From the west coast’s beaches of Basque Country to the east’s famed shores of Nice and Cannes, France has more to offer than croissants and Paris! Known for beautiful beaches, distinct cuisine, and rich culture, France’s coasts are the country’s sunny playgrounds, where Europeans and world travelers alike bask in its beauty. It’s your turn to discover les plages of France!
BIARRITZ-BAYONNENow known as a French holiday hotspot, Biarritz was originally made popular by none other than Napoleon III and his wife, Empress Eugénie. The home of the first surfing club, this Basque Region beach destination is still one of Europe’s best spots to catch world-class waves. Pair the laid-back surf vibe with a revamped dining scene, inviting museums, and elegant architecture, and you’ll see why Biarritz and neighboring Bayonne are worthy of exploration!
CANNESLooking to vacation the French way? Yes, you Cannes! As the “Sister City of Beverly Hills,” Cannes will take your breath away the moment you set foot on its sandy shores. Well known as the home of the Cannes film festival, this Riviera hotspot features sloping, sandy beaches and the best of French food and culture. Stroll along the oceanfront promenade known as La Croisette, rub elbows with the stars, or just enjoy the sun and surf and a croissant—or two—at one of the lovely seaside cafes.
NICENamed after the Greek goddess Nike, Nice is known for good weather, golden beaches, and a hefty dose of glamor. The gem of the French Riviera, the city has long beckoned beach lovers and creative dreamers—Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Henri Matisse, to name a few—to the Promenade des Anglais, one of France’s most iconic seafront boulevards. Not only will you revel in your time spent in this beach town, but Nice’s airport is known for stunning Mediterranean views during take-off and landing, so even the journey there and back will be memorable!