Although we adore Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur for its fragrant lavender, snowy mountains and inimitable Provencal lifestyle, it would be a shame not to mention the many gorgeous beaches located throughout the region.
Find your favorite – the city has 21 of them!
Passing through Marseille? There’s something for every taste: sandy beaches like Plage des Prophètes and Plage des Catalans set along the Corniche coast road, artificial beaches like Le Prado, or more intimate spots lined with fishermen’s cabins such as Plage du Bain des Dames. Adventurers will want to test out the coves around Baie des Singes in Les Goudes. Last but not least, Plage de la Pointe Rouge is perfect for families. And if skateboarding is your thing, don’t miss the mythical “Le Bow” seaside skatepark, acclaimed by aficionados the world over!
Plage de Paloma
Follow in the footsteps of Picasso at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
A very special atmosphere reigns over Plage Paloma in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, formerly a favourite haunt of the Picasso family. This is a must if you love wild beaches. Take a stroll along the sea front, boasting magnificent views over the Mediterranean, before arriving at this beautifully-preserved beach nestling in a cove… Lay down your towels and let the sound of the waves lapping the shore cradle you. And after an afternoon sunbathing, what could be better than dinner by the sea? Book a table at the Paloma Beach for a delicious meal in an exceptional setting.
Plage de La Salis
Chill out in Antibes
Suntan lotion, a hat and, of course, a sun towel. Ready to go? Set off to discover Plage de La Salis in Antibes, for an unforgettable moment of rest and relaxation! Top up your tan in magnificent surroundings, just a stone’s throw from the town, between two dips in crystal-clear waters. Plage de La Salis is often considered as one of the Côte d’Azur’s most beautiful beaches. The view over the fortified historic quarter of Antibes definitely makes it very special!
Voyage back to the Belle Époque at Cap d’Ail
A flagship Belle Époque resort, Cap d’Ail offers a stunning show of turquoise waters surrounded by cliffs. After admiring the town’s pretty villas, follow in the footsteps of Churchill, Sacha Guitry and André Malraux by taking the coastal footpath to Plage Mala… Simply put up your parasol and sit back to admire the picture-postcard decor!
Beaches of Cannes
Savor shopping and relaxation
When the fine weather comes around, you’ll find plenty of sun-worshippers revelling in the fine sand running along La Croisette in Cannes. Head to one of the town’s 13 beaches to make the most of the sunshine after a day shopping in Cannes town centre. Fancy getting away from the hubbub? Hop on a boat bus to Île de Sainte Marguerite, with its untamed beaches reminiscent of a desert island… A treat if you want to enjoy some tranquil tanning, just 15 minutes from Cannes.
Ile de Porquerolles
Recharge your batteries
If you want to get back in touch with nature and appreciate some breathtaking scenery, head to Porquerolles island and its heavenly beaches of white sand. Elected Best Beach in Europe in 2015, Plage Notre-Dame boasts picture-postcard scenery of pine trees, turquoise waters and shoals of fish – a paradise for even the most demanding beach-goers! Plage d’Argent is an excellent alternative if you want to spend an afternoon lazing on the beach with all the family, as the water is very shallow.
Plage de l’Espiguette
Discover the wide open spaces of the Camargue
In the Camargue you’ll find bulls, pink flamingos and long, wild stretches of sand that have nothing to envy the Atlantic coast! Head to Plage de l’Espiguette: this unique site in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur spans around 10 km of dunes and offers a magical change of scenery. An ideal place to enjoy a breath of fresh air and revel in the delights of the Mediterranean in an
Île du Levant
Leave your swimsuit behind
Héliopolis, France’s largest naturist centre, is located on Île du Levant island. You won’t need a swimsuit here and can, if you wish, wander around the domain in your birthday suit. If you’re a die-hard naturist, head to Plage des Grottes: naturism is obligatory there!
Plage de Cabasson
Admire the view from Bormes-les-Mimosas
Discover the superb beach of Cabasson, hidden away behind a dense pine wood in Bormes-les-Mimosas… You simply won’t be able to resist the call of the Mediterranean’s crystal-clear waters, especially topped with the breathtaking views over Brégançon fort, the French President’s summer residence. The perfect place for a sandcastle contest!
Calanque d’En Vau
Dive into crystal-clear waters near Marseille
Accessible by boat (or the walk takes an hour), the Calanque d’En Vau beach is unquestionably one of Europe’s most stunning beaches. The beach is best-visited outside summer, when the water is extra-translucent and you can admire the exceptional scenery in all tranquillity.