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At the farthest end of Fort-Mahon’s dunes lies the entrance to one of the most beautiful bays in the world: the bay of Somme. And what better way to explore its beauty than up close and personal with its glorious sand. With nothing to propel you but the fresh sea air, climb aboard your land yacht and relish the feeling of the crisp wind as it rushes through your hair. A thrill that even the most unsporty can enjoy. And it’s all just a short hop away.

Northern France _ Fort-Mahon _ sand-yachting © Crtc Hauts De France Nicolas Bryant

Sand-yachting in the Somme bay  ̶  25 km of pure freedom

A wide-open beach caressed by the foamy sea and with an unbroken stretch of sand that goes as far as the eye can see: 15.5 miles to be exact! It was here, on the vast shores of northern France in the early 20th century, that land sailing was born. And it’s no surprise really. At low tide, when the Channel retreats between Le Crotoy and Fort Mahon , a magnificent beach (almost) as flat as a crêpe is revealed.

A sight completed by a lovely westerly breeze, warm sunshine and a horizon that stays tantalising out of reach no matter how quickly the wheels turn…

Northern France _ Quend _ Sand yachting © CRTC Hauts-de-France-Stéphane Bouilland

Pure exhilaration

Under the watchful eye of an instructor and without a single obstacle in view, get comfy in the low-ride seat of your stable, three-wheeled yacht and satisfy your need for speed. And with these training yachts capable of reaching up to 30 mph, you certainly won’t be disappointed! This means you’ll need to dress appropriately with the head-to-toe waterproof clothing provided (handy when you go full throttle through the water ‘pools’); just bring your own sunglasses and gloves. First, the ever-impatient instructor will teach you how to rig the yacht and master the paddle. Then, with hands firmly on the sheet, let the breeze whisk you away to the farthest reaches of the beach. As free as the wind and with all your fears forgotten, this is what they call ‘the thrill of the ride’ .

Northern France _ Quend-Plage _ Sand-Yachting © CRTC Hauts-de-France-Stéphane Bouilland

Local's tip

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Head to the Buvette de la Plage, a small restaurant on the Saint-Valery-sur-Somme beach. After a walk along the docks or on the way back from a stroll through the streets of the medieval town, enjoy a break with friends on the terrace and admire the stunning view over the bay. As the sun goes down, evening drinks take on a whole new dimension.

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555 Avenue de la Plage

F-80120 FORT-MAHON-PLAGE

Tel : + 33 (0)3 22 23 36 00

www.fort-mahon-plage-tourisme.com

Base Nautique – Boulevard Maritime Nord

F-80790 FORT-MAHON-PLAGE

Tel: +33 (0)3 22 23 42 60

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F-80120 QUEND-PLAGE-LES-PINS

Tel : +33 (0)3 22 23 37 92

4 Digue Nicolas II

F-59240 DUNKERQUE

Tel : + 33 (0)3 28 29 13 80

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F-62600 BERCK

Tel : + 33 (0)3 21 09 04 55

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Bertrand Lambert has left a legacy to be proud of. The five-times world sand-yachting champion has made this discipline an iconic sport of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage! No wonder the Manche Watersports Centre has been named after him.

Because the Opal Coast’s southern beaches are ideal for sand-yachting, Le Touquet regularly hosts national and international competitions. In 2006, for example, the world championship took place here, offering a rare spectacle far too good to miss under any circumstances!

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A competition setting

Top athletes can perfect their skills in this optimal environment. So the competitions offer the perfect opportunity to admire their performance. Like in April 1991, for example, when Bertrand Lambert smashed the world speed record by reaching 151.55km/hour! Both world champions, his daughters Charlotte and Clémence have followed in his footsteps. What about you? Fancy trying for the next champion title? Click here for further information about the Bertrand Lambert Manche Watersports Centre

Sand-yachting, try it once and you’ll be hooked

At low tide, vast stretches of the beautiful 7km beach of fine sand are exposed, offering the ideal terrain for hitting those top speeds aboard one of Le Touquet’s elegant sand-yachts. All it takes is a favourable wind to see the white sails bearing the famous caddie, hurtle at full speed across the sand.

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With the wind in your hair, you can try your hand at the helm of this sand vehicle gliding along with the wind as its only power source. The watersports centre proposes sand-yachting lessons and courses, and even one-to-one tuition for beginners from the age of 8 years. You’ll quickly learn to handle the vehicle and start enjoying the thrill from the very first session in complete safety. Just what you need to build confidence and, basically, get yourself hooked on this new experience.

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Avel Char à Voile entre Saint-Malo et la baie du Mont Saint-Michel

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AVEL is a sand yacht center on the coast of Brittany that welcomes you in the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel on the strand of Hirel.

AVEL proposes to make you discover the pleasures of the sand yachting in the bay of Mont St Michel , on the town of Hirel, 15 min from St Malo. This outdoor activity can give you strong sensations as soon as you start it.

The way how to drive a sand yacht can be acquired very quickly, and will develop the desire to discover the whole strand of Hirel, its fauna and its flora. This activity is well suited for both novice and experienced audiences in the sailing world, adults and children (8 years old) in single-seater. For the youngest, two-seaters are also available.

The practice of sand yachting is a fun sport, pleasant to practice with family and friends.

We are open every day from 10am to 7pm upon reservation. The instructors , Aurélien FAVRON and Johann FAVE, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports, will be glad to welcome you in the Avel center  to make you discover their passion.

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Sand yachting in Mont St Michel Bay - Activity - Holidays & weekends in Hirel

Avel proposes to introduce you and make you discover the pleasures of yachting in the bay of Mont Saint Michel, on the site of Hirel 15 minutes from Saint Malo. This outdoor activity can feel strong sensations of his grip. It facilitates the discovery of the joys of navigation on land and is aimed at a wide audience. Learning the steering yachting acquired quickly and develops the desire to evolve and discover the strike hirel throughout its range (fauna and flora). The activity is intended as a public confirmed that neophyte in the world of sailing, such as adult child (8 years) can evolve only on this type of support for the young there must be a two-seater. The sensation of navigation, changes with the wind element, while staying dry is felt from the first moments of practice. The practice of yachting is a sport fun, enjoyable to practice with family and friends. We are open every day from 13h to 19h reservation. Hazing last either 1 hour or 1 hour 30 minutes or 2 hours. To make a reservation please send us an email specifying the day time slot and the number of persons wishing to make an introduction to yachting. By phone from 10h to 12h at the following numbers. It is best to book at least one week in advance. We remain at your disposal to answer all your desires, sporting the Team avel. Fave johann 0603271876. Favron aurelien 0681245233. http://www.avelchars voile. Com-a- [email protected].

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10 1 Rutuja Jouy-en-Josas, France July 2020 Amazing experience It was a lot of fun to go around the beach in the sand yacht with my friends. The instructors are good and help you at every step of the experience! Must do. Manager's reply

10 1 Elizabeth Tallahassee, United States June 2019 Amazing time sailing across the sand! Sand carting was one of the highlights of our European vacation! It is easy to learn and super fun! Very exhilarating! Worth every penny! Manager's reply

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9 places to go sand yachting in normandy, during your next vacation, practice sand yachting in normandy   here are 9 beaches for sand yachting in normandy.

With sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, Normandy is the ideal region for sand yachting.   The so-called “ship of the sands” was already used several millennia ago by the Egyptians!   It was Europeans who made it a hobby more than a century ago.   Between the wheeled car and the small sailboat, sand yachting in Normandy is an activity that quickly offers feelings of freedom and fun.   At ground level, you use the force and direction of the wind to gain speed and move.   This very accessible water sport does not require any particular physical condition.

1.   Landing Beaches

Old german bunker in Normandy, Gold beach

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Sword Beach, Juno Beach, Gold Beach, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach ... Welcome to the Landing beaches, rich in history and emotion!   Here, you can combine the practice of sand yachting and visiting the museums dedicated to this military operation of the   Second World War   .

Also Read: 18 Most Beautiful Beaches in Normandy

Located on a protected natural site, the kilometers of Omaha Beach and Utah Beach are ideal for nautical leisure.   Arromanches-les-Bains is also one of the unmissable beaches for sand yachting in Normandy.   Nicknamed Gold Beach, it still bears the traces of the large artificial port which welcomed the Allied troops during the liberation of 1944. Providers offer sessions of two to three hours throughout the year.

2. Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

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Located very close to Dieppe on the Côte d'Albâtre, the sandy beach of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer provides easy access to sand yachting, especially when coming from the Paris region.   Dieppe is indeed just over two hours from   Paris   .   Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer is the most imposing beach in Seine-Maritime.

Just after the tide, the sea recedes, gradually creating a huge race track.   All year round, depending on the tide times, two-hour sessions are offered by local clubs.

3. Consider the Sciotot

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Among the Cotentin beaches, that of Sciotot is a perfect spot for sand yachting in Normandy.   Between the Flamanville and Rozel capes, it is part of the commune of Les Pieux in the Manche.   Its stretch of sand is four kilometers long.   Its wild aspect and its size make it an excellent playground for all, from the age of 8 years.

Did you know that in 2019, the newspaper   Le Monde   ranked Sciotot fifth   most beautiful beach in Europe   ?   All the more reason to consider a nautical leisure stay!

4. Trouville-sur-Mer

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To practice sand yachting in Normandy in a mythical place, you have to come to Trouville-sur-Mer.   Located very close to Deauville, this seaside resort is the oldest in the region.   Its large sandy beach stretches for 1.2 kilometers.   It combines nautical leisure, relaxation and history.

In Trouville, you can not only try sand yachting, but also discover Beach Karts!   These small remote-controlled vessels take up the codes of land yachting, on various routes.   Finally, children's clubs and facilities allow the whole family to have fun at the same time.

5. Jullouville

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Located 8 kilometers from Granville, the large Jullouville beach stretches from Saint-Pair-sur-Mer to Carolles for approximately 2 kilometers.   Accessible by stroller, it is above all a family beach.   Its numerous animations in season also help to delight young and old alike.

At low tide, it becomes the nerve center of shore fishing and sand yachting.   The sailing base of Jullouville is also THE spot in the south of the Channel for this activity.   Notice to thrill seekers: the beach is open to the bay, which gives it exposure to winds conducive to speed gain!

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Between Caen and Deauville, the "romantic beach" stretches over almost 4 kilometers of fine sand.   Visiting Cabourg will give you the opportunity to practice sand yachting in Normandy, in a unique setting.   The Grand Hôtel Belle Époque   , the casino and the Marcel Proust promenade are all attractions that can be observed from the beach.

The seaside resort also has the Family Plus Label: clubs specially dedicated to children are installed on the beach.   If you come with your family, you can let your children have fun during your initiation to your new favorite hobby!   What a pleasure also to reward his sporting efforts by eating an ice cream at the end of the afternoon on the longest pedestrian promenade in Europe.

7. Ouistreham

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Head for Ouistreham Riva-Bella beach!   Labeled a 3-star Nautical Station, the   Pearl of the Côte de Nacre   is perfect for lovers of marine sports.   Among the range of possible activities, sand yachting is a must.

Before setting off on the sand, take the time to observe the changing landscapes, capped by the dunes that separate you from the city…

8. Bretteville-Sur-Ay

Bretteville-Sur-Ay

Photo credit: Facebook - Ay-ole sand yachting center

Are you looking for a huge, wild and untouched place for tourism?   Welcome to Bretteville Beach!   Ten kilometers of beach between the two harbors of Saint-Germain-sur-Ay and Surville, a view of the island of   Jersey   : yachting aficionados will be delighted!   The small town of Bretteville-sur-Ay is located on the D650, which locals also call the "tourist route".

