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Manolin Jul 20th, 2020 02:57 AM

Choosing a beach town for relocation
Hello! I would like to move to a clean, secure and calm beach town with mild, rainy climate, perfectly accessible for wind and not surrounded by mountains. Currently, I am choosing between Biarritz/Bayonne, La Rochelle, Normandie (Le Havre/Rennes/etc.) and Bretagne (Saint-Malo/etc.). I would highly appreciate your recommendations and opinions on these or other locations.

bilboburgler Jul 20th, 2020 04:07 AM

perfectly accessible for wind? Are we talking boating? I've not looked in detail at La Rochelle harbour or Yacht haven but I think they face into the prevailing wind, so easy to get into but harder to get out of.

kerouac Jul 20th, 2020 07:25 AM

I agree that your wishes are not very clear. There is no lack of beach towns in France of every conceivable variety. I have not seen any beaches in Rennes for the moment.

Also the climate of Bayonne/Biarritz is totally different from anywhere in Normandy or Brittany.

I have some ideas, but I will await additional precisions.

Manolin Jul 20th, 2020 09:05 AM

Thank you for your comments.

As I have indicated, I am in the process of choosing a beach town to relocate for several months. The requirements to the town are as follows: clean, secure, beautiful, not too touristic, mild climate (raining is a plus), not surrounded by mountains. I walk/cycle a lot and would like to have an opportunity to do it safely in and around the town. For the moment I am considering Bretagne, Normandie and Nouvelle - Aquitaine. Would appreciate your recommendations as to a particular beach town in these or other regions of France.

kerouac Jul 20th, 2020 10:00 AM

Well, I regularly fantasize about spending some time in Soorts-Hossegor, but I very much doubt that I would want to spend months there.

This may shock you, but I would be quite happy spending much longer in Dunkerque or Calais.

Manolin Jul 20th, 2020 11:16 AM

Thank you! And why Dunkerque and Calais?

geetika Jul 20th, 2020 11:45 AM

I can see myself spending a couple of months in Normandie or Bretagne, though Iím not a beach person at all. But thereís loads to see and do around there, including biking, so Iíd be in hog heaven.

Manolin, you donít mention what time of the year youíll be there, I think Bretagne could get rather chilly in winter. Also remember there are tourists everywhere, in my experience thereís really no ďoffĒ season nowadays. Even during these Covid times, as people from within the EU have free access to each otherís countries.

bilboburgler Jul 21st, 2020 12:47 AM

I think the cote d'or might interest you, so south of La Rochelle and north of the Gironde.

If not, I spent a childhood in Barfleur on the Cotentin. Big beach to the north of the town, normally empty. St Vaast is also nice and the sea-food is slightly better.

kerouac Jul 21st, 2020 05:53 AM

Originally Posted by Manolin (Post 17132142)
Thank you! And why Dunkerque and Calais?

Dunkerque and Calais have huge beaches for endless walks, but they are also real cities with excellent connections to Paris or even London. Dunkerque is also close to the amazing kitschy beach resorts lining the Belgian coast.

kerouac Jul 21st, 2020 06:00 AM

Then again, if you really want a windy beach, you might consider the frightfully ugly town of Berck-sur-Mer. It is the kite capital of Europe and also beach carts with sails.

The kite festival was covid-cancelled this year of course.

Michael Jul 21st, 2020 10:15 AM

What about this town?

Manolin Jul 21st, 2020 11:45 AM

Thank you very much for all your suggestions!

Originally Posted by bilboburgler (Post 17131965)
... I've not looked in detail at La Rochelle harbour ...

I am actually looking into, among others, La Rochelle, thank you. Unrelated with boats though. It is a beautiful and relatively big town. Three of its beaches are listed among the cleanest beaches of France in 2020 ( Plus it is no. 29 in the list of the best French towns ( and no. 2 in the alternative list (

geetika, I am currently residing in Alsace and am planning to relocate as soon as I have an understanding whereto.

Michael, thank you for the suggestion. The sea view in Pourville-sur-Mer is marvellous, but it is more of a village to my taste. I would prefer a middle-size town.

Michael Jul 21st, 2020 02:46 PM

Dieppe is nearby

bilboburgler Jul 22nd, 2020 03:59 AM

I like Dieppe too, went there many years ago and again last year. But I admit I prefer the villages out of town a bit.

Rocket79 Jul 22nd, 2020 08:10 AM

I am curious - if you are a cyclist, why do you want it to be windy? Really just curious.

Christina Jul 22nd, 2020 12:36 PM

I was wondering the same thing, not to mention why someone would want a rainy place if they are going to cycle a lot, I don't like wind or rain when I'm cycling.

Rocket79 Jul 23rd, 2020 11:09 AM

Originally Posted by Christina (Post 17133226)
I was wondering the same thing, not to mention why someone would want a rainy place if they are going to cycle a lot, I don't like wind or rain when I'm cycling.

Same. I meant to ask about the rain part, too. ;)

kerouac Jul 23rd, 2020 11:11 AM

What could be more pleasant than cycling against the wind when it is raining?

hetismij2 Jul 26th, 2020 11:55 AM

You want wind, rain, beaches and no mountains, move to the Netherlands. Perfect for bike riding, if you don't mind wind and rain.

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