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A Spectacular Adventure From Brittany To Biarritz

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How exciting it is to go on a road trip along France’s western coast? Photographer Tommy Clarke shares his adventures from Brittany’s seaside cities to the stunning waves in Biarritz. 

With his Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4, he headed to Biarritz from Saint-Malo via Nantes where you’ll find shoreside landscapes, delicious cuisine, and budget-friendly beach campgrounds. 

Here are five stunning places to explore on the western coast of France.

Located on the island of Nantes the Gribiche is a restaurant 100% fresh produce with many local products. 

Le Gribiche felt apt: simple place, simple local food, but such quality, with a killer burger.
Credit: Tommy Clarke

Grande Dune du Pilat is a famous tourist destination. It is 60 km from Bordeaux and is located in La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon Bay area, France. 

The climb to Europe’s tallest sand dune, the Dune du Pilat.
Credit: Tommy Clarke

The Banc d’Arguin nature reserve is an iconic local site! It is constantly moving and changing shape depending on the wind and ocean currents.

Situated at the foot of the Dune du Pilat, Banc d’Arguin is a sandbank where pinasse boats from Cap Ferret stop for picnics.
Credit: Tommy Clarke

I love the diversity of this drive: the artiness and Breton history of Nantes, the sleepy elegance of Cap Ferret and the surf scenes and energy of Hossegor and Biarritz.

La Cabane du Penon is a perfect spot for tapas, surfboards, and sunset.

La Cabane du Penon, north of Hossegor, is a happy place for me.
Credit: Tommy Clarke

I tend to live off-grid during these trips, but there are few grander places to ride waves than in the shadow of Villa Belza, the neo-Medieval mansion off the Côte des Basques.

The Villa Belza dominates the ocean in Biarritz.
Credit: Tommy Clarke

La Grande Plage in Biarritz still has that old-world French seaside vibe, with its striped umbrellas and the Hôtel du Palais, once home to Napoleon III, sitting imperiously above.

The striped umbrellas at La Grande Plage are too good to miss.
Credit: Tommy Clarke

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A Spectacular Adventure From Brittany To Biarritz