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Hourtin - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde

Welcome to Hourtin, on the edge of the largest freshwater lake in France!

Here you will discover what is the sweetness of life! Walk to the harbor, fishing in the pretty village of Piqueyrot, walk along the lagoon of Contaut or surf session at Hourtin beach, you are here in the great outdoors!

With the children you will spend your days on the island to the children to play in the big wooden castle. Not to be missed, the Bambino Party mid-June, the festival of children from 3 months to 12 years!

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude45.1860890 (N 45° 11’ 10”)
Longitude-1.0572020 (W 1° 3’ 26”)
Surface area190.50 km²
Population3539 inhabitants
Density18 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBordeaux (39 mi, 1h12)
Insee code33203
IntercommunalityCC Médoc Atlantique

Nearest cities & towns

Naujac-sur-Mer6.3 mi (11 min)
Carcans7.9 mi (14 min)
Lesparre-Médoc10.6 mi (16 min)
Gaillan-en-Médoc12.1 mi (20 min)
Saint-Sauveur12.4 mi (19 min)
Cissac-Médoc12.5 mi (19 min)
Vendays-Montalivet12.9 mi (19 min)
Saint-Laurent-Médoc12.9 mi (20 min)
Brach13.5 mi (20 min)
Civrac-en-Médoc13.7 mi (22 min)
Blaignan-Prignac13.9 mi (24 min)
Saint-Germain-d'Esteuil14 mi (24 min)
Vertheuil14.1 mi (22 min)
Lacanau15 mi (23 min)

Things to see and do

The lake invites families, sportsmen, fishermen, walkers... to discover a paradise of sports and water sports. For a weekend like for a long vacation, have a good time! The sailing center of Hourtin Médoc, located in Piqueyrot, hosts European regatta championships on the lake.

Miles of stretch of sand all year round... the beach passionately! It is behind the blond sand dune that generous nature offers its very first treasures. As far as the eye can see, the ocean blends with the sky, the sandy beach with the dune, the foam and the wind.

In any season, the forest unveils its charms... on foot, by bike, on horseback or on the tracks and trails you can recharge your batteries with long walks!

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

The Bambino Party - Children's Festival from 3 months to 12 years! On the island with children in Hourtin Port not to be missed in June!

Market every Thursday morning, and from July 1 to August 31, three mornings a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays as well as craft night markets every Monday at Hourtin Beach and every Friday at Hourtin Port. Gourmet markets of producers in June, July and August.

The International Academy of Music Hourtin Médoc welcomes, in April, in a natural setting, on the edge of the largest freshwater lake of France, pupils of high level, come to perfect the practice of their instrument, framed by Teachers of prestigious French and foreign superior conservatoires.

Village Dancing Meal
Conference "Garibaldi, an Adventurer of Freedom"
Bambino Party
The Cariokate
Throwing Throw World Championship
Hourtin Beach Sea Festival


The lake and its small coves
The lake and its small coves
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Hourtin Beach
Hourtin Beach
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Hourtin Port
Hourtin Port
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The village place
The village place
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Hourtin Piqueyrot
Hourtin Piqueyrot
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Island with children - Hourtin Port
Island with children - Hourtin Port
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Saturday 27 may
Min. 14°C - Max. 18°C
Sunday 28 may
Min. 12°C - Max. 16°C
Monday 29 may
Min. 12°C - Max. 19°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The vineyards of the Medoc, castles, wine cellars and museums to visit!

The estuary of the Gironde, the small fishing ports and plaice, where you will taste oysters from the Médoc! Without forgetting, the lighthouse of Cordouan in Verdon-sur-Mer, to visit at low tide!

You will also find all the pleasures of the sandy beaches along the coast of the Médoc Atlantique destination with its seaside resorts of Soulac, Montalivet-les-Bains, Hourtin-Plage, Carcans-Plage and Lacanau-Plage.

The beautiful Soulac, where you will discover the sumptuous Notre-Dame-de-la-Fin-des-Terres basilica and its atypical villas.

The softness of freshwater lakes, where you can practice all kinds of nautical activities: stand up paddle, pedal boats or canoe-kayak!

Nature preserved, with the discovery of nature reserves and marshes!

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tasting at Château Hourtin-Ducasse
Local flavours8 € Saint-Sauveur (12.5 mi)
Noisettines du Médoc tasting
Local flavoursFreeBlaignan-Prignac (13.2 mi)
Stand up paddle rental
Sports sensations12 € Lacanau (13.2 mi)
Surfing lessons with a qualified instructor
Sports sensations32 € Lacanau-Océan (14.4 mi)
Visit an authentic windmill
Culture and education3 € to 4 € Vensac (14.7 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Vineyard in Citadel - Blaye Loop
HikeEasy2h45Blaye (19.5 mi)
The Bouclettes
Cycling itineraryEasy1h30Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde (22 mi)
The Triassic Loop - Saint Giron d'Aiguevives / Saint Vivien de Blaye
HikeIntermediate5h55Saint-Girons-d'Aiguevives (25 mi)
The Lagoon of Hell's Lagoon saugon - generac
HikeIntermediate4h00Saugon (27 mi)
From Lege to Grand Crohot
All-terrain bike itineraryEasy1h45Lège-Cap-Ferret (27 mi)


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