Many move to France for its wonderful countryside and rural way of life. However, what about settling down on the coast? France has its fair share of brilliant beaches, so here are the best places to live if you’re looking for a seaside escape.

Honfleur, Normandy

If you’re looking for a property in the north of France, Honfleur is an excellent choice. Located where the river Seine and the English Channel meet, the harbour dates back to the 16th century and is lined with colourful 16th-century townhouses. The town is packed with things to see and do, offering a traditionally French ambience.

As the area is popular with tourists and expats alike, properties are more expensive than average at 2 860€ / m².

Marseille, Provence

If you’d like a spot on France’s Mediterranean coast that’s cheaper than St.Tropez or Cannes, then Marseille could be a great option. Full of culture and history, there are plenty of museums, restaurants, cafes and galleries to keep you busy. And as an added bonus, you can quickly escape the busy city by heading to the beach, which is just a short walk from the port.

The average price per square meter in Marseille’s city centre is around €3,000 whilst on the outskirts of the city, it falls to €2,150.

Etretat, Normandy

Etretat, which is situated on the Alabaster coast, showcases Normandy’s wonderful natural beauty. With dramatic seascapes and white cliff edges that wind around the pebble beach, this would be a great spot for anyone who loves the great outdoors. There is also a variety of water sports on offer and a golf course 150ft above the sea!

The average property price is 2 460€ / m².


Toulon is halfway between Marseille and Saint-Tropez and has 2,830 hours of sunshine each year. Winters are mild here, which means you can enjoy the sandy coast all year round. Steeped in naval history, there are plenty of museums and old buildings to explore, as well as the beautiful Mount Faron – take a cable car to the top for some stunning views. Pick up your essentials at the daily market on Cours Lafayette, selling fresh produce, flowers and pastries.

Property prices average at 2260€ / m² for apartments and old houses.

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