Five Coastal Destinations to Visit in France

If you’re in desperate need of a seaside holiday to refresh your mind and body, then pack your bags and set your sights on France. The neighbouring beaches of the country are only a hop and a skip away from the UK - even more reason to go on hols there.

Here are five French coastal destinations to add to your travel bucket list ASAP. Read on…


Located in Normandy in the north of France, Honfleur is the place to be if you're after picturesque views. It’s not hard to see why famed impressionist Claude Monet immortalised this gorgeous seaside town in several of his paintings.

From the postcard-worthy townhouses to the charming boats docked to the 16th century harbor, Honfleur’s beauty and historic charm will leave you in awe. In addition to sightseeing, you can enjoy relaxing walks on the nearby beaches, as well as buy your ticket to a relaxing cruise on the sea.


We move now to the south of France to something of a hidden gem: Collioure, a coastal Catalan town that sits right beside the Spanish border. As you’d expect from its prime location, you can enjoy here a balmy Mediterranean beach experience steeped in history and culture.

Like Honfleur, Collioure captured the hearts of many artists back in the day, so look forward to art galleries galore. When you’ve had your fill of the art, consider exploring the surrounding vineyards, sampling Collioure’s diverse gastronomical offerings or just sun yourself on the beach. 


Another southern French coastal town, Villefranche-sur-Mer is located in the French Riviera region, not far from Nice. This glamourous town oozes colour and sophistication, and it’s no surprise that it’s a popular stomping ground for holidayers and millionaires alike.

Treat your eyes to the colourful buildings of Villefranche-sur-Mer, best admired on a boat cruise sailing over the Mediterranean Sea. Don’t forget to check out the 16th century citadel that overlooks the sparkling turquoise waters.


Craving an island holiday not far from home? Then you need to visit Saint-Martin-de-Ré, a seaside town located on the island of Île-de-Ré just off the western coast of France. It’s here you’ll find a fortress classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, among so much more.

Climb an old church bell tower to admire a sweeping view of Saint-Martin-de-Ré and the surrounding sea, try out the fresh oysters and other local seafood or dig your toes into the fine sand of the beach. You’re truly spoilt for choice here when it comes to activities.


Last but certainly not least, we have Cancale, another coastal town in the west of France. Located in the Brittany region, expect to see stunning landscapes all around Cancale, as well as pristine, secluded beaches and world renowned oysters.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And in this case, when in Brittany, wear Breton stripes - we don’t make the rules!

Now that your French getaway is planned in your diary, don’t forget to bring along a bag to keep your belongings close while you explore the seaside.

Until next time…