There is something wild and embracing about the sea that attracts us to it. From breathing in the fresh sea air, to surfing or sailing on the waves, most people are looking for a holiday by the sea when considering their ideal destination.
The West Coast of France is lined with golden beaches that meet the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. From Brittany in the north, through Vendee and down to Landes, tourists are drawn to these beautiful coastal regions. From families appreciating the simple pleasures of building sand castles and paddling in the shallow water, to professional windsurfers who are looking to perfect their technique on the crashing waves, there’s a lot to enjoy along the coast.
Most of our French campsites are located in walking distance from the sea and it is easy to reach other beaches along coastal cycle routes. From popular resorts, to remote coves and even active fishing harbours, there are plenty of places to explore.
If you are planning to enjoy the water, it is important to stay vigilant and follow the rules of any signs on the beach. Be aware of the tides, especially if you are taking part in an activity that may distract you, such as collecting shellfish at low tide on Le Passage du Gois or exploring the rock pools at the far end of Ile de Re. In these shallow areas, the water comes in quickly and it is easy to become stranded if you are not prepared.
If you’d love to get out on the ocean, but you are not tempted by the many local surf schools in the popular regions, you may want to book your seat on a local boat trip. In Brittany you can catch a boat to Ile-de-Brehat a car free island which offers a complete escape from the realities of daily life and the opportunity to get back on the water in a kayak.
From La Rochelle, an impressive city in driving distance from our campsites in Vendee, boat trips allow you to share the water with luxury yachts and fishing vessels and get great views of the local islands. The Hossegor and Capbreton resorts near our campsites in Landes offer you the opportunity to experience a fishing trip, so you can catch your own dinner!
For centuries the sea has shaped France’s West Coast and provided people with a livelihood and entertainment. With a splash of common sense, you too can delight in all it has to offer.
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