The summer holidays are finally coming and you are probably dreaming of an escape to decompress... But where to go in July? For the moment, you have to stay in France and you can only dream of faraway destinations where you will go later... Here is our selection of destinations in July in the heart of France, and there is something for everyone!
Where to go in July to enjoy the sun?
Not far from Paris, Normandy offers a beautiful coastline with magnificent beaches, far from the crowds of the French Riviera and with very pleasant temperatures. Among the wildest beaches in Normandy, we particularly recommend Lindbergh-Plage in the Channel and the beaches of the Chausey Islands, a little further south
On the Atlantic coast, Belle-Ile-en-Mer, the largest of the Ponant islands, only 14 km off the coast of Quiberon, is a pleasant destination in July: it is not too hot and there are fewer tourists there than elsewhere. Superb landscapes are found there: fertile fields, the jagged cliffs and coasts of the Atlantic coast with the famous needles of Port-Coton, and of course the fine golden sand beaches facing the continent...
Where to go in July to take a big breath of fresh air?
To find a bit of freshness in July, what better than one of the most pleasant in France, Lake Annecy? Beyond the pleasures of swimming, it is an ideal destination for outdoor sports including water sports (sailing, water skiing, diving), hiking, paragliding, mountain biking, canyoning..
In Brittany, the Crozon peninsula is a very pleasant nature destination in July. You will be able to admire the very picturesque and rugged coastline, with the Cap de la Chèvre in particular: at the southern tip of the peninsula, it faces the northern coast of Cape Sizun and closes the bay of Douarnenez. Other points are to be discovered during walks: the point of Kador, the point of Dinan, the point of Lostmarc'h, the point of Dolmen, the point of the Caves, the point of Menhir and many others. In addition to a rugged coastline, Crozon and its surroundings are home to a rich but fragile fauna, populated by grey herons, ducks, harriers and other marsh birds
Where to go in July for a city break?
In the south of France, head for the city of Carcassonne, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018. This sublime medieval architectural ensemble is one of the jewels of French heritage. Visible from afar and especially from the A61, it appears in the landscape as an anachronism, set in this Mediterranean environment. It must be said that it imposes some, with its 52 towers topped for the most part with slates and its 3 km of ramparts. An image straight out of a history book! A journey back in time that will open the doors to medieval art in all its splendour.
A port city on the Gironde estuary, Bordeaux is a major tourist destination that is not too crowded in July and August, with most tourists concentrating on the coast. This prestigious city is distinguished by a UNESCO World Heritage site and architectural jewels such as the Saint-André Cathedral. Discover, on the right bank, the Darwin alternative space occupying a former military barracks with urban farm, skatepark, organic grocery store and recuperation-style decoration. Enjoy with your family the Miroir d'eauplayful and romantic with its foggy effects, the Public Garden in the heart of the city which houses the oldest Guignol in France. Other Bordeaux pleasures include boarding a river cruise, strolling along the banks of the Garonne, the playgrounds and green spaces, or strolling in the historic district of Saint-Pierre...
Where to go in July for a family holiday?
If you like camping, go to Ardèche. The many activities that the region offers will satisfy your desire to escape. By organising your family holiday well in advance, you should be able to get away with a very interesting price-quality ratio.
Bordered by 7 km of fine sandy beach on one side, by wild ponds on the other, Palavas-les-Flots located in the Hérault is also a destination suitable for families with many campsites and hotels, rentals or holiday villages at affordable rates and in any case cheaper than on the French Riviera at the same period.
For small budgets or those who have not had time to organize their stays, remember to check regularly the offers of tourism professionals. At the last moment, you may come across some good deals. Taking advantage of the latest promotions is a good way to go on holiday at the last minute!
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