From Porquerolles to Le Touquet, ten French beaches for swimming in September

In the Var, the Courtade or Notre-Dame beach, in Porquerolles

Overcrowded during the summer holidays, Porquerolles finally regains its calm in this return. The largest of the “Golden Islands” of the Var (which also includes Port-Cros and Le Levant) has five beaches, all located on the north coast. The Courtade is the easiest to access from the village and the port (15 min on foot, 5 min by bike).

But to enjoy a wilder setting, we prefer those of Notre-Dame (1 hour walk from the port) or Langoustier (1h15). Porquerolles can be reached in a few minutes by boat from the Giens peninsula in Hyères.

In Upper Corsica, the beach of La Saleccia

Difficult to access, the beach of Saleccia must be earned. Adobe Stock/mattei

Setting your feet on its white sand is worth it. The beach of Saleccia, not content with being one of the most beautiful in Corsica, is also one of the most difficult to access. From Saint-Florent, you have to take a road in poor condition through the Agriates desert to reach this carbon copy of the Seychelles, surrounded by dunes and a pine forest. To get there, the easiest way is to take a sea shuttle from Saint-Florent (Le Popeye), which runs until the end of October.

In Charente-Maritime, the beach of Conche des Baleines, on the island of Ré

The Conche des Baleines beach is dominated by the Baleines lighthouse, on the northwestern tip of the Ile de Ré. Noradoa – stock.adobe.com

It stretches from Portes-En Ré to the Baleines Lighthouse, at the northwestern tip of the island. Conche des Baleines beach is probably the wildest on the Charente island and a good place for both swimming (unsupervised in September) and sports (surfing, kite flying).

On Tuesday September 8, the Tour de France riders, who left Oléron in the morning, will cross the finish line a few kilometers away, in Saint-Martin-de-Ré.

In Hauts-de-France, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage has an important Anglo-Norman heritage. OT / Photo press

Like Deauville or La Baule, Le Touquet is competing for the title of “21st arrondissement” of the capital. Located on the Opal Coast, between Boulogne-sur-Mer and the Bay of Somme, the seaside resort owes its full name, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, to the founding journalist of Figaro, Hippolyte de Villemessant.

If the climate is not always suitable for swimming or sunbathing, there are nevertheless many sports activities, such as golf, tennis, horseback riding and sand yachting.

In northern Brittany, the Sillon beach in Saint-Malo

The Sillon beach stretches for three kilometers. CRTB / GUILLAUDEAU Donatienne

From the ramparts of Saint-Malo, the Sillon stretches for three kilometers. On the dike or with your feet in the sand, you walk along it along elegant villas built at the end of the 19th century. Unless one lets oneself be intrigued by the oak wood breakwaters, installed at the same time to protect the dyke from powerful waves.

Visible from the beach, the Fort de la Conchée, Vauban’s military masterpiece, will welcome the public on the weekend of September 12. An exceptional opening that takes place only once a year.

In southern Brittany, Grandes-Sables beach, on the island of Groix

Grandes Sables beach, on the island of Groix, is one of the few stretches of convex sand in Europe. CRTB / Nicolas-JOB

In September, it’s still the time to set sail for Brittany without straying too far from the continent. Direction Île de Groix, 45 minutes from Lorient by boat (Compagnie Océane), more precisely on Grands Sables beach. 800 meters long, it is one of the largest convex expanses of sand in Europe. Another special feature: it moves about 150 meters every two years under the effect of sea currents.

In Haute-Savoie, the beaches of Lake Annecy

Facing the Dents de Lanfon and La Tournette, Saint-Jorioz beach is ideal for families. Gilles Skin

Admittedly, Annecy was deprived of its 90th lake festival this summer. But tourists have still flocked to visit the Venice of the Alps and enjoy its transparent water, in which the surrounding peaks are reflected. All the more reason to favor this return to discover its dozen beaches and dive into the lake.

Talloires-Montmin, Sevrier, Menthon-Saint-Bernard … It’s hard to choose! Every weekend in September, lake buses and shuttles (Sibra) take you to the major sites of the lake. Going around it by bike or on foot is an opportunity to admire the works of art installed in the water or on the shore as part of Annecy Paysages, a festival that runs until September 27.

In the Landes, Maguide beach, in Biscarrosse

Maguide beach, in Biscarrosse. Adobe Stock

It’s not just the ocean in Biscarrosse. The seaside resort of Landes also has a lake, a few kilometers from the Atlantic. Its epicenter: Maguide beach. The clear, warm and shallow water makes it an ideal place for children to swim.

Travelers passing through the Landes or based in Arcachon will be able to take advantage of the Landissimes, an operation set up by the department until October. People who stay there for at least two nights and who spend 250 euros can receive a refund of 150 euros, provided they register in advance on tourismelandes.com.

In Lower Normandy, the Landing beaches

Omaha Beach is one of the five Normandy Landing beaches. ThHouyelIsigny / OmahaTourisme

Highlighted every year in June during the D-Day commemorations, the five Normandy landing beaches (Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beach) can be visited throughout the year. These expanses of sand, now peaceful, were the scene of the largest amphibious and airborne operation of all time, on June 6, 1944.

If history buffs will enjoy visiting Le Grand Bunker – Musée du Mur de l’Atlantique, lovers of good food and sporting activities (sailing, horse riding, hiking) will appreciate a visit to one of the seaside villages of this site, straddling Calvados and Manche.

In Vendée, the Dames beach, in Noirmoutier

The Plage des Dames, in the northeast of Noirmoutier, is recognizable by its white cabins. A. Lamoureux

Recognizable by its white cabins and overlooked by holm oaks, the Plage des Dames is one of the many coves in the northeast of Noirmoutier, the long stretches of fine sand (Barbâtre, La Guérinière and L’Épine) located rather to the south. -west of the island. Why not get there by bike? The island has 83 km of cycle paths. The opportunity to travel effortlessly (there is no relief) the salt marshes and oyster farms of the Vendée island.

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