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There are many reasons to visit the wonderful country of France. If it is pure relaxation and abandonment at a sunny coastal location you are looking for, then look no further! The North, West and South of France provide wonderful beach resorts where you can enjoy the sun and sand without a care in the world. Read on for more…

Resorts of North Western France

The most popular northwestern resorts of France include the Caen region, which is lapped by the waters of the English Channel. This region holds an important place in French history – much of the area was part of the WW2 Allied landings and the area is dotted with historical landmarks relating to these events in the turbulent European military history. The beaches around the area of Point du Hoc are pretty poignant – some the D-Day landings took place here and so many young men died here fighting for the liberation of Europe during the Allied invasion of June 1944. Many of the beaches in this region such as Calvados represent a pilgrimage for people who lost loved ones in the conflict with Nazi Germany.

Arromanches is a pleasant seaside town which is a popular visiting place for those in interested in the Allied Landings at the Normandy region – this town was right at the heart of the Allied operation. The beaches at Omaha, Juno and Utah are a must to sample the terrain that greeted the landing of the Allied forces.

Some of the more popular beach resort towns include Saint Malo, Le Touquet, Trouville and Deauville. The white cliff faces and the strange rock formations around the Alabaster Coast are well worth checking out. Other villages included Etretat and Fécamp.

Resorts of Western France

The western area is dominated by the beautiful Brittany region. There is a wonderful combination of white sandy beaches and delightful rocky coves to explore. Brittany has a striking coastline that is woven by the Atlantic waves. There is a notable Celtic influence on this region. The beaches and coastlines make it a perfect area for those interested in surfing and deep sea diving!

Some of the most prominent costal resorts in Brittany include:

· The Emerald Coast (Cóte d’Emeraude), which is the area near Dinard to the north east

· La Cóte de Granit Rose to the north of the Cotes d’Armor

· Western Brittany and Finistere

· The Crozon Peninsula

· The Gulf of Morbihan

· Vendée Region (especially La Baule, which is a long fine sand beach loved especially by families; Bretignolles-sur-Mer, a great Vendée surfing area and Pornichet beach

· Atlantic coastal beach areas such La Rochelle, St Martin de Ré

· The Coté de Beauté area, to the north of the Gironde estuary

· Biarritz resort – the popular and bustling town on the Atlantic coast in southwest France (in the Atlantic-Pyrenees department of Aquitaine). This is a popular area for surfers; La Grande Plage is the main beach here.

Resorts of Southern France

One of the most famous beach regions in France is the Languedoc area. It borders the Mediterranean Sea and borders Spain. Languedoc has several quality sandy beaches. Some of the main resorts are:

· Saint Cyprien

· Cape D’Agde (Note that part of this beach has a Naturist section)

· The charming town of Montpellier and the nearby resort of La Grande Motte

· The town of Sète, which is known as the Venice of the Languedoc region.

· The Med Coast in Languedoc is known as La Coté Vermeille and has resorts such as Collioure and Argeles-sur-Mer.

If you want to experience a resort with all of the glitz and glamour then the Cote d’Azur is the place to go to – also known as the French Riviera. The capital city is Nice and the other two main resorts are St Tropez and Cannes. It is the diversity of the region that illustrates how enticing this region is – you can enjoy sandy beaches and stunning Alpine scenery. The Riviera offers stunning coastal views, great all year round weather, and wonderful tourist attractions. The Cote d’Azur goes to the east from Antibes through Cannes, Monaco/Monte Carlo and Villefranche-sur-Mer. The main resorts here are as follows:

· Nice is the largest resort on the Cote d’Azur -and has something for everyone – marvelous beaches, history, wonderful buildings.

· St Tropez beaches – la Baie de Pampelonne to the south of St Tropez, Pamelonne beach, la Plage des Salins and Plage de la Moutte

· Toulon – Mourillon beach

· Sainte-Maxime – this south facing beach is warm all year round!

· Cannes beaches

· Antibes

· Villefranche-sur-Mer

· Menton coastal town on the Cote d’Azur, a few kilometres from the Italian border. Known for its lemon festival, there is a fine beach here.

Hope you enjoyed our guide to the top beach resorts of France. Have we tempted you to take a coastal resort vacation soon? The best way to explore these areas at your leisure is to avail of a top quality rental car at an affordable price, so visit our Car Hire France page.

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