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Apart from luxurious wine, the Bordeaux area is also known for its beautiful beaches. On sunny days many tourists rush to the coast of Arcachon without knowing that there is actually a great deal of amazing beaches near Bordeaux. In this article, I want to share ten beaches in the area that I find absolutely stunning. The list includes both lake beaches, ocean beaches and of course the best beaches on the Bassin d’Arcachon. There are many more gorgeous beaches in the Southwest of France but I made sure to include only those that are located within a reasonable distance from the center of Bordeaux. Hope you’ll enjoy the article and the beaches around Bordeaux 🙂

Lake beaches near Bordeaux 

Plage du Lac d’Hostens – South of Gironde

Plage du Lac d'Hostens
Plage du Lac d’Hostens – by lost in Bordeaux

Hostens lac is one of the highlights of the South Gironde region. Domaine des Lacs d’Hostens is located at the heart of the Landes de Gascogne forest (50km from Bordeaux) and has one of the most beautiful beaches in our area. This place is much more than just a nice place to swim. Hostens offers plenty of water activities such as kayaks and pedaling as well as hiking trails, mountain bike trails and more. There are actually 5 lakes at the domain but the beach is located on the shores of lake of Lamothe. There’s also a restaurant and a snack bar next to the beach so no worries if you didn’t come prepared. You can get more information about the activities at the tourist information point which is located next to the parking at the entrance to the Domain or read some of it here.

Bordeaux Lac – in Bordeaux city

Bordeaux lac
Bordeaux lac by Lost in Bordeaux

If you’re in Bordeaux and prefer to avoid renting/using a car, this beach is perfect for you. Bordeaux Lac has everything you need, a sandy clean beach and a lot of shade from the nearby trees for those who don’t really like the sun. the beach is open to the public daily from June 1st to August 31 and starting July 1st it offers water and beach activities such as sailing, kayaking, mini-golf and more. Check out the list of daily activities here.

La Plage du Moutchic – Lacanau

La Plage du Moutchic - a fun beach near Bordeaux
La Plage du Moutchic by lost in Bordeaux

Plage du Moutchic is located on the banks of Lacanau lake, about 50 km from Bordeaux. This beach has a nice supervised swimming area, a shaded picnic area and sports facilities like boat rentals, windsurfing, canoes and paddle boats which makes it very popular with families from the region. In case you forgot to bring food (god forbid), there’s a snack bar and two restaurants with a beautiful view on the lake.  For those who don’t like sand (my hubby including 🙂 ), part of the beach is covered with soft green grass. There’s big free parking behind the beach.

Plage Laouga – Close to Arcachon

Plage Laouga on Lac Cazaux is a fine sandy beach located about 400 m from the main beach of this beautiful lake (Plage Cazaux). Its calm warm water makes it one of the best places for families. This part of the lake is sheltered by the pine forest of Landes de Gascogne, which creates a lot of shaded spots on the beach (a must in the South-west summer). The beach is supervised during the summer season (mid June- mid September) and has free parking just next to it. Plage Laouga is located about 70 km from Bordeaux.

Beaches on the Arcachon Bay – close to Bordeaux

Le Moulleau beach

Day trip from Bordeaux

Le Moulleau, while officially a part of the city of Arcachon, feels like a completely separate little resort town with its own center, beaches and restaurants. It’s a very popular beach that attracts both families and many young people. The Moulleau is located midway between the center of Arcachon and the famous Dune du Pilat which is always a great spot to finish your day. There are a few bars and restaurants very close to the beach so you can easily spend the whole day in this resort. You can also take a ferry and check the beaches on the other side of the Bassin at Cap ferret. The beach can be reached by car, bike or a bus from the train station of Arcachon.

If you’re going to Arcachon for the day check out my guide to the best things to do and eat in Arcachon.

Plage Pereire in Arcachon

Plage Pereire, one of the most popular beaches in Arcachon, is located in Ville de Printemps (the winter city of Arcachon) about 67 km from Bordeaux. It’s a beautiful three km long beach with white sand and an amazing view of the Cap Ferret peninsula on the other side of the bay. This beach is equipped with many sports facilities, a cycle path and green lawns for people to have a picnic on. When coming from Arcachon center, one of the best ways to get there is cycling. A flat cycle path, stretched from the central beach to the Dune du Pyla, passes through Plage Pereire and other Arcachon beaches. On a hot summer day, you can enjoy a cold rosé at the bar-restaurant du soleil located on the beach. 

