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The stunning shades of pink in France

With spring on its way, that means sunshine and blooms aren’t far behind, and France is looking rosy.

After a long cold winter, the days are finally getting longer and warmer. And as spring approaches, we’re in the mood to celebrate not only the arrival of blossom in the trees, but all things pink. Join us to explore France’s prettiest pink destinations.

The Camargue salt flats

Where in France: Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Drive from Calais: 1051km / 9h 30m

The South of France is a fair drive from Calais, but the Camargue salt flats are well worth the trip. You’ll find them just south of the city of Arles, between the two arms of the Rhône delta and the Mediterranean Sea. The area is rich in natural beauties, with both flora and fauna adapting to the high saline conditions. One particular draw for nature lovers is the diversity of birds that flock to the area, particularly in the spring. And in keeping with our pink theme, the Camargue salt flats are actually home to hundreds of pastel hued flamingos!

Admire the many natural shades of pink found in the Camargue salt flats
Admire the many natural shades of pink found in the Camargue salt flats.

It’s not just our feathered friends showing off their best pink colours, but the salt flats themselves too. The reason behind their pretty colour is down to a type of bacteria found in the brine water. The Halobacteria microbes thrive in these intensely salty conditions, which would ordinarily kill off all life forms, and when they bloom they colour the water around them. Depending on conditions, this can vary from a soft baby pink, right through the spectrum to a deep crimson.

As well as marvelling at this natural wonder, you’ll find plenty to keep yourselves occupied on a visit to the Camargue region, which is particularly good for horse riding. The area is known for its indigenous white horses, and there are plenty of treks you can go on. Alternatively, you can hit the trails on foot or two wheels, if that’s more your thing.

Côte de Granit Rose

Where in France: Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany
Drive from Calais: 650km / 6h 30m

This beautiful, 30km stretch of coastline runs from Plestin-les-Greves to Louannec, and as the name suggests, is famous for its pink-hued rock formations. To really appreciate the splendour of the Côte de Granit Rose, try to time your visit for a sunny day when the sparkling turquoise waters contrast best with the pink granite.

Take a walk along the beautiful pink coast of the Côte de Granit Rose
Take a walk along the beautiful pink coast of the Côte de Granit Rose.

As you’d expect, there are plenty of coastal activities to enjoy for the whole family. Relive your childhood and explore the rockpools, looking out for little fish darting between the shadows. Or you could bring your bikes with you, or hire some locally, and take to the cycle paths to explore the Côte de Granit Rose at a leisurely pace. There are also a number of charming little towns to discover, offering the best of rural life with local markets and pretty churches to visit.

Parc de Sceaux

Where in France: Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France
Drive from Calais: 307km / 3h

When you think of springtime, one of the first things that springs to mind, if you’ll excuse the pun, is all the new growth on the trees, and the flowers that come with it. In particular, the perfumed pink clouds of blossom bursting from the cherry trees. Now, you might associate cherry blossom with Japan, but you don’t have to travel that far to enjoy the beautiful ‘Hanami’ cherry blossom festival.

Visit the cherry blossom at Parc de Sceaux just outside of Paris
Visit the cherry blossom at Parc de Sceaux just outside of Paris.

A short drive outside of Paris will take you to the beautiful Château de Sceaux, set in the middle of some truly stunning parkland. This historic house and its grounds are wonderful to visit any time of year, but in the spring, their orchards of Japanese cherry trees are breath-taking.

It’s advisable to arrive early, as it’s a very popular celebration. Come prepared with a picnic blanket, plenty of snacks, and of course, your camera! During the Hanami festivities, generally around late March and into April, but this varies with the weather, there will be plenty of activities to keep you entertained. You can try a kimono on for size, or perhaps master the delicate art of origami.

Feeling inspired to plan a pretty pink-themed getaway to France? Make sure you book your tickets with us in advance to take advantage of the best prices.