The South West coast from Charente Maritime to Landes is perfect for family holidays. With sunny weather, big sandy beaches, captivating coastline, pretty seaside towns and villages and vibrant cities, there is much to enjoy on one of France's most beautiful coastlines.
Things to do on the South West coast
Royan is full of activities, beautiful sights and plenty of opportunities to explore. Visiting the Palais des Congres, one of Europe's most stunning grand buildings, then stroll along the promenade for beautiful views of the ocean. Afterward, relax on one of Royan's many beaches and take a dip in its clear blue waters. For those more adventurous, available activities include kayaking, windsurfing, or even kite surfing!
Located on the border between the Basque Country and the Landes region, Bayonne is a city rich in culture, with historical monuments and colourful markets. Visit the magnificent Basque Museum and learn about the region's rich cultural heritage, or take a stroll along the picturesque Nive River and enjoy breathtaking views. The best beaches include the beautiful Plage de Bouloc, and local gastronomic specialties include Txakoli wine, Idiazabal cheese, and Bayonne ham.
Want to discover the region by bike? The Vélodyssée is the cycle route that runs along the Atlantic Coast, all the way to the Mediterranean Sea, passing through some of the most picturesque regions in France. Even when tackling small sections, cyclists pass through stunning landscapes such as vineyards, on an adventure that showcases the very best of France.
Regional culture and activities
The south west coast of France is a food lover’s paradise, with regional specialities including lamprey à la bordelaise, Bayonne ham, foie gras and Marennes Oléron oysters. The coastal cities are renowned for their fresh seafood, with the region’s markets and restaurants offering plenty of delicious options. Inland, traditional dishes such as cassoulet, aligot and tripoux offer a wonderful taste of rural French gastronomy
You must-visit list should include the South West coast's wild beaches, Capbreton, Arcachon Bay, Lake Biscarrosse, Cap Ferret, Biarritz, Cordouan Lighthouse, Fort Boyard, La Rochelle and the Ile de Ré.
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Gironde Estuary Nature Park
This natural park extends from the Gironde estuary to the Landes. In this immense green area, you can observe birds, walk along marked trails, visit castles and vineyard, and discover local fauna and flora.
Surfing in Biarritz
Surfing in Biarritz is an experience like no other! The waves here are some of the best in Europe and offer a wide variety of experiences to surfers - from long rolling peaks, to fast punchy barrels. In addition, the stunning scenery adds to the allure of surfing in Biarritz - white sand beaches, rugged cliffs, and rolling green hills. There's a wave for everyone here, from the pros to the beginners. Whether you're looking for an adrenaline-fueled surf mission or a relaxed beach session, Biarritz has it all! So grab your board and head out into the waves - Biarritz is waiting!
Paragliding at Teste-de-Buch
Paragliding at Teste-de-Buch is a unique experience that allows you to take in the stunning views of the region while soaring through the sky. With its rolling hills, vineyards and picturesque beaches, this area provides some of the most amazing landscape for paragliding. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced paraglider, you can enjoy the exhilaration of flying with views that leave you in awe.
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Visiting Fort Boyard is a thrilling experience that's sure to get your heart pounding! The fort, which was built in the late 19th century to protect the French coast from attack, sits on an island just off the coast of mainland France. This imposing fortress stands tall against the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean, offering visitors a chance to get up close to history and marvel at its architectural beauty.
Visiting Cap Ferret is a great way to enjoy a peaceful, tranquil getaway. The area is known for its stunning natural beauty, with miles of sandy beaches, dunes and pine forests. You can spend the day soaking up the sun on the beach, or explore the many trails that lead through the dunes and forests. If you'd like to get out on the water, you can hire a boat for fishing or just enjoying the views. In the evening, take in a stunning sunset and enjoy delicious local seafood at one of the many restaurants.
The Dune du Pilat
The giant Dune du Pilat is one of the biggest sand dunes in Europe, standing at over 100 meters tall and nearly 3km long. Climb to the top for views of the Atlantic, and then then charge back down the steep, soft slope for a truly unforgettable experience.
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Magret de Canard
Known for its magnificent beaches and perfect surfing conditions, Hossegor is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. The town, in the Landes region, has stunning beaches, hidden coves and rock pools, and a host of brilliant shops and restaurants.
Arcachon Bay is the perfect place for family adventures, offering a range of activities to suit all ages. From swimming in the crystal-clear waters, to exploring the bustling markets or taking a boat trip across the bay – there is something for everyone! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day by the shore, or an action-packed adventure out on the water, Arcachon Bay is sure to have something that will keep you entertained.
La Palmyre is a great destination for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can spend your days strolling along the beach, taking in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean or enjoying the animal adventures at La Palmyre Zoo.
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Mer et Soleil d'Oléron
- Intimate plots
- Pool complex
- Maxi playground
- Ultra-comfortable mobile homes
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Domaine de Soulac
- Family camping
- Natural environment
- 3km from the beaches
- Wellness area
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- Private beach
- Pool complex
- Unique location on the edge of Arcachon Bay
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Les Dunes de Contis
- Under the pines
- Access to the beach by bike
- Large children's aquatic area
- Family activities
- Many services
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