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
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.