Surfer and a Big Wave
Surfing beach in Biarritz
Travel destination: Cote d'Argent, beach of Mimizan Plage with sunset
Rocher de la Vierge
Bridge to Rocher de la Vierge rock in Biarritz, France
Beach of Capbreton, France
Bayonne at night
Beautiful empty beach in Mimizan, Aquitaine, France
Embouchure canal d'Huchet
Coucher de soleil dans l’ocean
Crowded beach and seaside castle, Biarritz, France
5 days of surfing in the Basque Country and Landes
Boards at the ready! You’re heading off on a special 5-day roadtrip surfing the beaches between Biarritz and Biscarosse. The Atlantic coast is full of beautiful spots to surf. Your tour begins in Biarritz, a pretty Basque town that you can visit before taking on the waves on the beaches of Cavaliers, Capbreton or la Gravière. You’ll head north towards Aquitaine and take on the beaches of Mimizan and Biscarosse.
All you have to do is put on your suit!
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Blooming with hydrangeas, this resort owes its charm to its cliff-side, landscaped walks. From here, you can view all the best spots including the beach of La Côte des Basques, extending to the beaches of Marbella and La Milady, so popular with bodyboarders.
But before facing the legendary surf, visit the city centre, the casino and head to the Rocher de la Vierge via the Eiffel-designed footbridge, before finishing your trek at one of France’s largest aquariums with its Art Deco inspirations.
MyTripTailor tip: To conserve your energy for the ocean, treat yourself to a tour of Biarritz via the small tourist train. Departures are from the Grand Plage and the Rocher de la Vierge every 30 minutes.
On day two, you leave Biarritz for Anglet and its 5kms of fine sand. You can stroll along the 11 beaches that make up the Anglet coastline. Take your choice! There is the beach of la Petite Chambre d’Amour (‘the little house of love’), further on the very quiet beach of la Petite Madrague and finally the beach of Cavaliers, the most famous for its annual surfing competitions. (Watch out for the shore break waves that can be very dangerous!)
Take advantage of being in Anglet by visiting Bayonne: the Cathedral St. Marie, the cobblestone streets of the old town, the chocolatiers of Rue du Port-Neuf (to build your strength) and finishing at the Basque museum.
Visit Capbreton before reaching Hossegor, your evening stopover.
MyTripTailor tip: At the end of the harbour, the wooden pier (the boom) reveals a beautiful view of the coast, the Basque Pyrenees and the Boudigau estuary.
You wake in the legendary city of surfing, renowned for its thunderous waves. Before heading off to enjoy your chosen sport at Gravière beach, go and explore the 1920s villas between the ocean and the lake.
If your schedule allows, you should also visit the small village of Vieux-Boucau for a stroll around the Soustons Lake that stretches to the nature reserve of Courant d’Huchet. The two towns of Moliets and Maâ are also worth quick visits.
Leon is your overnight destination.
MyTripTailor tip: The Place des Landes in Hossegor is a party goer’s paradise: Basque bars, bodegas…
As soon as you wake in Leon, head to the Lake for a half-day of sports: There are pedaloes, canoes, boats and sailing to enjoy before hopping on your bikes to reach old Boucau, unless you choose to head down the Courant d’Huchet by boat. Just outside Lake Leon, the current breaks between the rushes and the water lilies. The roar of the ocean can be heard even from a distance. Visit the nature reserve whilst you’re in the area.
In the afternoon, head to Mimizan, the first seaside resort created in Landes at the end of the 19th century. Enjoy a couple of hours of surfing before going for dinner al fresco.
MyTripTailor tip: The promenade fleurie along Lake Aureilhan is dotted with many varieties of exotic plants and flowers.
As soon as you wake up, make the most of your stay in Mimizan by visiting the Museum-Priory, an excellent introduction to the visit of the bell tower of the 13th century Sainte-Marie church, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Grab your boards to enjoy the waves for a couple of hours before scooting over to the beach at Biscarosse, an ideal coastal area for lovers of big rolling waves. Like any seaside resort, entertainment is centred around the main street where shops, cafes and restaurants can be found. An ideal spot for some sustenance before a visit to the Historical Museum of Hydraviation.
MyTripTailor Tip: Cazaux Lake is a beautiful 5,600 hectare stretch of water dotted with sails and with 5kms of beach between Port-Maguide and Port-Navarosse. An ideal place for all board sports.
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