Protected beaches: sustainable development



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    © ATOUT FRANCE/Jean Malburet

Protected beaches: sustainable development


The tourism industry is currently experiencing one of the highest rates of growth in the world. In addition, eco-tourism and the protection of coastlines are becoming increasingly important ways of prioritising biodiversity through an ethical and environmentally aware approach. The tourism industry of the future will either be environmentally friendly or will not exist! 

Eco-tourism is neither restricting nor boring. Making a commitment to eco-tourism means:

- enjoying your holiday

- not destroying what you have come to see

- contributing to the protection of the local culture and environment

- contributing to the local economy

- stimulating the curiosity of visitors and respecting the places visited   

As far as the coastline is concerned, the Blue Flag label provides a guarantee that a seaside resort is clean and environmentally friendly. Created in 1985 by the French Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), the Blue Flag label recognises towns and resorts which are committed to an environmental management policy. Initially established for the French coastline, this eco-label is now used at both a European and international level. 36 countries have now made a commitment to the FEE and the United Nations, confirming their involvement in programmes set up to protect the environment. 

For further information on eco-tourism and protection of the coastline, log onto: 

Discover the Landes coast

Tourism is a major resource for the Landes département and is concentrated mainly along the coast (Mimizan, Hossegor, Capbreton, Seignosse, Biscarrosse etc) where the surfing conditions have an international reputation (several competitions are held here annually). "Food" tourism is also becoming increasingly important - the Landes region has an excellent reputation for its cuisine, particularly for its foie gras, magrets (duck breast) and Saint-Sever chicken.

Natural Surf Lodge
Calling all surfing students! Come and enjoy a beach break at the Natural Surf Lodge, an internationally renowned surfing school housed in a typical Landes-style farm in the middle of a protected nature reserve. You'll be taught how to surf by professionals and will enjoy on-site accommodation with a friendly atmosphere where you will get to meet like-minded surfing and outdoor enthusiasts.

Natural Surf Lodge
BP 22
40510 Seignosse

Lacanau holiday village
- a friendly village in the heart of a pine forest
- balneotherapy centre, golf course and horse riding nearby
- the Atlantic Ocean and surfing opportunities for all levels just a stone's throw away

Village Loisirs Lacanau
33680 Lacanau Océan

Toast Vin
Gîtes and bed & breakfast accommodation in the heart of the Landes, located right in the centre of St-Sever, one of the most beautiful historical towns of south-west France, which is known for its fine gastronomy, spring-water spas and friendly inhabitants. Comfortable, well-appointed guestrooms, a private 45m² swimming pool, and a secluded, enclosed garden with sun-loungers.

5 Rue Albert Larrède
40500 Saint-Sever
Tel: 0033 558 76 32 49

Discover the Breton coast

France's leading tourist destination for holidays by the sea, Brittany is made up of four départements: the Côtes d'Armor (22), Finistère (29), Ille-et-Vilaine (35) and Morbihan (56). The region is known for the beauty of its wild, breathtaking landscapes, such as the stunning scenery around the town of Pont-Aven, and the remarkable seascapes of the Quiberon peninsula and its unspoilt coast. 

The region's main tourist sites, renowned for their incredible scenery, flora and fauna, and their history and legends, include a multitude of islands such as the Ile de Bréhat, the Sept-Iles, Ile de Batz, Ile d'Ouessant, the Molène archipelago, Ile de Sein, the Iles de Glénan archipelago, Ile de Groix, Belle-Ile, Iles de Houat and Hoëdic, Arz and the Ile-aux-Moines.

Brittany boasts a wealth of attractive landscapes, both inland and on the coast. Explore the Parc Régional d'Armorique, which covers an area of 172,000 hectares as far as Ouessant, as well as other famous sights such as the Monts-d'Arrée, Brocéliande forest, Mont-Saint-Michel, Rance estuary, Cap Fréhel, the Pink Granite coast, the abers (river mouths), the Crozon coastline, Pointe du Raz, Quiberon peninsula, and the Golfe du Morbihan. 

For further information on tourism in Brittany, eco-tourism and protection of the coastline, log onto the "Voyages pour la Planete" website.

Ker Moor

The charming 3-star Ker Moor hotel in Saint Quay Portrieux is situated in a region renowned for its scallops. Attractions in this delightful area include water sports, the Chemin des Douaniers footpath, and a rich cultural heritage.

The charming Ker Moor hotel is a member of the "Hôtel de Charme et de Caractère en Bretagne", "Relais du Silence" and "Hôtel Les Pieds dans l'eau" hotel associations.

13 rue du Président Le Sénécal 
22410 Saint-Quay-Portrieux
Tel: 0033 296 70 52 22


Les Terrasses de Trestel hotel residence

Overlooking a delightful sandy beach between Tréguier and Perros-Guirec, the "Les Terrasses de Trestel" hotel residence is the perfect base for exploring the Pink Granite coast. Enjoy delightful accommodation in a small house or apartment surrounded by a large garden overlooking the sea. 

Plage de Trestel
22660 Trevou Treguignec
Tel: 0033 296 15 10 10 

Discover the Provence coast

As a result of its extremely varied climate and vegetation, with landscapes extending from the Alps to the Mediterranean coast, Provence boasts the largest number of plant and animal species in France. The Mediterranean climate encourages the development of flora and fauna which is very different from the areas further to the north or west. Near the coast, the vegetation consists largely of pine forests, holm oaks, and maquis and garrigue scrubland. The mild Mediterranean climate also enables the region to specialise in specific economic activities such as vine cultivation and wine production (especially rosé) as well as the cultivation of lavender and olives, traditional products for which the region is renowned around the world and which play an important role in tourism.
Provence remains an ideal destination for visitors searching for unspoilt natural landscapes.

Villa Bali bed & breakfast
Welcome to one of the most beautiful landscapes that nature can offer...
Built on the site of an old Roman oppidum, the house is surrounded by meadows, vineyards and pine forests.
Standing in two hectares of grounds about 10 kilometres from the sea, the house is the perfect base for a relaxing holiday, with charming rooms arranged around the large infinity pool. From the swimming pool, enjoy a panoramic view of the Rocher de Roquebrune, which is particularly stunning at sunrise. Ideally situated between the Massif des Maures and Massif de l'Estérel, the villa is approximately 10km from the sea, 30km from St Tropez, 25km from Cannes and 40km from the Verdon. The most interesting sights in the region are all within easy access for day trips.

Quartier Le Blavet
83520 Roquebrune
Tel: 0033 494 45 41 80

Le Mas d'Engaspaty
Situated 2km from the thousand-year-old village of Seillans, officially classified as "one of the most beautiful villages in France", the Mas d’Engaspaty enjoys an unspoilt, quiet location. This 7,000 m² property offers a choice of five spacious rooms with a terrace and private entrance, as well as "table d’hôtes" meals.

2228 route de Draguignan
83440 Seillans
Tel: 0033 494 76 88 60

The members of the Club Littoral will be happy to find accommodation for you near the diving centres. Their contact details and other useful information are included under the heading "Discover our resorts".