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There are so many beaches around France that it’s a tall task trying to come up with a top five for the travel blog. What is considered a good beach by one doesn’t necessarily constitute a worthy beach by another – I guess it really does depend on what you want personally!

For those into action then the windy surfing stretches that run from Arcachon to Biarritz would probably suit. Those with young kids and families tend to travel towards the West to the popular beaches around Vendee. Sand lovers are spoilt for choice in Brittany and Normandy, while travel blogs and travel guides are more likely to suggest the fabulous stretches around Marseille, along the Cote D’Azure or on the pretty French island of Corsica.

Having asked the locals and read the many reviews, here are my top 5 beach suggestions in France:


The beaches of Languedoc, Roussillon

Languedoc’s Mediterranean beaches are truly superb and attract many French and foreign tourists throughout the hot summer months.  Offering some of the coasts best facilities and sandy strips, the best beach is arguably Argeles Plage – running for 8km it has soft golden sand, clear blue sea and surprisingly few sun-worshippers.


Porto-Pollo, Corsica

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Corsica is well known for its beaches and, sheltered by green hills and valleys, is this superb sandy stretch between Bonifacio and Propriano. Great for the family, don your snorkel gear and head in for a welcome dip with the fishes!


Plage De L-Almanarre, Hyeres, Provence, Cote D’Azure

If you enjoy taking to the sea for a spot of kite-surfing or water sport action then head to this popular sandy strip running for 4km between Giens and Hyeres. Summer months see the area filled with tourists and sports enthusiasts as it offers a great mix of wind to one side and calm waters to the other.


Paloma Plage, French Riviera

Take your sun lotion, swimmers, binoculars and camera, find a spot with a good view and relax into a bit of star-spotting action. A gorgeous beach that’s divided in half – one for the average sun-seeking public, the other private and reserved for those with bulging wallets or famous names.


The Beaches of Normandy

You won’t struggle to find beaches in Brittany or Normandy and they are certainly worthy of a visit. Most will relate Normandy’s beaches with the tragic World War events that happened there. The long sandy beaches where so many lost their lives on the D-day landings, like Juno and Omaha Beach, are still tainted with sadness but do offer the visitor the soft sands and many of the facilities akin to the much loved beaches in the South. Their rocky cliffs and coastline make a picturesque backdrop worthy of any postcard and many tourists enjoy hours of fun and relaxation on their sandy shores.

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