Hello beach lovers!
Are you missing the sea, walking barefoot in the sand, breathing the sea air, hearing the waves lapping and soaking your feet in the water? I miss all this, especially when the weather is good as now. The beach is what is most lacking in Paris. Holiday time is still far but nothing prevents us to plan a day or a weekend at the beach, don’t you think? There’s nothing like a little getaway to rejuvenate. As time is precious, we don’t want to waste too much travel time, either by car or by train. It’s timely, here are 4 beach destinations within less than 3 hours from Paris!
1. Deauville! Deauville’s seafront is just mythical. Who doesn’t know its boards immortalizing the most famous American actors, its five-colored umbrellas, the American Film Festival and the sporting achievements of this seaside town? Enjoy the 2 km of fine sand cleaned every morning in summer, swim safely and stroll on the boardwalk. Want a nice break? Stop at the Bar du Soleil for a lunch, a cocktail or a snack overlooking the sea! Travel time Paris-Deauville: 2 hours and 3 minutes by train from Saint-Lazare, 2 hours and 21 minutes by car via the A13 motorway.
2. Cabourg! This popular seaside resort is known for its 4 km sandy beach, its Belle Epoque atsmosphere made famous by Marcel Proust, its Grand Hôtel and its Casino. Swimming, relaxing, sunbathing or water sports, treat yourself! If you are hungry, there are plenty of traditional restaurants, pizzerias, brasseries, creperies and so on. Travel time Paris-Cabourg: 2 hours and 53 minutes by train from Saint-Lazare, 2 hours and 20 minutes by car via the A13 motorway.
3. Etretat! Romantic, open theater on the English Channel, Etretat has inspired many artists. Be enchanted by the stunning vertical cliffs of the Alabaster Coast which contrasts with the gentle sea! The scenery is magnificent, nature is beautiful and wild. Ok, there are wheels on the beach but it’s still a must. What about a picnic on the beach? There are also brasseries and creperies surrounding. Plan an inflatable matress if you want to take a sunbath. Travel time from Paris to Bréauté-Beuzeville (it’s the nearest station to Etretat): 2 hours and one minute by train from Saint-Lazare. Travel time Paris-Etretat: 2 hours and 41 minutes by car via the A13 motorway.
4. Le Touquet! 12 km of fine sand and dunes, what more could you ask for? It’s the 4th most beautiful beach of France! Don’t miss the sunset: it offers beautiful streches of glowing light over several kilometers, wow! And there is even a water amusement park called Aqualud. Enjoy the invigorating climate and go relax at the thalassotherapy center right on the beach if you feel like it! For eating, there are gourmet restaurants, traditional restaurants, brasseries, pizzerias, tea rooms, creperies and so on. Travel time from Paris to Etaples-Le Touquet: 2 hours and 27 minutes by train from Gare du Nord. Travel time from Paris to Le Touquet-Paris-Plage: 2 hours and a half by car via the A16 motorway.
Hope these 4 beach destinations will help you to plan a nice week-end with your friends, your other half or your family! Don’t hesitate to give your opinion in the comment field. Have a good time 🙂