Nearby Towns & Cities
Biscarrosse is located within a pine forest, between the beaches and lakes. This impressive nature reserve is ideal for walking and cycling and just observing the natural surroundings. The commune is split into the three parts; Biscarrosse town, Biscarrosse Lake and Biscarrosse Beach.
Distance from Campsite – 150yds
The lakes are linked by a picturesque canal, with clear calm waters and white fine sandy beaches.
Cazaux-Sanguinet Lake: (also called 'lac nord'), is where you can enjoy a swim or for the more adventurous, water sports. Petit lac', wilder and less developed. Parentis-Biscarrosse Lake, one of the rare French seaplane bases and it’s also a favourite place for hunters and fishermen.
Biscarrosse Plage Beach (Atlantic Beach)
Distance from Campsite – 0.5km
Known for its long stretching beaches, which are a paradise for all. From fishermen to surfers, to the little people who enjoy building sandcastles. In the summer the beach comes alive with a children’s club, water sports and boat trips.
Distance from Campsite – 4km
A busy little town with shops and markets, cafes and restaurants. The town has all you need, from Patisseries, Shoe shops and even a Casino. Relax and enjoy the café culture, visit the Museums of Biscarrosse Traditions and History or one of the Art Galleries.
Distance from Campsite – 11km
A little village in the heart of a large pine forest on the banks of a lake. With some great cycle paths and walks and some pretty beaches this is a great place to relax.
For the more energetic there are plenty of water sports - sailing schools, catamarans, dinghies, windsurfing.
Sanguinet also has a lively local market, shops, and many organized activities: dances, traditional Landes evenings, village lunches, local exhibitions.
St Paul en Born
Distance from Campsite – 31km
The Born Farm: 4 hectares of trees and flowers, lakes, animals and birds. The untamed lake has many species of ducks, geese and hens. The deer hide in the undergrowth and there is a mini farm for the children. There is also a play area for the children and a picnic area.
Open Sun to Fri during July and Aug from 10.00am to 7.30pm.
In June and Sept open Weds, Sat and Sun from 10.00am to 6.30pm and in May: Weds and Sun from 2.30pm to 6.30pm.
Distance from Campsite – 36km
Fantastic sandy beaches make this fascinating town a popular place to visit. The town was modelled on the four seasons, winter, spring, summer, or autumn.
The Winter Town: A mosaic of mansions from the dating back to the Second Empire. Examples of Swiss chalets, Moorish cottages, gothic mansions and colonial residences can be found here. In the centre of the winter town is La Place des Palmiers (palm tree square). You can take a journey, using the lift, up the hill to Park Mauresque. It offers stunning gardens which includes exotic plants and wonderful views over Arcachon.
The Spring Town: A residential area in the heart of a fragrant pine forest. This area is to preserve nature and its greenery. Here you’ll find both stylish homes mingling with the natural surroundings. One of the best examples of this area is Parc Pereire, perfect for a long, relaxing stroll. The forest stretches right up to the coast, creating the Pereire Beach. Spring town is home to Moulleau village. The main road passes through the church Notre Dame des Passes. It is a very popular pedestrian street mainly due to its varying activities.
The Summer Town: The centre of town and of course the beachfront. Arcachon does not resist its summer resort tradition and take on the colours of summer: White and blue tents stand out on the sand, children's clubs on the beach and the traditional boat tours. Whilst the centre of town the street come to life with markets stools and street entertainers.
The Autumn Town: A small old fashioned fishing village called L’Aiguillon Saint Ferdinand. A typical neighbourhood with low, red tiled roofed houses and brightly painted shutters. The town and its fishermen are said to be protected by The Sacred Heart Statue of St Ferdinand Church.
Things to do:
- Deep Sea Diving, Horse Riding, Golf, Fishing, Sailing, Jet Skiing
- Boat Trips: Around Bird Island
- Leisure day on Sand Island
- Take a trip up the Leyre River
Dune de Pyla: The highest sand dune in Europe. At a height of 114 m this is a popular tourist attraction. You have to pay approximately €2 to park but the view from the top is stunning. The best time of day to visit is when the sun is setting over the Bay of Arcachon. For the energetic the dune is a great big sandy slide which is great fun to slide down however less fun to walk back up again.
Distance from Campsite – 38km
With beaches of fine sand, the lake the pine forest and an abundance of flowers this is a really pretty town to visit. The town is dedicated to wood!!
There are plenty of guided tours in the forest and of wood manufacturers. Also worth a visit:
- The Abbey of Mimizan: Open from the 15th June to 15th September, costing €5.
