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Smaller, quiet coastal town?

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Smaller, quiet coastal town?

My boyfriend and I are planning our itinerary for a trip in about a month. We are first stopping in Paris, and ending the trip in Madrid, but we are looking for a smaller, more relaxed and romantic city/town/village (along the ocean) to visit for four days in between cities. Not too remote, because neither of us speak French very well, but definitely quieter than the big cities. We were looking along the French Riviera initially, but the cities like Nice and Cannes are a bit busier than what we want, so we were thinking of looking a little closer to the border with Spain. We aren't having much luck just randomly picking town names and googling them - can anyone offer some advice?

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1. Re: Smaller, quiet coastal town?

The Riviera is on the Mediterranean Sea...

You say "Ocean" and France does have an Atlantic coast, with many different resorts.

Do you truly want to be by the "Ocean", or are you using that as a generic term for a massive body of salty water, and just want to be at the seaside "somewhere"?

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2. Re: Smaller, quiet coastal town?

Yes, apologies. I was speaking in broad terms.

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3. Re: Smaller, quiet coastal town?

Collioure, Port-Vendres, Banyuls near the Spanish border on the Med. side.

Will you have a car?

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4. Re: Smaller, quiet coastal town?

No need to apologise, just trying to understand what/where you want to be.

Maybe consider crossing into Spain, Roses and Cadaques, just over the border from franceare pleasant and interesting places....

Thereare some nice small resorts though, along the Languedoc coast, from Beziers/Sete in the direction of Spain....

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5. Re: Smaller, quiet coastal town?

If you have seen the film "Betty Blue" then maybe Gruissan/Gruissan Plage would interest you, though it might not qualify as small and quiet...

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6. Re: Smaller, quiet coastal town?

We will not have a car, unfortunately. That makes it a little harder but oh well!

Spain is good thought, we are look into going a little farther south there potentially. Roses and Cadaques look close to what we are looking for. We'll definitely do some research there. Thank you!

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7. Re: Smaller, quiet coastal town?

La Rochelle/Ile de Ré, Arcachon, Biscarosse, St-Jean-de-Luz, Biarritz..

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8. Re: Smaller, quiet coastal town?

Without a car, I suggest you stay in a town close to a big city, in order to get a flight or a train easily. Close to Marseille, you have very nice beaches, not as crowded as the ones of the French Riviera.

East side of Marseille, there are Saint Cyr sur Mer and Bandol.

West side, you will find Carry le Rouet and Sausset les Pins.

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