Best Beaches In The
South of France

The South of France, with its stunning coastline and sun-kissed beaches, is a quintessential destination for beach lovers. From the glamorous sands of the French Riviera to the hidden gems along the Mediterranean coast, this region offers a diverse array of beach experiences. 

Whether you seek the allure of celebrity-frequented shores, the tranquillity of secluded coves, or the natural beauty of rugged coastal landscapes, the South of France has something for everyone. In this guide, we will explore some of the most spectacular beaches in the region, each offering its unique charm and beauty, making them must-visit destinations on your next French getaway.

Calanque de Port Pin - Marseille

Calanque de Port Pin – Marseille

Calanque de Port Pin, nestled near Marseille in the South of France, is a breathtaking testament to nature's artistry. This hidden jewel stands out with its turquoise waters and dramatic limestone cliffs, offering a stark contrast to the typical sandy beaches. Accessible via a picturesque hike through the Calanques National Park, the journey to Port Pin itself is an adventure, revealing the unspoiled beauty of the region. 

Its secluded setting makes it a perfect escape for those seeking tranquillity away from bustling tourist spots. Visitors are rewarded with serene swimming spots and panoramic views, making it a must-visit for nature lovers and photographers alike. This beach's unique combination of natural beauty and peaceful ambience makes it an unforgettable stop on any South of France itinerary.

Conveniently, our villas in Provence and Côte d’Azur are ideally located for those who wish to explore the enchanting Calanque de Port Pin. These villas offer a serene retreat close to this natural wonder, perfect for a peaceful getaway in the South of France.

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La Croisette Beach - Cannes

La Croisette Beach – Cannes

La Croisette Beach in Cannes epitomises the glamour and sophistication of the French Riviera. Stretching over 2 kilometres along the sun-drenched coast, this beach is renowned for its luxurious backdrop and vibrant atmosphere. It's not just the golden sands that make La Croisette stand out; the beach is lined with prestigious hotels, upscale boutiques, and fine dining establishments, attracting a chic international crowd. The promenade, bustling with activity, is perfect for a leisurely stroll, offering stunning Mediterranean views. 

Its popularity also stems from the Cannes Film Festival, when the beach transforms into a hub of celebrity sightings and events. Travellers are drawn to La Croisette for its unique blend of natural beauty, luxury, and the allure of the cinematic world, making it a captivating destination for those seeking both relaxation and excitement.

Our villas in Côte d’Azur are perfectly situated for exploring this beautiful beach and surrounding area.

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L’espiguette Beach - Le Grau-du-Roi

L’espiguette Beach – Le Grau-du-Roi

L'Espiguette Beach in Le Grau-du-Roi stands out as a nature lover's paradise, boasting one of the most unspoiled stretches of coastline in the South of France. Renowned for its vast expanse of fine sand and impressive dune system, this beach offers a sense of wilderness rarely found in the Mediterranean. Its sheer size means that even during peak season, you can find a quiet spot to enjoy the serene environment. 

The beach's natural beauty is complemented by its wildlife, with opportunities for bird watching and nature walks. L'Espiguette Beach is perfect for those seeking a tranquil retreat, where the rhythm of the waves and the vast open space create a truly rejuvenating experience. Whether you're looking to unwind or explore the natural landscape, L'Espiguette Beach provides a refreshing contrast to the more developed beaches along the Riviera.

For an enhanced experience, our villas in Languedoc or Provence are conveniently located, offering a serene and comfortable stay near this beautiful, unspoiled beach, ideal for nature lovers and those seeking a peaceful getaway.

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Pampelonne Beach - Saint-Tropez

Pampelonne Beach – Saint-Tropez

Nestled in the glamorous Saint-Tropez, Pampelonne Beach unfurls its five-kilometre expanse of golden sands, setting the scene for an idyllic Riviera escape. This beach isn't just about sunbathing; it's a vibrant canvas of luxury and exclusivity. Known for its crystal-clear azure waters, Pampelonne is the epitome of opulence, attracting celebrities and jet-setters alike. It's a place where upscale beach clubs mingle with the natural beauty of the Mediterranean, offering a unique blend of relaxation and high-end indulgence. 

The beach's extensive length ensures a sense of spaciousness, even amidst its popularity. For those seeking to immerse themselves in the quintessential Saint-Tropez experience, complete with chic ambience and stunning coastal views, Pampelonne Beach is an unmissable destination.

Our Côte d’Azur villas are ideally located for guests looking to explore the exquisite Pampelonne Beach and its vibrant surroundings.

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Sablettes Beach - Menton

Sablettes Beach – Menton

Sablettes Beach, located in the charming town of Menton on the French Riviera, offers a picturesque retreat. This relatively small beach is celebrated for its unique setting, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean, creating a stunning backdrop. Unlike the bustling beaches of the Riviera, Sablettes Beach exudes a more tranquil and family-friendly atmosphere, making it ideal for those seeking a peaceful seaside experience. 

Its proximity to the Italian border adds an intriguing cultural blend to the area. The beach's pebbly shores and clear waters are perfect for swimming and sunbathing, while the nearby old town of Menton, with its vibrant gardens and colourful architecture, provides a delightful escape. Sablettes Beach is a hidden gem for visitors looking to enjoy the serene side of the Riviera, away from the glitz and glamour.

Conveniently, our Côte d’Azur villas are just a short journey away, offering a perfect base for exploring Sablettes Beach and the charming town of Menton.

