Cote d’Azur: Best Beaches on the Big Blue

If you're looking for the quintessential Côte d'Azur beach experience, you can test the deep blue Mediterranean waters in splendidly contrasting landscapes that stretch from Monaco to Cannes. There's no need to rough it—some...

Corsica: Island Life in Calvi and La Balagne

There’s a whiff of Pastis on the ocean breeze as a huddle of well-oiled older gents swaps jokes and songs. One of them, possibly an octogenarian and definitely a local ‘character’, noodles away on...

Beach Boys: Surf’s up in Biarritz

Downtown Biarritz and there’s a businessman struggling to get a surfboard through the front door of his office. All suited and booted in the lunchtime heat, he’s sweating and swearing as he manipulates the...

Beaches near Montpellier

Guide to beaches near Montpellier and surrounds The beaches north and south of Montpellier in the Herault and the Gard are amongst the most popular in the region - bordered by atmospheric inland lagoons and...

Nature Reserves in Brittany

Mol The Iroise nature reserve shelters species and habitats which are in need of protection and in some cases re-establishment. Access to the small islands is sometimes restricted. Discover this environment at the island environmental...

Very Vendée!

France Today takes a tour around this department Marais Boat trip Visualise a piece of France fringed on one side by huge licks of perfect yellow beach and enough sailing opportunities to make Ellen MacArthur blush. Offshore...

Calvados Guide: The Normandy Coast

France Today takes a tour around this department Deauville PlageWith so many contrasting landscapes, exploring the Calvados département in Normandy is like flicking through a glossy nature book. The northern coastline is rugged and beautiful,...

Charente Maritime guide

France Today takes a tour around this department La Rochelle MarinaThe introduction of regular low-cost flights to La Rochelle has proved a popular move and the extension to a year-round service says a great deal about...