The Atlantic Coast

Depending on what you’re after, you’ve can choose any of the fine sandy beaches along the 126km stretch that runs along the Atlantic Coast.

  • Thrill-seekers have a wide choice of activities:
  •  Go surfing, sea-kayaking or kite surfing in the wild waves of Lacanau Océan (unmissable stage of the World Surf Championships), Le Porge, Carcans, or surf the bore on the River Garonne
  • Try your hand at jet-skiing on the Arcachon Basin, or the River Garonne.
  • Go water-skiing on the Lake at Lacanau (training site for the French team)
  • Take off in a paraglider and hang glider from the Dune du Pyla
  • Fly over the Arcachon Basin and the largest dune in Europe in a microlight or a helicopter
  • Go surfcasting on the beaches at Le Porge or Lacanau, or sea fishing on the Basin or in the Gironde Estuary

The lakes

Less than 35 mins by car from Le Village du Lac, 4-star Bordeaux campsite, explore the Lakes of the Gironde and the activities there:

  • Try out windsurfing or sailing beside the lakes of Bordeaux-Lac: Lacanau, Hourtin-Carcans (France’s largest lake)
  • Navigate the Leyre in a canoe or take the Porge Channel to get back to the Arcachon Basin
  • Go swimming with the family in compete safety on the lakes of Bordeaux, Lacanau, Hourtin-Carcans.
  • Enjoy a walk in the largest pine forest in France: the Forêt des Landes (Landes Forest), listed as part of the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park
  • Stroll around the streets of Biscarrosse, that holiday high-spot offering activities for the whole family (lake, “taureau-piscine” [bull-running games with a pool], etc.).

There are other, less extreme activities for you too – nature-lovers can walk among flora and fauna along the various marked trails in the region:

  • Explore the 15km of trails around the Etang de Cousseau (Cousseau Lake), a nature reserve where you might encounter deer, birds of prey, migrating birds, and much more.
  • Hike along part of the GR8 hiking route from Lac de Lacanau to Lège-Cap-Ferret

The Arcachon Basin

This 155km² inland sea, bordered by the Cap Ferret peninsula, the Dune du Pilat and the Leyre estuary, offers a wide choice of activities:

  • Experience 70km of beaches (watersports, relaxing, etc)
  • Explore the 90km of coastal paths on foot or by bike
  • Go on an excursion on Pinasse boats or catamarans and explore the Arguin sandbank (the largest sandbank on the coast), Bird Island, the Dune du Pilat and the “Tchanquées” cabins (on stilts),
  • Follow the Oyster Trail, and discover the picturesque oyster-farming ports: l’Herbe, le Canon, la Hume, Larros (where you will find the Maison de l’Huître [the Oyster Centre] and the Chantiers Dubourdieu [shipbuilding yard),
  • Celebrate the Oyster Festival, …meet the oyster farmers and learn their secrets, tour the oyster beds and taste the “queen of the ocean”.