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Greg Bronard

The French California

Médoc Atlantique offers some very unique landscapes but it is above-all, a place where anything is possible, looking out over the ocean. The natural environment here is a rich combination of varied landscapes, from pine forests to vineyards, a long stretch of wild beaches, an estuary, marshlands and lakes, reminding us of another West coast. This little French California is the perfect desintation to recharge your batteries and get back to basics, for a holiday or just a weekend.

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Médoc Atlantique, the perfect surfing destination

Board sports on every beach

From Verdon-sur-Mer to Lacanau-Océan,surfing is the main event of the beaches! Just like in San-Diego and Los-Angeles, surf culture can be seen in all of the seaside resorts of Médoc Atlantique.

Médoc Atlantique is not only a surfer's paradise, but it is also a destination for all board sports. You will have everything you need here, you won't be able to resist the temptation to come and have a go. On your stomach, standing or on your knees, during your holiday you will be at one with your board. Whether you are a beginner or a real pro, come and experience some new thrills. Surfing, Stand-up paddle, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, body-boarding, windsurfing, come and enjoy all the ocean has to offer. Everyone in the water!

Long live the Caraïbos Lacanau Pro

THE surfing event of the year

Lacanau was the first French town to host an international surfing competition in 1979. Every summer, this is the place to be for international surfers. At the Caraïbos Lacanau Pro, come and experience a week of surfing culture in August with an exhibitor's village, discovery workshops, competitions and concerts!

Find out about the Caraïbos Lacanau Pro
Caraïbos Lacanau Pro

Lacanau and Hourtin-Carcans Lakes

A paradise for water sports

On the lakes, we let the colours guide the way. In Lacanau or on the biggest freshwater lake in France in Carcans and Hourtin, every day is a spectacular festival of colours. These two lakes are connected by the Canal des Etangs, and these magical mirrors are also the ideal locations for water sports. Stand-up paddle, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, as a family or with friends, you'll be spoilt for choice.

The thrills and nature here are similar to those experienced at Lake Tahoe and a sailing trip just like in San Francisco, these lakes really are the ideal playground for board sports enthusiasts. They are wild and preserved, sheltered from the strong winds in the morning, and are an ideal place to watch the sun going down in the afternoon, there is no reason not to come and enjoy the lagoon-like appearance of the crystal-clear water. Set sail, put on your wetsuit, grab your oar, and sail off into the horizon!



balade à Cheval - © Clément Chambaud
Clément Chambaud

Médoc Atlantique on horseback

Escape in the wide-open spaces

Embrace the feeling of being in the Western High Sierra as you ride through the pine forest and follow in the footsteps of the gold diggers all the way to the Western village. Would you prefer to gallop along the beach? Come and find out about all the itineraries which will make you feel like a real cow-boy.

Go horseriding as if you were in the Far West in Hourtin

Discover the Western village
centre equestre Hourtin
Village Western

Vendays-Montalivet Baywatch

Malibu in Médoc

With the lifeguard huts on the beach in Vendays-Montalivet, you could mistake this place for the set of a new episode of Baywatch. The surfboards lined up on the seafront and vintage cars and camper vans really make you feel like you're somewhere else. These are all the typical symbols of another "West Coast". In "Monta", as the people here call it, there is a unique atmosphere which is not at all common in France: that of the Golden Age of California and surfing!

Golf à Lacanau

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