Last year I headed over to France for the Summer holidays knowing full well that it would be hectic; crowds, no waves, kids etc, but I was actually very wrong…
When you go off the beaten track and avoid what WannaSurf.com wants to tell you, you can find some very cool small coastal towns with epic surf. After camping in the forest for two weeks with some solid torrential down pours I still managed to love the place, so heres my top 5 favourite things about France:
1. The obvious – FOOD & DRINK
The patisseries are everywhere filled with pretty little pastries packed in fancy boxes, croissants, baguettes, eclairs, macaroons, everything bad for you the French definitely know how to do it. Ahh and don’t forget the ridiculous amounts of cheese served with more cheese. Perfect fuel and carb overload combination for a day in the ocean. You can also finish the day with a big glass of incredible vino, drink as much as you want and when you want, it’s cheap and everyone else is in on this deal.
2. Pine forests
When you head towards the coast, the beaches are surrounded by beautiful pine forests with bicycle paths nestled in between the trees connecting each little coastal town. This makes it the perfect camping and exploring destination. Just be careful of those camp fires…
3. Naked Sunbathing
It’s fine. Express yourself.
4. The Surf
France is home to some of the best beach breaks in the world and on the contrary to what you may think, it pumps all year round. Most traveling surfers head to the SW Coast and from Bordeaux to Biarritz you are spoilt with waves, including the fairly mellow suitable for longboarders to super hollow for barrel hunters. Biarritz, Lacanau and Hossegor have great waves accompanied by trendy beach bars and cool vibes.
To avoid the crowds and get the best of both worlds, I headed over to Carcans for a mile long punchy beach breaks, sunset beers and ice cream parlours.
Harry Timson flying in June!
His little Bro Sonny getting stuck right in. This is Summer!
5. You can make it an adventure
The amount of tourist attractions in France are endless. However, you can also use it as your starting point of your journey if you’re heading to Spain or driving up into the Pyrenees. It’s also so diverse that you can be in the beautiful rugged coastal Brittany and then be in the fashion capital of Paris in only a matter of hours. Or you can do as Max and Will did and make it a proper adventure and cycle through the whole country!
The boys looking rather refreshed after a nights sleep on La Grande Plage, Biarritz
So France I still love you. Do you love France? Have anything to add? Please comment below.