Find out where the most popular and hidden hotspots can be found during beach holidays in France.
With Nice, Marseilles and Cannes nearby you can combine great weather and beach spots with culture and gastronomy on the Côte d'Azur. Nice is a wonderful place for family holidays, while Cannes is well known for its famous film festival. Marseilles has plenty of historic sights including the old port and Notre-Dame de la Garde cathedral.
This historic coastline was where the D-Day Landings took place in WWII. From Bayeux, Le Havre, Caen and Paris you can take tours to this area and learn about its history. The beaches of Normandy, such as at Îles Chausey and Cabourg, are fantastic.
With the coastal town of Brest and charming Rennes more inland, this is a superb coastal region for beach holidays. The area is superb for sailing trips, or relaxing and swimming at hotspots like Saint-Malo, with its beautiful walled town.
One of France's best-kept secrets is the south-western département of Aquitaine. Around the cliffs of the Pyrénées Atlantiques sub-region are the coastal spots of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz. This is one of the most unique beach holiday destinations in France.
Situated by the Belgian border, this area brimming with secret beaches and serene places for walking and sunbathing. Terminus Beach is known for its wonderful water sports opportunities, while Equihen Beach offers respite from the bustling towns nearby. This is another great destination for a different kind of beach holiday.