Best South of France beaches to visit in 2020

Beach holidays in South France 2022

 

beach holidays france 500This collection of South France beach holidays rentals are all available to rent for summer 2022. We have grouped the collection of beach houses around the most popular Mediterranean beach resorts in Southern France, from Montpellier and Cap d'Agde and down the Languedoc coast to Perpignan.

The beaches along the French Riviera are stunning, especially around Antibes, St Tropez and Cassis. However the beaches are sometimes quite small, with space at a premium.

If you are looking for a great location for beach holiday in France this summer, then you should also consider the Languedoc, which in my view, has some of the best South of France beaches. There are over 40 Languedoc beaches that fly the blue flag, the European award for clean bathing water. The beaches tend to be larger and come with more water sports activities.

Family beach holidays France in 2022

Close to the Languedoc coast, you will also find some excellent holiday homes to rent. We inspect all of the properties advertised on Go Languedoc to ensure that facilities are accurately described, to give you peace of mind for you and your family.

Here we have featured some of the beaches and holiday homes close to the most popular locations on the French Riviera and the Languedoc coastal resorts near to Montpellier, Cap d'Agde, Narbonne and Perpignan.

 

Montpellier beach holidays in France

montpellier beaches500There are a number of Montpellier beaches to choose from. The closest beach to Montpellier itself is at Pavalas, approximately 12 km from the city centre in the direction of the airport. But Pavalas is not the best Montpellier beach.

Some of the better Montpellier beaches are to be found to the North East of the city, close to Le Grande Motte (such as Carnon and La Grande Motte itself).

The beaches here are sheltered and have golden sand. Whilst La-Grande Motte might not be everyone's cup of tea, with its pyramid hotels and modern housing suburbs, there is no denying that Point Zero Plage in the centre of La Grande Motte, is absolutely stunning and certainly one of the best of the Montpellier beaches in Languedoc. It is perfect for kids and adults alike. There is also plenty to do after the beach as well. You can take your pick of restaurants and bars along the front.

But if I had to choose one Montpellier beach to visit, then it would have to be L'Espiguette beach, which is close to Le Grau du Roi. This wide open beach has some excellent rollers that come in off the Mediterranean sea. There is also a really cool beach bar at L'Espiguette.

The nearest rental properties on Go Languedoc to the Montpellier beaches are the following:

 

 

Apartment Plage - beach-side apartment rental Meze, South of France Ref: 143

Meze beach apartment

Apartment Plage is a lovely one bedroom apartment for rent in South France over-looking the beach. The apartment is in a perfect location, just a hop, skip & a jump to the beach and a few minutes walk to the fabulous harbour of Meze. The harbour front has an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops.

The apartment itself is well finished and has all you could ask for a relaxing summer vacation.

  • Spacious living room with sofa bed & TV with direct access to the fabulous terrace overlooking the Bassin
  • Dining Area for 4 people
  • Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge/freezer & oven
  • Double bedroom with storage
  • Family bathroom with shower

The apartment is also suitable for the elderly or disabled as it is located on the ground floor.

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Villa Paon - South of France villas to rent in Sommieres with pools Ref: 1578

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Villa Paon is a modern 1 bedroom villa located on the edge of the popular town of Sommieres, it benefits from a large swimming pool and a private hot tub/jacuzzi.

Sommieres is a wonderful old French town, close to Montpellier and Nimes and just a short drive to the Mediterranean beaches. There is a large market every Saturday and plenty of restaurants shops and cafe-bars. There are two villas to rent and each has its own private terrace and garden and is located in a peaceful and quiet area on the edge of Sommieres.

These South of France villas to rent in Sommieres, come with a large swimming pool and a private hot tub/jacuzzi. The villa can sleep 4 people in one double bedroom and a double sofa bed.

The villa comes with Wi-Fi, air conditioning and is well decorated throughout.

These South of France villas to rent in Sommières is ideal for a couple or friends sharing together.

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Villa Pic St Loup to rent France with shared pool Ref: 1633

south france holiday rentalAt the foot of the Pic St Loup mountain to the north of Montpellier in Southern France, this stunning modern villa with shared pool provides comfortable accommodation for up to 4 people.

Domaine du Cade offers a total peace and tranquillity with breath-taking views in all directions.

The villa is located in the middle of the countryside close to the idyllic village of Cazevieille. The village itself has a little restaurant and a wine bar, with further shops and restaurants available close by in St Martin de Londres and St Gely du Fesc.

The villa features:

  • Lounge with fantastic views over the countryside benefitting from comfortable sofas & TV
  • Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven & fridge/freezer with patio doors to the sunny terrace.
  • Dining Area for 6 people
  • 2 Identical double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms & access to the fabulous private terrace.

It is hard to imagine, but Montpellier city centre is just 20 mins drive and the Montpellier beaches are 30 mins away. It is the perfect place to spend relaxing beach holidays in France.

