Top 4 best destinations in France for a seaside stay
The summer season is in full swing and an ever increasing number of holidaymakers decide to head to the coast to enjoy the beach, the sun and the pleasures of the seaside. Wandering through the streets of beautiful cities under the blue sky, tasting local specialties on a terrace near a port, lazing for hours on a stretch of sand and enjoying water sports activities and other hikes of all kinds, that's what the days of the unconditional vacationers by the Atlantic or the Mediterranean are made of. In need of inspiration for a future stay with a marine flavour? Here are 4 unmissable destinations in France.
1- Languedoc-Roussillon, the Mediterranean on the west side
The Languedoc-Roussillon is a historic coastal region that stretches from the Spanish border to the gates of Provence. It has kilometers of coastline where it is good to stop and enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. The ideal place to enjoy the sun's generous rays? Stay at a Sandaya campsite in Vendres-Plage near the dynamic and beautiful cities of Béziers and Montpellier. You will then benefit from a prime location to reach the most beautiful beaches such as those of Cap d'Agde, La Grande-Motte or the beautiful city of Grau-du-Roi in Petite Camargue. All of these beaches are the haunt of swimmers and enthusiasts of various water sports (windsurfing, paddle, towed buoy, catamaran, etc.).
As for the Petite Camargue, the territory allows you to change activities and to go and observe wild horses, bulls and pink flamingos that live together in the manades against the backdrop of the rice fields.
Languedoc-Roussillon is also the sublime Côte Vermeille and the lively seaside resorts located only a few minutes from Perpignan. Saint-Cyprien, Canet-en-Roussillon and the elegant Collioure are other cities to visit for a relaxing time by the sea
2- The Pays de la Loire region, always a great success
In the Pays de la Loire region, the coastline has been attracting sea and marshland enthusiasts for a long time, who organize the Atlantic Ocean Days. One takes advantage of the vacations to settle down in a campsite with a direct access to the beach, in a tent or a mobile home. Around the beautiful fortified city of Guérande, the walks take place in the middle of the salt marshes and in the Brière Regional Natural Park, before reaching the beautiful bay of La Baule. La Baule has 9 km of beaches, one of the longest in Europe. The perfect place to sunbathe, refresh yourself, and eat seafood specialties in a straw hut with your feet in the sand, before heading to the casino in the evening.
A little further south, the Vendée welcomes holidaymakers in Noirmoutier or at the foot of the bridge. The island is a small preserved paradise with its beautiful wild beaches such as Luzéronde, its small villages with white houses and blue, grey or green shutters and its kilometers of bicycle paths to go from one town to another, from one beach to another and cross the salt marshes.
Another option is to settle near Les Sables-d'Olonne, a city with a beautiful historical heritage and whose large beach, directly accessible from the city center, is a delight for swimmers and boaters
3- Corsica, an island with countless charms
The island of Beauty is a choice destination for a stay by the sea. In Haute-Corse, a Sandaya campsite in Bastia with a swimming pool allows you to feel close to nature. And what a nature! Before going to refresh yourself by the sea, you can start by going hiking around Monte Cinto, which culminates at an altitude of 2,706 m, or in the Agriates desert, a rocky and mountainous area covered with Corsican maquis.
As for the beach, the choice is wide. The beaches of Saleccia, Ostriconi, Macinaghju, Cala and Fiume Santu amaze holidaymakers with their translucent waters and exceptional sea beds.
Between two sessions on the sandy beaches, you can also visit Bastia and its lively and colorful streets; Calvi and its citadel as well as some pretty villages such as Nonza and Sant'Antonino, with incredible views on the surrounding nature.
Moreover, one cannot leave Haute-Corse without exploring the Cap Corse, a territory that is full of views with its rocky and green reliefs and the shades of blue of the Mediterranean Sea
4- Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the sun day after day
Vacationers who love the sea and the sun are not mistaken in coming to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. The sun shines generously all year round. The conditions are ideal to enjoy the jewels of the coastline. In the Var, a campsite not far from the sea in the vicinity of Fréjus allows you to spend time in the famous seaside resorts of Saint-Raphaël and Sainte-Maxime. Stroll to the port, shopping in the alleys and swimming at the beach, the setting is perfect to relax and recharge your batteries.
Around Saint-Raphaël, why not take advantage of your free time to participate in a scuba diving session in the clear waters of the Mediterranean or hike in the heart of the superb Estérel massif, whose reddish rocks offer a breathtaking setting?
On another day, you can also leave early in the morning and spend a day in the surroundings of Cannes. The city known for its unmissable film festival is worth a visit with its old port, its ochre-colored streets where you can stroll and the proximity of the Lerins islands. The archipelago is easily accessible from the bay of Cannes.
In Sainte-Marguerite, a nice program awaits the curious: visit of the Royal Fort, stroll in the Provencal village, walk along the paths between the pines and snorkeling around enchanting creeks.