Best Beaches and “Pavillon Bleu” Beaches in the South West of France

Recently TripAdvisor users selected the Biarritz beach as the most beautiful beach in France. While the second place is held by Corsica’s Palombaggia beach the third place goes to Hendaye beach also in the Pays Basque on the Atlantic South coast of France.

Hendaye beach
Hendaye beach
Biarritz
Biarritz

“Pavillon Bleu” label is attributed each year to beaches and ports that match its standards of cleanliness, water quality and the effort for environmental protection.
Below are the beaches in the south-west of France that carry the distinction “Pavillon Bleu” in 2015

Department: Gironde
Carcans: Carcans Océan, Maubuisson, Bombannes, Plage du Montaut
Grayan-et-l’Hôpital: Le Gurp, Euronat -nudist beach
Hourtin: Hourtin Océan, La Jetée-Port beach, Piqueyrot lake
Lacanau: Océan Nord, Océan Centre, Océan Sud, Océan Supersud, Le Moutchic lake, La Grande Escourre lake
Naujac-sur-Mer: Le Pin Sec
Soulac-sur-Mer: L’Amélie, Plage Sud, town’s beach
Vendays-Montalivet: HélioMarin center -nudist beach, Montalivet

Houtin Lake
Houtin Lake

Department: Charente Maritime
La Rochelle: Chef-de-Baie, Les Minimes
Bois-Plage-en-Ré: Gros-Jonc, Les Gollandières
Grand-Village-Plage: Giraudière
Royan: La Grande-Conche, Chay, Pigeonnier and Pontaillac
Saint-Denis-d’Oléron: Boirie beach, L’Ancien-Port, Les Huttes, Les Seulières
Saint-Trojan-les-Bains: “La Grande Plage”, Gatseau

Ile de Ré beach
Ile de Ré beach

Department: Aude
Fleury d’Aude: Les Cabanes de Fleury, Saint-Pierre-La-Mer
Gruissan: Grazel, Les Chalets, Mateille — Ayguades
Leucate: La Franq, Leucate beach, Port Leucate – nudist beach, Les Carats in Port Leucate, Copacabana in Port Leucate
Narbonne-Plage: “1er Poste de Secours”, “2e Poste de Secours”, “3e Poste de Secours”, “Créneau Naturel” called also “4e Poste de Secours”
Port la Nouvelle: “Plage Sud” called also “Plage du Front de Mer”

Narbonne Plage
Narbonne Plage

Department: Tarn-et-Garonne
Molières: lake beach
Monclar de Quercy: lake beach

Department: Dordogne
The lake beaches of:
Carsac de Gurson
La Jemaye
Saint Saud Lacoussière

Department: Pyrenees Orientales
Argelès-sur-Mer: Marenda-Tamariquer, Centre-pins, south beach and Racou.
Banyuls-sur-Mer: central beach
Canet-en-Roussillon: Sardinal beach, Roussillon beach, central beach, Plage du grand large, Marenda and Mar Estang
Port-Barcarès: Lydia beach, “Plage digue sud du port” and the village beach.
Port-Vendres: anse de Paulilles and “Plage de l’usine”
Saint-Cyprien: “Art PS1” beach, Art PS2 beach, port beach, Capellans beach and “Plage de la lagune”).
Sainte-Marie-la-Mer: Municipal camp site beach, central beach, “plage du 4e épi” “plage du 3e épi”, “plage du 2e épi”, “plage du 1er épi”
Torreilles: central, south and north beaches

Port Barcares
Port Barcares

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