From Cherbourg to Coutances, it runs along the Normandy coast and smells of holidays, the sun and the hot sand (in summer!).   Taking this legendary route will take you to several sites of tourist interest ... and many sand yachting spots.   Are you ready for the Normandy sand yachting tour?

9. The Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel

Hirel

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To practice sand yachting in Normandy in a mythical place, nothing better than the bay of Mont Saint-Michel.   Very close to Mont Saint-Michel, on Hirel's shore, you will be introduced to the pleasures of sand yachting.

The session takes place in two stages: you will approach the sand yachting from a theoretical point of view during a briefing, then once the safety rules are understood, you can let yourself slip into this boat.   Notice to thrill seekers!

Practical information for sand yachting in Normandy

The activity.

Sand yachting is a hobby where you seek both to gain speed and to steer your craft, propelled by the force of the wind.   You quickly manage to control your little ship and gain a very pleasant feeling of freedom.   The tank can be   single or two-seater   .   The tandem version is particularly suitable for taking a child on their lap or for feeling reassured by the presence of an instructor.

The conditions of practice

The sand yachting is   accessible to everyone   , from 7 to 77 years old.   It is best done at low tide, when the beach is huge and you draw lines on the still wet sand.   A minimum force 3 wind is required to propel and steer.   The ideal is also to ride on a very compact sandbank.

The equipment

For a successful session, bring   warm clothes   (sweater, fleece), an old pair of closed shoes, sunglasses and gloves.   Generally, clubs provide helmets and waterproof clothing (coveralls, waxed).   Also think about your change of clothes!

So what are you waiting for to make sand yachting in Normandy?

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Practicing the sand yachting, making the sand yacht for the first time in Normandy, a wind of freedom! This sport is for young and old. Sport rich in emotions. A simple learning and it leaves for a good dose of sensation guaranteed ...

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Sport rich in emotions, the sand yachting is the flagship activity of Eolia Normandy. A simple learning and it's left for a good deal of guaranteed sensation where you learn to play with wind and sandbanks on the 8 km of Omaha Beach. Available in adult sizes (29 single-seater tanks) as well as in child size (14 single-seater tanks), the sand yachting is the guarantee of a good part of pleasure and relaxation at low or high speed according to the weather and the desires . Distance from Residence: 17 Km  Driving Time: 20 Minutes  Activity: Tugboat

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Distance from Residence: 45 Km  Driving Time: 44 Minutes  Activity: Tugboat Several formulas with specific services, to practice the sand yachting safely with maximum pleasure. Formulas adapted to individuals and groups  Competitive rates  Quality equipment and infrastructure, and a pedagogical approach and support for the sea classes

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You like the sensations of speed and you want to take a breath of fresh air. It is possible and throughout the year! Objective of the session: to be able to control and direct its sailing yacht safely. Initiation in the form of course in order to see the various turns and maneuvers so as to acquire the first sensations, in total safety. Our operation: One tank per person OR One tank for 2 persons (shared tank). This less intensive operation allows for rest and observation times for people. It also allows us to host a group of 25 to 30 people in one session. Distance from Residence: 48 Km  Driving Time: 51 Minutes  Activity: Tugboat

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Avel Sand yachting proposes to initiate you and make you discover the pleasures of sand yachting in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, on the site of Hirel 15 minutes from Saint-Malo, 10 minutes from Cancale and of Dol-de-Bretagne. This outdoor activity allows you to feel strong sensations as soon as you get started. It facilitates the discovery of the joys of navigation on land and is aimed at a wide audience. Learning to pilot the sand yacht is acquired quickly and develops the desire to evolve and discover the Hirel shore. The activity is aimed at both neophytes and confirmed audiences, in the world of sailing, adults and children (8 years old). French Land Sailing School label.

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Our Ideal Itinerary for Visiting the Somme Bay in 2 or 3 Days

Are you looking for the best program for a few days in the Somme Bay but don’t know where to start?

Don’t worry! We have prepared the ideal itinerary for two to three days in the Somme Bay so that you won’t miss any important landmarks or activities.

Introduction

The best things about the Somme Bay are:

  • the wildlife
  • the unique biodiversity

If you want to experience all the best places and natural landscapes in just two or three days, it’s best to stay close to the bay and focus on the activities and landmarks located near the sea rather than going further inland.

👉 Summary of the day: on the seafront and in the bay Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, the little train of the Somme Bay, and a guided hike across the bay

Map of DAY 1

Itinerary Day 1

For your first day at the Somme Bay, you should explore the city of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme.

Saint-Valery is one of three ports on the bay (along with Le Crotoy and Le Hourdel), and there are many places to visit. Here are a few important landmarks to see:

  • The Promenade of the Quai Jeanne d’Arc runs alongside the marina and the canal until it reaches the beach.
  • From the promenade, you can climb up some stairs to reach uptown , which offers a splendid view of the villas’ roofs and the bay. You can see Le Crotoy in the distance.
  • Take some time to wander the streets of the old town and walk through the Jeanne d’Arc Gate. Do not hesitate to go down random little paved streets; it’s a good way to discover the old town.
  • Located a little further from the city’s center, the Chapelle des Marins (the Sailor’s Chapel) is really unique and offers a beautiful view of the bay as you are even higher than you were while uptown.
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If you need to take a break, there are restaurants around the marketplace and the quay . The earliest train from Saint-Valery to Le Crotoy usually departs around 2:30pm, so you have plenty of time to have lunch.

⏱️ Duration:

  • Visiting Saint-Valery in the morning will take around three hours , plus a little time for lunch.

The little train of the Somme Bay is emblematic of the region. It’s not a classic tourist train; it’s a real train with locomotives and old wagons that have been renovated. Since the 1970s, the train has been maintained and continually renovated by the enthusiastic members of the Railway of the Somme Bay association.

The Saint-Valery train station is located on the quay of the marina, right next to the boats. If you arrive early, you might get to watch the turntable reposition the locomotive in the right direction for its departure.

At 2:30pm, it’s time to board. You will be amazed by the quiet pace of the train as you journey through time while traversing the salt meadows and natural landscapes of the bay. You will also get to listen to the conductor’s anecdotes and stories as you travel.

Your destination: Le Crotoy. While this port on the bay is also nice to visit, we recommend that you hike across the bay from Le Crotoy to Saint-Valery with a certified guide . The guide will teach you everything there is to know about the wildlife of the bay.

Numerous guides are available to lead you across the bay from Le Crotoy to Saint-Valery, which is handy if you left your car in Saint-Valery in the morning.

  • Commentated trip by train from Saint-Valery to Le Crotoy: 1 hour
  • Hiking across the bay from Le Crotoy to Saint-Valery: around 3 hours
  • Commentated trip by train from Saint-Valery to Le Crotoy: €18 per adult, €13 per child ( book your ticket )
  • Hiking across the bay ( book your hike , site in French): the prices vary depending on the guides and the options you choose, but are usually around €15 per person

💡 Our advice:

  • Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather when you walk across the bay: there is a lot of sand and mud, and the weather can change very quickly.
  • Depending on the tides and the train schedule, it is sometimes more practical to switch the order of the activities (hike first, then come back by train). Make sure to check the schedules of all the activities you wish to do.
👉 Summary of the day: the wildlife of the bay Marquenterre Park, looking for seals from Pointe du Hourdel, Cayeux-sur-Mer

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Itinerary Day 2

The Somme Bay is known as a paradise for bids . Many species have made it their home, and many more stop here to rest for a few days during their migration.

Marquenterre Park is the ideal place for bird watching. Located at the northern tip of the bay in the middle of the Natural Reserve of the Somme Bay, the park is made of 200 hectares of nature, sandbanks, and water points around which the birds have made their nests.

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The biggest advantage of Marquenterre Park is that you can spend as much time in it as you want. Several trails are available , the longest of which is six kilometers long. There are also shorter loops, which is handy if you come with young children.

You can use the thirteen ideally-located observation posts and the spy glasses set up by the park guides, whose keen eyes will help you spot the birds.

  • Visit to Marquenterre Park: around 3 hours , but it depends on the trail you choose and whether or not you stop at every observation post
  • Visit to Marquenterre Park ( book your ticket , site in French): €10.50 per adult

To see more of the animals that live in the bay, we suggest visiting Pointe du Hourdel at the southern tip of the bay.

Le Hourdel is famous for its lighthouse and its pebble beach , which is the best place in the bay to watch seals from the land . The largest seal colony in France lives in the Somme Bay, and several guides will help you go out and meet them (from a distance – you don’t want to disturb them!).

Somme bay seals

You can also observe the seals from the pebble beach with binoculars, then go for a walk (either by yourself or with a guide , site in French) in Le Hourdel. Several guides offer tours that cover a few kilometers of Le Hourdel so that you can see the seals and visit the town and its sandbanks.

After a long day of walking, you’ll probably need a break and a few quiet activities that allow you to rest. Le Hourdel belongs to the municipality of Cayeux-sur-Mer , a town located just a little further south.

We recommend having dinner in one of the city’s many restaurants before going for a stroll along the beach promenade called le Chemin des Planches .

The beach of Cayeux-sur-Mer is famous for its 493 beach cabins, which are frequent subjects for both professional and amateur photographers. It is also the best place to see a beautiful sunset over the bay.

  • Distance by car from Marquenterre Park to Le Hourdel: 30km, or around 40 min by car
  • La Pointe du Hourdel: around 2 hours , possibly more if you hire a guide
  • Cayeux-sur-Mer: at the end of afternoon and the evening, we recommend taking around 2 hours to eat dinner and watch the sunset
  • Book a guide to watch the seals in Le Hourdel (site in French): €15 per adult, €7 per child
  • Again, dress appropriately for the weather, especially if you decide to hike around Le Hourdel.
👉 Summary of the day: between land and sea The Somme Bay House, a boat trip in the bay, and sand yachting

Map of DAY 3

Itinerary Day 3

For your third day in the Somme Bay, we thought it would be nice to start the day with a peaceful activity. The Somme Bay House is a great museum that will help you see the bay in a new light. The museum is interactive and very instructive . You will learn about the species that live in the bay, the flora, and the history of the bay and its inhabitants.

The museum is divided into six themed rooms , each of which seeks to educate, raise awareness, and protect the biodiversity of the bay.

The museum’s shop promotes various local products such as the bay’s food specialties, history books, and even novels about the region.

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After visiting the museum, it’s time to visit the bay itself . Discovering the bay on foot is one thing, but discovering it from the sea gives you a whole new perspective.

Boat trips are organized from the marina of Saint-Valery by the captains known as Forest Father and Son. Their boat, the Commandant Charcot, can accommodate up to 98 passengers. The view of the villas of Saint-Valery is splendid and, as a former fisherman, Captain Forest (the father) always takes delight in sharing anecdotes about the bay.

  • Visit to the Somme Bay House: around 1 hour and 30 min
  • Traveling from the Somme Bay House to Saint-Valery: 7km, around 10 min by car
  • Boat ride in the bay: 40 min at sea
  • Museum ticket ( book your ticket ): €9 per adult, €6.70 per child
  • Boat trip: €12 per person (you can buy tickets at the counter located on the quay of the marina)
  • The Somme Bay House is a museum, and it’s understandable if you don’t want to spend your time indoors when the bay offers so many outdoor activities. However, the museum really is a nice experience and makes a good replacement in case an outdoor activity is unexpectedly cancelled due to bad weather .

After a calm morning, a bit of a thrill is in order to end your stay in the Somme Bay.

