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8 of the Most Beautiful Beaches In France

Updated: Sep 8, 2021


When people think of coastal quaint cities in Europe, most will think of the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre in Italy and maybe even the Algarves in Portugal. But there are beautiful beaches in France that needs to be thought of more - the French Riviera.


Many years ago, I was able to tour along the coast of France as I travelled from Florence, Italy on my way to Paris, while taking the sights through the French Riviera (and with a short stop in Monaco), I got to visit 4 of these 8 locations. Guess which ones?



8 Incredible Beaches In France


Southeast France is a delightful destination with seaside villages, towns built into cliffs, incredible sunsets, and coastlines that are hard to resist. Discover some of the region's most beautiful places to visit before going on vacation by reading on.


Cannes

While it may look modernized, this elegant resort city has a lot of historical significance. This city's walls have witnessed hundreds of years of history. In addition to strolling along the mile-long beach of La Croisette, dine at one of the fabulous French restaurants and hike the coastal mountain range of Massif de l'Esterel.


Cannes is known mostly for its iconic Cannes Film Festival, but many of history's most glamorous figures have called this town their home. The sleepy seaside town quickly became a popular winter getaway for people seeking shelter from the cold. Take a drink at the famous Carlton Hotel in Cannes and shop at the Marche Forville, an authentic French market, while you're there.


Cotignac

The Provencal village of Cotignac, tucked between dramatic cliffs and two 12th-century towers, is full of picturesque villages and vineyards. The famous Gorge du Verdon is not far from the commune - it is a river canyon located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of Southeastern France. It stretches about 25 km (15.5 mi) long and is about 700 metres (0.4 mi) deep. The Verdon River formed the gorge, which obtained its name from its turquoise-green color.


Menton

Near the border of Italy, the half-moon bay on the French Riviera is one of Menton’s most enjoyable sites. Additionally, it is among the warmest resort towns in the winter. As you stroll through town, you may notice all the citrus trees and giant sculptures. Make sure you don't miss the annual Lemon Festival (Fête du citron) if you happen to be in town mid February.


Nice

As you approach this seaport city, be sure to visit the Cours Saleya flower market, where you can smell, view, and buy beautiful flowers. As soon as you've had your fill of flowers, head to the Colline du Château to see the Roman ruins. Don't forget to stop by the Promenade for some shopping before leaving Nice.


Nice's Promenade des Anglais is one of France's most famous and iconic seafronts. As it extends the entire length of Nice, all the way out to the airport, this walkway gets its name from the English vacationers who came here in the 18th century. Walking along the coastline was a popular pastime, much like it is today. Today, you will find artists, skaters, buskers, ramblers, as well as everyone enjoying the beaches and restaurants along the promenade.




Peillon

This barricaded village is right in the mountains of the Alpes-Maritimes. Even though walking through the narrow passageways might get tricky, it is worth it to see all of the medieval houses, the vaulted alleyways, and the painted wall at the Chapelle des Penitents Blancs.


Villefranche-sur-Mer

The picturesque Niçoise fishing village located on the French Riviera dates back to the 14th century, and its charming old town and excellent seaport face the gentle Mediterranean waters. Follow the cobblestone streets until you reach the Citadel St. Elmo and Port de la Darse.


One of the most charming fishing villages on the French Riviera is Villefranche-sur-Mer. Located in the heart of the Cote d'Azur, this little village is known for its old-world charm. The village itself is perched on a hilltop, with winding streets cascading down to the sea. Take a trip to the top of the town to see the most spectacular views of the Riviera.


Antibes

Another harbor town, Antibes has one of the most impressive coastlines. In addition, the city is home to the Absinthe Museum, the Exflora Museum, and the Grimaldi château, which houses Pablo Picasso's works.


Vence

This old medieval village portrays its past. While you're here, visit the Cathedral of Nativity of Saint Mary and The Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, and then stroll through the old town.


The beautiful beaches of France are calling you. Are you ready to explore them? Allow me to assist you in planning your trip so you can make the most of it!

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