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France’s Secret Swimming Spots

Cool off away from the crowds at these hidden coves and swimming holes in France.

A sunny day, a stretch of sand, and no one in sight. For many, finding a serene and uncrowded swimming spot is the ultimate holiday goal and, when you’re driving around the French coastline in peak season, one that often feels frustratingly just out of reach. Perhaps, just around the corner, behind that rocky outcrop ...

Head a little off the tourist track, though, and you might find what you’re looking for. From sand or pebble beaches tucked below limestone cliffs to secluded lagoons and thermal springs, these are the idyllic swimming spots that dreams are made of.

We can’t promise there will be no one else there, but you definitely stand a better chance of blissful solitude – or at least a far more interesting dip – than driving straight to the sandy sprawls of the Côte d’Azur.

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