This summer head for the beach with your bucket and spade and enjoy a brilliant seaside holiday in France…
Normandy – Etretat
Massive natural stone arches at both ends of Etretat Plage inspired impressionist painters Boudin, Monet, and Manet. This stretch of Alabaster Coast is wrapped in dramatic cliffs Two arches, Porte d’Aval and Porte Amont, can be seen from the town; the third, known as Manneport, reveals itself after a walk at low tide when 17th-century oyster beds emerge from the sea.
Ille-et-Villaine, Brittany – Cancale
This pretty little port is not far from St Malo, famous for its oysters! The magnificent mollusks have been cultivated in this attractive fishing village for hundreds of years. There are also breath-taking views over the Baie de St Michel and scenic walks around the coast.
Charente-Maritime - Ile de Re
Ile de Ré is a long, tiny, flat island just off the Atlantic coast, near La Rochelle. Composed of 12 villages, gorgeous little white houses and cobbled streets, beautiful vineyards, potatoes and asparagus fields, cycle tracks, salt marshes and stunning beaches.
Pas de Calais, Hauts de France – Le Touquet Paris-Plage
Voted in the top ten beaches in France by voters in Trip Advisor’s Travelers Choice Awards, Le Touquet Paris-Plage is popular with Parisians for its style and is known as the “Monaco of the north”. Le Touquet has bags of charm and is quite unique amongst the many gorgeous seaside towns of France. For one thing, it has a certain English 'je ne sais quois' having been developed by an Englishman in the early 20th century. A long golden sandy beach, peppered with bars and restaurants make this a firm favourite for the whole family.
Charente Maritime – Saint Palais-sur-Mer
This resort on the Atlantic coast close to Royan, is well-known for its sandy beaches and mild, sunny climate. With beautiful architecture reminiscent of the Belle Epoque, and Carrelets (traditional wooden fishing huts on stilts). Saint-Palais-sur-Mer is a magnificent area for cycling, hiking, or to just chill out on the silky sand on the beaches.
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