La Rochelle to Biarritz Motorhome Holiday
Take this tour and, therefore, see some stunningly beautiful French sights.
La Rochelle, also known as La Ville Blanche (the White City), La Rochelle’s luminous limestone façades glow in the bright coastal sunlight. One of France’s foremost seaports from the 14th to 17th centuries, the city has arcaded walkways, half-timbered houses (protected from the salt air by slate tiles), ghoulish gargoyles and, finally, a fabulous collection of lighthouses – yet, all rich reminders of its magnificent seafaring heritage.
Enjoy Ile de Ré with its ten villages, while the varied countryside that makes it so charming, there are fine sandy beaches, ports, forests and salt marshes, each offering a unique invitation to get away from it all.
Royan, facing both the Gironde estuary and the open sea, the seaside holiday resort of Royan, with its fine sandy beaches and many hours of sunshine has enjoyed an excellent reputation since the 19th century. Royan offers much to the visitors, in particular the quality and variety of its architecture, with a combination of late nineteenth century villas and a 1950’s town centre, therefore it is very unique in Europe
Lacanau, the beach here is 14 kilometres long and great fun for all sorts of family beach activities, in addition, a variety of watersports. Like many of the beaches along this part of the Atlantic coast, Lacanau Ocean is also popular with surfers – it is reputed to be one of the best surfing beaches in France. Therefore an annual world class surfing competition is held here. Furthermore, the beach is also very attractive and consists of fine sand backed by dunes, and is long enough that you can always find peace and quiet if you venture a little further, although only the central parts are supervised by lifeguards.
Bordeaux, stroll the most graceful streets in France, eat well, drink better and then have the liveliest possible time in a city lately in touch with its Latin side. There’s never a bad time to visit Bordeaux. It’s a city, and so not seasonal in its attractions.
Archachon, the Architecture of Arcachon is some of the most beautiful in Gironde, mainly due to the side range of architectural styles in the region. As well as that, Arcachon also has Europe’s longest and highest dune of sand, La Dune du Pyla, which reaches a mind-boggling 107 meters in height! Naturally, at the top of the dune you’ll find stunning views of the entirety of Arcachon Bay.
Biarritz, known for its famous beaches, therapeutic water and a thriving surf scene. Also, Biarritz offers visitors a unique atmosphere. This is a place were posh restaurants and spas live harmoniously side-by-side with, opposite, laid-back pizza joints and surf shops.
San Sebastian, it’s impossible to lay eyes on stunning San Sebastián and not fall madly in love. This city is cool and happening by night, charming and well mannered by day. It’s a city filled with people that love to indulge, and with Michelin stars apparently falling from the heavens onto its restaurants, not to mention pintxo (tapas) culture almost unmatched anywhere else in Spain, San Sebastián frequently tops lists of the world’s best places to eat.
We would recommend finishing this tour by catching the ferry from Bilbao to Plymouth, or Portsmouth. The ferry is like a mini cruise ship with plenty to do on board, it feels like a part of your holiday, and is much more relaxing than the long drive home through France.
What’s included in your motorhome holiday from La Rochelle to Biarritz?
- La Rochelle Old Harbour & City
- Golden beaches and rural cycle paths of Ile de Re
- La Citadelle, a huge waterfront fortress at Ile d’Oleron
- Notre Dame de Royan
- Lacanau Ocean, one of the best surfing beaches in France
- Bordeaux – the wine capital of the world
- La Dune du Pyla – Arcachon
- The Rocher de la Vierge – Biarritz
- Enjoy the delicious tapas at San Sebastian
- Ferry Route Home Bilbao to Plymouth
- La Rochelle
- Ile de Re
- Ile d’Oleron
- San Sebastian