Visiting some of the most popular coast resorts in southern France
Biarritz, a fine southern city
Biarritz is in the south-western corner of France, close to the border with Spain. It is world-renowned as a wind-surfing centre with important competitions held here each year in the dramatic waves of the Atlantic.
There are several good reasons to visit this attractive city such as:
- the town itself contains very impressive grand 19th century townhouses with wrought iron balconies and other decoration, and is a pleasure to explore
- it is a lively town, where you can shop, eat and drink at all hours
Touring the Medoc coast – by bike?
The Medoc region is one of the less visited regions of southern France – and most (overseas) visitors are here for the famous vineyards to the east of the Medoc peninsula such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild…
…but on this occasion we aren’t here for the wine, we are visiting the beaches!
Nice is a very interesting place to visit, with both easy access to the sunny Mediterranean and plenty to amuse you in the town when you can’t bear the sea any longer…
It is also the most visited resort on the French Riviera and the most important city (apologies to Marseille but that is a little way outside the French riviera!).
I'm not always a big enthusiast for the beaches of Languedoc-Roussillon. Most of the Languedoc resorts arose in the 1960s and 1970s when the mosquitoes were cleared away from the region to make way for tourists under the so-called "Mission Racine". A fair number of them are dated, crowded, have too much building and development and little of historical interest.
The beaches are often long and sandy and very windswept and lacking for shade.
Arcachon - the nicest seaside resort in France?
What makes Arcachon so special?
There are more than 3000 kilometres of coast in France, much of it beaches. There are also hundreds of resorts around the coast, including many that are very well known - especially along the Riviera. So we have a challenge on our hands to convince you that Arcachon, on the Atlantic Coast in south-west France, is a better place to visit than all the rest!
Note, our goal here isn't to explain every highlight or place of interest in Arcachon, but to convince you to visit so that you can see for yourself!