Extending from French Riviera to the seaside towns in Provence along the Mediterranean coast the French beaches are the definition of what a great beach should be like with their vast shores, white sand and pristine blue waters. Because of the diversity of beaches in the country there is certainly one which will be just right for you. Owing to the unpredictable weather in spring most tourists and locals alike throng to the coastline in the summer months for their endless sunshine and crystal clear waters.
These are 6 of the best beaches in France.
The Cote d’Azur(Azur Coast), usually referred to as the French Riviera or the English Channel, is located on the south eastern Mediterranean coast of France from Cannes to Menton. The Azur Coast is more of an upscale adult vacationing spot. It’s a great place for some alone time and some surfing. However it can get really crowded at some spots usually around August which is the peak of the tourist season.
The site of the annual film festival, Cannes, which is along the French Riviera, is known for the celebrities it rakes in. Tourists throng to this town for its picture perfect beaches and classy resorts. The Promenade La Croisette is the fashionable strip that runs alongside the ocean filled with chic boutiques and restaurants. Some of the swankiest hotels can be found on this strip, some with their very own private beach and water-sports center.
For those who do not intend to burn a whole in their pocket heading to Nice seems like the best alternative. Nice, located along the Cote d’Azur, does not offer you the standard sandy shores. The beach here is a beautiful stretch of pebbles and stones. The stretch is approximately four miles long and offers a range sections of public and private access. The private access beaches spoil tourists with their chic lounges, sunbeds and umbrellas to soak up the sun. However some of the public access beaches do provide some of the amenities of the paid beaches.
Now here is a French beach where the rich and good looking head to flaunt their stuff. St. Tropez has always been a place for the powerful and exceptionally good looking, politicians and industrialists to actors and musicians. This beach reminds me of the Pink Floyd song of the same name. It is in essence the shoreline for the creative class. It was Brigitte Bardot who put St. Tropez on the map as the sexiest stretch along the Cote d’Azur. Being on the radar of the rich and famous for years the crowd that throngs to St. Tropez includes some of the most recognizable faces in the world like party girl Paris Hilton, Leonardo di-Caprio, Johnny Depp, etc, etc, etc. The harbor is filled with million dollar yachts, and the restaurants and lounges along the bay have regular champagne fueled parties. Most of all it is the carefree ambiance of St. Tropez which makes it a favorite among celebrities and tourists alike. If nudity is your thing then the Plage de Tahiti is the perfect place for you.
Corsica which is an island off the southern coast of France is known for some of the most secluded and beautiful beaches in the country. The largest beach of Corsica is called Calvi and is located in the vicinity of Port Plaisance. The shore is large and wide and is full of soft white fine sand. The secluded beaches on the island pay homage to large limestone cliffs extending down to the Mediterranean crystal clear waters. However reaching to these areas of white sand and plentiful sunlight needs a little hiking. However when you do reach the spot you will realize that the trip was worth its while.
The beaches of Normandy on the other hand are far from secluded. The magnificent coastline of Normandy stretches over areas of Manche, Calvados and Seine-Maritime. Most of the tourists who visit Normandy do so to remember the tragic history of the place. The beaches at which the troops landed on D-day are some of the most visited in the area, these include the Omaha and Juno beaches. The beaches here do not have the golden sand that the beaches along the southern coast boast off, but they make up that in their picturesque cliffs which jut out of the waters at places like Etretat. Etretat is famous for a stone arc which appears to rise out of the ocean. The beaches are safe for bathing and also play host to some of the best waves thus labeling it a surfers paradise.