Beaches: Best in France, Beyond the Rivera

Do not assume that the best beaches in France are all on the Cote d’Asure . The Rivera coastline does have terrific beaches, you do not want to pass the Normandy shore or the Bay of Biscay when planning your French Summer getaway.

Apart from historical hotspots and hidden islands to the playgrounds of Europe’s elite, here are some of the best beaches in France, as follows;

Porquerolles Island, Hyères

Though a mere five miles off of the southern French coast, the Île de Porquerolles feels much farther away. The entire island is car-free, which gives all of its beaches a relaxed, casual feel, perfect for toting a picnic and riding a bike.

Cap Coz, Brittany

An essential stop on any Brittany road trip, Cap Coz has a string of small beaches that are never crowded. Start walking on the peninsula’s hiking path along the Breton Riviera, and you’ll easily see the entire rocky coastline, complete with sheltered bays great for afternoon swims.

Les Calanques de Cassis, Provence

Calanques are long, thin inlets lined by natural rocks like limestone, and there are few more beautiful examples than the ones near Cassis, along the Mediterranean, which offset the bright teal water, this beach is better-known for its sightseeing than its swimming.

Plage de la Côte des Basques, Biarritz

A renowned summer getaway for royals and celebrities alike, you might remember it from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, the “wild beaches” of Biarritz, in Basque country along the Bay of Biscay, are also hugely popular with surfers thanks to their mellow, safe-for-beginners waves.

Île de Ré, Bay of Biscay

Off the western coast of France in the Bay of Biscay, Île de Ré is known as the “White Island” by locals due to both its soft, light sand and the elegant waterfront houses painted in neutral colors. Walk along the long, flat stretches of beach, but keep an eye out for the now-abandoned German bunker from World War II.

Palombaggia Beach, Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Located between France and Italy, the island of Corsica feels like it belongs in 2 nations at once. At Porto-Vecchio, on the southern coast facing Italy and the Tyrrhenian Sea, visit Palombaggia Beach for bright, clear water; pink-tinted, rock-free sand; and gentle afternoon breezes.

Pampelonne Beach, St.-Tropez

St.-Tropez’s name is synonymous with elegance and glamour, but you do not have to put on a tux or evening gown to set foot there. Head for breezy Pampelonne Beach, which has everything from 5-Star resort accommodations to a secluded stretch where people welcome to swim in the nude.

Enjoy your travels