Summer events and activities in Bordeaux and on the Atlantic coast

  • The lighthouse dominates the city of Cap Ferret.

    The lighthouse dominates the city of Cap Ferret. - © SIBA

    The lighthouse dominates the city of Cap Ferret.

    The lighthouse dominates the city of Cap Ferret. - © SIBA

  • Dune du Pilat

    Dune du Pilat - © SIBA

    Dune du Pilat

    Dune du Pilat - © SIBA

  • Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve

    Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve - © Guillaume Bonnaud

    Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve

    Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve - © Guillaume Bonnaud

  • Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve

    Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve - © Guillaume Bonnaud

    Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve

    Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve - © Guillaume Bonnaud

Summer events and activities in Bordeaux and on the Atlantic coast Bordeaux fr

Stroll along the banks of the River Garonne and the estuary of the Gironde reveals culture, nature, wine tourism and enchanting chateaux. Head south to experience the glorious coastline and savour fresh oysters. The strength is reflected by the surfers who flock here for the powerful waves. Sweetness comes from the festive life style and the love of great gastronomy that’s inherent in the culture of this region. The tides have shaped the magnificent coastal... Take the time to just be - and enjoy the joie de vivre.

Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve - A river celebration

The ‘Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve’ festival will take over the city docks from 20-23 June, marking the opening of the cultural season ‘Liberté! Bordeaux 2019’. On the programme are free concerts, sailing boats, nautical activities, food stalls and a white wine festival, exhibitions and a firework display over the Garonne.

Holiday in Medoc-Atlantique

This area stretches between the ocean, the freshwater lakes at Carcans-Hourtin - Lacanau and the vineyards of the Medoc at the mouth of the Gironde. Experience the ocean and its 124 kilometers of beaches, in front of which the Cordouan Lighthouse, the "Versailles of the seas", sits enthroned. Historic seaside resorts in Soulac (with 500 19th-century villas), sports and family baths in Carcans-Maubuisson, unspoilt beach resorts and the most stylish market in Montalivet all contribute to a full and delightful holiday that will delight any visitor. Our suggestion: Taste the oysters and tiger prawns with a lovely glass of white wine at a "guinguette" along the waterfront of Médoc salt marshes. 

Visit the Bay of Arcachon

  • Climb the highest dune in Europe! One hundred and nine meters high, 2,700 meters long, 500 meters wide, 60 million cubic meters of sand: the Pilat dune is a marvel of nature. It is absolutely necessary to climb to the top - at the summit, the 360° panorama over the Bassin d'Arcachon, the ocean, the Pointe de l'Arguin, the point of Cap Ferret, and the sprawling forest of pins is sublime at any moment of the day.
  • Have a picnic on the bench of Arguin, a sandbank in the middle of the basin, is constantly changing form according to the wind and currents. You can reach it by boat, shuttle, or pinasse (a unique type of vessel common in the area). It's the perfect spot for a dreamy picnic facing the great Dune.
  • At the tip of Cap Ferret, the calm water of the basin meets the more tumultuous Atlantic. For those with no fear of heights, you should climb up the lighthouse (258 steps!). You will not regret it - whatever's left of your breath after the climb will be taken away from the view. The panorama of the water, the oyster beds, and the Pilat dune, especially during the sunset, are breathtaking.
  • Some simple pleasures of the Arcachon Basin include snacking on oysters opened directly by an oyster farmer, strolling along the colorful huts of the small harbors, and spotting the typical boats coming and going with their tasty cargo through the basin. The oyster capital of Gujan-Mestras has a Museum of Oysters dedicated to the little jewels of the sea.
  • In Arcachon and Pyla-sur-Mer, the villas are omnipresent - these grand bourgeois houses are from the 19th century up through the 1930s. In Arcachon, in the picturesque district of the Winter City, Swiss chalets, Moorish inspiration, and colonial styles mix genres in an extravagant mélange of architectural tastes.

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