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Lacanau - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde

A famous seaside resort on the Atlantic Coast, Lacanau is also a top surfing destination. Its vast sandy beaches, surfing spots popular with fans of board sports, and especially festive and lively summer atmosphere, make it a very popular holiday destination. While the beaches and waves attract many vacationers eager to enjoy the ocean, Lacanau also appeals to lovers of green countryside, with its pine forest dotted with bike trails, and unspoilt lake that's ideal for sailing, windsurfing, fishing or canoeing.

Every year in August, Lacanau-Océan welcomes the world's top surfers for Lacanau Pro, an event that's part of the professional world surfing championship!

Additional information

Located on the Aquitaine coast about fifty miles west of the city Bordeaux, between the Pointe de Grave and the Arcachon basin, the city of Lacanau part of what is called the peninsula Island Médoc. The municipality covers an area of ​​21 387 hectares and represents 1/50th of the department of Gironde. 20 kilometers separating its most extreme points.

Lacanau Landes is one of the Médoc and consists of three distinct sites: Lacanau City on the banks of the lake of the same name Lacanau Ocean at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and Lake (20 km ²) with multiple hamlets Talaris The Moutchic the Tedey, Carreyre, Great Escoure, Longarisse. Lacanau Lacanau City and Ocean are distant twelve miles.

The name comes from the term Occitan Lacanau "canau" meaning channel.

Ancient Gaulish village, eventually becoming one Gallo-Roman port, it takes the vocation resort in the second half of the 19th century.

Its inhabitants are called Lacanau and Canaulaises. Lacanau has a population of 4488 inhabitants in the year and more than 80,000 in the summer, the peak of the tourist.

A privileged location ... Lacanau has an exceptional natural heritage. A generous nature as the 45th parallel, a micro climate where all seasons are beautiful, each with its own particular charm. The mild oceanic climate, the extent of inviting beaches to relax and enjoy water sports, nature and the environment protected, the wild beauty of lakes and ponds, forests rich in flora and fauna, have made Ocean Lacanau one of the largest resorts in Aquitaine.

Through an extensive network of cycle paths over 100 km and hiking trails crisscrossing the forest, one can discover a wilderness preserved, smelling the scent of pine trees, moss and fungi ...

Over time, wind and ocean currents have gradually created a wall of sand dunes behind which many streams and rivers have led to the formation of lakes and freshwater ponds.

Lacanau Ocean has 15 kilometers of sandy beaches, with a built promenade and beaches with lifeguards and conducive to surfing ocean that make attractive.

The village is located in the middle of a vast forest area of ​​13,000 hectares, protected and maintained.

Lacanau Ocean is a resort that welcomes tourists since its inception seduced by the pleasures of seaside tourism. This resort has emerged in the early 20th century, built by visionaries who braved the sand dunes and to build villas. Found in the heart of the city, picturesque villas built in the purest architectural style of the Belle Epoque. It was further developed in the years 1960-1970 through the development of the Aquitaine coast. His centenary was celebrated in 2006.

Things to see and do

Many recreational Lacanau are offered:

Golf: Also called the Ardilouse golf, the golf Lacanau, which opened in 1980, deserves its international reputation. Designed by architect John Harris, this golf course winds through the forest of Lacanau, and offers an exceptional environment of pines, sand, and water hazards. Its 18 holes (for 72 to 5932 meters) and offers a varied pattern alternates holes flat, short, hilly, long, banked ... Made an area of ​​50 hectares, this course is the most famous of Aquitaine. Diversity technique, the exceptional quality of its fairways and the speed of its greens, satisfy both beginners and advanced players.

Surfing: Confidential in the early eighties, he began to take off in 1990 to become the most popular sport of some 2000 kilometers from the French coast. It was the summer of 1979 .... A group of friends meet on the beach in Ocean Lacanau to practice this discipline discovery in the 18th century by the British sailor James Cook off the Sandwich Islands. Friends amateur surfers then have a crazy dream: to organize on the spot Lacanau an international competition. The reference in the field was at the time on the side of Hawaii, Australia or South Africa ... Still, three decades later waves Gironde have nothing to be ashamed of the plateau that is presented : a few of the best professionals in the world meet each year to the "French Pro" now enshrined in golden letters in the unmissable events of the world surfing.

Sports facilities: City of Lacanau built over the years of quality sports facilities to enable local clubs to offer many activities to the public during the year and Lacanau holiday makers during the season: a structure on the lake hosting the sailing club, the Regional Training Centre Windsurfing and Water Ski Club, home of skiing to surfing, coastal rescue and kite surfing, a structure for the wave-ski, a complex balls with 16 tennis courts including 4 indoor, squash courts and a bathroom trinquet, a golf ball with club house, a land of great games to the ocean and a field of honor to the city, and that a sports complex for sports team or the opposition, and a skate park.

The town also has three riding stables and a private artificial lake for water skiing.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Surfing lessons with a qualified instructor
Sports sensations32 € Lacanau-Océan

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Events and festivities

Among the major events that offer the city, worth mentioning the International Bridge Tournament in May, the Lacanau Gliss' Festival in May, the International Tennis Tournament in July, the Malibu Open in July (water skiing), the Sooruz Lacanau pro in August (surf).

A variety of cultural offerings: The city is developing a cultural policy throughout the year, with highlights during the summer. A diversified offering concerts, shows, theater, film, and exhibitions. Two cultural events punctuate the year, "L'Escale" in February and "The Wire October" to Halloween.

Market Lacanau Ocean on Wednesday morning throughout the year.

Detailed information

Soöruz Lacanau Pro
One of the oldest professional surfing competitions in EuropeAugust 2018


Lacanau Ocean
Lacanau Ocean
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Cruising Forest
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Dune du Pyla: A 60 km from Bordeaux, south of the Arcachon basin, it is possible to visit the highest dune in Europe, the Great Dune of Pyla. This dune reaches 107 meters. At the top, the view is spectacular. It offers under the ocean coast, passing entrance of Arcachon, the Landes forest and the sky is clear, the Pyrenees. This large dune consists of fine sand grains with silica are the same size. Past ten years, this site has also become a starting point for lovers of hang-gliding.

The Cordouan from the coast of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne in La Palmyre, naturally attracts our eyes, day or night. The day is its slender silhouette that stands perfectly on the horizon or that can be guessed in the mist, the night is of course the fire and its unchanging rhythm, three occlusions (2 and 1) all 12 seconds, which makes us a wink. Do not view this distance, the lighthouse is about 7 km from the coast, approaching the visit. This will be one of the best days and one of the most beautiful memories of your stay on the Atlantic coast. Duration of trip: 3:30. Information +33 5 56 09 62 93.

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The little robot museum in Pauillac. This marvelous mechanical museum of art arouses the imagination and gives life to dreams. Museum open Tuesday to Saturday from 10h to 13h and 14h to 19h. Additional information +33 5 56 59 02 45.

The castle Lanessan in Cussac-Fort-Médoc, with its museum of the horse reputed to be one of the finest museums in France. Created by a passion for horses that built the building in 1880 in the shape of a horseshoe. You can admire the oldest car, the beautiful upholstery ... Information +33 5 56 58 94 80.


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