Poitou Charentes has a superb coastline and some really great resorts. Stylish La Baule has a huge sandy beach and an excellent selection of shops and restaurants. And make time to visit the pretty port of Pornic with its medieval quarter, old port and 'Les Halles' where you can purchase local produce if you decide to eat-in. If your beach holiday is in the Vendee, then head for resorts like Les Sables d'Olonne and St Jean de Monts. Popular Ile de Noirmoutier offers lovely beaches and you can still see the saltmarshes being worked.