15 Best Beaches in the South of France

It isn’t easy to sum up hundreds of kilometres of coastline in one blog, but we’ve put together a selection of what we believe are the best beaches in the South of France, both on the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

There should be something for everyone in the list, whether you want epic natural spectacles and the solitude that goes with them, or are seduced by the glamour of the French Riviera and its cute inlets and party beaches.

We’ve got a soft spot for beaches with calm seas that you can swim in safely, but as you’ll see, sometimes you need a roaming spirit to find a quiet one.

Lets have a look at the best beaches in the south of France:

1. Porquerolles, Var

Porquerolles, Var

Source: flickr

Porquerolles, Var

Off the Giens Peninsula, south of Hyères, this island is one of the last undeveloped places on the French Riviera.

There are no buildings beyond the cosy 19th-century harbour on the north coast.

Arrive first thing in the morning and pass a fulfilling day rambling through pine forest with the scent of eucalyptus and wild herbs like lavender and thyme.

There are paradisiacal beaches and coves on the south and east shore.

You’ll have to be prepared to share them with other spellbound visitors, but it’s small price to pay once you’re floating in shimmering rock pools.

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15 Best Beaches in the South of France:

Grande Plage de Saint-Jean-de-Luz , Pyrénées-Atlantiques

  • Porquerolles, Var: flickr
  • Plage de l’Espiguette, Gard: flickr
  • Plage de l’Almanarre, Var: flickr
  • La Paloma, Alpes-Maritimes: paloma-beach
  • Grande Plage de Saint-Jean-de-Luz , Pyrénées-Atlantiques: flickr
  • Plage d’Hendaye, Pyrénées-Atlantiques: flickr
  • Argelès-sur-Mer, Pyrénées-Orientales: flickr
  • Calanque d’En Vau, Bouches-du-Rhône: flickr
  • Plage du Camp-Long, Var: flickr
  • Plages du Rayol-Canadel, Var: flickr
  • Plage des Marinières, Alpes-Maritimes: flickr
  • Plage du Château, Alpes Maritimes: epaillote
  • Tahiti Plage, Var: flickr
  • Montalivet and Soulac, Gironde: flickr
  • Valras Plage, Hérault: flickr