From the glamorous resorts to the balmy Mediterranean climate, it’s really no surprise that France’s southerly regions continue to be some of the country’s most popular destinations for a beach break. Whether you’re after secluded coves or options with plenty of facilities, you’ll be spoilt for choice by these stunning south of France beaches.
Found just east of Nice, Paloma Beach, with its clear waters and mountainous setting, is the definition of idyllic. It’s named after Pablo Picasso’s daughter and is accessed via sweeping stone steps that lead directly onto the fine pebbles. Above the beach is the luxury resort town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat that’s home to lots of excellent restaurants and bars for when you need a break from the sun.
Where to stay: Fréjus is where you’ll find the nearest Canvas Holidays campsites, however, Paloma Beach’s beauty more than makes up for the 75-minute drive.
Les Calanques de Cassis
Calanques – narrow inlets surrounded by limestone cliffs – are common along the Mediterranean coast, but few are prettier than Les Calanques de Cassis. They’re located in the Parc National des Calanques and while some can be accessed by car (like beautiful Calanque d’en Vau), many are only reachable by boat or by hiking along the gorgeous coastal paths from Cassis.
Where to stay: Camping Domaine De La Sainte Baume is set in stunning rural Provence, around 40km from Cassis.
For a magnificent beach that’s got everything you need for a long lazy day trip, head to Antibes. The resort town sits at the end of the Bay of Angels and boasts multiple white sand beaches, including Plage de Ponteil and Plage de la Salis. Antibes itself is bursting with great eateries and shops, as well as quaint historic monuments like the 16th century Le Fort Carré.
Where to stay: Set up camp in one of our Fréjus campsites and plan a day trip to Antibes that’s just 45 minutes away by car.
Despite St Tropez’s associations with the rich and famous, nearby Pampelonne Beach is open to anyone after soft sand and warm tranquil waters. While some of the 5km long beach is home to five-star resorts and exclusive clubs, much of it is public and relatively untouched, meaning there’s always opportunities for finding your own secluded spot.
Where to stay: Camping Holiday Marina is set on the banks of the River Giscle and only 10 minutes by car from Pampelonne.
If you’re keen to get as far south as you can, you can’t beat a trip to the French island of Corsica. It’s not short of gorgeous beaches, however, few beat Palombaggia on the east coast. Located just a short drive from pretty Porto-Vecchio, it’s picture-perfect thanks to impossibly blue waters and a backdrop of craggy mountains and lush pine forests.
Where to stay: Family-friendly Camping Cupulatta sits on the outskirts of Porto-Vecchio and is a scenic 20-minute drive from Palombaggia.
Plage de l’Almanarre
Plage de l’Almanarre, just south of Hyères, is fantastically vast and ideal for wind sports. The narrow strip of sand stretches along an ancient salt road that’s backed by a nature reserve filled with nesting birds, including vibrant flamingos. The south of France beach is blessed with calm shallows ideal for smaller kids, while deeper waters further out make it popular with windsurfers.
Where to stay: The closest Canvas Holidays campsite is in St Tropez, but it’s worth the hour drive for a fun day trip at a less busy beach.