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The best beaches in France

Posted on 01 October 2009 by Dan Johnson

I’m putting together a guide to the top 10 beaches in France. I’ve seen them described as the best in Europe, but do they really get the praise they deserve?

In the running so far are the Med hotspots at Valras Plage and Cap d’Agde, the huge beaches of St Jean-de-Monts and La Palmyre, the classy coastline at Les Sables d’Olonne or the unspoilt Bois de La Chaize on Ile de Noirmutier. There’s also rugged coastline of Brittany, the under-appreciated sands of Normandy or the emerald coast of Cote d’Azur yet.

Where would you choose, and why?

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One Response to “The best beaches in France”

  1. Lyndsey McKinnell says:

    Hi Dan I personnally choose the Charente Maritime beaches between Royan and Ronce les Bains/La Tremblade which offers a multitude of different styles of beaches. There is the cote sauvage where the ocean rollers of several meters high at times stretch for miles and are backed by the dunes and pine forest. Followed by the Bonne Anse bay at La Palmyre which is fabulous for sailing, windsurfers and kite surfers alike. This continues to the big beach of the “grand cote” where you can do all of these things or just dip in to cool off after lazing on the beach with a spectacular view of the Courdouan light house. Then follows a quick succession of relatively protected bays through St.Palais sur mer, Vaux sur mer, Pontaillac and into Royan. You are just spoilt for choice here, and I haven’t mentioned the island of oléron and its fab beaches. Although I would not recommend the island in the height of the summer, too busy to get across the bridge. I am biased though because I did live there for 6 years!


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