Andernos les bains

A more isolated beach in Andernos les bains
A more isolated beach in Andernos les bains

Andernos les bains at the north of the Bassin d’Arcachon is one of the most attractive towns in the area, especially during the summer season. It has a cute little center leading to the main beach that is abundant with restaurants, ice cream shops and beach clothing boutiques. While the main beach is really nice, if you want a more isolated and relaxed atmosphere you should continue in the direction of the oysters port and go the remarkable nature reserve of les Quinconces. After a short walk from the port into the reserve, you’ll discover a beautiful beach with the forest as your background. This beach is quite isolated so there are no facilities here and it’s not supervised. Andernos les bains is located about 50 km from Bordeaux. 

Plage de la Hume – Gujan Mestras 

Plage de la Hume
Plage de la Hume on the Bassin d’Arcachon

Plage de la Hume is a family friendly beach located at the touristic part of Gujan Mestras, a little town known as the capital of oyster farming on the Bassin d’Arcachon. Its location on the bay makes the water very calm and easy to swim in. However, if you’ve come for more than the beach itself and really want to swim, check the tide hours first. They are changing daily and in some hours of the day, you can barely see any water. Click here for the daily hours. The beach is supervised in July and August (from 10:00 to 19:00), which makes it a very safe place for kids. Plage de la Hume is located just next to the ports that Gujan Mestras is famous for, so if you’re getting hungry you can always stop in one of the cabanes on the port for fresh oysters. 

Beaches at the Atlantic coast

Plage du Grand Cohort – Lège Cap-Ferret

Grand Cohort beach is located on the Ocean side of the Cap Ferret peninsula. As opposed to the more calm water on the side of the Bassin d’Arcachon, on the ocean side, the waves are strong which makes it a surfing paradise. This beautiful white sand beach attracts both kite surfers and families that love to swim in the ocean.  In the summer the beach tends to be quite busy and sometimes parking can be an issue so try to come early. If you’re coming with kids, this beach is supervised during the summer. This beach is located about 60 km from the center of Bordeaux.

Lacanau Ocean beaches

Lacanau-Ocean - surfing beach near Bordeaux
Lacanau-Ocean main beach

If your idea for a beach day is a more active one, this is the beach for you. The Lacanau Ocean beach begins right at the end of Boulevard de la Plage at the Lacanau Ocean town, which is located about 55km from Bordeaux. It is one of the longest beaches in the Aquitaine area, spreading to 15 km of white sand. The beach is considered a perfect place for surfing and windsurfing and it has become known for surfing competition and events. This long beach is also a great place for bathing in the sea with your family and has all the facilities you need, including many restaurants and shops in its little center. 

There are plenty of other amazing beaches near Bordeaux but I think that these ten beaches will give you a sense of how beautiful and magical the Gironde region is! 

For more places to visit around Bordeaux check out my guides about day trips from Bordeaux by car and by train.

Although it’s officially Autumn, the weather in Bordeaux still feels like we’re in the middle of July and that gives us a chance to continue enjoying the outdoor events this city has to offer. Hopefully we won’t have pay for that with a long and cold winter. So what is waiting for us this weekend? A Visual Arts festival, Latin Music in Cenon, A sports day in Hostens, a magic festival in Eysines, and plenty of outdoor free concerts all over the city.

Here is the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (September 21-23):

Events in Bordeaux Metropole

Echo a Venir –  an electronic music festival 

A big visual art and electronic music festival will take place this weekend in Bordeaux (September 20-23). For its 7th edition the festival invited artists from Montreal to unveil their  immersive  360°  projections on the pavilions created especially for the event. The program of the festival includes a lineup of Djs, a brunch on Saturday and a digital workshop for kids. Check out the facebook page  of the festival for more info. For tickets click here.

When: September 20-23
Where: Placette de Munich (quais de Bordeaux)

Les Talençaises

This weekend (Sep 21-22), Peixotto park in Talence is getting festive for the annual event of Les Talençaises. In the program: dj sets, concerts, interactive dance, a lot of food and a beautiful park to spend a fun afternoon with friends and family. The event is free, for more info click here.

When: September 21-22
Where: Parc de Peixotto, 33400 Talence

Latin Music Festival 

Corazon Latino, a Latin Music and dance festival will take place this weekend (September 21-23) in Rocher de Palmer in Cenon. The Program  includes music concerts, dance shows, three Latin parties andinternational dancers that came especially to teach you some moves. And of course plenty of Salsa , Bachata, Kizomba, Chacha, Semba, Tango, Lady Styling and Forró. For more info and tickets to some of the concerts check out the website of the event.

When: September 21-23
Where: 1 rue aristide Briand, 33150 Bordeaux, France

Festival Arts Mêlés

This is the 10 year anniversary of Arts Mêlés, a festival of magic and supernatural experiences that is organized by the town of Eysines. As always the program is full of magic shows, illusionists, acrobats and more (making it also fun for kids). The event is free and will take place on the weekend of September 22-23 at the Parc du château Lescombes. Check out the full program here. Read more about the festival and the performing artists here.

