Cultural sites by the sea

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    © Atout France / Phovoir

  • © Atout France / Phovoir

    © Atout France / Phovoir

Cultural sites by the sea

Museums, castles, historic sites, aquariums and archaeological ruins – enrich your
cultural knowledge while enjoying the fresh sea air! Have you chosen a holiday
by the sea to recharge your batteries? The invigorating fresh air and sea
breezes will certainly do that, but that’s not all the coast has to offer! The
French coast boasts numerous cultural sites and museums where you can learn all
sorts of new things. It’s time for a cultural holiday!

• Caen and our duty to remember 

Caen offers visitors its unique Mémorial, which is dedicated mainly to the
history of the Second World War. In this carefully laid out museum, films and
photos encourage visitors to keep alive the message “Never again!”.

• Carnac brings prehistory to life 

The major prehistoric site of Carnac and its museum retrace the history
of mankind back to almost 450,000 years ago. The collection on display is one
of the richest in the world, comprising more than 6,000 exhibits! Also in Carnac,
don’t miss the famous line of Kermario menhirs, where 982 stones seem to have
stood for eternity.

• In La Rochelle, travel 20,000 leagues under the sea

Discover a silent world in one of the largest and most beautiful aquariums in
Europe. You’ll be amazed by the many different colours and sizes of the 10,000 Arctic
and tropical species kept here and you’ll learn all about life underwater
thanks to your audio-guide.

• Biarritz – a window on the Orient

If you’re fascinated by Asia, then make your way to the centre of
Biarritz where you’ll find one of the five most important Oriental museums in Europe!
Asiatica is home to more than 1,000 amazing works of art from India to China
which date from the prehistoric period to the current day.

• An imposing island fortress near Marseille

A forbidding fortress built on an island off the coast of Marseille, the
Château d’If was once a famous prison. Come and
visit its imposing fortifications and legendary prison cells, which inspired
Alexandre Dumas to write his famous novel “The Count of Monte Cristo”.

• Nice – a centre for modern art

Klein, Warhol, Arman, César – if you’re inspired by these famous names,
then don’t miss the superb MAMAC, Nice’s museum of modern and contemporary art,
which is home to a fabulous collection of works by great masters.

• Monaco’s pioneering oceanographic museum

Come and visit the ancestor of all French and European oceanographic museums! Founded
in 1910, this imposing building built right on the cliff overlooking the
Mediterranean offers curious visitors an amazing collection of marine species. 


Mémorial de Caen

de la Préhistoire

Alignements de Kermario

Aquarium La Rochelle



Musée Océano