In Vincent Van Gogh’s words: “The whole future of art is to be found in the South of France.” The bevvy of beaches in the region is a testament to this – they are works of art in their own right. While the Cote d’Azur is renowned for its razzle-dazzle, the whole area spans the Camargue and down to Corsica, with its wonderfully wild beaches.

Overall, the South of France has it all: a rich heritage and steeped history, Provençal countryside villages and markets, and sparkly white beaches with azure coves. The big blue beckons on any trip here, with some of the most idyllic, exclusive and elusive spots aligned together. The French Riviera is known for its celebrity clientele and there are sophisticated, high-grade, sandy beaches to decamp to: some public, some private.

The plethora of pristine shores makes it hard to choose – be it Calvi, Porquerolles or Pampelonne, we’ve selected eight beach destinations you’ll long to be on. Glamorous beach clubs, superyachts and Breton stripes are optional. 

You’ll see why this area is home to some of the best beaches in France. Plus for more inspiration, see our edit of the best beaches in Europe.