Let yourself be carried away for a hike on the coastal path

In France, 5 kilometers of coastal path open to the public allow you to discover many exceptional landscapes and viewpoints along our coasts. The remarkable flora and fauna as well as the monuments and buildings steeped in history can be discovered on these unique trails.

Dn the Mediterranean to the overseas territories and from the Channel to the Atlantic, France has an incredible diversity of coasts made up of beaches, coves, cliffs and creeks of exceptional beauty. And this wealth is accessible to all thanks to the thousands of kilometers of coastline coastal path. From North to South, West to East, we offer you an overview of these magnificent trails. To go again and again, whatever the season.

La Manche via the GR 223

The Channel Coastal Customs Path is a course of more than 400 kilometers, linking the Bay of Veys to Mont Saint-Michel. It offers a diversity of landscapes to be discovered in about twenty stages. Hamlets, groves, cliffs and fine sandy beaches await you in the heart of raw and unspoiled nature. Along the way, you will admire the Vauban towers, the Mont Saint Michel, the coast of Havres. You will also make a moving leap in history on the D-Day landing beaches.

The Channel Coastal Customs Path

The tour of Brittany by the GR 34

The 2 kilometers of long-distance hiking trail along the Brittany coast, are a summary of Brittany. From Mont Saint Michel to the Arzal dam, wild coasts, rocky points, small sheltered beaches and moors punctuate the route of this path with emblematic panoramas. The coasts of Emerald, Goëlo and Granite Rose are revealed to walkers in turn. Everyone is seduced by these landscapes which are among the most beautiful in Brittany.

The tour of Brittany

Talaia on the Basque coast

Talaia is the name given to the 54 kilometers of coastal path of the Basque coast. This path crosses ancient corsairs cities between land and ocean. In just a few days, it is possible to connect Bidart to San Sebastian along the coast through beaches and cliffs. Not far from this route, be sure to discover Biarritz, Saint-Jean de Luz and the thousand-and-one flavors of this tasty terroir.

Talai, the coastal path of the Basque coast

The Côte Vermeille

Over 32 kilometers from Argelès to Cerbère, this coastal hike crosses the towns of Collioure, Port-Vendres, Cap Béar and Paulilles. As you encounter the beaches, coves and landscapes typical of the eastern Pyrenees, you will discover a southern territory subject to the sun, the spray and the winds. Passing to Banyuls, do not hesitate to dive into the big blue. You will thus experience a magnificent immersion in the heart of the marine reserve, accessible on foot.

The Vermeille coast


Let's continue this overview with the Var coast. It offers 200 kilometers of trails that criss-cross between the Estérel massif and the Mediterranean Sea. An incredible sporty walk that allows you to appreciate the contrasts of colors. From the dazzling red of the rock, to the green of the vegetation, to the shades of blue of the sea and the sky… The nuances here make up a masterpiece.

The Estérel trail

For the portion of the tip of the Arpillon up to the tip of Saint-aygulf, count 1 hour and a half of walking. And only 30 minutes for the route of Saint Raphael, from Port Santa Lucia to Pointe de la Beaumette in Agay.

The tip of Cap Corse

The coastal path of the tip of Cap Corse part of Macinaghju port and ends at Centuri Port. It is an essential hike on the Corsican coast. Dunes, beaches, maquis, rocky peaks and creeks are natural treasures to enjoy along the 26 kilometers of this extraordinary route.

The coastal path of the tip of Cap Corse

The history of the French coastal path

Finally, let's discover the history of the French coastal path. In the XNUMXth century, the customs path was created by the customs administration. The objective was then to protect and control the coastline. Then private investors acquired many waterfront land. To fight against the appropriation of the French coast, a law of 1976 finally set up an easement and a right of passage for pedestrians on the coastal strip. Ten years later, coastal law reaffirmed this right for all to access the shore. Thus everywhere in France, walkers should be able to freely access the shore and follow it without stopping. The advancement of the coastal path is available on this interactive map.