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 route of more than 400 kilometers, connecting the Bay of Veys at Mont Saint-Michel. It offers a diversity of landscapes to discover in about twenty stages. Hamlets, groves, cliffs and fine sandy beaches await you in the heart of unspoiled 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 tour of Brittany by the GR 34
The 2 kilometers of long-distance hiking trail along the Brittany coast, are a summary of Britain. 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.
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 course, do not miss to discover Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz and the thousand and one flavors of this delicious land.
The Côte Vermeille
Over 32 kilometers from Argelès to Cerbère, this coastal hike crosses the towns of Collioure, Port-Vendres, Cap Béar and Paulilles. Meet typical beaches, coves and landscapes of the Eastern Pyrenees, you will discover a southern territory subjected 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.
Let's continue this overview with the Var coast. It offers 200 kilometers of trails that crisscross between the Estérel massif and the Mediterranean Sea. An incredible sports walk that allows you to appreciate the color contrasts. 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.
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 the port of Centuri. It is a must do hike of the Corsican coast. Dunes, beaches, scrubland, rocky peaks and coves are natural treasures to be enjoyed along the 26 kilometers of this extraordinary route.
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.