Hossegor: the famous beach breaks of Aquitaine

France enjoys a temperate climate. There's the alpine temperature in the highest mountains, but the oceanic and Mediterranean temperatures prevail.

The country has warm summers and cold winters, like many of the Western European nations.

The mean temperature in France is around 13 ºC, considering all different regions.

France is one of the best surf destinations in the world. French surfers have the opportunity to catch waves in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

On the southwestern coastline, you can find the European surf industry headquarters. It's the Aquitaine region.

In France, the best surf spots are located on the Atlantic coast.

The Basque Coast offers great waves - Parlementia, Lafitenia, and Belharra can deliver giant bombs on special days.

If you head North, you get to the heart of French surfing: the Anglet/Biarritz area. Here, look for Les Cavaliers, Côte des Basques and the Grande Plage.

Hossegor is another great surfing region. Les Culs Nuls, La Gravière, La Nord, La Sud and Capbreton offer great waves and splendind background scenarios.

After Landes, you get to the Gironde surf spots, where you should try the tidal bore river wave of Les Mascarets.

Drive to the coast and experience a true classic: Lacanau, one of Europe's most consistent surf spots.

In the central region of Vendée, there are several uncrowded surf spots, but L'Embarcadère is a classic pick.

Up in the north, the Finistère region has consistent and powerful surf.

As you head to The Channel region, Yport, Calais, and Cap Gris-Nez are the best surf spots.

Finally, on the Mediterranean coast, the best wave peaks are located in Canet Plage, Gruissan, Carnon, Galiote, and St. Laurent du Var.

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