8 Underrated French Beach Towns That Fly Under the Radar but Shouldn t

Le Lavandou, between Toulon and St. Tropez, provides 7.5 miles of sandy beaches, clean waters, and a picturesque fishing harbour for a peaceful Provencal retreat.

Le Lavandou

Collioure, on the French Mediterranean coast, with beaches like Plage Boramar and historical sites like Château Royal de Collioure.


Saint-Jean-de-Luz, on the Bay of Biscay, offers a Basque-inspired seaside hideaway with sandy beaches like Grande Plage and cultural attractions like Port de Saint-Jean.


Elegant buildings, pine forests, and beaches like Le Touquet Beach make Le Touquet-Paris-Plage on the English Channel a chic French hideaway with golf and culture.

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

Île de Ré, accessible by bridge from La Rochelle, with picturesque villages, vineyards, and calm beaches like Plage de la Conche des Baleines for cycling and exploring old sites.

Île de Ré

A Breton port town on the English Channel, Roscoff has picturesque historic harbours, granite homes, and beaches like Plage de Rockroum for a relaxing beach getaway.


Saint-Cyprien, near Perpignan on the Mediterranean coast, offers family-friendly beaches like Plage de Saint-Cyprien and golf and water parks for a relaxing vacation.


Hendaye, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees, with family-friendly beaches including Plage d'Hendaye and Plage des Alcyons and surfing options.


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