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Cap d'Agde beach holidays in France

rochelongue plage cap d agde500There are 3 beaches at Cap d'Agde. Our favourite beach is situated on the western side of Cap d'Agde and is called Rochelonge plage.

At Rochelonge there is a nice beach side restaurant and bar and you get lovely sweeping views of the whole bay down to Narbonne plage. This fine sandy beach extends out in the direction of le Grau d'Agde. From Rochelongue Plage you also have a wonderful view to the Fort de Brescou, a former prison and garrison.

Alternative beaches in Cap d'Agde include Richelieu Plage (which is located close to the L'Ile des loisirs), Plage Roquille on the Eastern side of the resort; and of course, the famous Naturist beaches atPlage du Mole.

Cap d'Agde is very easy to reach, with a local airport just 15 mins away at Beziers. A local bus service runs between the airport and the resort. You also have a local TGV train station just 4kms away (at Agde). In the last 18 months a lot of money has been spent in Cap d'Agde, with a fantastic looking  new casinoe and brand new Palais des Congres exhibition centre. Work is also underway on constructing a new 5 star hotel in the town.

Go Languedoc features a number of beach side apartment rentals for family beach holidays in France. Here is a selection of some of the most popular properties:

 

 

French villa rental near the beach Ref: 1056

French villa rental near the beach

Villa Mandarine is the ideal destination for family beach holidays in South France. This modern French villa with private pool is situated in the popular village of Serignan, just 4kms from the beach at Serignan Plage and a short drive to the city of Beziers. This French villa comes with a heated pool (7m x 3.2m), a garden, sauna, BBQ, 3 bedrooms and a comfortable lounge-dining area.

Villa Mandarine is the ideal destination for family beach holidays in South France. This modern French villa with private pool is situated in the popular village of Serignan, just 4kms from the beach at Serignan Plage and a short drive to the city of Beziers. This French villa comes with a heated pool (7m x 3.2m), a garden, sauna, BBQ, 3 bedrooms and a comfortable lounge-dining area for those warm summer evenings.

If you are planning your family beach holiday in the South of France this year, then this comfortable and practical property is an ideal rental choice.

This French villa rental near the beach in Serignan is available to rent from €1500 per week.

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Portiragnes holiday property rentals South France (Ref: 1736)

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This South France villas rental property near the beach in Southern France, is located in Portiragnes, a Mediterranean coastal village near Beziers. Portiragnes enjoys some of the best weather in France, with plenty of clear, dry days. The village is just 3 kms from the beaches at Portiragnes Plage.

This South France villas rental property near the beach in Southern France, is located in Portiragnes, a Mediterranean coastal village near Beziers. Portiragnes enjoys some of the best weather in France, with plenty of clear, dry days. The village is just 3 kms from the beaches at Portiragnes Plage.

Portiragnes is a popular village, which has retained a friendly atmosphere. The Canal du Midi also flows past the village and you can walk or cycle down the tow path to reach the beach. In the centre of the village you will find restaurants, shops and a pharmacy and on the outskirts of the village there is an excellent Farmers market. This stone built house is the oldest building in the village (after the church) and is spread over 3 floors. At the front there is a large walled terrace, which provides plenty of sunshine, shade and privacy.

This holiday property in Portiragnes, South France is available to rent from €930 per week

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Grau d'Agde South of France beach house rentals, sleeps 4

France beach house rentalsThis stunning South of France beach house rental is located just a stone's throw from the sandy beach in the popular resort of Grau d'Agde. Grau d'Agde is a charming French beach town, located just along the coast from Cap d'Agde.

Grau d'Agde is much quieter than it's neighbour and is very popular with families. This French beach house rental is located on a large 1000m2 plot of land and comes with 3 bedrooms. The inside of the beach house is immaculate and there is a lovely sunny terrace at the front of the property. With Wi-Fi, air conditioning and Satellite TV, this Grau d'Agde beach house provides an excellent base for a beach holiday in South France.

This stylish modern property is only 300m from the beach and is well located for the restaurants, shops and water sports facilities in Grau d´Agde. The nearby resort of Cap d´Agde provides a whole host of activities to keep everyone entertained.

This beach house in Grau d'Agde is available to rent from €1595 per week

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Perpignan beach holiday in France

collioure beaches france500Situated close to Perpignan is the lovely Cote Vermeille, the only east facing coastline in France. Probably the pick of the South France beaches near to Perpignan, is Argeles-sur-Mer. This beach is a broad sweeping bay that looks out onto the Pyrenees and the warm Mediterranean. Argeles-sur-Mer itself has along with nearby Canet, become a major Mediterranean beach resort, with excellent facilities and a big harbour area. The town also boasts some excellent restaurants and decent shops.