Between Le Crotoy and Fort-Mahon is a 25-kilometer beach. When the tide is low, it’s an ideal place for all kinds of sporting activities, especially sand yachting .

Sand yachting

Don’t worry if you are a beginner – most sand yachting schools offer a few hours of initiation lessons . If you feel more adventurous, you can also go on a sand yachting hike!

Most of the establishments are located near Fort-Mahon and Quend-Plage at the western end of the Somme Bay.

  • Distance from Saint-Valery to Fort-Mahon Plage: 30 km, around 30 to 35 minutes by car
  • Sand yachting: the time spent depends on the school you book with, but is usually two to three hours
  • Sand yachting: around €40 per adult , but again, it depends on the school you choose.

Here are a few sand yachting schools we recommend: Aeris School (site in French), Eolia School (site in French), Ozone School

  • Again, the hours of certain activities vary with the tides , so you might need to switch the morning and afternoon activities. It’s good to be flexible and check a few days in advance. Most professionals adapt to the tide hours, so don’t worry if you have already booked an activity. You can trust them to give you the best experience possible, even if that means changing your time slot.
  • If you plan to go sand yachting , it’s a good idea to bring gloves similar to bike gloves if you have them (many schools have some available if you don’t). Gloves are necessary to protect your hands from injuries; the sand yacht ropes can slip from your hands if the wind is strong.

Is 2 to 3 days enough to visit the Somme Bay?

Two to three days is enough to visit the areas closest to the bay , enjoy the sea front, see the main landmarks, and experience the most emblematic activities.

However, the Somme Bay is full of beautiful places and unusual activities further inland. If you are able to stay longer, you will find plenty of places to visit and activities to discover.

What is the best time to visit the Somme Bay?

Spring and summer are the best seasons to visit the Somme Bay. The reason is simple: many outdoor activities can’t happen or are not as fun if the weather is bad. The weather can also change very quickly near the sea, so it’s best to do everything you can to ensure the best possible weather during your trip.

What is the most beautiful part of the Somme Bay?

The bay is full of beautiful places, but if we had to choose one, the town of Saint-Valery would be very high on the list.

It offers a magnificent view of the canal, is home to a marina , and is the starting point for boat trips . Its history, its old town , its villas , and its view of the bay from the upper town only add to its charm.

Where can I go to see a nice sunset over the Somme Bay?

The most beautiful sunsets take place on the beaches. The beach of Cayeux-sur-Mer and its promenade, le Chemin-de-Planches come to mind first, but other beaches (such as la Pointe du Hourdel or the beach of Saint-Valery ) are also good places.

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Hiking on the peninsula of Kermorvan

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Brittany was made for outdoor adventure. In this region of dramatic coastlines and wild, hilly landscapes, you can just as easily whoosh along a beach on a sand yacht as camp under the stars in a forest clearing or heather-filled meadow. Check out these 11 activities and experiences, and get set for an adrenaline-fuelled holiday in northwestern France.

1. sand yacht in erquy.

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Sand yachting is a popular activity on Brittany’s long, sandy beaches

Sand yachting is much like its seagoing counterpart, except you zoom across the sand in a buggy rather than crash through the waves in a boat. Of all the places in Brittany where you can try it out, the expansive beach at Erquy is the best.

2. Hike Away From the Tourist Trail in Mont-Saint-Michel Bay

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Hiking in Mont-Saint-Michel Bay

The island castle of Mont-Saint-Michel is northwestern France’s biggest tourist attraction; however, the wider bay area, criss-crossed with hiking and biking trails, is free from crowds and full of bucolic scenery.

3. Paddleboard on the Pink Granite Coast or around Morlaix Bay

You don’t have to be a water sports expert to have a go at paddle boarding

There are few better ways to enjoy the Pink Granite Coast, a 30-kilometre (18.5-mile) stretch of blushing boulders in the north of Brittany, than from the unique vantage point of a stand-up paddleboard. You can even undertake your coastal exploration with the guidance of surf champion Alexis Deniel. Otherwise, drift around the beautiful Morlaix Bay , where you’ll find little islands and islets that are ripe for exploring.

4. Cycle Around Belle-Île

A group of cyclists explore the beautiful Belle-Île by bike

5. Go Canyoning in Plougonvelin

The commune of Plougonvelin makes the perfect base for canyoning along the Breton coast

With 2,860km (1,780mi) miles of coastline, Brittany is an unbeatable destination for canyoning – or coasteering, as it’s also known. This adventure activity involves scrambling over cliffs and boulders and intermittently plunging into the sea. The commune of Plougonvelin, at the northwestern tip of the Breton peninsula, is the perfect base for avid and beginner canyoners.

6. Walk the Clifftops of the Crozon Peninsula

Walking along the Clifftops of the Crozon Peninsula

The Crozon Peninsula is famed for its clifftop walks. The most dramatic point along the way is the Pointe de Pen-Hir, with its 70-metre (230-foot) drop. From here, you can gaze out at the Tas de Pois, four stacks shaped by the waves of the Iroise Sea.

7. Kitesurf in Brest

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Kitesurfing in Brest

With no shortage of coastline or wind, Brittany has long been a destination for kitesurfers. For the best conditions the region has to offer, head to Brest . The Brittany Kite School can show you the ropes with lessons at numerous sites.

8. Trek around Armorica Regional Natural Park

You can hike and camp in Armorica Regional Natural Park

Proving there’s more to Brittany than stunning coastlines, Armorica Natural Park is a beautiful area of protected wilderness, extending many miles inland and comprising thick forests and heather-filled meadows, excellent for a long day’s trek.

9. Zip line at Adrenaline Forest in Rennes

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Adrenaline Forest in Rennes has over half a mile of zip lines

This adventure park in Rennes , in the east of Brittany, will have your heart racing with its treetop courses, some of which reach heights of 20m (65ft). The five-stage zip line route whizzes you through the canopy for over half a mile.

10. Surf at Pointe de la Torche

Waves are all but guaranteed at Pointe de la Torche

Jutting as it does into the tempestuous Atlantic, it’s unsurprising that Brittany is a surfers paradise. The most popular spot, with near-guaranteed waves, is Pointe de la Torche , a finger of land in the southwest of the region that pokes into the sea.

11. Dolphin-spotting in Mont-Saint-Michel Bay

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With nearly 400 bottle-nosed dolphins in the bay (the largest population of the species in Europe), your best bet of catching them in action is on a boat trip with the Association Al-Lark . The conservationist group organises daily dolphin-spotting excursions across the bay – and with any luck, you’ll get a chance to capture the playful mammals jumping and gliding through the sea.

There’s so much for everyone in Brittany. To find out more about Brittany’s activities and outdoor adventures, visit brittanytourism.com .

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Experienced by Erwan, Briec, Stéphane and Cléa, whose day of discovery in Arromanches-les-Bains included a visit to the D-Day Museum followed by a sea kayaking excursion around the famous Mulberry Harbour, accompanied by instructor Hélène

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Great for watersports and history lovers, this unique experience combines a great outdoor spectacle and a deep insight into the history of WWII. On the agenda for our day in Arromanches is a trip to the D-Day Museum followed by a sea kayaking excursion along the Mulberry Harbour’s famous Phoenix caissons.

No better place to experience history

Finally, the day has come! We’ve been planning this outing with friends for weeks and here we are, setting off for a full day dedicated to improving our knowledge on the largest military operation in history: Operation Overlord, commonly known as D-Day.

To start off, a visit of the D-Day Museum gives us some background information on the construction of the artificial port, with many models, photos and archive videos on display. We find out the harbour was designed and built in secrecy by British engineers across the channel in less than nine months. The first Phoenix caissons were sunk two days after D-Day. Six days later, the Allies started unloading the military equipment. The speed of events is hard to imagine; we are overwhelmed with emotion. The artificial Mulberry Harbour was one of the great engineering feats of the war and a turning-point in the Battle of Normandy. As we gaze through the window, we spot the remains of the structure on the horizon. In a few hours, we’ll be in the water for a closer look at these iconic landmarks. 

Heading for the pontoons

Kayaking in Arromanches - Asnelles

Time for our kayaking excursion! At the nearby Centre Nautique d’Asnelles, we meet our friendly instructor Hélène, who happens to be a sand-yachting world champion as well as a kayaking expert and our guide for the day. Suited up in wetsuits, we head for the beach with our kayaks. The conditions are perfect: blue skies, sunshine and a calm sea.

After a quick reminder of various paddling techniques, we head towards the Phoenix caissons. After a few minutes, we come face to face with an impressive concrete block covered in shells and seaweed.  “Nature claims back its rights over time,” says our guide. “A whole ecosystem has developed around the pontoons.” Some of the sea snails are edible, and Hélène points out the sea shell commonly named the Chinese hat snail before suggesting we taste them raw. The initial flavour of saltiness explodes onto our palates and it has a pleasantly chewy texture. A little dubious aboutthis culinary experience, we decide to leave this treat to the sea birds!

Kayaking in Arromanches - Asnelles

Closing in on the Phoenix caissons

We continue our nautical adventure. Hélène sets the pace and takes us to the entrance of a remarkably well-preserved caisson. We manage to enter it via a small breach. What an incredible feeling! Our voices echo inside the small space.

Further on, the highlight of the expedition awaits. A few paddle strokes away, we come across a concrete block of more than 10 metres long, making us feel really small. Hélène invites us inside. In silence, we listen to the breeze creeping into the different sections of the block. We are totally overwhelmed, considering the pivotal role played by these pontoons more than 70 years ago.

On our way back, we contemplate these timeless landscapes from the distance. Although there were originally 115 caissons, only several dozens of them can still been seen today, providing a vivid testimony of the past.

The beauty of sea kayaking in Arromanches is that we can get a real close-up of its heritage. Floating silently alongside these emblematic landmarks of our shared history and immersing ourselves in this spectacular, dramatic environment, is an adventure we will never forget.

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ARROMANCHES-les-Bains

World famous for the artificial harbour built by the Allies, Arromanches-les-Bains and its long sandy beach are also a hotspot for watersports such as sea kayaking, sand-yachting and stand-up paddle boarding.

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Centre de Loisirs Nautiques d’Asnelles Cale de l’Essex, 14960 Asnelles charavoile-asnelles.net By booking only (3 people min / 12 people max) Wetsuits provided by the watersports centre. Please bring swimming things and dry clothes to wear after the excursion

From April to October

2024 PRICES

Per person for a group of less than 6 people:

1h30: €30 (7 – 17 years old) – 1h30: €40 (over 18)

If more than 6 people in the group, rates available on the website charavoile-asnelles.fr

Excursions suitable for adults and children over 12. Children between 8 and 12 must be accompanied by an adult on the kayak

Swimming is a prerequisite for kayaking. Prior to the excursion, adults are required to sign a form attesting to their swimming ability as are parents on behalf of their children

Places TO EAT IN ARROMANCHES

Ô Beach Arromanches – Bar à Huîtres , 21 place du 6 juin 1944, 14117 Arromanches-les-Bains

Les Sablés d’Asnelles , 2 place Alexander Stanier, 14960 Asnelles

The D-Day Museum

Musée du Débarquemen t, place du 6 juin, 14117 Arromanches-les-Bains

Prices : Adults: € 12.70 Children (6 – 18 years old): € 8.20

Family rate: € 36 (2 adults and 2 children – 6 to 18 years old)

Open from 4 February to December

All of the above information is subject to change

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Best Beaches near Calais, France

Best Beaches near Calais, France

While France’s southern coast is widely known for its beaches that offer celebrity-spot to take in the sun, the coastline of northern France is famous for a more authentic beachy holiday experience. That is why the area around the town of Calais is an absolute must-visit if you are looking for something genuinely different.

