies were once banned here. Well, the beach only wanted their visitors to capture its beauty with their eyes and not with their cameras. It makes sense, right? However, that rule only lasted for a season. Absolutely, Plage de la Garoupe is one of the best beaches in France where you can do sunbathing for as long as you want. Furthermore, the sand is soft, though there are few rocks in the area, too. Of course, you can also take a plunge into its fresh seawaters.

 

THINGS TO DO

Sunbathing

Swimming

Kayaking

Paddle boarding

Snorkeling

 

HOW TO GET THERE

By car: From Gare Routière, take the route via Boulevard du Cap going to Chemin de la Garoupe. When you reach your destination, parking slots are available at bd André Sella.

 

WHERE TO STAY: HOTEL MIRAMAR – CAP D’ANTIBES

Location: 67, Chemin de la Plage Armand Jammot “La Garoupe”, 06160 Antibes, France

 

Hotel Miramar – Cap d’Antibes offers air-conditioned rooms equipped with satellite flat-screen TV with English, French, German, Italian, and Russian channels. Here, you will also have private access to the Garoupe sandy beach, 30 meters away from the property. In addition, every morning, there is a continental buffet breakfast available. Not only that, but you can also enjoy drinks at the reception area or terraces. For extra relaxation, there is also a lounge with a free massage chair here. 

 

Meanwhile, Antibes and Juan-les-Pins are four kilometers away from here. Also, you can go to Sophia Antipolis and Cannes, just 14 kilometers away from this hotel. Moreover, the room rates here start at 178.06 USD per night for two guests.

 

BUDGET

Hotel accommodation: 178.06 USD

 

3. PAMPELONNE PLAGE

Pampelonne Plage, France

Photo by Liliane Paingaud on Flickr

Location: Saint-Tropez

Best time to go: From mid-June to mid-September or April

 

In a sublime, sheltered bay in Saint-Tropez, you will find Pampelonne Beach. Uniquely, its delicate, white sand separates the Mediterranean Sea from the shrub-covered dunes of the area. The natural beauty of this beach in France does not only attract locals and tourists but celebrities and well-known politicians as well. Moreover, it has a length of five kilometers, offering a vast space where you can spread your towel out. Indeed, the perfect thing to do here is to lay down and relax to the view of turquoise waters.

 

THINGS TO DO

Sunbathing

Swimming

Jet skiing

Windsurfing

Paddle boarding

 

HOW TO GET THERE

By bus: Take Line 7705 from Saint-Tropez bus station going to Pampelonne Beach.

By free shuttle minibus: Take a free-of-charge shuttle minibus from the Place des Lices in the town center going to the town beaches.

 

WHERE TO STAY: LE PAVILLON DE PAMPELONNE

Location: Route des Plages, 83350 Saint-Tropez, France

 

Le Pavillon de Pampelonne is a highly-rated guest house in St-Tropez. This guest house’s rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, free WiFi access, a king-sized bed, and a private bathroom. Moreover, since it has a south-facing terrace with a heated outdoor swimming pool, you can also have sea views here.

 

In addition, after a continental breakfast, you may head to doing some local activities, too, organized by the staff. A few of these activities are bicycle and horse riding, as well as diving. Meanwhile, if you book your stay here, the price starts at 211.08 USD for a Standard Double Room per night for two guests.

 

BUDGET

Bus ticket from Saint-Tropez: 3.72 USD

Hotel accommodation: 211.08 USD

 

4. PALOMA PLAGE

Paloma Beach, France

Photo by Skweeky on Flickr

Location: Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat

Best time to go: From June to September

 

If you love morning sun and afternoon shade, Paloma Plage is the place to be. Undoubtedly, this classy, protected cove on Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat offers calmness for your complete soul-refreshment. The beach is 150-meter long, with sand, gravel, and small pebbles. Nonetheless, the area is still unchallenging to walk on. Additionally, the pine-covered hills protect the coast from wind, and the sea waters’ waves are small, keeping its peace in place. On the other hand, splendid views from Cap d’Ail surround you, as well as the cliffs from Beaulieu-sur-Mer bay.

 

THINGS TO DO

Sunbathing

Swimming

Snorkeling

 

HOW TO GET THERE

By car: From Monaco, drive to Scaletta cove, on the eastern tip of the Cap-Ferrat peninsula. The distance between Monaco and Scaletta is 12 kilometers, and the trip will take at least 30 minutes. Alternatively, another way is from the center city of Nice, which trip will take 35 minutes.

