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Your campsite near the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean

Calanque de Figuerolles, à La Ciotat
Calanque de Figuerolles, à La Ciotat


At the beach, you can enjoy the sun, the Mediterranean Sea and a swim in the usually warm water, with ideal conditions for relaxing. Check out this overview of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean where you can lay your towel this summer, along long stretches of golden sand, creeks and or creeks. Of course, to plan your holiday, we tell you where to find a campsite nearby.

In France, the Mediterranean basin offers some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet: first of all, with 1,385 km of coastline on the mainland, from Languedoc to Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, as well as 1,050 km of coastline on Corsica, there are numerous sandy beaches along the Mediterranean coast.

The Amethyst Coast, the Gulf of Lion, the Vermeille Coast, the Camargue, the Blue Coast, the Calanques, the Var Coast, the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, the Esterel Massif, the Côte d'Azur... names that make you dream, ideal destinations for a camping holiday in the sun.

On the "Grande Bleue", the waves are generally moderate depending on the wind (tramontane, marine or mistral) and the water temperature is usually warmer than on the Atlantic coast. So, are you ready to take advantage of these magnificent beaches during your camping holiday by the sea?

The most beautiful beaches in Occitania

The beach of Espiguette, kilometres of fine beach in the Camargue

Espiguette beach in Grau-du-Roi
Espiguette beach in Grau-du-Roi© iStockphoto

Located south of Le Grau-du-Roi, the endless Espiguette beach, which is 10 km long and 700 m wide, is made up of dunes as far as the eye can see: sometimes ten metres high, they offer a surprising landscape. It is the wildest beach in this part of Occitania, protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral.

Choose your campsite in Le Grau-du-Roi.

The Saint-Vincent beach in Collioure, in the Pyrénées-Orientales

Saint-Vincent beach in Collioure
Saint-Vincent beach in Collioure© iStockphoto

Located in the extension of the Boramar beach and just behind the church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges, the charming little Saint-Vincent beach in Collioure is without doubt the most beautiful in the resort. It is made up of a mixture of sand and fine gravel and has a beautiful view of the Royal Castle. It is located near the shops of Collioure.

Enjoy the Saint-Vincent beach during your camping holiday in Collioure.

Corniche beach in Sète

Corniche Beach, Sete
Corniche Beach, Sete© Gilles Delerue

The Corniche beach is a magnificent stretch of sand divided into two coves (about 200 m of sand each) and protected by a large dike. Located a few minutes from the centre of Sète, you can access it from the Corniche promenade, which links the town centre and the Corniche district through a protected natural environment. Fine sand, shallow waters protected by the channel and sheltered from the wind, enjoy a day of idleness or games with your family.

Choose a campsite in Sète and discover this beach during your holiday.

The most beautiful beaches of Provence-Alpes-côte d'azur

The beach of the En Vau cove, in Marseille

Calanque d'En Vau, Marseille
Calanque d'En Vau, Marseille© iStockphoto

Many of the calanques in Marseille-Cassis are among the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. With its pretty pebble beach, the calanque of En Vau is worth a visit. Don't hesitate to admire its postcard view from the En-Vau lookout. Halfway between the city of Marseille and Cassis, the calanque is accessible by sea, for example by kayak, or by a path from the Marseille massif.

To discover it, choose a campsite near Marseille or a campsite in Cassis.

Notre-Dame Beach, on the island of Porquerolles

Notre-Dame beach, Porquerolles
Notre-Dame beach, Porquerolles© Julien Veyssade / Tourisme Provence Méditerranée

Notre Dame, voted "most beautiful beach in Europe" in 2015, is a magnificent beach of fine sand located on the north of the island of Porquerolles, near Hyères, in the Var.

To get there, once you arrive on the island, it takes 45 minutes to walk (or 25 minutes by bike) through the Port-Cros National Park. You will then be able to discover 800 metres of white sand, turquoise and translucent water in a setting of pine and oak forests that border the bay.

Make the most of your camping holiday in Hyères to discover this jewel of the island of Porquerolle

The Figuerolles cove, in La Ciotat

Calanque de Figuerolles, La Ciotat
Calanque de Figuerolles, La Ciotat© iStockphoto

Five minutes from the old port of La Ciotat and 30 minutes from the city centre, the calanque of Figuerolles is easily accessible. A car park overlooks the cove, from which a staircase leads down to the cove in a few minutes. The beach of this cove is made of pebbles and its setting is sublime, with its steep rocks falling into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.

