France is a country with lots to offer, with iconic cities, exquisite food, a rich cultural heritage and of course, the beautiful French countryside. What better place to spend your summer holiday! Here’s my pick of the best places in France to visit this summer.
This stunning town is located on the Southwest coast of France and has long been a haven for tourists, with the place well-known for its restorative atmosphere. The golden beach stretches on for miles and looks out at the Atlantic Ocean. Here in the bay, you’ll find Europe’s largest sand dune, Dune du Pyla. With such beautiful beachfront and natural landscape to enjoy, June is the perfect month to visit this stunning coastal area. Temperatures climb to 23 degrees, with over 8 hours of sun each day and warm sea temperatures. You’ll also be able to enjoy the Festival of Music, a highlight in Arcachon’s social calendar as well as the parachuting festival.
There is much to see and do here in Arcachon to keep you entertained. For those who like an active holiday, you have your pick of activities from horse riding, cycling and golf to heading out onto the water for some windsurfing, sailing or diving. Even if you prefer the quiet life, you can even hire out a pedal boat to enjoy the view from the sea. The town itself is a traditional seaside town so you’ll be able to enjoy the boardwalk and if you want to learn more about the town and its history, you can even book onto a guided tour.
Nestled on the western coast of France, Biarritz is a very popular tourist destination. It has great views across the Bay of Biscay and is certainly a place that is in love with its oceanic roots. Visit in June and you’ll find conditions perfect for relaxing on the picturesque beaches with temperatures hovering around 22 degrees. Better still, with the sea at a comfortable temperature, you’ll be able to make the most of one of the best places to surf in Europe.
You certainly will have lots to keep you occupied here in Biarritz. June sees the Les Oceanes and Las Casetas festivals hosted here and they offer a fantastic start to the summer. To learn more about the sea and how much it has influenced the town, visit both the Cite de l’Ocean and the Musee de la Mer. This beautiful Art Deco building is home to the aquarium and also celebrates the history of fishing and whaling here in Biarritz. Undoubtedly, the highlight of a visit here are the seals especially at feeding time! You should also take time to visit the d’Art Oriental Asiatica, which is home to a wealth of ancient Asian artefacts. Once you’ve indulged in the culture, relax by having some Thalassotherapy which Biarritz is famed for.
The South of France conjours up images of Nice, Cannes and St.Tropez and of glamour and glitz that money just can’t buy. Well, move along the coast west and you’ll be able to find the very best that the South of France can offer, all for a much more affordable rate in Languedoc. This province has an enviable location, bordered by Provence and the Pyrenees which gives it a distinctly unique feel. June offers the fantastic warm weather and sunshine without the blistering heat that follows for the rest of the summer. There are also a number of festivals held in the province during June, including the Carcassonne Festival and the Montpellier Dance Festival.
In such a wide and varied region, there is obviously much to see here. The landscape is simply stunning, made all the more beautiful if you choose to stay in a traditional property. Visit the Roman buildings in Nimes or the fine Cathar fortresses near Perpignan. For a dash of culture, you should definitely visit Montpellier to visit the Musee Fabre which houses some of the finest works of art in France. To get back to nature, a trip to the Parc National des Cevennes is a must, to experience its wooded valleys, its mountains and of course the animals that have made their home here. It’s easy to see why this place had such an influence on Robert Louis Stevenson and you can follow in his footsteps by following the Stevenson trail.