3 Fabulous French Summer holiday destinations and gorgeous places to stay

Written by on June 25, 2017 in Holidays & Things to do


Cotes D’amour Brittany

Located in northern Brittany, the Cotes d’Armor is a place of absolutely exquisite coastline including the famous “pink granite” shores.

Here you’ll find the captivating little town of Dinan, one of the most charming places in France. There are numerous attractions, pretty villages, secluded beaches, seaside resorts and more. It’s a place to do as much or as little as you like and to indulge in the local cuisine. Think fresh fish dishes, tasty pancakes and chilled cider!

Plouer-Sur-Rance, Cotes-d’Armor

The town of Plouer-sur-Rance is a great base to discover the area. Just 10 minutes’ drive from Dinan with its winding cobbled streets and ancient houses, close to the elegant resort of Dinard and just 30 minutes from Cancale, the famous oyster and seafood destination. Mont-Saint-Michel, one of the wonders of the world is 40 minutes away and an absolute must see for anyone who goes to this part of France.

Stay at: La Quinois cottage is in a hamlet just outside the town. We love it for its authentic Breton good looks, gorgeous interior and great location. Just minutes from Plouer-sur-Rance and with local restaurants, a great value rental and a brilliant place for a break.

Plessix Ballison, Cotes-d’Armor

Not far from Plouer-sur-Rance is the tranquil town of the rather strangely named Plessix Ballison. It was one of the smallest communes in France before being merged with other towns. Close to the Emerald Coast and its gorgeous beaches, as well as to the major sites in the region, it’s a perfect place to wind down.

Stay at: La Ville Thomas for its beautiful countryside location, proximity to some of the finest sandy beaches in France as well as being close to Saint Malo. Big enough for 8 people, beautifully decorated and great Value

Take a holiday in the Cotes d’Armor for: Golden sandy beaches, picturesque villages, atmospheric weekly markets, the freshest sea food, cycle routes, fishing and numerous activities make this part of Brittany a destination that will truly delight.

Alpes Maritime

In the south east corner of France on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea are some of the most beautiful seaside villages you’ll ever visit.

St Laurent du Var, Alpes Maritime

In the heart of the French Riviera, with Nice on the doorstep, close to Monaco and gorgeous Antibes, this floral town is extraordinarily beautiful and retains its authentic charm. It’s a lively place, plenty of shops, bars and restaurants and loads of activities. Add to this pretty much guaranteed sunshine and the warm waters of the Med and you’re onto a winner.

Stay at: Studio Laurent, perfect for 2. We love that it’s less than 5 minutes’ walk from the beach and that there’s a pool you can use as well as a private terrace

Theoule-sur-Mer, Alpes Maritime

With views of the hills of Cannes, just 20 minutes’ drive away, this small but stunning seaside town takes some beating. There are sandy beaches as well as rocky as the Esterel massif that runs through the landscape of Provence Alpes, dips into the sea here. The red colour of this geological feature adds real wow factor to the views.

Stay at: Villa Ajoucadou. We love it for its gorgeousness, a fab pool and for the fabulous views over the bay of Theoule-sur-Mer.


If you want to be close to the beaches but prefer the beauty of the countryside of the south of France then Grasse is going to float your boat.

Surrounded by iconic villages such as Tourettes-sur-Loup, Gourdon, Mougin and Valbonne, Grasse is known as the perfume capital of the world. The old town (Vieile Ville) features winding streets surrounded by 17th and 18th century buildings, stone steps take you up to the main square, Place aux Aires, which hosts daily markets of flowers and regional foods. From here it’s a 30 minute drive to Nice or Cannes

Stay at: Mas de la Chapelle. We love it for its beautiful 19th century architecture, beautiful Provencal style decor, superb infinity pool with views over the Bay of Cannes.

Donna Sloane is general manager of French Connections holiday rentals and property sales online.

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