France featured strongly on a list of the world's Top 50 beaches published by Britain's The Guardian newspaper last week, with Dune du Pyla near Bordeaux ranking second in the world.
The Guardian list included two beaches in mainland France, one on Corsica and another in French Polynesia.
About an hour's drive from Bordeaux, Dune du Pyla is the highest dune in Europe at more than 100 metres. It also offers "panoramic views over the Atlantic" backed by pine forests and "miles of beaches to explore along the Bassin d’Arcachon", the newspaper said.
Bora Bora in French Polynesia ranked at No. 12. With its fine sandy beaches, palm trees and water that remains between a balmy 26° and 29°C all year round, Bora Bora is practically "a clichéd vision of the heavenly beach".
Morgat on the Crozon peninsula in Brittany ranked just two spots behind, at No. 14. The seaside town of Morgat lies in a bay sheltered by the Cap de la Chèvre where the peninsula meets the mainland on the western tip of Brittany in the Finistère region.
At No. 20 on the list, Pinarello on Corsica's southeastern coast near Porto Vecchio offers soft white sand and clear azure water, all overlooked by an ancient Genoese watchtower.
2. Dune du Pyla, Aquitane
Dune du Pyla came in second on The Guardian's list of the 50 best beaches in the world. Europe’s tallest dune offers panoramic views and miles of walking along the sea. © PIERRE ANDRIEU / AFP
12. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora looks like many people’s image of a perfect tropical island, and the water stays at 26° to 29° Celsius year-round to match. © AFP PHOTO MARCEL MOCHET / AFP
14. Morgat, Brittany
Morgat on the Crozon peninsula is a bay with dramatic rocks, pine-covered hills and a charming seaside town. © Christophe le Bihan / Hotel le Baie
20. Pinarello, Corsica
A perfect Mediterranean crescent of white sand overlooked by a Genoese watchtower, plus a boardwalk to get you to its handful of restaurants. © Sud Est Immobilier
Date created : 2016-02-24