Brace yourselves, summer is coming!

The days are getting longer and longer, sunnier and sunnier, warmer and warmer.

Beaches of South of France are beginning to welcome numerous visitors among whom a few braves daring to have a swim or a sun bath while you and your family are wondering the same thing than the year before:

“Where shall we go on holiday this summer???”

Which country? Which Region? Which hotel? So many questions …

What if the answer was very easy, as easy as being home indeed!

France is such a beautiful country surrounded with many different seas from North to South and the entire West coast where a nice property could be waiting for you.

According to several features like the view, the location, the proximity of places of interest, the price might not be the same but Sextant Properties has many propositions for you to spend a happy summer.

Here are four regions that might interest you, following the French coast from the North to South East:

Normandy 

Home of the last people that succeeded in conquering England during the early Middle Age, occupied by the English forces during the Hundred Years War, Normandy is the main witness of the common history between France and England.

However, after a long period of conflicts, these two beautiful countries have become friends, so can testify the Landing Beaches where the English army had land with Americans to free France from Nazism.

To travel in history and rediscover a moment of bravery and heroism, a visit on Gold, Juno and Sword beaches is a must!

Normandy has a rich past, and an even richer present, so can testify the wonderful city of Deauville.

The atmosphere of this town gathers Normand tradition with the culture of the Capital as it is called the 21st district of Paris or referred to as the ‘Parisian Riviera’

With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and luxurious hotels, Deauville is regarded as one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in France.

The charm of Normandy lies in the different landscapes the region can offer. You can leave a forest and face a field, then be in front of the Mont Saint-Michel in a blink of an eye.

Brittany
You want a fun fact? The coast of Brittany counts for more than the half of the whole French coast.

I agree, the sea might not be very warm but bathing is possible, I have tried it and I am still here to write this article. To be honest I actually enjoyed it as the sun was shining.

Anyway! Brittany as much more attractive features that the sea, luckily…
Brittany is the region of crepes (sweet) and galettes (salted), pavés and galettes again (here, both are pastries) and cider. This is also one of the best places in France for seafood.

Before being called Brittany, Armorica was a place of antiquity. It started between 4500 and 200 BC with megaliths (menhirs, dolmens and cromlechs) which were raised by Bretons and Gallics as sepulchre. Even if megaliths were often related to the Celtic culture, Celts sometimes used them for religious matters but never built any.

This region hosted many legends like Tristan & Iseult, Merlin the wizard of the Arthurian legend.
So Remember, if you pass in the Brocéliande beware of the Lady of the Lake and do not hesitate to seize Excalibur!

Languedoc-Roussillon  

As for Normandy, the Languedoc Roussillon offers many different types of landscapes, all equally breathtaking.

–          The region offers more than 150 miles of sea shore to relax enjoying a sweet glass of local rosé under a sun that shines most of the year granting the area of a sweet temperature, or practicing the many activities sea side resorts can offer you with the finest equipment.

–          The mountains host 13 spa resorts making Languedoc Roussillon the second French region for hydrotherapy.

–          The countryside is rich of history. You can witness it all along the Canal du Midi where more than 350 bridges from the 18th century to our era lay and offer a wonderful spectacle.
For the most courageous, the Castle-Strewn Trail of the Cathars is an amazing experience that starts in Port la Nouvelle and proposes to visit several wonderful castles near the road.
The region can also be visited on the back on a horse or with bycicles.

–          In addition to water sports, you can practice golf In one of the 14 golf courses that offers perfectly maintained rounds. During the winter, you can also enjoy ski resorts in the Pyrenees

The gastronomy in Languedoc is based on products that all remind you of the sun. Olive oil, garlic, herbs marry amazingly well with local cheese and local products.
To accompany the good meals which are waiting for you, the famous wines from Languedoc will propose you either red or white wines that delight the tongue of amateurs.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Known for Nice and its famous Promenade des Anglais, Cannes and its Movie Festival, Provence-Alpes-Cotes-d’Azur has a lot more to offer.

The city of Bandol is a charming Provencal town, turned towards the sea and protected from the wind by its green and wooded hills of pine and willow. Bandol, before Saint Tropez, was the privileged meeting area of actors and writers (the first tourists included Thomas Mann, Aldous Huxley, Marcel Pagnol or Fernandel). Here you can taste the authentic charms of a little Mediterranean paradise: fine white sandy beaches, natural creeks, inlets and bays and divine wines.

I think that the best way to introduce you to this marvelous town, the best is to let you enjoy this clip realized by the city council.

Holiday home, sweet holiday home!

One of these regions has you preference?
Here is an example of what you can find in there.

Normandy offers many accesses from the United Kingdom. Plane, boat and even car make it close to you and a perfect option to spend a week-end in this superb property in Deauville

Brittany and its traditional charm proposes towns like Plougasnou and this typical Breton property.

Languedoc and its sun, its landscapes and its culture that proposes many activities and a quality as great as the variety of local products may welcome you during breaks between treks and rides in this charming villa

Provence Alpes Cotes d’azur, the second touristic region of France after Paris is not to be presented anymore with places like Cannes and Nice or St-Tropez. Bandol is a quieter town but don’t get me wrong! it is still wonderful and enjoys a lot of events and animations.
This splendid villa or this sumptuous one might be expecting you to turn the key.

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