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 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 almost “a clichéd vision of the heavenly beach”.
Morgat on the Crozon peninsula in Brittany ranked just two spots behind, at No. 14. The coastal 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, Pinarello on Corsica’s south-eastern coast near Porto Vecchio offers soft white sand and clear azure water, all overlooked by an ancient Genoese watchtower.