Beach Cottages

France can't help but delight beach lovers with its two contrasting sea faring cultures that stretch across more than 2500 km of coastline. Generally, on the West side there are more rustic fishing towns and broad dune backed sweeps of sand that are characterised by the thrashing Atlantic Ocean. Whilst on the South coast, which is all Mediterranean, the feeling is more calm and manicured, especially the upmarket resorts of the Riviera. Having said that the Western coastline, which is quite rocky and wind swept along the Normandy Coast, takes on a much warmer character as soon as you reach Brittany, especially in places like the Cotes D'Armor and St Jacut De La Mer, which are a little further south on the Breton Coast. In fact south of the Loire there is almost a Med feel about the towns of La Rochelle and Les Sables. Further South still come the exquisite long, wide beaches of the Aquitaine where the shores are backed by great dunes at gorgeous resorts like Archachon, Gironde and Montalivet les Bains. The Aquitaine is the closest rival to the French Riviera and is endowed with heaps of culture and cuisine.

In the south are the trendy and traditional family friendly surfer resorts of Biarritz and St Jean de Luz, which cash in thanks to their fabulous Atlantic shores. The coastal regions of the Mediterranean are made up of the Languedoc and the Riviera. The former offers up authentic and traditional french resorts with long beaches, such as Aude, Herault, Cap D'Agde and La Grande Motte while the rest of the South Coast falls into the exclusive Cote d'Azur where the chic centres of Cannes and Nice light-up the sparkling Riviera shores. Once you’ve decided which section of this eclectic coastline you’re going to spend your holiday you’ll need to find a great place to stay. That’s where we come in. The holiday homes in France listed below range from beachfront villas with pools and sea views to traditional, trendy large group beach houses close to great surfing beaches, hip cafes and enough restaurants, bars and shops to ensure there’s plenty to see and do once you’re done with the beach for the day.