The south of France is one of the world’s most popular destinations. And I must admit, I love to be in France! It has it all: old villages, a rustic countryside, beautiful beaches and awesome weather. I know lots of people who drive there every summer to spend 2 weeks at the same campsite near the beach. I have done the same when I was younger and my niece asked me to join her and her parents on vacation. But after I had worked a couple of months in France, I felt that I should do more sightseeing and decided to make a road trip along the west coast.
First stop: La Tuque, Belaye.
Since I finished working on Camping La Tuque in Belaye, this was the starting point of our road trip. The area is known for its wine. There are a lot of places to visit such as Cahors, local markets, the Gouffre de Padirac, and a lot of castles. I’ll tell you more about this area in another blog post coming soon!
Since I had visited a lot of places in this area already we decided to drive directly to Sérignan. Where we will stay for a couple of days.
Next stop: Sérignan
Sérignan is a known area for me as well. I have worked and lived here for about 4 months on this beautiful campsite called Yelloh! Village Le Sérignan Plage. The main reason for going here is visiting old friends I hadn’t seen for almost a year. Offcourse we visited some nearby places as Carcassonne and Les Neuf Ecluses near Beziers.
Next stop: Andorra
Ok, I know, Andorra is not France. It is a different country and since we had heard so many good things about it, we decided to check it out.
After a long day of driving, we arrived in the late afternoon. Andorra is one of the smallest countries in Europe. It lays in between France and Spain in the Pyrenees. Andorra is great for its Tax-Free shopping and in winter good for skiing. We decided that staying one night there will be enough for us to visit the city and on the road, we will make some sightseeing stops.
Next stop: Bayonne
From Andorra we drive back to France, ready to start our way up along the west coast. Bayonne and next to it Biarritz are good known places for tourists and surfers since Biarritz is a great surf spot.
Next stop: Saint-Nazaire
After a long day of driving, we arrive in Saint-Nazaire. Here we visit the U-boat and Guérande for its famous salt. We decide to make it a more relaxed day before we drive further tomorrow.
Next stop: Saint-Malo
Luckily it’s not far from Saint-Nazaire to Saint-Malo. We arrive in this beautiful port city and discover the beach and its town walls. We sleep in a hotel on the outside of the city.
Next stop: Caen
From Saint-Malo, we drive to Mont-Saint-Michel to visit this amazing place. At the end of the day, we drive to Caen where we will spend the coming nights. We visit Caen itself and also the famous world war beach as Point du Hoc and Omaha Beach.
Last stop: Paris
Since my friends who we were visiting in Sérignan live in Paris, we got the key to their apartment. Therefore we decided to spend the last 3 days in Paris. Including some sightseeing and of course a visit to Disneyland Paris. After 3 days we drove back home, to the Netherlands.
This Route was a great way to see and experience more of France. Offcourse you can make the route as you want. We left Bordeaux out of it, but if you’re more into cities you can easily go there.
I’ll write more about these places in upcoming blog posts. Do you want to know more about some places? Or have you been to any of these? Let me know.