Here is my List of the Best Beaches near Calais, France.

A magnificent elegant seaside resort with a wonderful beach where para surfers frequent. Clean and family-friendly, the beach is suitable for those who love digging sandcastles, exploring rock pools, and shell search. The esplanade is pedestrianized, and it has fine homes along with it. There are lots of great restaurants, and there is a war cemetery in the beach’s north for those who love history.

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>>Also Read: Best Beaches in Northern France

Le Touquet Paris-Plage

Made in the 19th-century, Le Touquet used to be a famous place where rich Parisians come to enjoy its seaside resort. The town also has its own style of architecture, and the residential spots are more British than French in style. All the housing structures that go with the lifestyle of the affluent and famous can be seen here, such as large hotels, a racecourse, a casino, and select designer shops. Nevertheless, more things will catch the visitor’s attention here, like a large long sandy beach, amusements structures for kids, and an outdoor swimming pool. The modish resort will be a thrill to you.

Perching on Cote d’Opale is Escalles, a little village nestled in a beautiful valley that is a few kilometers from Boulogne-Sur-Mer and Calais in the department of Pas-de-Calais in northern France. Escalles is popular among vacationers and photographers for the ravishing views that it has from its cliffs and the well-stretched pebbles and sand beaches.

You should note that Cap Blanc Nez is among the best on Cote d’Opale and is situated here. There are several equestrians, hiking, and mountain bike tracks coursing to the peak of this stately site at 33 km above sea level. You will be able to sight the coasts from there on bright days and even adorn the sunset in the evening.

In the department Pas-de-Calais in France on the Cote d’Opale, there is the seaside resort of Wissant. It is situated between Blanc Nez and the Capes Gris Nez and has been a harbor of voyagers and fishermen before it was entirely destroyed in the 1700s. Since it has been a calm small town that is popular for having one of the most pleasing beaches on the continent and is globally recognized for its speed-sailing sports and kayaking.

There are many beaches in Wissant (which is on a large beach). The ones in the middle are more active. For those who cherish gorgeous landscapes, Strouanne is the place to go. In the town is where you will find an enthralling beach, and you can even access Cran d’Escalles beach close to Cape Blanc Nez.

You can practice sand yachting on the large 12 km coast. You can chill on the beach while waiting to watch the popular ‘flobards’ or local fishing boats. Families visit Wissant more than any other group of visitors as they enjoy the city’s reputation of being a children-friendly destination. 

The town’s lure and the local houses, as well as the well-kept nature that encircle the city, are its treasures. If you want, you can stop by at the Musee du Moulin museum and learn about the town’s history. Do not forget to book ahead, though. 

Several photographers visit here, nicknamed “Perle de la cote d’Opale” (Pearl of the Opal coast), to enjoy the special light that complements the wild environment’s beauty. Close are the beaches of Calais that attract a mammoth crowd in the peak season.

Wissant France Beach

>>Also Read: Best Beaches near Mont-Saint-Michel

Hardelot-Plage

Located in Cote d’Opale is Hardelot, a seaside resort in Pas-de-Calais. It is between two touristic spots: Touquet-Paris-Plage and Boulogne-sur-Mer, and has a large seafront of over 8 km of beach and dunes. Highly frequented, it is marked by the vegetation that encircles it, such as the natural reserve of Marais de Condette, the Ecault forest, and Mont Saint-Frieux.

The beach, with fine sand, is many kilometers long and is a calm haven for vacationers. Hardelot-Plage is divided into many zones. The major section has a lifeguard in the summertime and is surrounded by a good pedestrian promenade dam. There, you can practice several activities such as kite surfing, sand yachting, shrimp fishing, catamaran, and so on. 

Hardelot-Plage is between Dannes and Saint-Etienne-au-Mont, and it offers a fine hiking track in the center of two sheltered dune areas. You can also choose to walk in the forest, in the center of the maritime pines, oaks, and beeches. Other highlights here include the city’s castle, its gardens, and the parish church Saint-Augustin-de-Cantorbery. 

Berck 

Berck is located in the area of Nord-Pas-de-Calais close to Picardie on the Cote d’Opale. It is the southernmost seaside resort in the area and is one of the most visited in northern France. You will find many beaches in Berck as the coast stretches for more than 10 km. The major beach is near downtown, close to the promenade Parmenier. It is well furnished with bathing huts and is accessible to persons with reduced mobility.

Additionally, Berck is popular for being the base of sand yachting. To the south is a water sports center with a natural pool close to the north of the bay of Authis. Close there, there is a nudist beach. Meanwhile, the Agora complex downtown, close to the seafront, has many indoor and outdoor activities and a massive wave pool.

Given its strategic position in the north of the bay Authie, you can get away from the bustles of urban life to discover a well-preserved area with developed dunes. Several tracks allow visitors to travel across the bay approaching Groffliers. 

Berck France Beach

>>Also Read: Best Beaches near St-Malo, France

Audinghen 

Audinghen is a small village in the department of Pas-de-Calais, and it is a peaceful destination that attracts several visitors in the summertime. The village is situated on the edge of Gris-Nez, where the view over Wissant’s bay and the neighboring Cap Blac-Nes is expressively enchanting. If the weather allows, the landscape spans to the English coast, and you will be privileged to see many species of migratory birds. 

In Audinghen, there are three beaches. The major one is the most accessible but also the plainest. While there are two small preserved and less popular coves in the south that can be reached on foot.

Just outside the resort, the locality of Haringzelles used to be a strategic spot in the Second World War. You can still see some of the casemates and visit the Atlantic Wall museum there. Cran du Poulet close by covers a little pebble creek.

Tourists come to the resort in their droves around mid-September and join in the festivities of the capes and the hike held here. Athletes can as well enjoy water activities even if the village has strong currents, but they will need to be careful. Wissant is not far from here as well as Calais and Ambleteuse which benefit from the alluring beaches.

Ambleteuese 

The little seaside resort of Ambleteuese is situated in the department of Pas-de-Calais, near Cap Gris Nez and Boulogne-Sur-Mer. The beach is covered in rock and pebbles and is situated next to The Slack’s mouth. Compared to the neighboring resorts, the coastline is well preserved, and people often come here for relaxation. Therefore, few stalls and restaurants leave their mark on the landscape that remains wild and quite popular with photographers.

The beaches here might not rank too high on the list of the ones in Cote d’Opale. The major one at Port Vauban is supervised, and the fort offers a genuinely authentic side. Wimereux beaches are on the Slack’s bank. There are a craggy section and some small beaches north of the resort with resplendent vistas of Audresselles beach.

Best Beaches near Calais France – Final Thoughts

Most of the beautiful beaches near Calais are great destinations for relaxation and to enjoy nature. The area’s excellent weather ensures that families keep coming there whether it is a high season or not. The beaches are not just the only things to enjoy near Calais. There are shopping stores, restaurants, sports spots, and even museums in the mix. That is why your trip to northern France might not be complete if you haven’t seen what this area has to offer.

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Peter is the editor of France Travel Blog. He has traveled to France many times and is ready to share the knowledge in this travel guide for France.

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Seaside Resorts in northern France? I’ll be the first to admit that north France is not high on most Brits’ list of holiday options. But having spent quite some time in this part of France, I have completely fallen in love with the small resorts that cling onto the headlands of the Opal Coast.

So forget rushing through Dunkirk, Calais , Dieppe, only looking for the signs to the south. Think about slowing down and chilling out. Do like the French, and take a short break here along the coastline between Calais and the delightful resorts around Dieppe like Mers-les-Bains.

Think of the advantages!

The north coast of France is near and very easy, and cheap, to get to. Just think of the amount of time, effort and expense it takes to roar through France. Those motorway tolls alone cost the equivalent of a very good meal for 2.

It has some of the best beaches in France (in fact much better than the Riviera and Cote d’Azur beaches which are small and overcrowded). You can go for a short break, a long weekend or even a week. You’ll find that seaside resorts in northern France are a real find.

My first visit

My first introduction to this part of the country was my first introduction to France. I was four, my brothers were eight and twelve and we went with my parents to Mers-les-Bains. It was an unusual choice (nobody we knew had heard of the little French seaside resort) but as it turned out a great one.

More about Mers-les-Bains later. Here I’ve listed the best resorts on this coast geographically, starting from nearby Calais. If your memories include eating sandy sandwiches on a sunlit beach, sand yachting or kite flying, a short break at any of these resorts will take you back to your childhood.

The Opal Coast

There’s a reason this part of France running between the Somme bay and the resort of Berck and the Belgian border at Bray Dune is called the Opal Coast.

Known for its luminescent pearl-like light, Impressionist painters like Monet and Manet and the English painter J.W.M. Turner came here to follow Eugène Boudin who painted so much of this part of the coast. The Impressionists, as we know, were never wrong,

Sandy beaches are backed by dunes stabilised by the tough grasses that cling onto life here. White chalk cliffs stand high above the sea.

Walk up the 49-metre high Cap-Griz-Nez, just 14 kms north of Boulogne-sur-Mer, and you’re at the closest point to England. No surprise then that in the early 1800s Napoleon considered Wimereux an ideal place for a port to launch an attack on England with his troops from Boulogne. You’ll see his lonely statue standing high above Boulogne peering towards Britain. He decided to cancel the assault on Britain after seeing the view.

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Spectacular walking paths both inland and along the coast take you between the two great headlands, Cap Gris Nez and Cap Blanc Nez.

Or hire an electric bike and go just that bit further.

With the gulls and sheep for company, the sandy paths lead you through the dunes. On a fine day the sea sparkles below you as a gentle breeze keeps the grasses rustling and ferries criss-cross the Channel. You feel on top of the world.

Like many of these northern France resorts, Wimereux grew in the late 19 th century when the arrival of the railways brought plenty of wealthy Parisians on their hols. Eager to impress, they built splendid Belle-Epoque villas along the ‘Digue’ promenade facing the sea and lining the streets behind. With their little stone balconies, big windows and pointed towers they still look the part.

There’s plenty to do in Wimereux, from sand yachting to horseback riding, from sailing to golf.

Wimereux has the French government’s official Famille Plus designation which means it’s family friendly. There’s a glorious stretch of beach and a real holiday vibe.

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…The Communal Cemetery in Wimereux where John McRae is buried. The Canadian soldier served in World War I in Belgium, and most famously wrote the poem In Flanders Fields . His simple gravestone is surrounded by those of other soldiers and nurses in the Commonwealth War Graves section.

There’s more to seaside resorts in northern France than you imagine.

“ In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row,  That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly  Scarce heard amid the guns below. “

Where to Stay

L’atlantic.

Your best bet is the 4-star L’Atlantic . All the bright, fresh, colourful rooms face the sea; some have balconies or terraces.

The hotel has two restaurants and a spa in case you need some wellbeing after all that sea salt. The first floor La Liégeoise has always been the top local restaurant and has one Michelin star (menus 75€ to 95€) and great view. L’Aloze is more casual. 3-course menus are 25€ and 31€. If you’re a fish or seafood fan, you’ll be specially delighted.

L’Atlantic 6 rue Notre Dame 62930 Wimereux Mobile: 06 52 45 09 55 Website Prices 147€ to 250€ varying by room and the season; breakfast is 15€ per person.

La Villa Sainte Claire

Stay just back from the coast in Wimille at La Villa Sainte Claire where the owner, Catherine Debatte, will cheerfully welcome you to her pretty 3-storey 18 th -century house.