The seabed of the calanque is particularly well known for its beauty, with the Figuerolles drop-off sheltering a very diverse fauna, including octopus, lobsters and sea urchins.

You will find 3 campsites in La Ciotat, the base for discovering the Figuerolles cove

The beach of Petite Afrique, in the Alpes-Maritimes

Beach of la petite Afrique, Beaulieu-sur-Me
Beach of la petite Afrique, Beaulieu-sur-Me© iStockphoto

In Beaulieu-sur-Mer, a seaside resort of the Belle Époque, there are two beaches; the beach of Petite Afrique is the largest and certainly the most beautiful! Located at the foot of the steep cliffs of Beaulieu, it is covered with 400 metres of gravel and shaded by lush umbrella pines. There is no shortage of activities for children.

Choose from the ten or so campsites near Beaulieu-sur-mer to discover this beach.

The calanque des Anglais, in Saint-Raphaël, in the Var

Calanque des Anglais, Saint-Raphaël
Calanque des Anglais, Saint-Raphaël© N Gomez

The Calanque des Anglais, in Agay, a seaside resort belonging to the municipality of Saint-Raphaël, is made up of three small red pebble coves of about twenty metres each. To get there, use the stairs from the promontory. This cove is quite small but the landscape is sublime with the cliffs that border each of the beaches.

Discover the Calanque des Anglais during your camping holiday in Saint-Raphël

Paloma beach, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Paloma beach, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Paloma beach, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat© iStockphoto

Located between the cliffs of Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Eze, in the heart of a green setting, the beach of La Paloma is a real jewel of 150 m long: made up of pebbles, in the heart of a luxuriant vegetation of umbrella pines, you will spend a pleasant day there with your family.

Choose a campsite in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and enjoy the Paloma beach

The most beautiful beaches of Corsica

Beach of Saleccia, in the Agriates desert

Beach of Saleccia, Haute-Corse
Beach of Saleccia, Haute-Corse© iStockphoto

Bordered by pine trees, this very long white sandy beach with translucent water is the best known in Haute-Corse; it is also one of the most frequented. You can reach it in 30 minutes by boat from Saint-Florent. Its small neighbour, the Lotu beach, is just as pretty. In one or the other of these still wild beaches, do not expect to find shops or food outlets, the offer being very limited.

Discover this beach during your holidays in a mobile home in Saint-Florent.

The beach of Nonza, in Haute-Corse

Plage de Nonza, Haute-Corse
Plage de Nonza, Haute-Corse© iStockphoto

On the west coast of Cap Corse, the beach of Nonza is covered with black pebbles, offering an impressive aspect in this green setting. To reach it, a steep staircase of more than 500 steps descends from the perched village of Nonza.

More than a dozen campsites near Nonza will allow you to discover this beach.

The beach of Palombaggia, in South Corsica

Palombaggia Beach
Palombaggia Beach© iStockphoto

Palombaggia beach is by far the most famous beach in Corsica. Its setting is heavenly: a white sandy beach dotted with large red rocks and lined with umbrella pines, not to mention the turquoise waters of a lagoon... You won't be the only one to be tempted! Located in the commune of Porto-Vecchio, between the hamlets of Picovaggia and Bocca dell'Oro, Palombaggia beach is also dotted with trendy bars and restaurants.

Spend your holiday camping in Porto-Vecchio and enjoy the beach at Palombaggia.

The Argent beach, in South Corsica

Located in the commune of Pietrosella, south of Ajaccio and Porticcio, the Argent beach, whose real name is the Mare e Sole beach, takes its name from the very fine, almost white, grey sand that makes it up. For the safety of your family, the water is shallow and swimming is gentle.

Discover this beach during your stay at one of the 2 campsites in Pietrosella.

Do you like camping by the sea?

In France, 2130 campsites were located by the sea in 2022, some of them close to beautiful beaches.

But there's even more to it than choosing a campsite by the sea: you can choose a campsite with direct access to the beach on the Mediterranean, for more comfort and safety for your family. Choose your destination:

- Camping direct access to the beach in Occitania

- Campsite with direct access to the beach in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'azur

- Camping direct access to the beach in Corsica



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