200km of silver sand stretching in total south from the mouth of the Gironde Estuary to the stylish resort of Biarritz, where Atlantic rollers, white with foam, crash on beautiful beaches backed by high dunes and the largest cultivated forest in Europe.
Over half this paradise for lovers of extreme watersports and beach based activities, such as sand yachting and horse riding, lies in the department of the Landes south of Arcachon Bay.
Find venues for serious surfers like Hossegor, ancient fishing villages transformed into family-friendly seaside resorts like Biscarosse and Moliets, with inland lakes close by, for child-friendly swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking.
Marked cycle and walking trails help you explore the dunes and forest fringes with their wealth of animal and bird life in peaceful sanctuaries such as Lake Arjuzanx.
With such vast stretches of natural beauty it is always possible to find deserted places to relax and unwind - even in high season. Make time for a trip into neighbouring Gironde to climb the mountainous Dune du Pyla - Europe’s highest sand dune at over 100m.
If you are interested in bird-watching, visit the National Reserve in Arjuzanx, particularly in winter to see the cranes. Weekend tours with a guide are available from Oct to mid March on Wed, Sat and Sun (am and pm) and Fri pm (booking advised). For further information, tel: (00 33) 5 58 08 11 52.
A prime location for bird-watching, especially spoonbills and crested grebes. The staging post for over 250 species of migrating birds covers 1000 ha at the foot of the Pyrenees in southern Landes.