Choose from the charming double room in the main house with its wooden floor, comfortable bed with a red Toile de Jouy cover and garden view. Or go thoroughly nomadic in one of two gypsy caravans in the grounds. There’s also a gîte sleeping 4 people for weekly rent.

Breakfast in the garden if it’s fine then borrow a bicycle for the mile-long ride into Wimereux.

Not many people have heard of Hardelot, which given its illustrious British connections, comes as a surprise.  

Less posh and more relaxed than its big sister Le Touquet-Paris-Plage it’s a charming and elegant resort, with its villas and cottages secluded in the wooded surroundings of the centre.

Plenty of activities for families makes this another Famille Plus resort.  At low tide the beach of Hardelot-Plage stretches for 6 miles.

The Château of Hardelot in nearby Condette dates from the 12 th century. It’s delightful, with William Morris fabrics, grand false fireplaces, overstuffed chairs and plenty of references to the Entente Cordiale between England and France.  

The Tudor gardens are full of yew hedges and topiaries but the real gem is the relatively new Elizabethan theatre which can double as a baroque opera house. Go to a performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays done both seriously and jokingly or one of the many music concerts.  

Read more about Château Hardelot, its theatre and the famous Entente Cordiale .

Château Hardelot 1 rue de la source Condette Tel: +33 (0)3 21 21 73 65 Website

Where to stay in Hardelot

Hotel du parc.

Part of the small Najeti chain, which also includes Château Tilques near St. Omer, the hotel has 80 large rooms and 22 apartments on three stories overlooking rolling parkland. There are tennis courts, an outdoor heated pool, sauna and children’s play area. L’Orangerie is a conventional restaurant and the best bet is to order local fish cooked in classic French style.

Hotel du Parc 111 Avenue François 1 Hardelot Tel: +33 (0)3 21 33 22 11 Website

Hardelot Tourist Office 476 Avenue François 1 Hardelot Tel: +33 (0)3 21 83 51 02 Website

Le Touquet Paris-Plage

The poshest of the 20 th century resorts built by the English on this part of the coast, Le Touquet today is more relaxed that you might expect from its past history.

Developed by John Whitley as a model resort, villas and grand cottages were built in the woodlands, alongside that absolute priority, a golf course.

By the 1920s Le Touquet had become the north France playground for the likes of Noel Coward, the Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson. P.G. Wodehouse lived here from 1934 to 1940 but was caught by the advancing Germans and interned then sent to Berlin where he broadcast to the US from German radio.

The British visitors came for the good life: to sail, to play polo and golf, go horse racing during the day and gamble the night away in the casino. You get a taste of the past at the Hotel Westminster, where the guest list reads like a Who’s Who of the great and the…possibly not-so-good.

The sweeping beach still attracts those after water sports; the Centre Tennistique is the fourth largest tennis complex in France with 29 courts and is fantastically well equipped and run. There are 3 golf courses, horse riding and for families, Aqualud, an aquatic centre on the ocean.

The Museum of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage offers some unexpected delights from the School of Étaples. Just across the bay, the little town of Étaples attracted artists from 1880 to 1914. The English artist Dudley Hardy, the Americans Walter Gay and L.  Birge Harrison and his wife, the Australian Eleanor Ritchie, joined the better known Eugene Boudin and André Derain.

There are around 200 pictures here from the school as well as a collection of photographs of the great and the good.

Le Westminster

Where else but at the Le Westminster ? Built in the local Art Deco Style and named after the Duchess of Westminster, this large red-brick grande dame of a hotel has been the heart of Le Touquet since it opened its illustrious doors in 1928. And it has now been refurbished to its past elegance.

With its dark wood paneling and deep colours, its black-and-white photo corridor of past guests, its top restaurant and smart bars, it’s worth every penny. The 104 rooms and suites are elegant and the grandly traditional decor is tempered with pretty modern pastel colours. It’s very expensive in the high season.

Michelin-starred chef William Elliott has left his menu in the capable hands of new chef Bruno Borrione who oversees the two restaurants. Le Pavillon and the more casual style La Table du West.

Le Westminster Ave du Verger 50310 Quinéville Tel: +33 (0)3 21 05 48 48 Website Prices From 129€ per night; breakfast is 15€ per person.

Le Touquet Paris-Plage Tourist Office Palais des Congrès Tel: +33 (0)3 21 06 72 00 Website

Berck-sur-Mer

This delightful little French seaside resort starts its summer season every April with a huge International Kite Festival ( Rencontres Internationales de Cerfs-Volants ).

Huge fantastic sea animals, strange creatures and weird amorphous shapes swoop and dive across the huge open skies.

There are competitions and mock battles, parades, fireworks and much fun. Well worth coming for.

Otherwise there’s plenty to recommend Berck-sur-Mer, apart from the 12km-long beach. Take a sand yacht on the firm sand or a boat cruise out to the bay, go jet-skiing or fishing, or just relax on the beach. The delightful little beach huts you can hire by the day keep you protected from too much sun or wind.

For a bit of culture, try the museum with its models of boats, a typical house interior, paintings by local artists and a remarkable collection of portraits of sailors.

Berck is designated a ‘ Station Kid ’ resort which means there’s plenty for children to do. It has a Pavillon Bleu Européan status which guarantees its clean beach and sea and is known for its flowers blooming everywhere. There are street markets, annual brocantes fairs and a Sea Festival in May.

Walking along the hiking path by the Baie d’Authie which gives you fabulous views and the chance to see seals frolicking in the sea at low tide.

La Chaumière

With pretty thatched roofs and a blooming garden, this small bed and breakfast offers 4 charming rooms. It’s just 4 kms from Berck-sur-Mer and the Baie d’Authie.

La Chaumière 19 rue du Bihen 62180 Verton Tel: +33 21 84 27 10 Website Prices 75€ per room including breakfast

Tourist Office of Berck-sur-Mer 5 Avenue Francis Tattegrain 62600 Berck sur Mer Tel: +33 (0)3 21 09 50 00 Website

Mers-les-Bains

And so back to the beginning, or at least to my beginning. This thoroughly Victorian seaside resort in the Somme Bay in Picardy was the first place I visited in France – aged 4, with my family.

I’ve been back and it’s still delightful. A remarkable number of brightly coloured, late 19 th -century villas built in Belle Epoque style with Art Nouveau details still line the front. One of my favorite seaside resorts in northern France.

The circular bay with its pebble beach and sand at low tide has children splashing happily in the relatively warm seas (children don’t feel the cold so much) protected at one end by high white cliffs. Friendly little restaurants and street markets bring the French holiday makers here. It’s one of the three towns known as the ‘sisters’, just opposite the smarter and bigger Le Tréport with Eu just inland.

La Fête des Baigneurs on the last weekend in July sees the town return to its Belle Epoque origins. People dress up as they would have done in 1900; it’s a remarkable site.

Hôtel le Bellevue Beaurivage

I can’t find the hotel we stayed in on my first ever trip to France. It’s not surprising as it was a very long time ago.

But it just could have been the 3-star Hôtel le Bellevue Beaurivage. The hotel is on the seafront looking out onto the little beach huts and has 22 simple rooms, smartly decorated. The restaurant is more a brasserie these days with menus from 24€ to 38.50€ and the welcome is as friendly as before.

Until I learn differently I will treat this hotel as my first French holiday experience.

Read more about that first French holiday experience in my Memories of France

Hôtel le Bellevue Beaurivage 22 Esplanade du Général Leclerc 80350 Mers-les-Bains Tel: +33 (02) 35 96 12 89 Website Prices 69€ to 139€; breakfast is 12€ per person

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Make your way to St. Tropez, home to the world famous Pampelonne Beach. Enjoy the picturesque city and rub shoulders with celebrities and jet-setters. By nightfall, make your way to for their famous parties, or dine at a 3-Star Michelin restaurant La Vague d'Or

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3-Hour Cruise

Cruise to the idyllic islands full of natural splendors, sparkling blue waters and golden sand beaches. Snorkel at the Ile de Porquerolles which is surrounded by an underwater reserve with protected marine life, or explore the L'ile vineyard at Port Cross. As the day ends, make your way to the Michelin-starred restaurant, L'Oliver to taste authentic mediterranean dishes

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Spend the day in Cannes strolling the shops along la Croisette, past the sandy beaches, glamorous boutiques and palatial hotels. Visit the allées des Étoiles – Cannes' walk of fame. Dine at the Michelin starred La Palme d'Or at the Hotel Martinez, and then make your way for drinks at the Baoli . Make sure to reserve well in advance during the Film Festival or Cannes Lions

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Cap D'Antibes

Spend the day exploring the peninsula's coast and anchor in the bay of Juan Les Pines. Sail to the Bay of Antibes and swim in the clear waters, or take a stroll down its the historic 16th Century town from which you will be able to oversee the megayachts at Port Vauban Marina , or visit the Picasso Museum . To end your day, make your way to Les Pêcheurs , described as “a little corner of paradise”

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A retreat for the European elite with its turquoise blue coastline. Stroll down the Promenade des Anglais and enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafes. Visit the Musée Matisse and the Castle of Nice , from which you will have picturesque coastline views. As the day ends, sail to the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (1-Hour Cruise) to dine at the impressive Le Cap restaurant for memorable sunset.

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12 White Sand Beaches in Southern France for Your Next Getaway

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You’ve probably heard how amazing the beaches in the South of France are, but do you know exactly where to find those postcard-perfect stretches of white sand and turquoise water? 

Well, you’re in luck because, in this article, we’re breaking down the 12 best white sand beaches that the stunning Cote d’Azur offers. From celebrity hot spots to hidden local gems, we’ll give you insider secrets about which beaches you should visit on your next trip to the French Riviera. Keep reading to discover the most beautiful white sand beaches in Southern France that must be on your bucket list! 

Palombaggia Beach, Corsica

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Nestled between evergreen trees in southern Corsica, Palombaggia Beach is a tropical paradise every beach lover should experience. With pristine white sand and calm waters, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a secluded island. 

Aside from being serene, there’s plenty of space on the shore to claim your patch of paradise. The shallow, sheltered bay is ideal for swimming and other water activities. You can rent kayaks, paddleboards, or snorkeling gear to explore the crystal-clear sea.

🏨 Explore all your hotel option s here

A few cafes and snack stands are along the beach, but development has been minimal.

The sky erupts in a vibrant display of pinks and oranges as the sun sets over the sea, making it a perfect spot for sunset chasers and photographers.

Read also: White Sand Beaches in Europe

Saleccia Beach, Corsica

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Saleccia Beach is a hidden gem with pristine white sand and turquoise waters. This unspoiled paradise is what Mediterranean dreams are made of. 

You’ll drive down a winding dirt road through pine forests to get there until you emerge at the shore. It’s a bit off the beaten path, which makes it unique.

🏨 Explore all your hotel options here 

Once you arrive, you’ll discover a deserted beach without a building in sight. When there, wade into the refreshing sea, and you can see fish swimming at your feet. Conditions are often calm, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. 

Read also: Best-Value Beach Destinations in Europe

Pampelonne Beach, Ramatuelle

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Pampelonne Beach is a picturesque stretch of white sand-hugging azure waters. It is a glamorous playground for the rich and famous. Today, while attracting the jet set, it still welcomes beachgoers seeking natural beauty and relaxation. 

This beach’s soft white sand and gentle surf make it ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing. For the more active, there are opportunities for sailing, kayaking, volleyball, and beach yoga.

🏨 Explore all your hotel options here

Several beach clubs along the shore rent equipment and offer lessons for many watersports. Pampelonne’s beach clubs host parties and events with live music, dancing, and Mediterranean fare at the height of summer. 