Festival Arts Mêlés

When: September 22-23
Where: 10 Rue de l’Église, 33320 Eysines

Cypher Party

The Move It organization will host a party this Saturday (September 22) right in the heart of the historic center of Bordeaux, Promenade Sainte-Catherine. This varied program will make you stay in the city center the whole afternoon: A dj set (15:00 to 16:00), dance battle (16:00 to 18:30) dance shows, live music and more. Check out the facebook page of the event.

When: September 22, from 15:00 to 19:00
Where: 25 rue Sainte-Catherine, 33000 Bordeaux, France

The Pavillon d’été of L’Orangeade

It’s almost the end of the Bordelaise summer and it’s the last opportunity to enjoy the summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps on the right bank of the Garonne. The pavilion, organized by the Orangeade association, is hosting free music and gastronomy events. Take a look at the program for this Friday (Sep 21) and for this Saturday (Sep 22).

When: September 21-22, starting 6pm
Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux

Open Air Festival

Bordeaux Open Air continues into September with more cool events of Electronic Music at different locations in the city center. The next event of the Open Air Festival will take place on September 23 at Square Dom Bedos.

When: September 23, 15:00
Where: Square Dom Bedos, Bordeaux

Journée Sports Nature

This Sunday (September 23) Hostens, the beautiful town and lake in the Parc Naturel Regional de Gascogne, will host its annual sports day. This event is all about spending time with your family while discovering outdoor fun sportive activities. The day includes 25 free sportive activities from kayaks to sand yachting, Rollerblading and archery. For more info click here.

When: September 23, from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 18:00.
Where: Domaine d’Hostens

A big second hand clothes sale

After many successful huge vintage clothing sales in Paris, Violette Sauvage arrives to Bordeaux with the same agenda of giving clothes a second life. The big vintage sale will take place this weekend (September 22-23)  in one of the most special places in Bordeaux, les Vivres de l’Art. A part from a huge amount of clothes, the event also includes food trucks and different workshops and activities. For more info check out the facebook page of the event. And for more details about the other events of Violette Sauvage click here.

When: September 22-23, from 11:00
Where: 4 Rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Le Week-End De l’Imaginaire Ludique

Le Week-End De l’Imaginaire Ludique is an event created with the idea to promote games and the world of imagination. During the weekend (September 22-23) players of all ages will gather around the tables in the Centre d’animation Grand Parc to play and share their experiences. For more info click here.

When: September 22-23, from 11:00 to 19:00
Where:36 rue Robert Schuman 33300 Bordeaux

Exhibitions and Shows

Jazz weekend at the Caillou

If you’re looking for a Jazz concert for the weekend, Le Caillou in the Jardin Botanique is the place for you. Like every weekend in their fall program, different  musicians and groups will take the stage to smooth your weekend with some Jazz tunes. This weekend the program includes the Christophe Maroye trio on Friday (Sep 21) and the Kyara Lisa trio on Saturday (Sep 22).

When: September 21-22, at 20:30
Where: Le Caillou du Jardin Botanique, Esplanade Linné, 33000 BORDEAUX

Exhibition at the Institut Bernard Magrez

l’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez is one of the cultural gems of Bordeaux, surprising us with new and inspiring exhibitions every few months. This time they host the painter Guillaume Toumanian, with an exhibition of 20 paintings called “De la lumière”.  The expo will be presented at Château Labottière until October 28. For more info check out the website of the museum.

When:until October 28
Where:16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 BORDEAUX

Snow White at the Grand Theatre

The Ballet of Angelin Preljocaj comes back to Bordeaux with Blanche-Neige (Snow white) created in 2008. It’s not only the  brilliant choreography that makes this pieces of art so special but also the costumes designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier and the stage decoration by Thierry Leproust. Seven shows of the Ballet will take place at the Opera of Bordeaux between September 21 and September 30. For tickets and more info check out the website of the Opera.

When:until October  21-30
Where: Grand Théâtre, place de la Comédie,33000 BORDEAUX

Flamenco by La Caramelita

“La Caramelita” our local phenomenal Flamenco dancer will take the stage on the Grande Poste this Friday (September 21). She will be accompanied by Romain Tranchant  on the guitar and by Alejandro Mendía singing. For tickets and more details check the facebook page of the event

When: September 21 at 20:00
Where: 7 rue du palais gallien, 33000 Bordeaux, France

If you want to plan ahead check out my general list of things to in Bordeaux in September 2018.

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