10th July 2020

Top 5 beaches in the South of France

There is no better way to experience the iconic destination of the South of France than on a yacht. Here are our recommendations for the top five beaches to visit while in the French Riviera.

Conche des Baleines, Île de Ré
With all the style of the Cote d’Azur, but without the crowds, Conche des Baleines is said to be one of the loveliest beaches in France. Instead of yachts, here you will find small fishing boats, hours of sunshine, and endless golden beaches. Explore the surrounding dunes and pine forests then have a picnic on the soft sand.

Plage de Notre Dame, Île de Porquerolles
Set on an island off the French Riviera the Plage de Notre Dame is a stunning beach where soft white sands, turquoise water and twisted salty trees merge together to create uniquely stunning scenery. As you paddle in the shallow, warm water, surrounded by the smells of the eucalyptus and pine trees, you will feel the romance of the island and understand why Joseph Fournier thought it to be a perfect gift for his new wife when he bought it in 1912.

Calanque d’En Vau, Cassis
Sheltered by impressive granite cliffs, you will find En Vau, the most beautiful and least accessible cove in the area. The astonishingly clear water is surrounded by sheer, rocky cliffs, hiding a shingled beach that is is worth the effort it takes to find. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike or rock climb up the cliffs and you will be rewarded with views to take you breath away.

Paloma Beach, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Peninsula
The secret beaches and hidden coves of the French Riviera are truly special places, but tasting the atmosphere and glamour of the more famous areas is a must-do when you visit southern France. Paloma is small enough to maintain a quieter feel, but the private end of the beach is frequented by Hollywood royalty so a perfect chance for some celebrity spotting.

Plage Mala, Cap d’Ail
Secluded but with a hint of luxury, the Plage Mala is accessible only by boat or foot, keeping the crowds and less adventurous away. Enjoy the striking scenery of the lush green against glistening water, then sample lunch at one of the two private restaurants, easily accessible by tender.

For more information on chartering a yacht in the South of France view our destination guide here.

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