Most stunning beaches in France, Top 10

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France is a beautiful country to spend your vacations in, for a number of reasons. The beaches are one of those reasons. You might think that the stunning ones are only in the French Riviera, but you would be wrong! Indeed, they can be found all around the country, pretty different from one another depending on the climate and surroundings. Here are the top 10 most stunning beaches in France, enjoy!

#1 Most stunning beaches in France: Plage de Tamaricciu 

Tamaricciu Beach on the southeast coast of Corsica, near Porto-Vecchio. This beach is a piece of heaven, with its beautiful rocks and transparent water. Tamaricciu is perfect for snorkeling or simply sunbathing. What is great about this beach is that parking is limited, so there are not too many people at once on the beach. There are also several options to eat around the beach, so you don’t need to go somewhere else to buy your food.

#2: Plage Notre-Dame, Porquerolles Island

The island of Porquerolles is in the Mediterranean Sea, very close to the shore and near Marseille and Toulon. The beach is very beautiful, with eucalyptus and pine forests surrounding it. This is a wild beach, so you will not find any amenities at Notre-Dame beach. However, the view will undoubtedly make you forget this detail. The beach is pretty large, so you will not have any trouble finding yourself a spot!

#3: Plage de Palombaggia

This stunning beach is in Corsica, not so far away from Porto-Vecchio. This beach is very popular, and many people consider it to be the most beautiful in Corsica. Indeed, Palombaggia is one of the longest beaches of the island with its nine miles. A few bars along the beach will allow you to buy lunch, snacks, and even cocktails. If you go to Palombaggia Beach, you should get there pretty early in the morning. You won’t find that many parking spots later in the day!

Palombaggia Beach, Photo by Cyril Caiazzo on Unsplash

#4: Plage de Corz, Ouessant Island

You will find this beach on the island of Ouessant, off the shore of Brest in Brittany. You will absolutely love Corz Beach if you like typical Brittany landscapes. Indeed, the beach is surrounded by rocks and you can see in the distance some charming houses. If you intend to go for a swim, you should go there in August, as it usually is the hottest month in this region. 

#5 Most stunning beaches in France: Dune du Pilat

The Dune of Pilat is a major attraction for French people, and for tourists as well. Indeed, more than one million visitors come every year. You will find this gem in Arcachon Bay, on the southwest coast. This huge dune of sand runs parallel to the shoreline, which means that you have a stunning view of the ocean from the top of it. If you want to take some impressive pictures of a French beach, this is probably one of the best spots. 

#6: Plage d’Etretat

Étretat is another big tourist attraction in France. This time we are talking about a beach in the north of France, by the English Channel. What attracts so many people to go to this beach is the cliffs. Indeed, the chalk cliffs form three natural arches as well as a pointed formation called L’Aiguille, or The Needle. The beach is at the foot of the cliffs, so you have a beautiful view of the arches while on the sand. 

Etretat cliffs, Image by tony knight from Pixabay 

#7 Most stunning beaches in France: Plage de Deauville

The Deauville beach is in the city of the same name, in the north of France, near Le Havre. It is considered to be one of the best beaches in Normandy. The beach itself is enormous, the city keeps it very clean, and there are interesting things to see around it! Indeed, along the beach, you can find a boardwalk called Les Planches. The little beach cabins that run alongside the boardwalk each have a name on them, of actors, directors, and producers.

#8: Calanque d’En-Vau

This particular beach is in the Calanques National Park. This area is in the south of the country, spanning 20 kilometers of coastline between Marseille and Cassis. This protected area is great for finding small, rock-encompassed, and well-preserved beaches. Calanque d’En-Vau is accessible via a fairly difficult descent from the hiking trail. However, it will be worth it once you will have made it! You can also discover the calanques by boat, and take a tour along the coast.

#9 Most stunning beaches in France: Plage Paloma

Paloma Beach is in the extreme southeast of France, near Nice. Many rich and famous people visit this area, so be prepared to recognize someone! However, this causes the prices to go pretty high. Indeed, much of the beach is occupied by a restaurant that has stunning views of the sea. Paloma Beach is also renowned for snorkeling, with seagrass meadows, starfish, and sea breams. If you are looking for an elegant beach close to the city, this is the perfect destination. 

#10 Most stunning beaches in France: Plage de Boutrouilles

The Boutrouilles Beach is in Brittany, in the northwest of the country. The beach is very charming, with its wild dunes and rock formations. The sand is of bright white color, and the water is beautiful and clear. From the beach, you will probably get to see some small colorful fishing boats. Boutrouilles is a great example of an authentic beach in Brittany, and you can take the opportunity to explore the unique countryside!

An example of a small beach in a calanque, Image by Herbert Bieser from Pixabay 

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