Whether you come for a lively social scene or a peaceful escape, this beach offers a picturesque taste of the excellent life in the South of France.

Read also: Most Beautiful Beaches in the Mediterranean

Notre Dame Beach, Porquerolles Island

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Notre Dame Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Porquerolles Island. Its natural beauty and laid-back vibe perfectly define the charm of the French Riviera. Its calming waters wash away worries and transport beachgoers to serenity.

The shore’s crescent-like shape, white sand, and shallow waters make it ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and other beach activities.

On your visit to Notre Dame Beach, take advantage of the opportunity to explore the Mediterranean scrubland that borders the beach. Take one of the hiking trails to discover the native plants and wildlife. You may even spot migrating birds or reptiles basking in the sun.  

Read also: Awesome European Beach Destinations for October

Pinarellu Beach, Zonza

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Whether you spend a few hours or the entire day, the peaceful solitude of Pinarellu Beach will leave you feeling refreshed. Its raw, unspoiled scenery is a balm for the senses, a reminder of the simple pleasures in life. Luckily, this child-friendly and largely undeveloped beach typically remains uncrowded. 

Besides swimming, you can hire a paddle boat to see colorful fish in their natural habitats.

Its extensive stretches of white sand are perfect for sunbathing, building sandcastles, or beachcombing. While at it, you may spot rare shells like cowries or wentletraps on the shore. There are trails to explore in the neighboring pine forest for the adventurous.

Read also: Hot Beach Destinations in Europe in May

Beach Rondinara, Bonifacio

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Beach Rondinara, a secluded paradise in southern Corsica, beckons beach lovers searching for tranquility by the sea. The pristine white sand, laid-back vibe, and turquoise waters of this crescent-shaped cove provide a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

The waters on this beach are renowned for their clarity. With its shallow depths and gentle currents, the bay offers excellent conditions for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities. Moreover, visitors can charter a yacht to explore the surrounding scenery.

Despite its secluded ambiance, Beach Rondinara offers convenient amenities for visitors’ comfort and convenience. Parking, restrooms, and beach equipment rentals are available nearby, ensuring a hassle-free experience for beachgoers.

Read also: Hidden Islands in Europe

Plage de l’Almanarre, Hyères

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The stunning Plage de l’Almanarre beach is a tropical paradise in southern France’s Hyeres commune. With over 4 kilometers of pristine white sand and turquoise waters, it’s easy to see why this beach draws sunbathers, surfers, and beachgoers from all over. 

Protected by the peninsula of Giens, the calm, shallow waters of Plage de l’Almanarre are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Thanks to the area’s steady winds, windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular sports for the more adventurous. 

When you need a break from the sun, beach huts, and shade trees offer respite along the shore. A few beach bars and cafes are perfectly placed along the promenade for a cold drink or quick bite. 

Read also: European Islands for Romantic Getaways

Beach Portissol, Sanary-sur-Mer

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Whether you’re looking to relax, soak in the natural scenery, or experience the local culture, Beach Portissol has something for everyone. Featuring lifeguards, fine white sand, and shallow turquoise waters, this arc-shaped public beach is ideal for families with small children. You can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas to relax in the sun or grab an ice cream from the snack bar and stroll along the promenade.

Various restaurants, cafés, and shops are within walking distance of the beach. After swimming and sunbathing, grab some fresh seafood or a wood-fired pizza and watch the sunset paint vibrant colors across the evening sky. Also, the charming village of Sanary-sur-Mer, with its Provençal market and Mediterranean gardens, is only a 15-minute walk away.

Read also: Colorful Beaches

Roccapina Beach, Sartène

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Roccapina Beach provides a peaceful escape from the busier resort towns.  This beach offers fantastic opportunities to spend a relaxing day basking in the sun, building sandcastles, or beachcombing along the shore. For the active explorers, there are opportunities for hiking, biking, and rock climbing on the cliffs surrounding the beach. You may spot local wildlife like birds, lizards, or wild boar. At sunset, the cliffs come alive with light, creating a magical close to the day.

Whether you’re looking to unwind in solitude or share an adventure, Roccapina Beach offers something for all beach lovers with its picturesque setting and array of recreational activities.

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Midi Beach, Cannes

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Stretching about 700 meters, Midi Beach boasts soft white sand, modern amenities, and azure waters. Here, there’s no shortage of ways to stay entertained. The panoramic vistas of the coastline create a picturesque setting for leisure walks and sun-soaked relaxation. Recreational activities such as jet skiing, beach volleyball, and paddleboarding are also common on the shore.

After a day of sun and sea, treat your taste buds to the culinary delights at beachfront restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, you can visit a local bar and enjoy their signature cocktails as you watch the sun dip below the horizon. That aside, this beach is free and conveniently located within walking distance from the heart of Cannes.

Read also: Awesome Beach Towns in Europe

La Garoupe Beach, Antibes

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Visit La Garoupe Beach, whether you’re drawn to its tranquil shores for relaxation and adventure or simply to soak in the beauty of the Mediterranean coastline. One of the most enchanting features of this small beach is its powdery white sands, which stretch for miles along the shoreline. The soft, fine grains beckon sunbathers to recline under the warm Mediterranean sun while children delight in building sandcastles by the water’s edge.

The beach has basic facilities like showers, toilets, and snack bars for refreshments. In addition, lifeguards are on duty during the busy summer season.

The beach gets crowded, especially in July and August, so arrive early to claim your spot. 

Read also: Top Beaches in Europe

Santa Giulia Beach, Porto-Vecchio

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Santa Giulia Beach is among the most beautiful in Southern Corsica, with its fine white sand, a fishing pier, mountain views, granite boulders, and clear shallow waters. You can rent a boat or jet ski to explore the bay or just lounge in the sun and sand. The beach is also perfect for snorkeling, as the bay hosts colorful fish and underwater rocks.

Surrounded by pine trees and maquis shrubland, the beach provides ample shade, inviting visitors to relax and unwind in the embrace of nature. Beachgoers can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas or enjoy a leisurely picnic on the soft sands while admiring the breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline.

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12 White Sand Beaches in Southern France for Your Next Getaway

Posted: May 21, 2024 | Last updated: May 21, 2024

<p>You’ve probably heard how amazing the beaches in the South of France are, but do you know exactly where to find those postcard-perfect stretches of white sand and turquoise water? </p> <p>Well, you’re in luck because, in this article, we’re breaking down the 12 best white sand beaches that the stunning Cote d’Azur offers. From celebrity hot spots to hidden local gems, we’ll give you insider secrets about which beaches you should visit on your next trip to the French Riviera. Keep reading to discover the most beautiful white sand beaches in Southern France that must be on your bucket list! </p>

You’ve probably heard how amazing the beaches in the South of France are, but do you know exactly where to find those postcard-perfect stretches of white sand and turquoise water? 

Well, you’re in luck because, in this article, we’re breaking down the 12 best white sand beaches that the stunning Cote d’Azur offers. From celebrity hot spots to hidden local gems, we’ll give you insider secrets about which beaches you should visit on your next trip to the French Riviera. Keep reading to discover the most beautiful white sand beaches in Southern France that must be on your bucket list! 

<p>Nestled between evergreen trees in southern Corsica, Palombaggia Beach is a tropical paradise every beach lover should experience. With pristine white sand and calm waters, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a secluded island. </p><p>Aside from being serene, there’s plenty of space on the shore to claim your patch of paradise. The shallow, sheltered bay is ideal for swimming and other water activities. You can rent kayaks, paddleboards, or snorkeling gear to explore the crystal-clear sea.</p><p>A few cafes and snack stands are along the beach, but development has been minimal.</p><p>The sky erupts in a vibrant display of pinks and oranges as the sun sets over the sea, making it a perfect spot for sunset chasers and photographers.</p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/white-sand-beaches-in-europe/">White Sand Beaches in Europe</a></p>

Palombaggia Beach, Corsica

Nestled between evergreen trees in southern Corsica, Palombaggia Beach is a tropical paradise every beach lover should experience. With pristine white sand and calm waters, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a secluded island. 

Aside from being serene, there’s plenty of space on the shore to claim your patch of paradise. The shallow, sheltered bay is ideal for swimming and other water activities. You can rent kayaks, paddleboards, or snorkeling gear to explore the crystal-clear sea.

A few cafes and snack stands are along the beach, but development has been minimal.

The sky erupts in a vibrant display of pinks and oranges as the sun sets over the sea, making it a perfect spot for sunset chasers and photographers.

Read also: White Sand Beaches in Europe

<p>Saleccia Beach is a hidden gem with pristine white sand and turquoise waters. This unspoiled paradise is what Mediterranean dreams are made of. </p><p>You’ll drive down a winding dirt road through pine forests to get there until you emerge at the shore. It’s a bit off the beaten path, which makes it unique.</p><p>Once you arrive, you’ll discover a deserted beach without a building in sight. When there, wade into the refreshing sea, and you can see fish swimming at your feet. Conditions are often calm, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. </p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/cheap-beach-destinations-in-europe/">Best-Value Beach Destinations in Europe</a></p>

Saleccia Beach, Corsica

Saleccia Beach is a hidden gem with pristine white sand and turquoise waters. This unspoiled paradise is what Mediterranean dreams are made of. 

You’ll drive down a winding dirt road through pine forests to get there until you emerge at the shore. It’s a bit off the beaten path, which makes it unique.

Once you arrive, you’ll discover a deserted beach without a building in sight. When there, wade into the refreshing sea, and you can see fish swimming at your feet. Conditions are often calm, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. 

Read also: Best-Value Beach Destinations in Europe

<p>Pampelonne Beach is a picturesque stretch of white sand-hugging azure waters. It is a glamorous playground for the rich and famous. Today, while attracting the jet set, it still welcomes beachgoers seeking natural beauty and relaxation. </p><p>This beach’s soft white sand and gentle surf make it ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing. For the more active, there are opportunities for sailing, kayaking, volleyball, and beach yoga.</p><p>Several beach clubs along the shore rent equipment and offer lessons for many watersports. Pampelonne’s beach clubs host parties and events with live music, dancing, and Mediterranean fare at the height of summer. </p><p>Whether you come for a lively social scene or a peaceful escape, this beach offers a picturesque taste of the excellent life in the South of France.</p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/beaches-in-the-mediterranean/">Most Beautiful Beaches in the Mediterranean</a></p>

Pampelonne Beach, Ramatuelle

Pampelonne Beach is a picturesque stretch of white sand-hugging azure waters. It is a glamorous playground for the rich and famous. Today, while attracting the jet set, it still welcomes beachgoers seeking natural beauty and relaxation. 

This beach’s soft white sand and gentle surf make it ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing. For the more active, there are opportunities for sailing, kayaking, volleyball, and beach yoga.

Several beach clubs along the shore rent equipment and offer lessons for many watersports. Pampelonne’s beach clubs host parties and events with live music, dancing, and Mediterranean fare at the height of summer. 

Whether you come for a lively social scene or a peaceful escape, this beach offers a picturesque taste of the excellent life in the South of France.

Read also: Most Beautiful Beaches in the Mediterranean

<p>Notre Dame Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Porquerolles Island. Its natural beauty and laid-back vibe perfectly define the charm of the French Riviera. Its calming waters wash away worries and transport beachgoers to serenity.</p><p>The shore’s crescent-like shape, white sand, and shallow waters make it ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and other beach activities.</p><p>On your visit to Notre Dame Beach, take advantage of the opportunity to explore the Mediterranean scrubland that borders the beach. Take one of the hiking trails to discover the native plants and wildlife. You may even spot migrating birds or reptiles basking in the sun.  </p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/hot-beach-destinations-in-europe-in-october/">Awesome European Beach Destinations for October</a></p>

Notre Dame Beach, Porquerolles Island

Notre Dame Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Porquerolles Island. Its natural beauty and laid-back vibe perfectly define the charm of the French Riviera. Its calming waters wash away worries and transport beachgoers to serenity.

