When people think of France, most people would picture Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and the like. But there is so much more that France has to offer. The country boasts of diverse landscapes that would truly be appreciated by any tourist who visits there.
If you’re looking for a beach holiday, you don’t need to go to the Caribbean or other tropical countries to soak up some sun and sand. The coastline of France has so many beautiful beaches that offer extraordinary experiences that you will never forget. Check out the list below of the top 4 beaches you need to visit when you plan a holiday in France.
1. Saint-Marine, Brittany – this area is accessible by taking a ferry from Benodet, a pretty town that you can visit if you are done spending time at the beach. The beach may not be big compared to more well-known places, but the great thing about this place is that you also get access to what is called one of the most beautiful rivers in France, the river Odet. This seaside town will appeal to those would like a quiet, serene vacation where you can enjoy a superb view of the ocean.
2. Plage de la Côte des Basques, Biarritz, Aquitaine – if there is a place in France that is frequented by the wealthy, including Hollywood stars and even the royals, this place would be it. It is a very popular tourist spot that boasts of a magnificent beach stretch of golden color. If you want a more active vacation, then worry not as this place is also known for one thing – surfing! Did you know that surfing in Europe started at this very beach in 1957, and this year, it even became the host of the ISA World Surfing Games. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried surfing before, some waves are gentle enough for beginners to try.
3. Deauville Beach, Normandy – if you’re coming from Paris, it would only take you 2 hours to get to this place that found popularity when none other than Coco Chanel built her first clothing store here. The soft golden sand is about 2 kilometers and perfect for an afternoon of relaxation. When you’re done with that, you can always explore the boardwalk filled with some cute boutiques. If you’re done with that, the town itself has so many places you can explore. You can check out the horse race or watch some polo. You can also bask in the luxury of the Hotel Normandy or the Hotel Royal or enjoy the casino situated between the two buildings. Finally, enjoy a day of shopping in the town, where you can see some of the top French brands.
4. Antibes – boasting with a coastline of about 25 kilometers, you can enjoy an afternoon of just walking the many beaches there. You can even mix up your beach trip with a side trip to Nice or Cannes by way of the TER train.