It may be hard to imagine feeling the necessity to skip town when the capital has so much to offer. But to really understand France - its people, culture, values and storied past - you'll need to reach beyond the well-heeled streets of Paris. Some of these spots make ideal day trips from the city while others deserve your undivided attention. All are picture- perfect so keep your cameras handy.

Best beach to swim and snorkel

Nice sandy beach between rocky coves where you can discover underwater sea world.
It is also where the 'Mousquemers' (Thailliez, Dumas, Cousteau) tested the first scuba.

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Port-Issol Beach, Sanary-sur-mer, France

92 Chemin Olive
Sanary-sur-Mer, France
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