 

WHERE TO STAY: HÔTEL DE CHARME BRISE MARINE

Location: 58 Avenue Jean Mermoz, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

 

Hôtel de Charme Brise Marine offers accommodation with a garden, private parking, a terrace, and a bar. The rooms are air-conditioned, have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, a fridge, and a private bathroom. In connection with this, a room price starts at 242.15 USD per night for two guests. Meanwhile, Cap Ferrat Lighthouse, Port Beach, and Passable Beach are famous spots near this hotel.

 

BUDGET

Hotel accommodation: 242.15 USD

 

5. PLAGE DE L’AIGUILLE

Theoule-sur-Mer, France

Photo by Jonathan Lambert on Flickr

Location: Theoule-sur-Mer 

Best time to go: From June to September

 

Theoule-sur-Mer has the most beautiful beaches in French Riviera, and Plage de l’Aiguille is its crown jewel. Plage de l’Aiguille is also a regional nature park that extends through the shrub-covered red cliffs of Théoule-sur-Mer. Furthermore, it has a spacious sandy beach with a fascinating rock formation and a wooded hill, bringing shade and pleasant views.

 

THINGS TO DO

Sunbathing

Swimming

Snorkeling

Picnic

 

HOW TO GET THERE

By car: From Gare de Cannes, take the route via Avenue de Grasse and D6098 going to Chemin du Débarcadère in Théoule-sur-Mer. From that route, drive to Drive to Prom. André Pradayrol.

By train: Ride a train from Cannes going to Théoule-sur-Mer. Following this route, the distance between the two points is 9.1 kilometers, and the trip will take 12 minutes.

 

WHERE TO STAY: HOTEL PORT LA GALÉRE

Location: 27 Avenue de la Reale, 06590 Théoule-sur-Mer, France

 

Hotel Port La Galère features accommodation with a spa, sauna, hammam (Turkish bath), and fitness center. In addition, all the rooms here are complete with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, private bathroom, and a wardrobe. You may also take a plunge in their outdoor pool or play either tennis or table tennis. On the other hand, for meals, this hotel has two restaurants where you can eat. Furthermore, the room price in this hotel starts at 175.64 USD per night for two guests.

 

BUDGET

Train from Cannes to Théoule-sur-Mer: 3.97 USD

Hotel accommodation: 175.64 USD

 

6. PLAGE DU BUSE

Roquebrune-Cap Martin, France

Photo by Thierry Llansades on Flickr

Location: Roquebrune-Cap Martin

Best time to go: From May to October

 

Plage du Buse is another quiet and peaceful beach located in Roquebrune-Cap Martin. Though the beach is not as loud as the other best beaches in France, Plage du Buse still boasts stunning views. In connection with this, the littoral that stretches to the west side is just as calming as it is. While on the east side, you will have spectacular views from Cap Martin. Furthermore, the beach is pebbled, but you can still find a spot that is sandy alone and where gravel also stretches.

 

THINGS TO DO

Sunbathing

Swimming

Fishing

 

HOW TO GET THERE

By car: From Monaco, take the route via Boulevard du Larvotto.

 

WHERE TO STAY: CHAMBRE D’HÔTES DE CHARME LA BELLE VUE

Location: 45 av Gabriel Hanotaux, 06190 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

 

Chambres d’hôtes La Belle Vue offers accommodation with romantic rooms complete with air-conditioning and a private bathroom. The terrace has sea views as well as a garden where you can relax. In addition, the other facilities here include a shared lounge and luggage storage. On the other hand, Chambres d’hôtes La Belle Vue’s room rates start at 250.75 USD per night for two guests.

 

BUDGET

Hotel accommodation: 250.75 USD

 

7. PLAGE DE SURTAINVILLE

Plage de Surtainville, France

Photo by Stefan Klaas on Flickr

Location: Beaumont-Hague

Best time to go: From June to September

 

In the commune of Beaumont-Hague in northwestern France, there lies the beautiful beach of Plage de Surtainville. Even so, the plain views you will get from this extensive, sandy beach are already enough to tease your eyes. Despite its simple appearance, what keeps this beach proud is its surf spots. Yes, Plage de Sutainville’s simplicity is home to some of France’s best surfing spots. Not only that but, it also provides a variety of shore and water activities that you can enjoy.

