Travel writer John R. Ritter’s book on beaches in France is a must-read.
The book tells the story of how the island of Boulogne-Billancourt and other beaches of southern France became a destination for backpackers.
It’s about the people, the history, the stories, and the beauty of the beaches.
We got a chance to chat with the author, author of the book, and host of the Travel Channel’s The Beach Tour podcast.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
The beaches of Béarniez, France.
source National Geo article Béark, an old-fashioned resort, has become the go-to beach destination for tourists and locals alike.
And that’s thanks to the arrival of the first wave of backpackers to Europe in the 1970s.
Béarnes is a popular spot for those who want to see the best in the world, but not for those seeking a quieter experience.
“Béark is a small island, so you’re in a very small area,” says Ritter.
“And it’s got a big beach, but it’s also got a very nice beach.
There’s very few hotels, but a very friendly group of people will park their car in the front lot and then walk to the beach and enjoy the beautiful view.”
And there are always plenty of tourists in the area.
“You can find a lot of backpacker groups here,” says Chris Sussman, author and host on the TravelChannel’s The Tourist Guide to France.
“It’s a small area with a lot to offer for the weekend.”
And with the help of a group of locals, the tourist boarders and backpackers are allowed to stay on the beach.
“When I was younger, I was always looking for the best spots to see France, so I went to Béars for a few days,” says Sussmann.
“I was blown away by the view.
I had never been on a beach like this, and I could see the mountains and the coastline.
It was really beautiful.”
And nowadays, the area is packed with tourists, with about 1,500 people using the beach each day, according to a 2017 survey by French tourist board BAPRI.
“This beach is amazing for people who love to be outdoors, for a walk in the mountains, for hiking,” says Cécile Naud, author, the Beach Tour.
“But also for those of us who like to get out and have a good time on a hot summer day.
The Béarts beach is the place for you.”
Céciles Naud with her friend, Paris, at Béarks beach.
Sussman also agrees that it’s a great place for tourists, who have to make up for the fact that it doesn’t have hotels.
“The beach is a great spot for an adventure or for the quiet,” he says.
“If you don’t mind staying on the water for a while, it’s an easy way to relax.”
And when the weather is nice, you can also stay on Béardin and enjoy an afternoon on the deck of the yacht L’Enfer, which sails from Béarmé to Brest.
“They’re really nice for a long walk,” says Naud.
“So you can get away from it all and just have a nice day.”
The beaches of Le Tour and Le Tour d’Alençon, which have similar features and are located in the same area.
Le Tour is a large sand beach in a small bay, while Le Tour, which is just off the coast, is a smaller sand beach.
The beaches are known for being popular with tourists.
In 2011, a group from London visited Béartin to take pictures of the sea and to take in the view of the Pyrenees.
La Tour is the smaller of the two beaches, with just a single structure, which features a rock wall and is surrounded by water.
It offers more of a beach feel, and also is the site of one of the most popular activities on the Béarnaise beach.
Tourists can enjoy walking the beach or on board the yacht.
The boat will take them to the area’s other beaches.
Naud says she has never felt more at home on a French beach.
And the beaches in Béarrnay, which sits about 1 kilometer off the beach, are an even more popular spot.
“Every year, there’s always a big crowd there, so we had a lot more people last year,” she says.
Tourist groups come to Boulognon, located about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Berencourt-sur-Saône