Scenographic natural landscapes, a turquoise sea and lots of sun: discover the best beaches to visit in France and enjoy the European summer

A wonderful capital, imposing monuments and picturesque villages make France one of the most incredible destinations in the world. However, in addition to great attractions that involve a lot of culture and history, the country also has incredible and paradisiacal beaches.  

During the European summer, France transforms and attracts tourists from all over the world in search of its beaches with crystal clear waters and scenic landscapes. And there are options for all tastes: from the quietest to the most popular. Whatever the preference, all are true natural refuges.

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For those traveling to the country for the first time, one of the safest and most comfortable options to discover the best beaches to visit in France during the European summer is to hire a receptive company. THE France among Friends specializes in receiving Brazilians in the country, offering a team of professionals who speak Portuguese.

Best beaches in France

Calanque d'En Vau – Provence

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The Calanque d'En-Vau located in Cassis, in the south of the country, is one of the most spectacular places in the world and also one of the best beaches to visit in France. With great cliffs that surround its crystal clear and calm waters, this is a true French paradise. Access to the small and stunning beach is via a winding path. However, every effort is worth it and the result pays off: they are truly scenic landscapes. The tip is to take food to eat during the trail and firm shoes, since the beach is formed by small pebbles. 

Étretat – Normandy

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French beaches. Photo: Laurent Gence / Unsplash

A true oasis of peace, tranquility and surreal landscapes: this is Étretat, in Normandy. The place, full of cliffs formed by white limestone, has an incredibly blue sea and landscapes on the edge of the English Channel. Praia de Gale, for example, is made up of small stones instead of sand and, due to its unique beauty, it even inspired artists like Monet. The best part is that this paradise is very accessible for a day trip from Paris, since only 200 kilometers separate the two cities. This is a perfect destination to enjoy during the European summer.

Ile de Groix – Brittany

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A true gem of the Britons, the Ille de Groix is an unspoilt paradise that can be accessed by boat from Lorient. The journey across the sea takes about 45 minutes, which are well worth it. The island, which is about eight kilometers long and three kilometers wide, is worth exploring on foot, as it has more than forty kilometers of trails. Another option is by bike, pedaling through hills to discover truly surreal places. The sea and its shades of turquoise are revealed on several beaches, such as Slables Rouges, Locmaria and Côte d'Heno. This, without a doubt, is one of the best beaches to visit in France. 

Paloma – French Riviera

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Paloma Beach, also known as Paloma Plage, is part of the sophisticated Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a beautiful peninsula on the French Riviera. Located close to Éze and just half an hour by boat from Nice, this true paradise of crystal clear waters and lots of nature is also a popular meeting point for high society during the European summer. The beach often attracts the rich and famous, who park their luxury yachts offshore. There are also several mansions and palaces that surround its small strip of sand. 

Menton – French Riviera

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Menton is a true hidden gem on the French Riviera, yet it is less trendy than its other neighbors on the Côte d'Azur. In the city, luxury and ostentation are replaced by exceptional charm, as it borders Italy. Thus, colorful houses, a beautiful turquoise sea and a delicious aroma of Sicilian lemon, very common there, make it a peculiar place. There is no denying that Menton is one of the best beaches to visit in France.

Plage des Marinières – French Riviera

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The Plage des Marinieres in Villefranche-sur-Mer on the French Riviera is very popular in the European summer. The place is accessible by car or train and ideal for those who want a good stretch of sand to rest next to an incredible setting. Its crystalline waters are complemented by wooded areas and surrounded by imposing cliffs. With several nearby snack bars and restaurants, in addition to calm and not too deep waters, this is a great beach for families with children.  

Porquerolles – Hyères 

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The tiny island of Porquerolles is located in an area of France still little explored by Brazilians, in an archipelago known as the Hyères Islands, in the Port-Cros National Park. Being a little off the tourist route, the place is very well maintained, full of nature and practically deserted. There are some houses and small markets, but those who want to spend a night there will have to book well in advance, as there are not so many accommodation options. However, the effort is worth it: its beaches with crystal clear waters and soft sand are perfect for enjoying the exuberant marine life on a swim. 

Palombaggia – Porto Vecchio 

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For those looking for a surreal setting, Palombaggia beach, on the island of Corsica, is the perfect place. Surrounded by mountains and with extremely blue water, the place looks like a movie set. However, during the summer months the beach is very popular. A tip is to arrive early to enjoy its beauties and not have to fight for a place in this paradise of fine sand. Palombaggia offers restaurants and is often frequented by families with children, as the sea is usually very calm. Thus, this paradise has become one of the best beaches to visit in France. 

Meadow – Marseille

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The Prado beach is the most famous in Marseille, the second largest French city. With a good strip of sand, it is frequented by different styles of people, from families looking for tranquility to younger people who want to have fun. With large lawns that accompany its extension, it is very common to see people playing football or walking there. During the summer, it becomes more popular, but it is enough to walk a little to find a place and enjoy all its beauty. 

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