These are France’s 12 ‘most expensive’ beaches

If you are heading to the beach in France this summer you might want to check this list so you know where your wallet will take the biggest hit.

These are France's 12 'most expensive' beaches
France's most expensive beach, Port Grimaud in the Golf of Saint Tropez. Photo: Costas Tavernarakis/Flickr
Travel website, Travel Bird has created a list of the priciest places in the world to spend a day sunning yourself by the sea and 12 of them are right here in France. 
According to information from local tourist offices and the Word Tourism Organisation, the site calculated that France's four most expensive beaches are in the south of the country.  
The priciest plage is Port Grimaud in the Gulf of Saint Tropez.
The ranking was based on calculating how much it will cost you to buy beach basics, including a 200ml bottle of sun cream (SPF 30), a small bottle of water, beer, ice cream and lunch for one person (with a non-alcoholic drink and dessert included) at the 310 most visited beaches in 70 countries.
According to their maths, a day at the beach at Port Grimaud could cost you €35.56 – quite a price tag for a day spent enjoying the great outdoors, particularly for a family.  
France's second most expensive beach – Plage de Santa Giulia (Corse-du-Sud). Photo:
At Port Grimaud, you'll be paying €7.90 for a bottle of sunscreen compared to the world's most expensive beach, Kristiansand beach in Norway where it costs €20.36.
Closely behind were the Plage de Santa Giulia, on the southern part of the island of Corsica, at €35.40, Paloma Plage next to Nice on the French Riviera at €34.10 and another beach in southern Corsica, Palombaggia, where a day on the sand will cost €34.10.
Étretat beach – the sixth most expensive in France. Photo: Cha già José/Flickr
Here's the full list
1. Port Grimaud (Var): €35.60 euros
2. Plage de Santa Giulia (Corse-du-Sud): €35.40 
3. Paloma Plage (Alpes-Maritimes): €34.10 
4. Palombaggia (Corse-du-Sud) €34.10 
5. Bray Dunes (near Dunkirk on the north coast): €33.70 
6. Étretat (in Normandy on the English Channel coast): €33.10 
7. L'Ecrin beach in Nice: €33.10 
8. Côte des Basques, in the town of Biarritz: €33 
9. Plage de Cabourg, on the Normandy coast: €30.70 
10. Hendaye, in the south west near Biarritz: €29.30 
11. Le Touquet, on the Channel coast in northern France: €28.30 
12. Deauville, another resort on the Normandy coast, in northern France: €28.20 
Deauville came 12th on France's list of most expensive beaches. Photo: Francisco Gonzalez/Flickr

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These are the cleanest beaches in France to visit in 2019

A map of France's cleanest beaches in 2019 has been released, showing you which part of the French coastline or lake you'll be safest to take a dip during the summer.

These are the cleanest beaches in France to visit in 2019
Photo: AFP

If you're thinking of escaping the heat of the city and heading to a French beach or lake this summer, you'll probably want to consult the official list of France's cleanest beaches before you make any decisions about where to go. 

Pavillon Bleu (Blue Flag), the body responsible for certifying the cleanliness of French beaches, released its full list of new winners for 2019 on Wednesday, with Cassis and Rousset in the south of France, and Vieure in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes making the grade this year. 

The Pavillon Bleu scheme, created in 1985, was extended in 1995 to include leisure areas of water and pleasure harbours. This year many of the top ranked beaches are many miles from the sea, at one of France's lake beaches, which frequently offer watersports, sun loungers and food options just like their coastal cousins.

Overall hundreds of locations in France have been awarded a blue flag.


Photo: Pavillon Bleu website

So how does a beach earn a Pavillon Bleu?
Local authorities must first submit a beach or lake to be considered for the award, which will be followed by several visits and tests to check that the location meets the required standard. 
Inspectors will then make checks on things such as the number of rubbish bins, recycling centres, drinking water points, seawater analysis, quality of the seawater and accessibility.
The beach must have clean water, good water management, a proper clean-up and a waste management system on the beach and surrounding area. Beaches that drop in standards can potentially lose their blue flag rating.