Sun, sea and sand in Provence


There are lots of causes why Provence tends to make such a fantastic vacation location. Wonderful meals, beautiful towns and vibrant cities set in a geographically wonderful landscape are just some. But one particular of the leading causes people today check out is to take pleasure in the spectacular coastline that meanders for miles and the sunshine and warmth which tends to make time spent relaxing on a beach or out on the water especially pleasant.

With this in thoughts I’ve listed 5 superb towns with noteworthy beaches for you to check out this summer time (not lengthy to go now!) and 5 activities to get you out on the azure waters of the Medditeranean. Satisfied Summer season Vacation organizing!


No matter if it is peace and quiet, family members friendly or adventurous water sports you are right after, Bandol quite significantly has anything to cater for all inside walking distance of the town. If you obtain oneself walking along the Eastern finish of Quai Charles de Gaulle, the stretch of beach, with a series of restaurants and souvenir shops are just ideal for households.

Moving west, the huge Marina in the centre of Bandol finds itself property to an wonderful array of fabulous yachts… and sufficient to make any keen sailor much more than a tiny envious! Beyond, the sandy coast line stretches out with a quieter atmosphere, ideal for relaxing away from the hustle and bustle. Should really you be right after true seclusion, the island of Ile de Bendor is a brief boat ride away (or swim if you are feeling active)!

Noteworthy beaches

Plage du grand Vallat – east of Bandol, ideal for households with sunbed rental and a lot of shade about a 15-minute stroll from the town centre.

Plage Centrale – in the heart of the town with uncomplicated parking and access to shops. Once more, ideal for households with a committed lifeguard.

Dog beach – on vacation with the faithful canine family members member? Then this is the beach for them! The only beach appropriate for our 4-legged close friends, opposite the island of Bendor.

Plage du Capélan – additional west from the town, much more secluded and rocky with two restaurants serving very simple but tasty meals.

Plage Delos – on the island of Bendor, ideal for these adventurous swimmers!

Water activities

Pirat Croisieres – primarily based in the key marina, this boat tour firm enables you to discover the Bandol coast line. No matter if it be a day trip or romantic sunset cruising, they are capable to offer you anything for absolutely everyone. Recall to pack your swimming gear as there could nicely be possibilities to swim or snorkel from the boat!


This classic Provencal port village is just a brief drive away from Bandol. With wonderful beaches and a lively atmosphere it is a ‘must visit’ throughout your vacation. Not only are there some wonderful beaches to take pleasure in but the port is property to a big collection of classic wooden fishing boats.

The neighborhood fishermen sell their catch at the harbourside each morning – and straight to the numerous nearby restaurants.  Sanary is viewed as the birthplace of modern day scuba diving and quite a few underwater film sequences have been filmed in the bay and beyond.

Noteworthy beaches

Plage Portissol – busy in the summer time but absolutely the most wonderful! With uncomplicated access for all and positioned in the heart of the town, this stretch of sand is the ideal place for a day trip with quite a few restaurants nearby.

Plage Dorée – this large stretch of sand is the final beach just before Bandol and safely supervised in the summer time

Water activities

What SUP Sanary – primarily based at the west finish of Plage Dorée, this water sports rental service is the ideal location to equip oneself with paddle boards or kayaks! With rental from 10 euros it presents an very affordable array of activities to take pleasure in throughout an afternoon.

La Seyne-sur-Mer

Renowned for its harbour, La Seyne-sur-Mer is a common option for vacation goers. Searching out on the Toulon bay, this fishing port also hosts an impressive fish market place each morning on the quayside. The town centre is pleasant, with welcoming shops and lively pedestrian streets.

Noteworthy beaches

Plage du Jonquet – no will need for swimsuits right here! Recognised as the most wonderful beach in the south of France for nude bathing, Plage du Jonquet may possibly not be for absolutely everyone but if you really feel like obtaining a accurate all-more than tan then this is the beach for you!

Plage des Sablettes – positioned close to the town centre and with lifeguard supervision, this beach is much more appropriate for households and these wishing to get out on the water.

Water activities

Sports Nautiques des Sablettes – if adventure is what you are hunting for, this is the location for you! With every little thing from banana boating to parasailing, there are lots of activities developed to get the adrenaline flowing! Costs differ on activity but begin from 20 euros.


An additional resort with accessible beaches and sea front restaurants, Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer presents a ideal location to quit and discover along the Provence coast. Surrounded by picturesque pine forests and vineyards it is genuinely rather wonderful.

Noteworthy beaches

Plage des Lecques – the biggest beach along the coast right here, Plage des Lecques is split into 3 regions with a mixture of sand and pebbles. Towards the port of Madrague you will obtain the sandiest bit of beach which is handily close to restaurants and snack bars. Lifeguards are reassuringly present throughout the summer time months.

Water activities

Aqualand Cyr Sur Mer – the ultimate location for water slide enthusiasts! From 18.50 euros, it presents the ideal day out for all the family members. If you can, obtain your tickets on line to save some cash.

La Ciotat

The scenery in this portion of Provence is out of this planet. Get prepared with the camera as you head on in to the quirky tiny town of La Ciotat – steeped in history, this Provençal harbour town is bordered by the spectacular Calanques National Park. Wander in to take a appear at the old port which is property to a lot of private yachts and fishing boats. Want to unwind with a coffee or glass of wine? You obtain rows of cafe and restaurant terraces along the quayside.

Noteworthy beaches

Plage des Capucins – with a lifeguard station and a sandy, shingle beach, this is a wonderful spot for households which includes a ramp for wheelchair customers. There is even a ‘fitness zone’ for these who want to remain active in the sunshine!

Plage Lumière – named right after the film generating Lumière brothers, this beach could be argued as the greatest in La Ciotat. There are also entertainment regions about the beach which includes trampolines.

Grande Plage – slightly busier, this fine sandy beach is close to neighborhood amenities generating it a wonderful option for a family members check out.

Water activities

Jetsurdmassilia – this rental establishment holds a wealth of gear for you to go out and take pleasure in the water. Their exclusive ‘jetsurf’ boards having said that are what actually make them stand out… intrigued to obtain out what jetsurfing is all about? You will just have to check out! Costs begin from 75euros.

Sun, sea and sand undoubtedly go a lengthy way towards generating a vacation memorable. And there is no shortage of any of these crucial components in Provence. What ever you do although, my leading tip would be to crack on and organise your summer time vacation now… as with any common location, hotels, employ vehicles and flights all get booked up immediately. I’d hate for you to miss out on the ideal Provencal vacation so get organizing now!

Su Stephens is Owner of Olives &amp Vines. Olives &amp Vines is a luxury vacation firm primarily based in the South of France supplying stays at their beautifully developed vacation residence and boutique hotel in Le Castellet.

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