We know it’s a pretty subjective statement but these are the 50 best beaches in France that we think have something special about them – really family friendly, an amazing location, privacy and tranquility and/or great amenities.

We’ve just written a little paragraph about each of them to give you a sense of the place.

So here is our list of what we think are the 50 best beaches in France to visit in 2024:

Brittany (Bretagne)

  1. Plage de l’Île Vierge, Finistère: Secluded beach in Crozon, known for its crystal-clear waters and serene ambiance, accessible via a hike.
  2. Plage de Tahiti, Finistère: A picturesque beach near Sainte-Marine, celebrated for its fine sand and turquoise water.
  3. Plage de Trestraou, Perros-Guirec: Popular sandy beach in Perros-Guirec, offering water sports and access to the Pink Granite Coast.
  4. Plage de Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine: Historic beach in Saint-Malo, surrounded by fortified walls, with vast sands and tidal pools.
  5. Plage du Sillon, Saint-Malo: Long, sandy beach with a promenade, known for its tidal range and windsurfing spots.

Normandy (Normandie)

  1. Étretat, Seine-Maritime: Famous for its white chalk cliffs and natural arches, offering dramatic coastal views.
  2. Deauville Beach, Calvados: Iconic beach with boardwalk, umbrellas, and luxury amenities, hosting film festivals and horse races.
  3. Omaha Beach, Calvados: Historic D-Day landing site with a memorial, popular for its historical significance and serene setting.
  4. Cabourg Beach, Calvados: Family-friendly beach with a Belle Époque charm, offering a long promenade and water sports.
  5. Trouville Beach, Calvados: Vibrant beach adjacent to Deauville, known for its seafood restaurants and lively atmosphere.

Northern France

  1. Le Touquet Beach, Pas-de-Calais: Elegant resort beach with dunes, offering activities like sand yachting and kite surfing.
  2. Wissant Beach, Pas-de-Calais: Wide, sandy beach between two Capes, popular for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
  3. Berck Beach, Pas-de-Calais: Long sandy beach known for its annual kite festival and seal colony.

Western France (Atlantic Coast)

  1. La Baule Beach, Loire-Atlantique: One of Europe’s longest beaches, famous for its luxury hotels and villas.
  2. Les Sables-d’Olonne, Vendée: Well-known beach resort, hosting the Vendée Globe yacht race, with a lively promenade.
  3. Plage du Veillon, Vendée: Scenic beach with dunes and a lagoon, popular for bird watching and water sports.
  4. Dune du Pilat, Gironde: Europe’s tallest sand dune, offering breathtaking views over the Atlantic and the Landes forest.
  5. Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques: Renowned surfing destination with rocky coves, historic architecture, and chic atmosphere.
  6. Hendaye Beach, Pyrénées-Atlantiques: Longest beach in the Basque Country, family-friendly with gentle waves for surfing.
  7. Plage de la Conche, Île de Ré: Wild and scenic beach, known for its strong surf and natural beauty.

South of France (French Riviera – Côte d’Azur)

  1. Pampelonne Beach, Saint-Tropez: Famous white sandy beach lined with trendy clubs and private beach areas.
  2. Paloma Beach, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat: Secluded pebble beach with clear waters, offering a quiet retreat with upscale amenities.
  3. La Croisette, Cannes: Glamorous beachfront promenade lined with palm trees, luxury shops, and sandy beaches.
  4. Plage de la Garoupe, Antibes: Exclusive beach offering clear waters, fine dining, and private beach clubs.
  5. Plage du Midi, Cannes: Family-friendly beach near the old town, known for its golden sands and leisure activities.
  6. Plage des Marinières, Villefranche-sur-Mer: Long, narrow beach with calm waters, ideal for families and swimming.
  7. Plage de la Salis, Antibes: Sandy beach with stunning views of the Alps, popular for sunbathing and water sports.
  8. Larvotto Beach, Monaco: Monaco’s most popular public beach, offering a mix of natural and urban scenery.
  9. Juan-les-Pins Beach, Antibes: Lively beach known for its nightlife, jazz festivals, and water sports.
  10. Plage de l’Escalet, Ramatuelle: Quiet, natural beach near Saint-Tropez, ideal for snorkeling and hiking.

Corsica (Corse)

  1. Palombaggia Beach, Porto-Vecchio: Postcard-perfect beach with fine sand, turquoise waters, and pine trees.
  2. Santa Giulia Beach, Porto-Vecchio: Stunning beach with shallow waters, ideal for families and water sports.
  3. Rondinara Beach, Bonifacio: Beautiful horseshoe-shaped beach with crystal-clear waters, surrounded by nature.
  4. Saleccia Beach, Saint-Florent: Accessible by boat, this remote beach offers pristine sands and unspoiled nature.
  5. Plage de Lotu, Saint-Florent: Picturesque beach accessible by a boat or a hike, known for its clear waters and tranquility.

French Overseas Territories

  1. Plage de Bois Jolan, Guadeloupe: Shallow, calm waters with coral reefs, ideal for snorkeling and families.
  2. Plage des Salines, Martinique: Iconic beach with coconut palms, white sand, and clear waters, a quintessential Caribbean paradise.
  3. Plage de la Feuillère, Marie-Galante: Pristine beach with soft sands and turquoise waters, offering a secluded feel.
  4. Plage de Cluny, Guadeloupe: Serene beach with waves suitable for surfing, set against lush greenery.
  5. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles: Not a French territory but a famous beach known for its unique granite boulders and clear waters.

Mediterranean Coast

  1. Calanque d’En-Vau, Marseille: Stunning calanque with turquoise waters, accessible via hike or boat, popular for climbing and swimming.
  2. Plage Notre Dame, Porquerolles Island: Voted Europe’s best beach, with crystal-clear waters and pine trees, offering a natural escape.
  3. Plage de l’Espiguette, Le Grau-du-Roi: Wild and expansive beach with dunes, popular for its natural beauty and serenity.
  4. Plage de Portissol, Sanary-sur-Mer: Cozy cove with clear waters, ideal for snorkeling and family outings.
  5. Plage du Petit Sperone, Bonifacio: Small, exquisite beach with clear waters, offering stunning views of Sardinia.

Special Mentions

  1. Porz Guen, Île-de-Bréhat, Brittany: Quiet, scenic beach on an island, known for its pink granite rocks and peaceful atmosphere.
  2. Plage de Morgat, Crozon Peninsula, Brittany: Wide, sandy beach with clear waters, surrounded by cliffs and caves.
  3. Plage de Pen-Hat, Camaret-sur-Mer, Brittany: Wild and exposed beach, popular with surfers for its waves and natural beauty.
  4. Plage de Gatseau, Île d’Oléron: Sheltered beach adjacent to a forest, offering soft sands and calm waters.
  5. Plage de Trestel, Côtes d’Armor, Brittany: Long beach with fine sand, offering views of the archipelago and ideal for water sports.
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I've been travelling since the 70's and have visited over 30 countries, but, and it's a big but, my heart has always been in the French countryside. So much so that 15 years ago, my wife Charlotte and I bought a little hamlet house in central France and haven't been anywhere since, except for the odd trip to the Polish steppes (don't ask why, it's complicated). FiftyFrance is an expression of our deep and abiding love for France and her people.

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