In southwest France, just south of Bordeaux and the glimmering Bay of Arcachon, lies Biscarrosse. It is a remarkable three-in-one holiday destination. Biscarrosse-Plage presides over immensely long, sandy beaches with the rolling surf of the Atlantic Ocean crashing their shores. Biscarrosse-Ville is an established, lively resort offering all and any activity you could wish for. And Biscarrosse-Lac sits around not one but three tranquil, inland, freshwater lakes reminiscent of a giant lagoon in the South Pacific. Even better, it’s also ‘home’ to nearby Siblu campsites, 4 star La Réserve and Le Pipiou.
What is there to do in Biscarrosse?
A fascinating place to discover the history of Biscarosse and the traditions of the area, including local arts and crafts. After the museum visit, the kids will love wandering around the educational farm and saying hello to the animals.
Stroll through the town
When you're not enjoying the beach or the lakes, it's worth exploring the town of Biscarosse itself. Start with the market where you can smell the scent of fresh fruits, vegetables and fish of the day. The church of Saint Martin dates back to the 15th century and it's worth taking in the Château de Montbron. Try the local specialities at one of the many restaurants overlooking the sea.
Built on one of the most beautiful sites in Biscarrosse, the Sainte-Bernadette church is an architectural marvel. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Saint Bernadette, it offers you a peaceful setting to admire its frescoes and stained glass windows with your family. Inside, you can admire paintings including one by Berthe Grimard-Baudet or a sculpture by Anne Kirkpatrick.
Culture & Activities
Food & Drink
Duck breast, fresh fish, seafood, Landes asparagus, Adour kiwis, Chalosse beef, Dax madeleines, apple crisp, Landaise salad, tourtière...
Not to be missed...
The Great Lakes, the port of Maguide, the Dune du Pilat, the seaplane museum, the Saint-Martin church, the Sainte-Bernadette church, the Bassin d'Arcachon, Bordeaux, Le Lège Cap-Ferret...
Water skiing, cycling, tennis, surfing, wakeboarding, stand up paddle, hiking, horseback riding, pedal boating, boat rental, windsurfing, parachuting, water skiing, sport fishing...
The south west of France is known for its beautiful, long sandy beaches that stretch for as far as the eye can see, and Biscarrosse Plage is no exception. Biscarrosse is also a surfers paradise and there are a number of surf schools which offer both equipment rental and surf lessons for all levels. Alternatively, grab a bodyboard in one of the many beachside shops and play around in the breakers.
Tree climbing courses
A great family activity in France has to be the aerial tree climbing courses and there are plenty of them in this area. It's a great way of enjoying a day out in the woods, having fun zip-lining over the immense and superb lakes of Biscarrosse.
Mountain biking in Landes forest
The huge Landes forest is a fabulous area for some cycling action. Renowned for its mountain bike trails, there are lots of routes to explore, either by bike or on foot.
The Dune du Pilat
If you're holidaying in Biscarrosse then you must go to Teste-de-Buch to climb the Dune du Pilat, a famous landmark in this area. This gigantic mountain of sand is over 100 meters tall and offers breathtaking views of the ocean. Don't forget the camera!
Nestled near Biscarrosse, Lake Cazeau-Sanguinet is the ideal place for a family day out. With its crystal clear waters, it is the second largest freshwater lake in France. Take a picnic and your bathers!
Le musée de l’hydraviation (sea plane museum)
This fascinating museum presents the history of the seaplane aviation. Biscarrosse lake was the home of French seaplane aviation, from which seaplanes set off across the Atlantic and down to Africa. You can look at restored seaplanes, uniforms, memorabilia of famous pilots, reproductions, photographs, engines, propellers, archival parts, flight logs, trophies, wetsuits, paintings by Air and Navy painters.
Le pastis Landais (sweet cake)
Locally farmed chicken
La garbure (meat stew)
Le canelé (sweet cakes)
Take some time out on the waves and enjoy a boat trip along the coast.
Explore Arcachon and its Nature Reserve. The town is worth a visit, enjoy the cafes and local restaurants and you can also hire canoes, fishing equipment and more from here.
Located just a few kilometers from the campsite, Bordeaux is one of the most popular cities in the southwest. Take the opportunity to discover the grandiose city of Bordeaux, with its Saint-André cathedral, its lively quays and its sumptuous Baroque buildings. If you have time visit the nearby village of St Emilion, home to fine wines.