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WORDS: LIZ ROWLINSON I PHOTOS: C MOINGEON, BRIAN CARR.

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TARTING IN THE NORTH

where Brittany juts far out

into the Atlantic, the western coast

of France offers a

diverse choice of seaside

towns. Whether the wild coastlines

of Brittany and the Vendée, the

long sandy beaches of the Charente-Maritime,

with chic resorts beloved

of the Paris set, or the forest

and dune-backed beaches of Aquitaine there's

just about everything.

At the southern end things change

again with the surfing spots of the

Basque coast and a Spanish flavour

to beach life.

Whether you are after an apartment in

chi-chi Biarritz, or a simple

little granite cottage in Brittany,

there are homes to suit budgets

from €100,000 to €1 million.

Prices inevitably go up closer to

the coastline, wherever you are, but

if you are prepared to drive 10 minutes inland,

you will get more for

your money. However, balance this

with the convenience of walking to

the beach or the seafront restaurants

- if you want to rent out your

home these sort of homes will usually be in greater

demand.

Enjoy our tour down the Atlantic

coast, starting in northern Brittany...

France's Atlantic coastline offers something

for everyone, from Brittany's wild and rugged

Finistère to the chic beach towns around La Rochelle,

to surfing meccas around Biarritz. Here we

pick five tempting places for you to consider

West

Coast

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