The Guide
06 August 2021

Holidays – Beaches in French-speaking Switzerland

by Marie Carrecabe


If you want to go and relax on a beautiful beach this summer, there’s no need to go through the airport!

French-speaking Switzerland is full of charming beaches. Between Lake Geneva, the Three Lakes region and all the other more discreet lakes, French-speaking Switzerland has sixty-three lakes and ponds, enough to find the ideal beach.

Bienne beach

©Jura Trois-Lacs

The long sandy beach on the shores of Lake Biel in the Jura offers a real holiday feeling. Ideal for families, the beach in Biel is fully equipped: water park with inflatable installations, three-level diving board, beach volleyball courts, table tennis tables, restaurants and sun lounger hire – everything is here to make your stay enjoyable. Its little bonus: a breathtaking view of the seemingly endless Lake Biel, which gives you the feeling of being at the seaside.

Yvonand Beach

©My Switzerland

If you prefer small, quiet beaches, Yvonand is the place to be. On the shores of Lake Neuchâtel are beaches with fine sand and water so blue and calm that it reminds one of the Mediterranean. Surrounded by greenery, the beaches and small coves of Yvonand will delight nature lovers. Moreover, thanks to the weak current of the lake of Neuchâtel and its soft slopes, the beaches of Yvonand are perfect for a bathing in full safety for the smallest.

Eaux-Vives beach

©David Wagnières

In the heart of the city of Geneva, at the bottom of the romantic Eaux-Vives park and opposite the Jet d’eau, is the brand new Eaux-Vives beach. Located on the Quai Gustave-Ador, this four-hundred-metre long beach is made up of sand and small pebbles and also has a park with a green lawn. Opened in 2020, the Eaux-Vives beach is committed to zero waste with eco-friendly refreshment stands mounted on electric tricycles that run the length of the beach.

Bouveret Beach

©Aquapark , ©Badi Info

Imagine a place with everything you need for a successful beach day: a stretch of blue water, a sandy beach, a large lawn, slides, inflatable games, petanque courts, table tennis tables, a swimming pool, a paddling pool and a refreshment bar. This water paradise has a name: Bouveret Plage, formerly known as Rive-Bleue. And if that’s not enough for you, just cross the footbridge to Aquaparc, the largest water park in French-speaking Switzerland.



For lovers of more confidential addresses, we invite you to discover the Nymph beach. This place is surrounded by exclusive villas and faces the lake, an idyllic place between a small shady park and a hard beach equipped with a shower to refresh yourself. A few steps allow you to enter the water easily, and for the more adventurous, you can swim to the Little Mermaid statue to rest and enjoy the magnificent view of the right bank of the lake. An ideal address for those who love serenity.

La Pointe de sable

©My Vallée de Joux

A real jewel hidden by the forest, the Pointe de sable beach is without doubt the most beautiful beach in the Vallée de Joux. Only accessible by a rural path, this secret address offers a freshness and an incomparable intimate atmosphere. This small sandy (and pebbled) beach with a desert island feel will appeal to travellers looking for a change of scenery and peace and quiet.

Salavaux Beach

©Région Lac de Morat

The Salavaux beach on Lake Murten is the longest sandy beach in Switzerland and the longest natural beach in Europe located on a lake. With its gentle slope and one kilometre of fine sand, this beach is the ideal spot to spend the day basking in the sun with family and friends. With showers and restaurants nearby, Salavaux beach is ideal for those who like to extend their beach day into the evening by the water.