 

THINGS TO DO

Sunbathing

Swimming

Surfing

Paddle boarding

Fishing

Sand-ball

Soccer

Rugby

 

HOW TO GET THERE

By taxi: From Valognes, ride a taxi going to Plage de Surtainville. Following the route, the distance between Valognes and Plage de Surtainville is 27 kilometers, and the trip will take 30 minutes.

 

WHERE TO STAY: HÔTEL DE LA CROIX DE MALTE

Location: 5 Rue des Halles, 50100 Cherbourg en Cotentin, France

 

Hôtel de La Croix de Malte is a family-run hotel at the town centre of Cherbourg. The rooms have a traditional style, complete with a TV and a private bathroom with free-of-charge toiletries. A continental breakfast is available every morning, which you can also enjoy in the comfort of your rooms. Moreover, a free garage for motorcycles and bicycles is also open. The room rates here start at as low as 77.17 USD per night for two guests.

 

BUDGET

Taxi from Valognes to Plage de Surtainville: 75.20 USD

Hotel accommodation: 77.17 USD

 

8. SERIGNAN BEACH

Serignan Plage, France

Photo by Michel Séguret on Flickr

Location: Serignan

Best time to go: From June to September

 

In the commune of Serignan in southeast France, you will find Serignan Beach. This one of France’s best beaches features a lot of natural dunes, which can reach up to 27 feet. And, since this is a sandy beach, you will get to enjoy not just the seawaters, but fun activities, too. In addition to this, horseback riding, shore-cast fishing, and beach volleyball are a few.

 

THINGS TO DO

Sunbathing

Swimming

Kitesurfing

Windsurfing

Parasailing

 

HOW TO GET THERE

By bus: Take a bus from Beziers – Gare Routiere to Portiragnes – Plage Centre. Following this route, the distance between the two points is 20.9 kilometers, and the trip will take 41 minutes.

By taxi: Ride a taxi from Béziers to Plage Sérignan. Following this route, the distance between the two points is 17.8 kilometers, and the trip will take 20 minutes.

 

WHERE TO STAY: JM VACANCES SERIGNAN

Location: 10 Route de Sauvian, 34410 Sérignan, France

 

Jm Vacances Serignan is an apartment offering two bedrooms, a living room, and a flat-screen TV. It also has an equipped kitchen with a dining area and a bathroom complete with a shower and washing machine. In addition, there is also a terrace and barbecue area here, where you can also have some fun. The property is 25 kilometers away from Cap d’Agde, and 33 kilometers away from Narbonne. On the other hand, Jm Vacances Serignan’s rates start at 126.53 USD per night for two guests.

 

BUDGET

Bus from Beziers – Gare Routiere to Portiragnes – Plage Centre: 1.98 USD

Taxi from Béziers to Plage Sérignan: 48.05 USD

 

TRAVEL TIPS WHEN EXPLORING THE BEST BEACHES IN FRANCE

1. Avoid traveling to and from Monaco between 7:30 AM and 9 AM and 5 PM and 6:30 PM, as these are the rush hours.

2. You may find some restaurants and food stalls on some beaches. However, you should also bring your snacks and drinks, as sometimes, there is no available food for you to grab.

3. Try the activities which some of the restaurants on the beach are offering. Cleary, this will also help you enjoy the coast of France.

4. Most of the deck chairs that you can find are for rent. If you are trying to be thrifty, bringing your umbrella and towels or sunbathing mat would help. Besides, there is nothing wrong with being thrifty.

5. Lastly, most of the hotels organize activities, too. Some of these activities may get you closer to the coast or the best beaches in France as well. 

 

DISCOVER THE BEST BEACHES IN FRANCE

Besides the alluring architecture of all the monuments in France, the country also has majestic beaches. In almost all parts of France, there are shimmering, turquoise sea waters that you can dive in. From sandy beaches to pebbled ones, you will also, for sure, have a lot of space to get your skin tanned. In addition, get yourself entertained not by old stories from centuries ago but by either land or water activities.

 

Indeed, the best beaches in France will give you a break from the usual tour there is in the country. Obviously, all you need is to ride or drive to the coast. Without a doubt, at the end of your trip, you will get to such a relaxing destination. Now, change your travel itinerary for France a bit, and start including the best beaches in France!