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Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Landes

The smallest seaside resort in the Landes de Gascogne forest, Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains is not lacking in charm or assets. Its artificial marine lake and its ocean beaches make it an ideal place to relax between maritime pleasure and splendid natural scenery.

Formerly known as Port d'Albret, the village lost its position as the first port on the Landes coast when the river was diverted in 1578 to the Bayonne estuary. It is from there that the commune takes its name since Vieux-Boucau means old mouth. It was only in the 1930s that the village became a seaside resort and turned towards tourism. The construction of the artificial lake on horseback on two communes including Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains will promote its economic growth.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude43.7858110 (N 43° 47’ 9”)
Longitude-1.4009620 (W 1° 24’ 3”)
Surface area4.25 km²
Population1670 inhabitants
Density392 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureMont-de-Marsan (88 km, 1:14)
Insee code40328
IntercommunalityCC Maremne Adour Côte Sud
TerritoriesAquitaine, Gascony

Nearest cities & towns

Messanges4 km (6 min)
Moliets-et-Maa8.5 km (12 min)
Soustons8.9 km (15 min)
Azur10.2 km (13 min)
Seignosse14.1 km (16 min)
Léon14.3 km (18 min)
Tosse15.4 km (17 min)
Saubion18 km (20 min)
Magescq18.3 km (21 min)
Soorts-Hossegor18.5 km (23 min)
Angresse19.4 km (23 min)
Saint-Vincent-de-Tyrosse20 km (24 min)
Saint-Michel-Escalus21 km (25 min)
Saint-Geours-de-Maremne21 km (23 min)

Things to see and do

The water is very present in the seaside resort, the nautical activities are not lacking. Surfing is at the forefront of ocean sports. Besides swimming and sunbathing, you can practice paddle, canoeing and many other things, whether at sea or on the lake. Unless you prefer to rent a small electric boat to go for a ride on the lake. And if the heart tells you, a little ride in pedalo is allowed! And if between the beach and the lake, you run out of water, come and have a look at the water park Aygueblue. Several pools are at your disposal to swim and have fun.

The Landes forest is magnificent and must absolutely discover it. You will have the possibility to rent bikes to go on marked trails or to walk as you wish. Walks and hikes are also on the program of your activities. Several itineraries are proposed. It's up to you to choose which you want to start with.

And for moments of relaxation, the town is equipped with a skatepark, a bowling alley and a mini golf. You will have enough to spend good time with family or friends. The more sporty will appreciate the tennis courts to play fierce matches.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

In July and August, the craft market awaits you on the shores of the marine lake every Wednesday evening from 7pm. In a beautiful setting, you will have the opportunity to discover the local craftsmen. They will make you share their passion and will present the objects of their manufacture. Do not miss a convivial and warm moment in perspective during these meetings.

During the summer season, do not miss two unmissable events of local traditional folklore. On the one hand, the Landes race will make you vibrate to the rhythm of the bulls, and on the other hand, the pelota games will immerse you in the local culture.

Exposition à la Médiathèque / Les Fables de la Fontaine
Conversation Anglaise Adultes
Livre à Coeur
Atelier d'Écriture Adultes
Atelier Parents-Enfants / Atelier Créatif
Exposition à la Médiathèque / Les Originaux : Au Royaume des Animaux
Exposition Médiathèque Malle / Les Grands Livres
Vieux Boucau Fête l'Hiver / Marché de la Saint Sylvestre
Spectacle Intéractif / La Magie de Charles
Atelier Parents-Enfants / Atelier Conte Les Grands Livres


North Beach of Vieux-Boucau
North Beach of Vieux-Boucau
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Beach of the marine lake
Beach of the marine lake
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Beach of the marine lake
Beach of the marine lake
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Pines and ferns
Pines and ferns
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Saturday 9 december
Min. 9°C - Max. 16°C
Sunday 10 december
Min. 11°C - Max. 17°C
Monday 11 december
Min. 13°C - Max. 18°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided all-terrain electric scooter ride
Sports sensations25 € to 50 € Messanges (3.5 km)
Karting on an outdoor track
Entertainment16 € to 20 € Magescq (12.5 km)
Bike hire in the Landes
Sports sensations11 € to 44 € Léon (12.7 km)
Jet ski hire
Sports sensations120 € to 200 € Anglet (30 km)
Surfing lessons at Contis Plage beach
Sports sensations35 € to 100 € Saint-Julien-en-Born (35 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Tour of Orx Marsh
HikeEasy2:30Orx (20 km)
Sames - The Bastide Clairence (Equestrian)
Horse rideEasy4:55Orthevielle (33 km)
La Bidouze educational trail
HikeEasy3:00Guiche (34 km)
The bastide clairence - pessarou (equestrian)
Horse rideEasy2:05La Bastide-Clairence (41 km)
The bastide clairence - hasparren (equestrian)
Horse rideEasy3:30La Bastide-Clairence (41 km)


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