Paris is known for its history, art, architecture, and cuisine. The city has something for everyone, including beach lovers. The closest beaches to Paris are located on one of three bodies of water – the Bay of Biscay, the Celtic Sea, or the English Channel. Here are some of the best beaches near Paris.
Trouville and Deauville
This area has some of the best beaches for those seeking them. Both these places are neighbor cities and are easily accessible via direct trains from Paris. They are quaint and stylish, with traditional beach umbrellas and the modern changing cabins, all on stretches of shelly sand as most French beaches have.
Xtrem Aventures Parc Cergy
This is the ideal place for people who want to take a day-trip away from the city. Although not along a coastline, they do have a beach of sorts with warm sand and clean water to swim in, and an amusement park. There is a range of activities to choose from such as water rafting, cable skiing, wave boarding, high rope and much more. When visiting, keep in mind that there is an entry fee to the park which, along with the activities are only available as paid services.
Any time of the year is the best time to visit the Omaha beach, which is one of the four D-Day beaches, the other three being Utah beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, and sword beach. It is not as easily accessible by train as the other beaches and will require taking a trip of almost two hours.
La Rochelle and Ile de Re
La Rochelle is one of the most accessible beaches near Paris, although the trip takes a little over three hours. It hosts sandy beaches, and a typical touristic party atmosphere. Close to La Rochelle is a very popular French tourist destination, Ile de Re, with ten coastal villages, camping, holiday resorts, and other amenities that one would not expect.
This beach is located on the banks of the English Channel in the French district of Normandy. The place is so beautiful that it has been the muse of famous artists such as Delcroix, Gaugin and Monet. One of the fascinating aspects of this beach are its limestone cliffs on one side of the beach which is quite stunning. The surface here is lined with small pebbles and not really suited for those seeking white sandy beaches.