- The Traditions Museum: With panoramic views, objects and illustrations of the Landes area before the forest and more information about the first trades of the Landes forest. Costs €2, Open 15th June to 15th September from 2pm to 5pm.
- The flower walk: More than 300 species of flower, bushes and trees decorate this scented walk. Especially nice at sunset.
- Woolsack Manor: Unfortunately not open to the public but makes for a good photo from the lake.
Distance from Campsite – 73km
Bordeaux's great reputation comes from its wine and not the city itself, even though it is the 5th largest city in France. The city is well worth a visit and the small 18th century centre has some outstanding architecture. The narrow streets of the old town start at the cathedral, and stretch to the Grand Theatre in the north.
The Theatre, was built site where once a Roman Temple stood. The interior is opulently decorated in trompe l’oeil paintings. The best way to see it is to buy tickets for an opera or a ballet.
The main shopping streets are filled with chic boutiques and cafes.
On the Place Pey Berland you will find the city’s Cathedral and museums. Located in the centre of the Square is a garden, with a distinctly English feel. It was a place where 300 heads were lopped during The Revolution.
The Cathedral St-Andre towers over the square has two eye-catching twin steeples. The Musée des Arts Decoratifs, is close by and houses a collection of French porcelain, period furniture, glass and prints of the city. Just a short walk away is the Musée d’Aquitane, one of the best museums, covering the three main facets of the regions development: maritime, agriculture and commercial.
The Quarter of St Michel was styled around the flamboyant Gothic style Basilica, dedicated to the archangel. This is by far the most vibrant and colourful quarter in the city. The market, that’s held under the beautiful spire, is very popular and is open every Saturday and Monday morning. The shops and Cafes around the square make for a lively and authentic atmosphere.
North West of the town centre is the Jardin Public and this is where the beautiful city's botanical gardens are.
Bordeaux boasts around 20 markets, with a mix of covered and open-air. Each one has it’s own charm and individual character. They range in size, some are relatively small while others, like the Saturday morning Marché Royal, spreads out around the Saint-Michel church. The Saint-Michel market is certainly Bordeaux's most picturesque, with its live animals for sale and dozens of stalls selling such non-food items as oriental textiles and middle-eastern music.
(Before you make a special journey check with your Local Tourist Information that the day and time of the market has not changed.)
Open Air Markets:
- Belcier: Tuesdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place Ferdinand Buisson
- Pins Francs: Wednesdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place Eugène Gauthier
- Saint-Martial: Wednesdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place Saint-Marital
- Saint-Victor-Dupeux: Tuesdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place d'Arlac
- Calixte Camelle: Thursdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place Calixte Camelle
- Lumineuse: Fridays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Boulevard Brandebourg
- Marché des Aubiers: Fridays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Avenue de Laroque
- Grand Parc: Saturdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at the shopping center
- Royal: Saturdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place Meynard, Canteloup
- Marché des Quais: Sundays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Quai Chartrons
- Covered Markets
- Victor Hugo: Mondays through Saturdays, 6:00 am-1:30
- Capucins: Tuesdays through Sundays, midnight-12:30 pm
- Grands-Hommes: Mondays through Saturdays, 7:00 am-7:00 pm
- Chartrons: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 6:00 am-1:00 pm
- Lerme: Mondays through Saturdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm
Mont de Marsin - The town of three rivers
Distance from Campsite – 90km
In 1133, The Viscount of Marsan founded one of the first new towns in the south west at the confluence of two rivers, the Douze and the Midou which thereafter form a third: the Midouze. From The Commerce Bridge stretches a fine view of the confluence of the two rivers. Old houses, the green banks of the Midou and disused quays are a reminder that Mont-de-Marsan was once a port. The town is embellished by 17th century elegant mansions and contemporary architecture amidst an abundance of flowers.
This town is famed for its annual Madeleine Festival. Every summer Mont de Marsan lives to the rhythm of the Madeleine Festival. The fame of the Mont de Marsan bullfighting festival "The Madeleine festival" has made it the most looked-forward to event of the last two weeks of July. The whole town dances to the sound of the Bandas. For five days, thousands of festival lovers, from all over France, Spain and even farther away, come to enjoy the wild and picturesque atmosphere of the "bodegas y casetas".
The Flamenco Art Festival: For six days, just before the bullfighting festival starts the whole town lives to the rhythms of flamenco. Every night the enjoyment goes through until the early hours with the traditional tertulias (evenings).