The shore’s crescent-like shape, white sand, and shallow waters make it ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and other beach activities.

On your visit to Notre Dame Beach, take advantage of the opportunity to explore the Mediterranean scrubland that borders the beach. Take one of the hiking trails to discover the native plants and wildlife. You may even spot migrating birds or reptiles basking in the sun.  

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<p>Whether you spend a few hours or the entire day, the peaceful solitude of Pinarellu Beach will leave you feeling refreshed. Its raw, unspoiled scenery is a balm for the senses, a reminder of the simple pleasures in life. Luckily, this child-friendly and largely undeveloped beach typically remains uncrowded. </p><p>Besides swimming, you can hire a paddle boat to see colorful fish in their natural habitats.</p><p>Its extensive stretches of white sand are perfect for sunbathing, building sandcastles, or beachcombing. While at it, you may spot rare shells like cowries or wentletraps on the shore. There are trails to explore in the neighboring pine forest for the adventurous.</p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/hot-beach-destinations-in-europe-in-may/">Hot Beach Destinations in Europe in May</a></p>

Pinarellu Beach, Zonza

Whether you spend a few hours or the entire day, the peaceful solitude of Pinarellu Beach will leave you feeling refreshed. Its raw, unspoiled scenery is a balm for the senses, a reminder of the simple pleasures in life. Luckily, this child-friendly and largely undeveloped beach typically remains uncrowded. 

Besides swimming, you can hire a paddle boat to see colorful fish in their natural habitats.

Its extensive stretches of white sand are perfect for sunbathing, building sandcastles, or beachcombing. While at it, you may spot rare shells like cowries or wentletraps on the shore. There are trails to explore in the neighboring pine forest for the adventurous.

Read also: Hot Beach Destinations in Europe in May

<p>Beach Rondinara, a secluded paradise in southern Corsica, beckons beach lovers searching for tranquility by the sea. The pristine white sand, laid-back vibe, and turquoise waters of this crescent-shaped cove provide a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. </p><p>The waters on this beach are renowned for their clarity. With its shallow depths and gentle currents, the bay offers excellent conditions for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities. Moreover, visitors can charter a yacht to explore the surrounding scenery.</p><p>Despite its secluded ambiance, Beach Rondinara offers convenient amenities for visitors’ comfort and convenience. Parking, restrooms, and beach equipment rentals are available nearby, ensuring a hassle-free experience for beachgoers.</p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/hidden-european-islands/">Hidden Islands in Europe</a></p>

Beach Rondinara, Bonifacio

Beach Rondinara, a secluded paradise in southern Corsica, beckons beach lovers searching for tranquility by the sea. The pristine white sand, laid-back vibe, and turquoise waters of this crescent-shaped cove provide a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

The waters on this beach are renowned for their clarity. With its shallow depths and gentle currents, the bay offers excellent conditions for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities. Moreover, visitors can charter a yacht to explore the surrounding scenery.

Despite its secluded ambiance, Beach Rondinara offers convenient amenities for visitors’ comfort and convenience. Parking, restrooms, and beach equipment rentals are available nearby, ensuring a hassle-free experience for beachgoers.

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<p>The stunning Plage de l’Almanarre beach is a tropical paradise in southern France’s Hyeres commune. With over 4 kilometers of pristine white sand and turquoise waters, it’s easy to see why this beach draws sunbathers, surfers, and beachgoers from all over. </p><p>Protected by the peninsula of Giens, the calm, shallow waters of Plage de l’Almanarre are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Thanks to the area’s steady winds, windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular sports for the more adventurous. </p><p>When you need a break from the sun, beach huts, and shade trees offer respite along the shore. A few beach bars and cafes are perfectly placed along the promenade for a cold drink or quick bite. </p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/european-islands-for-beach-holiday/">European Islands for Romantic Getaways</a></p>

Plage de l’Almanarre, Hyères

The stunning Plage de l’Almanarre beach is a tropical paradise in southern France’s Hyeres commune. With over 4 kilometers of pristine white sand and turquoise waters, it’s easy to see why this beach draws sunbathers, surfers, and beachgoers from all over. 

Protected by the peninsula of Giens, the calm, shallow waters of Plage de l’Almanarre are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Thanks to the area’s steady winds, windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular sports for the more adventurous. 

When you need a break from the sun, beach huts, and shade trees offer respite along the shore. A few beach bars and cafes are perfectly placed along the promenade for a cold drink or quick bite. 

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<p>Whether you’re looking to relax, soak in the natural scenery, or experience the local culture, Beach Portissol has something for everyone. Featuring lifeguards, fine white sand, and shallow turquoise waters, this arc-shaped public beach is ideal for families with small children. You can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas to relax in the sun or grab an ice cream from the snack bar and stroll along the promenade.</p><p>Various restaurants, cafés, and shops are within walking distance of the beach. After swimming and sunbathing, grab some fresh seafood or a wood-fired pizza and watch the sunset paint vibrant colors across the evening sky. Also, the charming village of Sanary-sur-Mer, with its Provençal market and Mediterranean gardens, is only a 15-minute walk away.</p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/colorful-beaches/">Colorful Beaches</a></p>

Beach Portissol, Sanary-sur-Mer

Whether you’re looking to relax, soak in the natural scenery, or experience the local culture, Beach Portissol has something for everyone. Featuring lifeguards, fine white sand, and shallow turquoise waters, this arc-shaped public beach is ideal for families with small children. You can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas to relax in the sun or grab an ice cream from the snack bar and stroll along the promenade.

Various restaurants, cafés, and shops are within walking distance of the beach. After swimming and sunbathing, grab some fresh seafood or a wood-fired pizza and watch the sunset paint vibrant colors across the evening sky. Also, the charming village of Sanary-sur-Mer, with its Provençal market and Mediterranean gardens, is only a 15-minute walk away.

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<p>Roccapina Beach provides a peaceful escape from the busier resort towns.  This beach offers fantastic opportunities to spend a relaxing day basking in the sun, building sandcastles, or beachcombing along the shore. For the active explorers, there are opportunities for hiking, biking, and rock climbing on the cliffs surrounding the beach. You may spot local wildlife like birds, lizards, or wild boar. At sunset, the cliffs come alive with light, creating a magical close to the day.</p><p>Whether you’re looking to unwind in solitude or share an adventure, Roccapina Beach offers something for all beach lovers with its picturesque setting and array of recreational activities.</p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/hottest-countries-in-europe/">Sunny Countries in Europe</a></p>

Roccapina Beach, Sartène

Roccapina Beach provides a peaceful escape from the busier resort towns.  This beach offers fantastic opportunities to spend a relaxing day basking in the sun, building sandcastles, or beachcombing along the shore. For the active explorers, there are opportunities for hiking, biking, and rock climbing on the cliffs surrounding the beach. You may spot local wildlife like birds, lizards, or wild boar. At sunset, the cliffs come alive with light, creating a magical close to the day.

Whether you’re looking to unwind in solitude or share an adventure, Roccapina Beach offers something for all beach lovers with its picturesque setting and array of recreational activities.

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<p>Stretching about 700 meters, Midi Beach boasts soft white sand, modern amenities, and azure waters. Here, there’s no shortage of ways to stay entertained. The panoramic vistas of the coastline create a picturesque setting for leisure walks and sun-soaked relaxation. Recreational activities such as jet skiing, beach volleyball, and paddleboarding are also common on the shore.</p><p>After a day of sun and sea, treat your taste buds to the culinary delights at beachfront restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, you can visit a local bar and enjoy their signature cocktails as you watch the sun dip below the horizon. That aside, this beach is free and conveniently located within walking distance from the heart of Cannes.</p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/european-beach-towns/">Awesome Beach Towns in Europe</a></p>

Midi Beach, Cannes

Stretching about 700 meters, Midi Beach boasts soft white sand, modern amenities, and azure waters. Here, there’s no shortage of ways to stay entertained. The panoramic vistas of the coastline create a picturesque setting for leisure walks and sun-soaked relaxation. Recreational activities such as jet skiing, beach volleyball, and paddleboarding are also common on the shore.

After a day of sun and sea, treat your taste buds to the culinary delights at beachfront restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, you can visit a local bar and enjoy their signature cocktails as you watch the sun dip below the horizon. That aside, this beach is free and conveniently located within walking distance from the heart of Cannes.

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<p>Visit La Garoupe Beach, whether you’re drawn to its tranquil shores for relaxation and adventure or simply to soak in the beauty of the Mediterranean coastline. One of the most enchanting features of this small beach is its powdery white sands, which stretch for miles along the shoreline. The soft, fine grains beckon sunbathers to recline under the warm Mediterranean sun while children delight in building sandcastles by the water’s edge.</p><p>The beach has basic facilities like showers, toilets, and snack bars for refreshments. In addition, lifeguards are on duty during the busy summer season.</p><p>The beach gets crowded, especially in July and August, so arrive early to claim your spot. </p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/best-european-beaches/">Top Beaches in Europe</a></p>

La Garoupe Beach, Antibes

Visit La Garoupe Beach, whether you’re drawn to its tranquil shores for relaxation and adventure or simply to soak in the beauty of the Mediterranean coastline. One of the most enchanting features of this small beach is its powdery white sands, which stretch for miles along the shoreline. The soft, fine grains beckon sunbathers to recline under the warm Mediterranean sun while children delight in building sandcastles by the water’s edge.

The beach has basic facilities like showers, toilets, and snack bars for refreshments. In addition, lifeguards are on duty during the busy summer season.

The beach gets crowded, especially in July and August, so arrive early to claim your spot. 

Read also: Top Beaches in Europe

<p>Santa Giulia Beach is among the most beautiful in Southern Corsica, with its fine white sand, a fishing pier, mountain views, granite boulders, and clear shallow waters. You can rent a boat or jet ski to explore the bay or just lounge in the sun and sand. The beach is also perfect for snorkeling, as the bay hosts colorful fish and underwater rocks.</p><p>Surrounded by pine trees and maquis shrubland, the beach provides ample shade, inviting visitors to relax and unwind in the embrace of nature. Beachgoers can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas or enjoy a leisurely picnic on the soft sands while admiring the breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline.</p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/cheapest-beach-destinations-around-the-world-in-may/">Cheapest Beach Destinations in May</a></p>

Santa Giulia Beach, Porto-Vecchio

Santa Giulia Beach is among the most beautiful in Southern Corsica, with its fine white sand, a fishing pier, mountain views, granite boulders, and clear shallow waters. You can rent a boat or jet ski to explore the bay or just lounge in the sun and sand. The beach is also perfect for snorkeling, as the bay hosts colorful fish and underwater rocks.

Surrounded by pine trees and maquis shrubland, the beach provides ample shade, inviting visitors to relax and unwind in the embrace of nature. Beachgoers can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas or enjoy a leisurely picnic on the soft sands while admiring the breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline.

