Top Destinations with Travel Tips on the Atlantic Coast

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The littoral of the Atlantic coast is like its rollers, which break on sandy beaches: striking and majestic.   Its long sandy beaches and pine forests make it an ideal playground for many pedestrian, equestrian or cycling activities. In its lively resorts, nature lovers, sports fans or those who simply want to bask in the sun are spoiled for choice.

Bénodet: at the tip of South Brittany At the southern tip of Brittany, Bénodet is a seaside resort with its human-sized beaches.

the beach of Trez, in the heart of Bénodet; the beach of Pointe Saint Gilles, dreamed to indulge in the pleasures of fishing on foot; the Letty Beach, on the lagoon; the Beach of the Rooster, naturally exposed to the sun of late afternoon. On the activities side, a whole range of leisure activities to delight young and old: sailing, sports, walks on the coast.

Cultural visits, with the discovery of the Museum of the seaside, industrial with the presence of two biscuits, and cruises on the Odet or destined to the Glénan archipelago  composed of 7 islets with their paradisiacal beaches of white sand.   Just 15 kilometers away, visitors can discover Quimper , the capital of the Cornwall, walking along its narrow alleyways lined with half-timbered houses, admiring its cathedral and appreciating its faience.

Pornic: at the gates of Brittany and the Vendée Located only 50 km from Nantes, Pornic embodies the scenery with its marina, its medieval city and its beaches. It is good to get lost in the medieval city and shiver by visiting the castle of Gilles de Rais better known as “Bluebeard”. Nature lovers will take the 15-kilometer customs path, while others will recharge their batteries at the Pornic Alliance, a real institution and one of the most renowned thalassotherapy centers   One hour from Pornic, the Regional Nature Park of Brière, made up of marshes, shelters a fauna and a flora preserved.

Epicureans will follow the road of the Nantes vineyards to discover the name of Muscadet . Rendez-vous in Saint-Jean-de-Monts on the Côte de Lumière in Vendée Situated in a setting of white sandy beaches, pine forests and salt marshes, the resort of   Saint-Jean-de-Monts is the ideal seaside destination for a family holiday under the sign of the great outdoors.   Famous for its beach more than 8 kilometers long, the theater of many games of beaches and walks, this resort offers a whole range of sports and cultural activities for all. Golfers are not left out with a golf course located just 300 meters from the sea.

You will enjoy a visit to the neighboring islands of Noirmoutier , accessible by boat, but also by road thanks to the bridge that connects it to the mainland, and the island of Yeu, the island furthest from the continent after Corsica. In Biscarrosse in the Landes in the middle of pines and dunes Located south of Bordeaux, the forest of the Landes planted with pines is the largest forest in Europe. Bordering this forest, between land and sea, Biscarrosse oscillates between fresh water and sea water with its numerous lakes and its impressive ocean waves.   Famous for its immense dunes, this resort also combines the most beautiful places for a lesson of surfing or kite surfing. Do not miss the Seaplane Museum, which tells of the exploits of the pioneers of aviation and the gathering of seaplanes which meets every 2 years 25 000 enthusiasts in May. Nearby, on the bay of Arcachon, come to explore the dune of the Pyla , the highest of Europe with more than 100 meters of height.

Escale in Biarritz on the Basque Coast A stay in Biarritz is both leaving in the footsteps of celebrities such as Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie or Hemingway. Here, authenticity and modernity go hand in hand.  A visit to the Museum of the Sea will make you discover more than 50 aquariums. For those who wish to have fun, try your luck at the casino. Treat yourself to a wellness break in one of the city’s two thalassotherapy centers.  Biarritz is also the European surfing capital since 1957, with 11 surf schools! Golf and horse riding enthusiasts will also be delighted. Finally, introduce Basque gastronomy to your taste buds, whether in a Michelin star restaurant or a family restaurant. Anglet, a paradise for surfers … and much more! In Anglet , you will be spoiled for choice to choose your beach among the 11 that counts the resort. Surfers will head towards the beach of the Dunes and that of the Cavaliers whose reputation is not to be done.

Walking, cycling on the slopes created for this purpose, or even tree climbing: nature lovers will find all sorts of activities and infrastructures to oxygenate in particular in the forest of Pignada and the ecological park Izadia.   To discover the secrets of the Basque gastronomy, a small tour in the stalls of the market of Quintaou imposes itself! Do not miss Bayonne, the economic and cultural capital of the Basque Country, famous for its heritage, its festivals, its chocolate and its tasty ham. Hendaye, a stone’s throw from the Spanish border … Hendaye is the last resort on the French Basque coast. It offers numerous water sports facilities designed for the practice of water sports with family and especially windsurfing, diving and sailing.   From the medieval old town on a hill, breathtaking views are offered to the visitor. The Castle of Abbadia overlooking the cliffs and founded by the explorer Antoine d’Abbadie.