While in Mont de Marsan discover the Saint-Roch market with its vegetables, its flowers and its poultry, it is among the hundred most beautiful markets in France because its authenticity, the wide range of its products and the way they are displayed. It was renovated recently but has kept its charm of former days. On Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
A bit of history:
- Lacataye Keep: Relics of the walls and fortifications which surround the town, Lacataye keep (XVth century) as well as a neighbouring Roman house are now the site of the Despiau-Wlérick museum. From the terrace of the "dungeon" you can get a view of the town.
- Madeleine Church: In a neo classical style the high-altar inside is the work of the Mazetti brothers eighteen century sculptors from Avignon.
- Saint Medard Church: A magnificient XIIth century sculpted wooden folding door leads to the nave. Inside a wooden altarpiece is the work of Floche an VIIIth century Montois sculptor.
- The Limestone Roman Houses: Mont de Marsan is one of the very few towns in Aquitaine with so many relics of medieval houses. At 24bis rue Maubec stands a roman house dating back to the XIIth century, with a fortified projecting part formerly used as ramparts for the town. The roman house next to Lacataye keep and the one located 6bis rue Maubec are also worth visiting.
A bit of nature:
- Going for walks: Take the opportunity to relax along the 30km long towpath. Enjoy rowing down the Midouze in a small boat. You may also stop for a gourmet meal on the way. Small boats for the whole day or half a day.
- The Jean Rameau Park: Named after a Landes poet and novelist. This former local tree nursery has been turned into public gardens displaying to the visitors a remarkable variety of plants.
- The Nahuques Park: This is a walkers’ favourite haunt around the Nahuques castle. Its grounds spread over more than 50 acres, where animals are almost free to roam about.
Distance from Campsite – 116km
The old grey houses of this fortified medieval village straggle down on the slope of a low hill with steep hilly cobbled streets running through ancient limestone buildings
Famed for its wine production this town is well worth a visit.
The Towns Belfry: This can only be visited by a guided tour, it starts in a dark hole where St Emilion lived a hermit’s life in the 8th Century. The carved seat he used as a chair is where infertile women reputedly still come to sit in the hope of getting pregnant.
Above is the Trinity Chappel, built in honor of St Emilion. Fragments of frescos are still visible. A passage tunnels beneath the Belfry to the catacombs.
The Church built in the 9th and 12th centuries is an incredible place. Simple and huge the entire structure has been hacked out of the rock.
As well as wine the area is famed for Macroons, which were devised here in 1620. The one authentic place to buy them is at 9 rue Gaudet, where they are baked to the original recipe.
St-Emilion is a large wine producing area, and due to the number of notably good small vineyards, and the diversity of the terrain, there are many different styles. However, on the whole St-Emilion wines are rich, warm wines which have an easy charm.
They have a high concentration of the Merlot grape which leads to a round, fruity and often alcoholic wine (sometimes 1% stronger than Medoc wines). '
Cotes' St-Emilion are well-coloured, medium bodied perfumed wines yet can show a tannic, powerful complexity. These wines age beautifully, although they can often be drunk earlier than a wine from the Medoc or Graves appellation.
'Graves' St-Emilion is close to the Pomerol appellation and has many of its lush, fruity characteristics. The wines usually have a deep fruitiness and can usually be drunk reasonably young, yet are age worthy.
If you would like to visit the Vineyards then the best place to go to is the Maison du Vin, at the top of the hill by the Belfry.
The best way to explore the area is to take the sightseeing train that takes you through the town, the beautiful countryside and to the main neighbouring Chateaux.
The most famous wine of the area originates at Chateau Ausone, south of St Emillion. You can visit the cellars, which have been dug out of limestone and of course taste the wine.
Be warned however that the wine is very expensive and often can be found cheaper elsewhere!
Distance from Campsite – 140km
Biarritz is approximately 1 1/2 hours’ drive south of Biscarrosse. Nestled in the Bay of Biscay, is this stunning coastline. Biarritz is a very popular beach resort for surfers and sun lovers alike. It has a beach, casinos, an aquarium, as well as some great shops.
Head for the light house for a wonderful view of the bay. On the less sunny days there is a Sea museum, a Chocolate museum, a Historical museum and an Oriental Museum to keep you occupied.
The harbour of the Port des Pecheurs is backed by beautiful pink and blue hydrangeas. The fishermen are no longer in the harbour however it makes for a great place to have lunch. With plenty of affordable Tapas Bars and as well as some very expensive seafood restaurants.
Popular tourist attraction of Dune de Pyla which stands at a staggering height of over 110m.