If you’re starting to feel the heat and want to find a beautiful beach to cool off, or you simply want to get your toes in the sand then the South of France and the North East coast of Spain are the perfect places for you. Theses beaches are one of a kind and a must-see during your trip to France and Spain, all you have to do is pack your bathing suit and hop on one of Renfe-SNCF en Coopération's high speed trains!
View of Sormiou calanque - Marseille, France
These incredible rock formations are also located south of Marseille near a town called Cassis. The easiest way to access this beautiful beach location is by boat, due to the deep valleys created by the rock formations. This is an incredible place for people who want to snorkel or go scuba diving as well as for those who prefer to relax on the beach, L’Ille de Riou, which is located within the Calanques. If you’re planning a trip to this location then you’ll need to check out some boat trips that can easily bring you here.
PLATJA DE SANT SEBASTIÀ, SPAIN
Sant Sebastià beach - Sitges, Spain
The North East coast of Spain is well known for its beaches, beautiful landscape and wonderful small towns full of life. One of these towns, which is only a 30-minute train ride from Barcelona, is called Sitges. This old fishing village is visiting frequently by the locals to both its quaint town and the wonderful beach. This beach has a lot of different services, including various adaptations for disabled visitors as well as various restaurants and shops only a short stroll away.
TOSSA DE MAR, SPAIN
Tossa de Mar © Oscar Vall - Arxiu d' Imatges Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona
The small town of Tossa de Mar is located just under 2 hours away from Barcelona by bus or just over one hour by car but you can feel like you’ve entered another world. There are many beach choices to choose from and all of them have unique characteristics that add to the beauty of the entire town. The largest beach is right in front of downtown and is called Platja Gran and is enclosed by the picturesque medieval castle on the west side. La Mar Menuda is the second largest beach in Tossa de Mar and is located on the opposite side of the castle. It has all of services including a restroom, sports equipment and various places to purchase food and drink. El Codolar is located behind the medieval castle and is the perfect location to get in some snorkeling during your trip. It's a small beach that is surrounded by large rocks and has a small bar and restaurant.
BORÉLY BEACH, FRANCE
Borély pebble beach - Marseille, France
This pebble beach, located south of the city center of Marseille, is a popular place among locals. It is part of a larger collection of beaches called Plages du Prado and has all the facilities that you could want at a beach with restrooms, lockers, lifeguards, a volleyball area, skateboarding park and more! With many of the beaches in the south of France and the North Each coast of Spain you will need to bring some water shoes to protect your feet from the pebbles.
PLATJA D'ARO, SPAIN
View of the beach - Platja d'Aro, Spain
This beach is located in the south east of the Girona province, which is under a hour drive from Girona and under a two hour drive from Barcelona. The town has a beautiful medieval charm for hose who love the beach and a little bit of history. The beach is a long stretch of beautiful sand with many coves and rocky areas that are great for snorkeling and exploring. If you’re looking for a beautiful place to relax, an interesting place to explore or even a place to play water sports this is certainly the beach for you!