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France has 3 distinct coastlines bordering the English Channel/ North Sea, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Normandy in the northwest with its long sandy beaches has long been a popular holiday destination. There are many pretty fishing towns such as Honfleur and Barfleur to explore. Normandy is well known for the D-Day beaches and war cemeteries. The mystical abbey of Mont St-Michel is well worth a visit.  It sits on a rocky mount and is accessible by causeway at low tide.  Further north towards the border with Belgium is the windswept shore of the Côte D’Opale with sand dunes that provide ideal conditions for sand-yachting and a great habitat for birds. Heading west, Brittany is the second most popular holiday destination in France after the Côte d’Azur. It has a more rugged coastline with cliffs, sandy beaches and several offshore islands. Popular resorts can be found on the Channel coast at Côte d’Émeraude around St Malo and the Côte de Granit Rose in the north. On the Atlantic coast the Crozon peninsular is popular as is the resort of Bénodet and the resorts of the Morbihan coast below Vannes not forgetting the chic resort of La Baule near St-Nazaire. Beaches can be crowded in summer but there are plenty of places to get away to and explore such as Cancale famous for its oysters and the medieval walled town of Dinan. If you have time the islands of Belle-Île and Île de Ré are well worth a visit and are easily explored by bicycle. Holidayloop.co.uk offers Normandy holiday rental and Gite rentals. You can rent a private Villa in La Rochelle directly from your local home owner. Further down the Atlantic coast is the region of Poitou-Charentes which meets the Spanish border. The port town of La Rochelle is well known for its historic centre and excellent fish restaurants. The Côte d’Argent below offers endless windswept beaches with excellent surfing conditions. Biarritz hosts a well attended Surf Festival every year in mid-July.

Down to the South of France now and the Mediterranean coast. The Côte d’Azur has long been a magnet for sun worshippers and popular resorts are Cassis, Le Lavandou and St-Tropez. A daytrip to the Iles d’Hyères offers a chance to escape the crowds. Further along the coast towards the Italian border is the French Riviera which still attracts the rich and famous to chic resorts like Cannes. The tiny principality of Monaco boasts big yachts and plenty of money and if you fancy a spot of luxury shopping head for the glamorous casino area of Monte Carlo. Heading back west along the coast towards the Spanish border you will find the quieter and relatively unspoilt coastline of Eastern Languedoc. The port of Sète is a great place to see joutes nautiques (water-jousting). Corsica has some of France’s finest beaches including the unspoilt Plage de Saleccia with its soft white sand and warm turquoise sea. Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of France holiday accommodation, France holiday apartments, France holiday villas and Gites. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing France holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their France home.

Finally water sports are widely available around the French coastline. The Atlantic coast has excellent conditions for surfing while windsurfing is popular on the calm salt water inlets of the western Mediterranean coast. The crystal clear waters around Corsica are ideal for diving and snorkelling. Alternatively why not try a spot of sea fishing or charter a yacht for the day and explore the beautiful coastline around Brittany. A holiday in Brittany or Normandy, France, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family break.

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