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Mala Beach - Cap d'Ail

Mala Beach – Cap d'Ail

Mala Beach in Cap d'Ail offers a tranquil escape on the French Riviera, distinct for its smaller size and peaceful atmosphere. Tucked away from the more frequented tourist hotspots, this beach provides a serene setting ideal for those seeking a quiet day by the sea. The journey to Mala Beach involves a descent along a path that feels like stepping away from the bustle of daily life. Its clear waters are inviting for swimmers seeking a refreshing dip, while the surrounding cliffs add to its scenic charm.

One of the key appeals of Mala Beach is its ability to offer a sense of seclusion without being too remote. It's perfect for visitors who prefer a laid-back beach experience, away from the noise and crowds of larger beaches. The natural beauty of the area, combined with the relative calmness, makes it a great spot for relaxation and enjoying the Mediterranean environment. Whether you're looking to sunbathe, swim, or simply soak in the peaceful surroundings, Mala Beach is a delightful choice for those who value tranquillity and scenic beauty.

If you wish to explore the region and this glorious beach, take a look at our villas in Côte d’Azur, providing you with a beautiful base for relaxed day trips at your leisure.

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Calanque d'En-Vau - Cassis

Calanque d'En-Vau – Cassis

Calanque d'En-Vau, situated near Cassis, is a remarkable beach that offers more than just sunbathing. This striking calanque, or rocky inlet, is famed for its towering cliffs and crystal-clear turquoise waters, creating a dramatic and beautiful landscape. Reaching Calanque d'En-Vau involves a scenic hike, which adds to the adventure and appeal of the destination. It's a favourite among nature enthusiasts and those looking for a more active beach experience. 

The journey through the Calanques National Park to get there is as memorable as the beach itself, featuring breathtaking views and a chance to connect with the natural beauty of the area. This beach is perfect for visitors who enjoy combining outdoor activities with their beach time, offering swimming, hiking, and simply absorbing the stunning surroundings.

For those seeking to explore this spectacular locale, our villas in Provence are conveniently situated, offering a comfortable and scenic base to experience the unique beauty of Calanque d'En-Vau and its surrounding natural wonders.

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Débarquement Beach - Saint-Raphaël

Débarquement Beach – Saint-Raphaël

Located in the Var region of southeastern France, Débarquement Beach in Saint-Raphaël offers a distinct experience on the French Riviera. Unlike the typical sandy shores, this beach is uniquely covered with pebbles, providing a different kind of seaside experience. It's not just its physical attributes that make Débarquement Beach stand out; the beach is historically significant as one of the landing sites during the Allied invasion in World War II. 

This historical context adds an intriguing layer to your visit, blending leisure with a sense of the past. The clear waters are perfect for a refreshing swim, making this beach an ideal destination for those who appreciate a combination of history, natural beauty, and a serene beach experience.

Located conveniently close, our villas in Côte d’Azur offer an excellent stay option for visitors looking to explore the rich history and natural splendour of Débarquement Beach and the Saint-Raphaël area.

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Ponchettes Beach - Nice

Ponchettes Beach – Nice

Ponchettes Beach, nestled in the vibrant city of Nice, is a standout destination for those who enjoy the buzz of city life alongside their beach experience. This beach is famous for its iconic blue chairs and striped umbrellas, painting a picturesque scene against the backdrop of the azure Mediterranean. Its location, right on the famed Promenade des Anglais, means that visitors can seamlessly transition from a relaxing beach day to exploring the city's attractions. 

The pebbly shore of Ponchettes Beach is a unique feature, offering a different texture underfoot compared to sandy beaches. This beach is ideal for sunbathers, swimmers, and people watchers alike, providing a perfect blend of urban energy and seaside tranquillity. The panoramic views of the Baie des Anges and the close proximity to Nice's vibrant culinary and cultural scenes make Ponchettes Beach a must-visit for travellers seeking a dynamic and picturesque coastal experience.

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Valras Plage, Near Béziers

Valras Plage, Near Béziers

Located near Béziers in the Languedoc region, Valras Plage offers a perfect mix of old-world charm and modern facilities, making it an ideal destination for families. The beach features a vast expanse of soft, golden sand that gently slopes into the warm Mediterranean, ensuring safe swimming conditions. It's not just a place for relaxation; Valras Plage buzzes with activities, including a variety of watersports for thrill-seekers and a lively promenade for leisurely walks or bike rides. 

The beachfront is lined with cafes and restaurants where visitors can enjoy local cuisine with stunning sea views. During summer, the beach transforms into a vibrant hub with events like live music and local markets, enhancing its lively atmosphere. With its blend of natural beauty, recreational options, and cultural experiences, Valras Plage is a compelling destination for anyone visiting the South of France.

Conveniently, our villas in Languedoc are located just a short distance away, making them an excellent accommodation choice for those wishing to explore the charming and vibrant Valras Plage and its surroundings.

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Grande Plage, Hendaye

Grande Plage, Hendaye

On the picturesque South West coast near the Spanish border, Grande Plage in Hendaye stands out as a top choice for family-friendly beach outings. Spanning over 3 kilometres, its expansive sandy shores and gentle entry into calm waters make it perfect for kids and those who enjoy softer swimming experiences. 

The beach’s fine sand creates an ideal environment for relaxation and play, while its proximity to Spain offers an added cultural flair. Safety is a priority here, with lifeguards present in the summer months, making it a reassuring choice for parents. Grande Plage isn't just about safety; it's a haven of natural beauty and serenity, perfect for families seeking a memorable beach day in the South of France.

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