When it comes to seaside holidays, France is a prime destination for soaking up the warm rays of the sun, relaxing deeply on a heavenly beach lulled by the gentle sound of the waves, or enjoying the thrill of water sports. From north to south, east to west, the landscapes are never the same, but they all create a sense of freedom and contentment. Wild, stylish, glamorous or pristine, the French coastline promises unforgettable seaside holidays. Follow the guide!
Normandy for cultural holidays
If you want to immerse yourself in modern-day history, head for Normandy, the stage for many major events during the Second World War. Be sure to visit the D-Day landing beaches, an open-air museum where you will be able to walk in the footsteps of the Allied soldiers.
The coast of the Manche department is home to many museums and monuments devoted to this landmark event, all designed to ensure that they convey knowledge in an entertaining and educational way. In the neighbouring region of Calvados, the American cemetery in Colleyville-sur-Mer, Utah Beach and Omaha Beach and its museum are well worth a visit. Powerful emotions guaranteed!
To round off the day in style, pay a visit to one of the most beautiful beaches in Normandy. The seaside resort of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, on the Côte de Nacre, will offer a breath of fresh air for some and a refreshing break or a huge playground for others.
Brittany for nature holidays
When holidaying in Brittany, you will be astounded by the beauty of this little piece of paradise set between the land and the sea and dominated by a mosaic of greens and blues. Such beauty will make you want to explore the region inside out, starting with the Glénan islands and the feeling they offer of being in an earthly paradise with their crystal-clear waters, unique plant life and exceptional sea bed.
Set in the heart of a Natura 2000 site, nature is all around offering visitors a dazzling environment to discover by boat, canoe, or simply on foot. Back on the mainland, pay a visit to Quimper, the capital of the Finistère and Bénodet, a charming seaside resort. Take advantage of the opportunity to taste the delicious Breton specialities: seafood, fish, oysters, kouign amann and Breton shortbread, to mention just a few!
The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region for a sporty holiday
Miles and miles of beaches, waves, sunshine and the peaceful way of life you can only find in southwestern France, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region has everything you need for an unforgettable holiday. On the Atlantic coast, there will never be a dull moment with such a vast array of water-based and land-based activities to choose from. Let's start with the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the seaside: board sports. Surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing or sailing, try the activity of your choice in a completely safe environment at Biscarrosse or Lacanau, two popular seaside resorts on the Landes coast.
Later in the day, it is possible to switch freshwater for buckets and spades and turn your hand to building some sandcastles. And to avoid getting too hot, enjoy a dip in the supervised bathing areas for a safe and refreshing break. There is no shortage of activities on land either! Hiking in the pine forest, cycling, discovering the local heritage and gastronomy, you will be spoiled for choice!
For a little rest between all these activities, why not spend the day in La Rochelle? On the programme: a long walk around the Old Port, a stroll among the pretty cobbled streets and a visit to the La Rochelle aquarium, which many consider to be the most beautiful in France.
The Côte d’Azur for a relaxing holiday
The Côte d’Azur needs no presentation, a breath-taking coastline where cicadas sing and the green Mediterranean vegetation contrasts with the vivid blue of the sea. This beautiful region is a delight for tourists: those in love appreciate its romantic atmosphere, groups of friends like to party there, and families enjoy lazing on the beautiful Mediterranean beaches. So slip into your swimming costume, it's time for a dip! From Saint-Tropez to Cannes, via Fréjus, choose the beach you like, lay down your towel and make the most of a wonderful day at the beach.
Do you still want more? Set sail for the Island of Porquerolles! Not only is the boat trip an experience in itself that all will enjoy, but the magical setting of beautiful beaches and coves is outstanding and among some of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Be sure to bring a picnic and swim, explore the seabed and enjoy some relaxing sunbathing!