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<p>This Kefalonia town is a flower-filled Greek delight. It’s enclosed by the azure waters of the Mediterranean on three sides and features a pretty pebble beach. Dipping into the local tavernas for a drink or to enjoy <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/best-traditional-greek-foods-to-try-in-greece/">delicious Greek food</a> is de rigueur, and Venetian-built Assos Castle is also well worth a look. It is also one of the most <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/landmarks-in-greece/">famous landmarks of Greece</a>.</p><p>Read also:</p><ul> <li><a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/best-greek-islands-for-beaches/">Best Greek Islands for Beaches Ranked</a></li> <li><a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/best-time-to-visit-greece-travel-tips-from-a-local/">Best Time to Visit Greece</a></li> <li><a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/day-trips-from-athens/">Best Day Trips from Athens</a></li> </ul>

Stunning Small Towns in Europe to Visit in Your Lifetime

Add these  charming European small towns  to your bucket list.

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<p>While the Portuguese capital is popular, it doesn’t have visitor numbers as high as European cities like Paris, <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/best-things-to-do-in-rome/">Rome</a>, or <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/barcelona-with-kids/">Barcelona</a>. Head to hilly Lisbon by the sea for pastel-painted buildings, historic structures like majestic São Jorge Castle, and a museum packed with ceramic tiles. You’ll also find beautiful beaches outside the city, making them ideal day trip destinations.</p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read more: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/things-to-do-in-lisbon/">Best Things To Do in Lisbon</a></p>

Must-Visit European Cities for Your Bucket List

Turn your wanderlust into reality with our list of  must-visit European cities .

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<p>Another of Italy’s best-kept secrets is Sirmione. This 13th-century fortress town sits by Lake Garda and is blessed by natural spa waters. It also boasts a magnificent castle, and wandering through the twisting, narrow lanes of the town is a pleasing pastime. </p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/underrated-places-in-the-mediterranean/">Underrated Places in the Mediterranean</a></p>

Hidden European Gems

Explore  off-the-beaten-path gems in Europe  for a truly authentic experience.

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<p>If you’re seeking cheap breaks, Eastern European cities offer some of the best bargains on the planet! Whether Spain, Greece, and Turkey appeal more, or you’d prefer to head to Bulgaria, Serbia, or Romania, here are the top places to expect to pay low prices. </p>

Best Budget-Friendly European Cities

Stretch your travel budget in these  cost-effective European cities .

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<p>The charms of <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/europe/france/">France</a> are no secret, but you might not know that you can visit the country visa-free as an American. France is home to pristine beaches, freshly baked bread, and several historic buildings that are great for foreigners from abroad. Several vibrant orchards are waiting to be explored in Northern France.</p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/european-destinations-for-a-romantic-getaway/">Romantic European Destinations</a></p>

European Cities for a Spring Getaway

Make your spring unforgettable with these  European city trips .

  • Read more:  12 Top Cities in Europe for Spring

<p>Colmar in the Alsace region resembles a village pulled from a dreamy fairy tale with its well-preserved medieval architecture, colorful half-timbered houses, wooden floral boxes, and flower-lined canals. This small town full of Alsatian allure is perfect for any history and art lover who would love to look deeper into medieval architecture, museums, and cultural landmarks. While Colmar already has more than enough for tourists to indulge in, do not miss the boat rides in the “Petite Venise” canals.</p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="https://worldwildschooling.com/must-visit-european-cities/">Must-Visit European Cities</a></p>

Small Towns Across the Globe That Are Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

Step into a world of  beautiful small towns  where cobblestone streets lead to timeless wonders.

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  1. Sand yachting in Normandy

    Sand yachting on the long sandy beaches in Normandy makes for fun memories! For a fun photo option, check out our selection of spots: in the Manche, in the seaside resorts of Cabourg, Deauville, Trouville-sur-Mer, on the D-Day Landing Beaches. Types.

  2. Sand yachting in the Somme, north of France

    Sessions last about three hours and you can get started in a matter of minutes. You learn to manoeuvre and to direct the sand yacht by gauging the wind, and soon get to enjoy the heady sensations of speed. Your sand yacht can hit 90 kph! Choose your land-sailing school! ©SommeTourisme-LP-imarep. ©SommeTourisme-AB.

  3. Sand-yachting in the bay of Somme

    Sand-yachting in the Somme bay ̶ 25 km of pure freedom. A wide-open beach caressed by the foamy sea and with an unbroken stretch of sand that goes as far as the eye can see: 15.5 miles to be exact! It was here, on the vast shores of northern France in the early 20th century, that land sailing was born. And it's no surprise really.

  4. Sand Yachting France in Northern Beaches

    France's northern beaches, stretching from the picturesque Normandy region to the stunning coasts of Hauts-de-France, provide an idyllic setting for sand yachting enthusiasts. With long stretches of wide, sandy beaches and constant winds blowing in from the English Channel, these coastal areas offer ideal conditions for this exhilarating ...

  5. A sand yacht to harness the wind

    Sand-yachting, try it once and you'll be hooked. At low tide, vast stretches of the beautiful 7km beach of fine sand are exposed, offering the ideal terrain for hitting those top speeds aboard one of Le Touquet's elegant sand-yachts. All it takes is a favourable wind to see the white sails bearing the famous caddie, hurtle at full speed ...

  6. Sand yachting on the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, near Saint-Malo

    The bay of Mont-Saint-Michel is an emblematic place, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! It is along this bay that you will find the beach of Hirel, between Saint-Malo and the Mont-Saint-Michel. This large stretch of sand is a perfect place to practice sand yachting in Brittany. Our partner Avel Char à Voile welcomes you on the Hirel beach ...

  7. Watersports in Normandy

    Discover an abundance of fun and exciting sailing and water adventures across 600km of coastline. ... making it one of the best regions in France to spend time in and on the water. Our region's an aquatic playground that seems purpose-built for watersports lovers! ... surfing, kite-surfing, sand yachting, canoeing, kayaking, wake boarding or ...

  8. Sand yacht in the bay of Mont Saint-Michel

    AVEL is a sand yacht center on the coast of Brittany that welcomes you in the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel on the strand of Hirel.. AVEL proposes to make you discover the pleasures of the sand yachting in the bay of Mont St Michel, on the town of Hirel, 15 min from St Malo.This outdoor activity can give you strong sensations as soon as you start it.

  9. Sand yachting in Mont St Michel Bay

    4 rue du bord de mer - Hirel. Avel proposes to introduce you and make you discover the pleasures of yachting in the bay of Mont Saint Michel, on the site of Hirel 15 minutes from Saint Malo. This outdoor activity can feel strong sensations of his grip. It facilitates the discovery of the joys of navigation on land and is aimed at a wide audience.

  10. Sand yachting in Brittany: advice and best spots in Brittany

    A magical place to test sand yachting in Brittany! Nautical Center of Fréhel in Sables-d'Or-les-Pins. Leo Laurent. Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel. The Bay of Mont Saint-Michel is a good place to learn sand yachting! Brittany's 7 km long stretch of coastline guarantees great acceleration….

  11. 9 Places to Go Sand Yachting in Normandy

    4. Trouville-sur-Mer. To practice sand yachting in Normandy in a mythical place, you have to come to Trouville-sur-Mer. Located very close to Deauville, this seaside resort is the oldest in the region. Its large sandy beach stretches for 1.2 kilometers. It combines nautical leisure, relaxation and history.

  12. Land sailing

    Land sailing, also known as sand yachting, land yachting or dirtboating, entails overland travel with a sail-powered vehicle, ... The first races were held on the beaches of Belgium and France in 1909. Land yachts were also used in the late 19th century and early 20th century to transport goods on dry lakes in America.

  13. Land sailing discovery in Normandy at Omaha Beach

    Course of events. - Meeting point at EOLIA Normandy Omaha Beach - Lieu dit, 14710 Colleville-sur-Mer. - Briefing on the activity, equipment and safety rules. - Set up of the equipment and discovery of the sand yachts. - Sailing session on evolving courses.

  14. Sand sailing tour on Omaha Beach

    Come and discover this historical place by sand yacht. Your qualified instructor will take you to Omaha Beach from the Eolia Club in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer for a memorable nautical ride. (Duration: 2 hours) - Level 1 - From 12 years old

  15. Yachting

    Sport rich in emotions, the sand yachting is the flagship activity of Eolia Normandy. A simple learning and it's left for a good deal of guaranteed sensation where you learn to play with wind and sandbanks on the 8 km of Omaha Beach. Available in adult sizes (29 single-seater tanks) as well as in child size (14 single-seater tanks), the sand ...

  16. Avel Land Sailing

    Avel Sand yachting proposes to initiate you and make you discover the pleasures of sand yachting in the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, on the site of Hirel 15 minutes from Saint-Malo, 10 minutes from Cancale and of Dol-de-Bretagne. This outdoor activity allows you to feel strong sensations as soon as you get started.

  17. Ideal Itinerary for Visiting the Somme Bay in 2 or 3 Days

    Sand yachting: the time spent depends on the school you book with, but is usually two to three hours; 💰 Price: Sand yachting: around €40 per adult, but again, it depends on the school you choose. Here are a few sand yachting schools we recommend: Aeris School (site in French), Eolia School (site in French), Ozone School. 💡 Our advice:

  18. 11 Outdoor Adventures in Brittany for Thrill Seekers

    Sand yachting is much like its seagoing counterpart, except you zoom across the sand in a buggy rather than crash through the waves in a boat. ... The island castle of Mont-Saint-Michel is northwestern France's biggest tourist attraction; however, the wider bay area, criss-crossed with hiking and biking trails, is free from crowds and full of ...

  19. World Landsailing Organisation

    The World Landsailing Organisation or Fédération Internationale de Sand et Landyachting (FISLY), is an international organisation which governs national associations of land sailing worldwide.. The federation was founded in April 1962 by representatives from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Great Britain.. In October 2018, FISLY became an observer member of the Global ...

  20. Sea kayaking amid iconic D-Day landmarks

    Time for our kayaking excursion! At the nearby Centre Nautique d'Asnelles, we meet our friendly instructor Hélène, who happens to be a sand-yachting world champion as well as a kayaking expert and our guide for the day. Suited up in wetsuits, we head for the beach with our kayaks. The conditions are perfect: blue skies, sunshine and a calm sea.

  21. Best Beaches near Calais, France

    You can practice sand yachting on the large 12 km coast. You can chill on the beach while waiting to watch the popular 'flobards' or local fishing boats. ... Best Beaches near Calais France - Final Thoughts. Most of the beautiful beaches near Calais are great destinations for relaxation and to enjoy nature. The area's excellent weather ...

  22. Seaside Resorts in northern France

    80350 Mers-les-Bains. Tel: +33 (02) 35 96 12 89. Website. Prices 69€ to 139€; breakfast is 12€ per person. Over the North French coast. Take a short break in one of the great seaside resorts in northern France. Long sandy beaches, charming little towns and plenty to do for the whole family.

  23. South of France Luxury Yachting Itinerary

    Indulge in Monaco's glamour and choose from the plethora of 3-Star Michelin Restaurants, walk along the world-famous Port Hercules super yacht marina and try your luck at the Monte Carlo Casino. Overnight in Monaco and return to Cannes the following morning. Yachting itinerary in the South of France (Côte d'Azur): sail to St. Tropez, Monaco ...

  24. 12 White Sand Beaches in Southern France for Your Next Getaway

    The stunning Plage de l'Almanarre beach is a tropical paradise in southern France's Hyeres commune. With over 4 kilometers of pristine white sand and turquoise waters, it's easy to see why this beach draws sunbathers, surfers, and beachgoers from all over. Protected by the peninsula of Giens, the calm, shallow waters of Plage de l ...

  25. 12 White Sand Beaches in Southern France for Your Next Getaway

    Beach Rondinara, Bonifacio. Beach Rondinara, a secluded paradise in southern Corsica, beckons beach lovers searching for tranquility by the sea. The pristine white sand, laid-back vibe, and ...