Is it safe to swim in France?

A quarter of drinking water comes from rivers, therefore water quality in France is generally good. Take care though when swimming wild in close proximity to farms as agricultural waste is often dispersed into rivers in these areas.

Is the French Riviera safe to swim in?

The safest solution is to swim only on beaches with lifeguards. The other danger of Nice beaches (indeed the whole Cote d'Azur) comes from below in the form of jellyfish. These insidious creatures generally infest the water in swarms which you can see from the water's edge.

Do people go to the beach in France?

With a staggering variety of coastlines – from sheltered nooks of the iridescent sea on the Mediterranean to romantic cliffs towering above slate-coloured churning ocean in Normandy – beaches in France are some of the best in Europe.

Why can’t I wear swimming shorts in France?

The French actually have two reasons for this swimming pool policy: hygiene and the environment. People often wear long swimming trunks as a pair of shorts. For example, you wear them to the beach or while walking through the city. If you then swim in the swimming pool in the same shorts, you will pollute the water.

Can you swim in the ocean in France?

Is it illegal to wear swimming shorts in France?

Now, I have something of the utmost importance to share with you – especially if you are a man and you want to go swimming in a public swimming pool in France. In France, swimming shorts are not allowed to be worn in swimming pools by men. In France, men must wear clinging swimming trunks to swimming pools.

How warm is the ocean in France?

Water temperature

Coastal region Minimum Maximum
France South 13 17
France West 14 17
Golfe du Lion 16 17
Corsica North 14 19

Why can’t you wear shorts in France?

You can be just as comfortable in a sundress.” The unofficial shorts-ban is not stylistic, it's cultural. Shorts are not conservative or formal enough for the French. “Parisian women know that they won't be allowed into nicer shops, churches or sophisticated venues while wearing them,” says USA Today travel trips.

What are the swimwear rules in France?

Do you have to wear speedos in French swimming pools? Yes in all public French swimming pools and many campsite swimming pools there is a rule stating NO SWIMMING SHORTS and only “SPEEDO” type trunks are allowed. You are however allowed to wear Jammer type tight shorts as long as they are above the knee.

Is France too hot in the summer?

France generally enjoys cool winters and mild summers except along the Mediterranean where mild winters and hot summers are the norm. Average winter temperatures range from 32° F to 46° F and average summer temperatures from 61° F to 75° F.

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