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Trying to find a charming, beautiful & scenic beach in ITALY OR FRANCE

Old Sep 29th, 2015, 09:44 PM
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Trying to find a charming, beautiful & scenic beach in ITALY OR FRANCE

We are a Mid 30's couple with a daughter child 9 years old. We are now Planning our yearly vacations for JULY 2016.

We have about 15days which we may divide as follows
ROME : 04
VENICE : 03
PARIS : 05
BEACH : 03

We will be flying from MADRID to Italy and then then to Paris.

The destinations which we are considering are ROME, VENICE, PARIS AND A BEACH (not necessarily a swimming beach, rather a beautiful and scenic beach for 3-4 days in either Italy or France).

Swimming is not our top priority, but rather we would like a NATURAL BEAUTY SCENIC BEACH area where we can take 1-2 boat trips etc. We do not mind crowds.

Our budget for hotel or B&B is Euro 100-120/- for a hotel stay

Also, what route should i take from MADRID to cover these destinations

We are open to all suggestion . thanks a lot
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Old Sep 30th, 2015, 12:26 AM
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Beach

Fly into La Rochelle airport, stay on Ile de Re (so many it is hard to tell), or fly into Bordeaux and stay on the Cote d'argent or the Cote Sauvage,.

Northern Spanish coast (no idea how many there are and it depends if you want surf as well) San Sebastian is the obvious choice but there are little coves all along the coast, I was in La Arena a few weeks back, you'll find little on it but these sort of places just exist all along the coast.

Algarve (most of the coast)

I'll leave all the rest of the Med to everyone else.
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Old Sep 30th, 2015, 12:42 AM
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Maybe the simplest thing to do is fly to Naples or Rome and go immediately to Sorrento. No swimming unless you get a hotel with a pool, but scenic seaviews and lots of opportunities for boat rides. If you want to make the extra effort, you could even stay on one of the nearby islands for the entire visit instead of Sorrento.

Another possibility is to fly from Madrid to Venice, then go to Rome, but then fly to Nice from Rome and head to a French Riviera beach. After your beach stay take a fast train to Paris (or you could do that part of the trip in reverse: Madrid>Paris>Nice>Rome>Venice)
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Old Sep 30th, 2015, 02:11 AM
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Menton: http://www.tourisme-menton.fr/-Mento...-Riviera-.html

San Sebastian:
http://www.euskoguide.com/places-bas...stian-tourism/
http://www.sansebastian.co.uk/beaches/

Many boat trip options here: http://www.boattripssansebastian.com/
http://basquetours.com/motorboattour.html

Catamaran sightseing and Island ferry (out to the small beach on the Santa Clara island): http://www.boattripssansebastian.com/
http://www.sansebastianturismo.com/e...la-santa-clara
http://www.sansebastianturismo.com/e...o-to-the-beach
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If you're going to be somewhere for 3 or 4 days to enjoy beach, and you're going to Venice anyways, consider Lido di Jesolo - - it's (modern) beach resort pure (mostly for Austrians and Italians) with miles of beach, tons of gelato, plenty resorty things to do (you can also daytrip over to Burano/Murano/Venice pretty easily). A very easy, pleasant place to be, but a touch modern.

For greater beauty, Camogli has a stony beach, but the town is gorgeous, and stunning daytrips abound (Portofino, St. Margherita, Rapallo, Cinque Terre).

For the quintessential Italian beach resort experience, Rimini's neighbor Riccione is also beach resort pure, and very few non-Italians.

Finale Ligure is a large, long beach, but there's not much to do but the beach - - daytrips are kind of a ways away.

Menton was mentioned, though Villefranche sur Mer is a little gem too, and Antibes is a great place to hang, though the beaches are small.

Provence has beaches at Ste. Marie de la Mer, La Grau de Roi and (larger more generic) Grande Motte - - the daytrips from here are really delightful, it is such a beautiful area (Arles, Aigue Morte, beautiful country & Camargue drives).
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How about Cassis - truly beautiful scenery. Lovely little old fishing port. And great boat trips to the Calanques. You could easily swing over to Marseille from there for a visit (and if you do, take the boat trip out to the Château d'If) - your daughter (and you, too) will love it.

Another advantage is that getting from Marseille to Paris is simple and quick using the TGV direct high-speed train.

- Kevin
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Hossegor, the surfing capital of France, has magnificent beaches.
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I second Cassis.. google for images... its beautiful.. not sure about history aspect .
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Old Sep 30th, 2015, 11:27 PM
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Hossegor, there 4 weeks ago, really nice
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Will google and get back to you guys

Thanks a ton
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