Argeles sur Mer has three beaches. Plage Nord and Plage des Pins are wide, sandy beaches with plenty of space. Le Racou, to the south is a neat little bay with amazingly blue water. This is where we always head because we like the mountain views to the back and it tends to be less crowded. 

Additional beaches to consider near to Perpignan include Port Leucate, St Cyprien and Collioure. Collioure, has three small beaches that often get busy in the summer. But the views of the tranquil sea and Pyrennees are spectacular. You also have the wonderful town of Collioure on-hand with its restaurants, boutiques and artist trails to keep you amused.

 

Go Languedoc advertises many holiday properties close to the Perpignan coast for beach holidays in France. Here is our pick of the most popular rentals:


  

Mas Sangha, Villa with Pool near Argeles-Sur-Mer (Ref: 1229)

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Mas Sangha is a stunning holiday villa with a swimming pool close to the Mediterranean beaches at Argelès-sur-mer.

The villa comes with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and large landscaped gardens. The villa can sleep up to 8 people comfortably in its 4 bedrooms, and is surrounded by countryside and vineyards. This is the perfect spot for a relaxing family holiday. Argeles-sur-mer is located in the Southern-most part of France and has 7km of beach, a Marina and a host of restaurants and shops.

If your ideal holiday villa is luxury, then choose Mas Sangha - ideal for those seeking peace and tranquillity or larger family groups. Peaceful landscaped gardens amongst the vineyards and peach farms of Argeles yet the busy village of St. Andre is just a cycle ride away. Two week minimum stays or longer in high season.

This luxury villa near the Perpignan beaches is available to rent from €2600 per week.

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Argeles sur Mer villa for South of France beach holidays, pool

villa for South of France beach holidaysThis villa with pool in South of France is close to the beach in Argeles sur Mer. The villa has a garden and provides comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people. There are 3 double bedrooms, a spacious living room, WiFi and lovely views over the town and to the hills behind. Argeles-sur-mer has 7km of beach and a harbour and a host of restaurants and shops. Perpignan is 20kms to the North and the Spanish border is 25 kms to the South. This villa is perfect for South of France beach holidays with the family.

This luxury villa near the Perpignan beaches is available to rent from €1320 per week.

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Narbonne beach holiday France

narbonne plage france500Around Narbonne you will find some of the best beaches in Languedoc. The beaches here are flat and wide and as a result can guarantee you and your family plenty of space even in the height of summer.

The two main beaches are Narbonne Plage and Gruissan Plage. Both are pretty similar and it is a close run thing to decide between the two, but Gruissan just gets it by a nod because the town behind it is a far nicer place to walk around when you're looking for a break from the sun. Gruissan Plage was also the setting of the popular French film, Betty Blue, a film based around two passionate lovers who live in a shack on the beach.  

Narbonne Plage itself is a nice enough resort, with a nice marina for boats and plenty of places to grab an ice cream or have a meal. The beach is scrupulously clean and the sea is very safe for children.

If you are planning your family beach holidays in France this summer, Go Languedoc can help you find the perfect holiday house to rent close to the Languedoc coast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maison du Bijou - Traditional Home with Pool in Minervois (Ref: 1734)

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Maison du Bijou is located amongst the vineyards of the Minervois wine region, close to Carcassonne, Narbonne and Beziers.

The charming home has its own swimming pool, walled garden and private parking. The home is spacious with 4 bedrooms, perfectly comfortable for 8 people. It is decorated in a traditional French boutique style and will seduce with its endless charm.

Located in the idyllic village of Gimois it offers a spectacular location for exploring the region and sampling the fabulous wines and frech cuisine.

This luxury villa near the Narbonne beaches is available to rent from €2250 per week.

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Domaine de Pradines, holiday home France (sleeps 10)

south france holiday rentalThis 120 year old traditional stone farmhouse with private pool is 30 Mins from the beach in a peaceful location but close to shops and activity,Sleeps up to 12/13 people (5 Bedrooms). A 120 year old stone farm house has been lovingly restored in a French style but with modern, open and comfortable living space (over 2,500 square feet). The large outside pool and private garden is perfect for sunbathing / BBQ/ kids play area. The house is also well equipped for family entertainment with Wi-Fi, a table tennis table, bikes, table football, magnetic darts board and many other games.

This lovely holiday home near the Narbonne beaches is available to rent from €1890 per week.

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Where to next . . . ?

iain pink smallI hope that this article has provided you with some good ideas about the best beaches to visit during your holidays in South of France. We live in the South of France all year around and we absolutely love being here. We are always out and about visiting new villa rental properties and researching tourism articles about the South of France. We have a great collection of articles with more ideas about things to do and places to go in the South of France, including:

If you would like some more detailed information or if you have any questions, then just drop us a quick message and we will come straight back to you. I wish you a wonderful stay in the South of France. 

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