France Beaches On The Atlantic
France beaches on the Atlantic coast have the longest golden sandy French beaches in France. There are less crowds than the Mediterranean, great waves for surfers and good calm French beaches for young families. Many French come here for their summer beach holiday. The air is cooler than on the Mediterranean with average summer temperatures in the low 70s.
Whether on the Atlantic, Mediterranean, or the English Channel, a French Beach is considered the best in Europe.
North of La Rochelle, a beautiful unspoiled resort with lots of yachts in the harbor starts the area known for being kid friendly known as the Vendée. The beaches are long and sandy sometimes backed by a forest of pine trees.
Ile de Re: Sandy, shallow beaches and lots of biking and hiking paths.
St. Martin de Ré south to Royan great beaches.
Royan has 5 beaches.
From the Gironde south to the Spanish border are long golden sandy beaches backed by forests of pine trees and pounding surf. This area is known as the Cote d’Argent or the Silver Coast. Very popular with the French for vacation. Great waves for surfing especially around Biarritz.
Between Royan and Arcachon:
On a peninsula near Bordeaux and opposite Arcachon. Ocean on one side, bay on the other. Peaceful and quiet. Surfing, swimming, fishing.
Biarritz and South:
Biarritz 72-degree average summer air temperature. This resort started popularity with Spanish royalty and then Napoleon III’s wife took a liking so he built her a big fancy place that today is the Palace Hotel. Most famous beaches: Grande Plage (next to the casino), Vieux Port Plage, Milady Plage, and Miramar Plage. It has become famous for surfing as the annual Biarritz Surf Festival in July attracts many visitor. It is the most famous surf festival in Europe
San Juan de Luz is right next to the Spanish border. This is Basque country. Cute fishing village and a beautiful small beach and beautiful Basque architecture. Year round surfing with plenty of surfing shops to fill your needs. Not a lot of parking so in the high summer it’s hard to find a place to park.
Where to Stay?
Camping in France goes beyond tents. 5 star campgrounds are like resorts with cottages to rent and swimming pools to swim in.
Driving in France
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