Twenty miles across the sea is one of the leading nations of Europe and one which for centuries we either fought over or fought with. The French capital, Paris, is one of the continents leading cities, popular with tourists and pretty much known to everyone.
On the northern seaboard the easily accessible regions of Normandy and Brittany are frequent destinations for UK tourists and it’s there that you'll find most of the French twin towns for other towns around the south and west of England.
Our towns first twin town was a French one. Like many other English towns. However, in 1957 the worthies of Bridgwater ventured a lot further south and chose a small Mediterranean seaside town with a large dockyard. Admittedly, not too similar to home. However, it proved to be an inspired choice as La Ciotat is one of the most charming locations on the cote D'Azur and within easy reach of Nice or Marseilles airports.
Hot summers with shoulder months cooled by the mistral wind, La Ciotat is pretty much a paradise with its exotic location and Mediterranean climate combining with French cuisine, wine, le vrai pastis de Marseille and quayside bars and clubs offering nightlife for the rich and famous at affordable prices.
Nearby is the attractive village of Cassis and further along the coast you can even drop into the in dependent city state of Monaco for the day and then pop into Italy. To the north are the French Alpine ski resorts and to the west the Camargue region that tops off a relaxing visit to Provence.