Why was Camping Le Vieux Port voted the number 1 campsite in the whole of France by Michelin Guide and why has it been awarded 5 Stars? Is it because it has direct access to a magnificent sandy beach? Or because of its superb swimming pool complex with 3 water chutes, 4 heated pools (1 indoor), jacuzzis and wave-pools?
Or its beautiful setting in the midst of a pine forest? Or the sea-water lake, 5 minutes away at Vieux Boucau, and the shops, pavement cafes and nightlife on its shores? Or the freshwater lakes a few minutes drive away at Leon, a must for watersports, with the tracks through the trees of the surrounding forest perfect for cyclists to follow?
Or is it the on-site entertainment and discos that make this site ideal for teenage children? Or is it the unrivalled number of activities available: tennis, football, horse riding, children’s go-karts and dedicated entertainments team?
Or perhaps it is the location? Nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees near the elegant and fashionable resort of Biarritz, Messanges is so close to Spain that it benefits from the fascination of two different cultures.
Of course, it is the unique combination of all these things that make Camping Le Vieux Port the number 1 site for children of all ages, all under a Spanish style climate without the commercialisation of the Mediterranean.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The lakes at Biscarrosse are linked by a picturesque canal, with clear calm waters and white sandy beaches. Cazaux-Sanguinet Lake: (also called 'lac nord'), where you can enjoy swimming and water sports. Petit lac', wilder and less developed. Parentis-Biscarrosse Lake, one of the rare French seaplane bases, also a favourite place for hunters and fishermen.