When it comes to where French people vacation, why would they feel the need to go anywhere else when there are more than 2,600 beautiful beaches and over 3,400 miles of coastlines just a car ride or train trip away? While the summer exodus of French people from cities to seaside towns means that Paris is empty for all the foreign tourists to enjoy in peace, visitors would be remiss not to leave the Louvre behind to test out the water and enjoy some sun tanning sessions on the most popular French beaches.
As well as being some of the most beloved destinations in France, the following French beaches have all been awarded the Pavillion Bleu (Bleu Flag) certification, guaranteeing a high level of cleanliness, accessibility, safety, and environmental protection. That does not mean, however, that these French beaches are tranquil — most are very busy in July and August. For a more peaceful beach session, visit in June and September.