South West France- Hotspots

Every year since I can remember, I have gone on holiday to France with my family in the summer. In fact, in all my twenty years, it is actually the only country outside of the UK that we have ever visited all together. There are so many amazing places in France, and in all my years of visiting the country, I know that I have only scratched the surface of what it has to offer. Nevertheless, I wanted to make a brief post to share some of my favourite destinations from my recent visit with you.

Bordeaux

This has always been a favourite destination of ours. Filled with big, beautiful buildings, cafés and restaurants, this bustling city has a lot to offer. Here you can walk along the river front, or even visit the Musée des Beaux Arts, what’s more, the huge high street means that you almost definitely won’t leave empty handed! Bordeaux is the perfect spot for those wanting to experience French city life.

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Carcans

If you’re looking for somewhere to take a gentle swim…then this probably isn’t the best beach for you. This might not have been the most relaxing of places, but the hilarity of watching my mum being swept away by the waves every few seconds more than made up for that. Besides the awesome waves, Carcans is a beautiful and vast beach that provides the perfect place to get your tan on. Otherwise, if you fancy having a proper swim without the fear of drowning then you can also visit the lake! Encompassed by a cute little town with shops and cafés galore, Carcans is a great place to spend those sunny days.

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Royan

This is a personal favourite of mine, and somewhere that I have visited pretty much every single time I’ve been to France. Situated along the coast, Royan is a pretty commune with a gorgeous coastline, and a bustling harbour. Walk along the pier to browse in the shops, and enjoy some authentic nougat. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you could take out one of the many jet skis for hire! What’s more, with the harbour being lined point to point with seafood restaurants, you can enjoy the great cuisine that Royan has to offer.

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Meschers

This is another must-do for my family and I. Meschers beach is simple but pretty and it can be great for a relaxing day out, especially towards the end of the summer months. The water may not be crystal clear but is perfect for cooling down in the midday sun…if you make sure to avoid the jellyfish!

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Brantôme

France has an abundance of cute towns and Brantôme is one of my favourite ones to visit. Lined with beautiful scenery, you can take a stroll along the river (and maybe pause to watch and laugh as the canoeists struggle to make it over the big ledge). Brantôme is great for its little independent shops and cafés and you are bound to find a few little gems during your visit!

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So those are a few of my fave places to go in France, I have so much more to discover so let me know if you have any more suggestions!