As I type today’s post and gaze out of the window, the sunshine and warm temperatures that had been the norm for the last several weeks are now but a mere distant memory. Instead, in their place are grey skies, wind, and rain.
As you can imagine, I am really missing the beach right about now, as I’m sure many of you are too. If you’re getting the travel bug and can’t wait to book a holiday in the sunshine, I’ve got just the ticket for you today.
Today, I’m taking you to the beach. In fact, I’m taking you to 7 beaches, but not where you may have initially thought.
Usually, when people post articles about beaches, countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece, and Portugal pop up, but not today. Today, I’m taking you to France.
Here’s a look at se7en of the most beautiful beaches in France.
Pampelonne, Saint Tropez
As it’s located in Saint Tropez, you just know that this beach is going to be something very special.
Pampelonne is a truly stunning beach that, in all honesty, could easily be placed in the Caribbean and would blend in beautifully.
Pampelonne is a beach that is very much for those of you who appreciate the finer things in life and want to enjoy a cosmopolitan, bohemian vibe as you frolic in the sun.
The beach here stretches for 5km of gorgeous white sands, turquoise waters, and plenty of trendy beach clubs, bars, and cafes so you can party the night away after playing in the sand.
If you’re looking for a popular and upmarket beach in France, then Palombaggia is the ideal place to build your sandcastles.
Palombaggia is one of the best-known beaches in all of France, and when you clasp eyes upon it and sink your bare feet into the sand for the first time, you’ll understand exactly why that is.
Palombaggia is a gorgeous 2km stretch of soft golden sands, clear blue waters, and pink granite headlands and green alpines in the distance that add a splash of colour to the beach and its surrounding areas to really provide a stunning vista.
If you’re not much of a people person then you may wish to visit out of season, as during high season it can get extremely busy and crowded, due to its popularity and gorgeous weather.
Antibes, French Riviera
France is a country that is vastly underrated in terms of its weather, as during the summer, the sunshine can get extremely hot.
If you like your beaches drenched in hot sunshine, a visit to Antibes Beach is perfect.
Located between Nice and Cannes, you’ll find this hidden gem.
The great thing about this beach is that it is home to a peninsula of sand which juts out into the sea to maximize the amount of beach that lucky holidaymakers can enjoy as they kick back and relax.
For those of you who like a little decadence and indulgence in your lives the French Riviera is simply a must, as you will be treated like royalty from the start of your break until it’s time to head home.
As you can imagine, it’s not exactly cheap but if the bank account will allow for it, my advice is to do it.
Argelѐs Beach is located in Argelѐs-sur-Mer, and is ideal for people who enjoy getting up close with Mother Nature in peaceful and tranquil surroundings.
Argelѐs is ideal because, despite the main portion of the beach being crowded in the summer, if you walk a little further and head away from the crowds to quieter parts of the beach, you’ll find that it’s much more peaceful.
In fact, you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Pyrenees, whilst staying away from civilisation thanks to the beautiful green grasslands surrounding the beach that help to block you off from the rest of the world.
Be sure to have your camera ready, as the beach here and the grasslands are home to all manner of different species of animal that reside on land, in the sea, and in the air.
Cap Coz, Brittany
When describing your ideal beach, what does your perfect beach look like?
To a lot of people, it’s the sand that’s the star attraction, but what about for people who think that sand is overrated? Well, if that applies to you, then Cap Coz in Brittany will be right up your street.
Cap Coz is simply a must-visit location for anybody in or around Brittany and looking for exciting beaches to explore.
If you want a beach to relax on, give this one a miss. If, though, you want a beach to go rock pooling in and to explore.
Here you will find a series of small, rocky beaches with sheltered and secluded bays that are ideal for cooling off in in the midday sun.
You’ve heard of the White Cliffs of Dover, right? Well, now it’s time to meet France’s equivalent.
Here you’ll find the world-famous salt cliffs of Etretat, which make for absolutely stunning photographs and are considered tourist attractions in themselves.
Etretat is great because it’s an ideal beach for people who are looking to stay active and busy whilst enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer.
There are pebble beaches down below, and up top, clifftop walks which offer spectacular views, both out to sea, and of the surrounding countryside.
If you do visit this beach, be sure to check out the three arches, as well as the stack known as ‘the needle’ or L’Aiguille, as the locals know it.
Finally, I’m taking you back to Brittany today, to explore the beaches located in Kerlouan.
Thanks to its wild sand dune landscapes and unusual and eye-catching rock formations, the beach and coastline here are hugely popular amongst locals, tourists, and holidaymakers alike.
With white sandy beaches, rustic villages, and huge and dramatic granite boulders, you can’t help but be impressed by the coastline here.
After playing in the sand and soaking your feet, why not head inland and enjoy some delicious French seafood? After all, you can’t go to the beach and not eat seafood.
My personal recommendation is the ‘Fruit de Mer’ or the ‘Fruits of the Sea’ at the La Corniche seafood restaurant, which offers delicious seafood and amazing coastal views.
I don’t know about you, but already doing the research for these great beaches made me more relaxed than I was when I started. I guess looking at blue seas and silky sand has that effect on people. With that in mind, I hope we’ll see each other some time this summer, and why not, at the beach.
Until then stay safe, stay curious and don’t stop wandering!