From Brittany in the North, to the boarders with Spain in the South, the West coast of France celebrates miles of clean beaches and easy access to the Atlantic Sea. The sea has provided France with a valuable source of fresh food and you can enjoy the taste of freshly caught seafood in many restaurants along the west coast. The traditional fishing ports and productive oyster beds are still a hive of activity, but these days a choice of water sports offer new ways to enjoy the waters.
Whilst many holiday makers look forward to relaxing on the beach, others are looking for more active pursuits. Learning or mastering a new skill can be exhilarating and rewarding, so you return from holiday with a great sense of achievement to compliment your sun tan.
Many of the beaches in Southern Brittany, Vendee, Gascony and the Pyrenees offer great opportunities for both beginners and experienced water sport enthusiasts to enjoy the challenges and thrills of catching a wave. There are water sport schools dotted along the coast, so you can learn techniques, tips and tricks from experienced instructors. These are also ideal places to hire wetsuits and equipment for your chosen sport.
The Atlantic waves washing onto clean golden beaches offer a delightful location for body boarders and surfers to perfect their skills. For those who prefer to be on the water, rather than in it, there are also sailing schools and opportunities for jet ski hire in some resorts.
Kite boarding is another popular watersport along the west coast of France. In 2011, the French National kite boarding championships were held in La Tranche, Vendee, attracting many of the country’s leading competitors. La Conches, a resort just north of La Tranche, is renowned by kite boarders and surfers for its perfect combination of sea breeze, big waves and warm weather. A holiday in Vendee could see you sharing the delights of these watersport destinations.
You will find our Carisma campsites in Brittany, Vendee, Gascony are located in walking distance from the local beaches. After a day on the water, you can easily get back to base for a refreshing shower and a well-deserved local beer or wine as you relax on the deck of your mobile home. Our self-catering accommodation offers you maximum flexibility, so you can choose to rise early and catch the morning waves, or stay on the beach to watch the evening sunset.
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