Are you staring at your computer screen and….

…instead of writing a report, secretly dreaming about a white sandy beach somewhere warm, where you absolutely need your sunglasses, a long flowy dress and a magnificent straw hat…?

Here are five French destinations which will perfectly fit your dreams, especially, if you are planning to make them a reality…

  1. Porquerolles. Have you ever dreamed of going to an island in the Mediterranean with no cars, where you can simply enjoy the nature and the sea? porquerolles2

Then Porquerolles is for you! It’s a small island on the French Riviera between Marseille and Cannes.

The island is perfect for a family holiday because there is a lot to do.

Most of the people rent bikes to cycle around. There are different routes of course, some really easy for the kids and some a bit more challenging.

It is also very pleasant to just walk around the village and the island.

Finally, of course, the island is surrounded by beautiful beaches and the sea is really warm in the summer.

Have a look at this article talking about the experience that awaits you in this magnificent get-away destination. Click HERE

2. La Balagne

Corsica has some of the best coasts in France.

The area between L’Ile Rousse and Calvi called La Balagne, in the north west of the island, is a great place to go to enjoy the beach and to relax. Balagne2

The two towns are lovely to visit as well. The beaches around them are amazing and, of course, the water is always really warm.

You can take a coast train to admire the stunning landscapes and get a transfer between the two towns.

Don’t forget to climb the hill in l’Ile Rousse to admire the wonderful sunset!

If you’d like to find out more about this beautiful area, click HERE

3. Porto-Vecchio

Corsica again!

Corsica does have wonderful beaches, the best of them are probably around the town of Porto-Vecchio. Iles Lavezzi

Palombaggia is probably the most well-known beach of the area but it is definitely not the only nice one: Santa Giulia and San Cyprien are great too.

And if you are looking for a day out in a heavenly island: go to the lavezzi island near Bonifacio, it is superb!

Here’s a great overview of all beaches in the area. Click HERE

4. Dunes du pilat

Have you ever considered the south west of France for your holidays?

The area of the Bassin d’Arcachon is really enjoyable.

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This is the place where you can discover the ‘Dune du Pilat’, the highest sand dune in Europe.

This impressive landscape is perfect if you want to spend your holiday by the seaside.

Get some more details HERE

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5. Calanques de cassis

Everyone knows the Calanques de Marseille but do you know the Calanques de Cassis?

It is not too far from Marseille and it is just as nice.

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The coastline is truly picturesque and gives plenty of space for numerous little inlets, and that’s where the magic begins…

Here’s an article giving you a flavour of what a day in Calanques de Cassis looks and feels like, click HERE

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Claire LourdelleABOUT THE AUTHOR Claire Lourdelle

Claire is an intern at Alliance Française de Cork from March-July 2016. She studied English as a foreign language in Arras and got her degree after an Erasmus year at UCD in Dublin. She then taught French for a year in England. She is now studying international culture and cooperation at the University of Lille, in the North of France.