Although an increasing number of holiday makers are looking for a rural retreat in France, the coastal resorts are still the most popular destination. The southern coast may be the best known, but each year the west coast attracts many French and international visitors.
In the Aquitaine region south of Bordeaux, the sun, sea, sand and surf offer holiday makers an action packed experience. However, like a quality wine, the famous city of Bordeaux invites you to relax and absorb all that it has to offer, appreciating the finer details and absorbing you into its delights. Paris may be the most popular tourist destination, but Bordeaux offers a grandeur that shouldn’t be missed if you are enjoy a holiday on the west coast of France.
Surrounded by fertile land and a warm climate, the region is ideal for growing the traditional grape varieties that have been praised and enjoyed around the globe. A trip to the outskirts of Bordeaux can provide the opportunity for tours and tastings at some of the best known vineyards.
Another marvellous city on France’s west coast is La Rochelle. Since the 12th Century this coastal city has operated as an important port and has benefitted from many special privileges including the city the right to mint its own coins. Despite expansion, the centre of the city has retained much of its rich heritage, making it a picturesque and interesting place to visit. The most popular attraction is the old port, Vieux Port and the rich array of boats which can still be seen on the water.
North of La Rochelle, you reach the holiday paradise of Vendee. With golden beaches, pine forests and plenty of sunshine, the region is a popular destination for families. Vendee invites you to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of its natural environment and welcoming French towns.
Water sports are popular in Vendee and this is the ideal place for beginners through to more advanced sailors, surfers and kite boarders to experience the waves. The region also continues its traditional fishing culture, so whether you are dining out in a restaurant, or selecting something special to cook on the BBQ, you can enjoy the taste of fresh seafood.
With many events, activities and attractions, Vendee has plenty to offer holiday makers. Due to its popularity, Carisma offer four different Vendee campsites. The family fun resort of Sol-a-Gogo, the lively and most popular resort of La Dune des Sables the smaller and quieter site at Jard Sur Mer and Les Conches, a wooded site which is located close to a popular surfing beach.
Why not get in on the action and book a holiday on the West coast of France? With a wide variety of attractions for all ages and interests, one destination can be the ideal resort for every member of the family.
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