20 Best Beaches in France

    When it comes to choice coastal spots in France, it’s not all about the Riviera. From the English Channel to the Atlantic, Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean, check out the top 20 beaches to lure you away from hotels in Paris.

    Baie des Trépassés, Finistère, Brittany

    Wide, pristine and popular with surfers, Finistère feels like the edge of Europe.

    Beach in Brittany – Photo credit

    Where to stay: Inter Hotel Le Grand Abbatiale Quimper

    Baie d’Audierne, Brittany

    Another gem on the Finistère coast, with rugged breakers and windswept scenery.

    Where to stay: Best Western Kregenn Hotel Quimper

    Quimper City Guide

    Grande Plage de Goas Lagorn, Baie de Lannion, Brittany

    A protective bay offers lovely shelter at the Grande Plage de Goas Lagorn.

    Where to stay: De La Paix Hotel Brest

    Brest City Guide

    Penthièvre Plages, Saint-Pierre-Quiberon, Brittany

    The Quiberon Peninsula is a gem, with a plethora of coastal enclaves to explore.

    Where to stay: Mercure Vannes Le Port

    Vannes City Guide

    Etretat, Falaises, Normandy

    Storm a Normandy beach with a cult-like reputation among locals.

    Etretat Beach – Photo credit

    Where to stay: Hotel Du Palais Saint Malo

    Saint Malo City Guide

    Plage de la Vieille Eglise, Barneville-Carteret, Normandy

    Unspoilt dunes galore make this a hot spot on the Cotentin Peninsula.

    Where to stay: La Granitiere Hotel Cherbourg

    Cherbourg City Guide

    Trouville Plage, Trouville, Normandy

    Always a safe bet, Trouville is a wonderful family holiday destination.

    Where to stay: Normandy Barriere Deauville Hotel

    Trouville City Guide

    Plage du Veillon, Talmond-St-Hilaire, Pays de la Loire

    The Loire really does have it all. The Plage du Veillon proves that the region is more than just wine and castles.

    Where to stay: Mercure La Roche Sur Yon Centre Hotel

    La Roche sur Yon City Guide

    Argelès Plage, Languedoc-Roussillon

    Ditto for Languedoc-Roussillon, where Argelès Plage offers sublime repose from vineyard tours.

    Where to stay: Best Western Park Hotel Perpignan

    Perpignan City Guide

    La Grande Plage, St Jean-de-Luz, Aquitaine

    A popular Basque coast gem in Pyrénées-Atlantiques department.

    St Jean-de-Luz Beach – Photo credit

    Where to stay: Grand Hotel Saint-Jean-de-Luz

    St Jean-de-Luz City Guide

    La Côte des Basques, Biarritz, Aquitaine

    Surf’s up in Biarritz, one of the most reliable beach plays in Europe.

    Where to stay: Sofitel Biarritz Le Miramar Thalassa Hotel

    Biarritz City Guide

    Les Plages, Seignosse, Aquitaine

    If you visit Bordeaux in clement weather, book a day trip south to this superb Landes department village.

    Where to stay: Best Western Le Grand Hotel Bayonne

    Bayonne City Guide

    Conche des Baleines, Île de Ré, Poitou-Charentes

    For lovers of remote, photogenic sunset haunts only.

    Where to stay: Le Grand Large Hotel Rivedoux

    Île de Ré City Guide

    Côte Sauvage, Poitou-Charentes

    The “wild coast” of Poitou-Charentes is for intrepid beach lovers with a thirst for coastal adventure.

    Where to stay: Best Western Champlain France Angleterre Hotel La Rochelle

    La Rochelle City Guide

    Plage de Pampelonne, Saint-Tropez, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

    Skip Tahiti Beach for another Saint-Tropez jewel.

    Where to stay: Hotel Sezz Saint Tropez

    Saint-Tropez City Guide

    Plage de Notre-Dame, ÃŽle de Porquerolles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

    The Côte d’Azur oasis of Porquerolles island is a foremost nature reserve.

    Where to stay: Les Residences du Soleil Hotel Les Printanieres Hyeres

    Hyères City Guide

    Plage de la Paloma, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

    The city of Nice is the perfect platform to enjoy a wide range of under-the-radar Riviera beaches.

    Where to stay: Hotel West End Nice

    Nice City Guide

    Plage de l’Estagnol, Bormes-les-Mimosas, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

    Carla Bruni is a fan, so why not?

    Where to stay: Holiday Inn Toulon City Centre

    Toulon City Guide

    Plage de Saleccia, near St-Florent, Corsica

    Corsica is a complete island destination, with rugged hillside villages, upscale beach resorts and exquisite nature to explore. Plage de Saleccia is a standout.

    Where to stay: Adonis Saint Florent Citadelle Resort

    Corsica Guide

    Porto-Pollo, Serra-Di-Ferro, Corsica

    Likewise for Porto-Pollo, a first name in beach lore on the Mediterranean island.

    Coast of Corsica – Photo credit

    Where to stay: Napoleon Hotel Ajaccio

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