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Médoc Atlantique, the campsite between estuary and ocean

Pinède près de Lacanau, Médoc Atlantique
Pinède près de Lacanau, Médoc Atlantique


Comprising 14 communes and located in the north-west of the Gironde in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, Médoc Atlantique was created in 2015 from the merger of the Pointe du Médoc and the Lacs Médocains. From Verdon-sur-Mer to Lacanau, from the Gironde estuary to the Atlantic Ocean, from the pine forests to the lakes, via its beaches, here you can enjoy a generous and varied nature while exploring outdoor sports such as surfing or cycling, not forgetting the gastronomy with a good Médoc wine and some oysters. For a weekend or a longer stay, the campsites will welcome you from the north to the south of Médoc Atlantique.

Which campsite to stay at in Médoc Atlantique?

In Gironde, more than 160 campsites welcome you all along the coast. Many campsites also offer accommodation in the Médoc Atlantique community of communes. To help you make a choice, here is a small selection of campsites where you can stay during your weekend or your stay. The Soulac Plage campsite **** located in Soulac-sur-Mer in the north of Médoc Atlantique, has direct access to the beach, fully equipped cottages and an XXL water park with slides and a heated indoor swimming pool. In the same commune, the campsite Le Palace **** is located in the forest, 300 metres from the sea and offers an outdoor swimming pool, water slides, hammam, sauna and fitness. Relax with the entertainment and mini-club, dance evenings and shows. The Familles campsite **** in Grayan-et-l'Hôpital between Soulac and Montalivet, a family campsite with quality accommodation on 2 hectares of greenery 5 kilometres from the beaches. Finally, the Slow Village Lacanau *** campsite in Lacanau, in the south of the Médoc Atlantique, offers you a natural holiday village concept, nestled under the pine trees and 7 kilometres from the beaches.


The must-sees of the Médoc Atlantique

To get rich...

Soulac-sur-Mer is a place not to be missed. It is a seaside resort for families and will appeal to water sports enthusiasts, those who love to relax and those who prefer architecture. It is now called the city of 500 villas in many different styles. The Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Fin-des-Terres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been buried several times by the sand and is a magnificent example of 12th century Roman art! Its pleasant seafront for pleasant family walks and its 7 kilometres of beach will please all those who wish to practice sand yachting, horse riding, cycling and of course surfing. Every year in June the town holds the Soulac 1900 Festival, a costumed event with shows, a period market and entertainment in the streets and on the beach, all in the atmosphere of the first sea baths.


Soulac-sur-Mer© IStock


Basilique Notre Dame de la Fin des Terres à Soulac
Basilique Notre Dame de la Fin des Terres à Soulac© iStock


To escape…

Médoc Atlantique is the perfect place for cycling. Ideal for a ride along the Atlantic Ocean and in the middle of pine forests, wild and preserved landscapes in order to disconnect and offer yourself a real moment of freedom, to let yourself be rocked by the Médoc fauna and flora and its natural wealth. Indeed, 400 kilometres of cycle tracks await you between Soulac-sur-Mer in the north and Lacanau in the south. Cycling is also an opportunity to discover classified nature reserves such as the Etang de Cousseau National Nature Reserve, which is one of the oldest reserves and takes you into the heart of the Landes forest. Open all year round, it allows you to see different landscapes depending on the season. The Nature Reserve of the Dunes and Marshes of Hourtin to find out more about the coastal dune belt and the benefits of the lush oak forest. The hiking trails that cross the reserve are very enjoyable and allow a real breath of fresh air. On the Lacanau lake, the Berle trail allows you to explore the animals and plants of the undergrowth thanks to wooden platforms and pontoons above the marshes to better observe them. This is an easy family hike, with a length that is ideal for children.

To refresh yourself...

The lakes of Lacanau and Carcans-Hourtin are perfect for a relaxing family holiday. Wild and preserved, they are also a paradise for water sports and swimming. With its 2,000 hectares and its pretty little beaches, we choose the Moutchic for its animation and its charming beach huts. It is a great place to go pedal boating, catamaran sailing, wakeboarding, kitesurfing, canoeing, paddling and windsurfing. Longarisse is the other supervised beach of the Lacanau lake with the Moutchic.

With its 6000 hectares and 8 beaches, the Carcans-Hourtin lake is the largest freshwater lake in France. On the west coast there is the Natura 2000 area, the charming village of Piqueyrot in Hourtin where you can have lunch in peace and quiet with a breathtaking view, and the Bombannes domain in Carcans Maubuisson where there is clear, calm water as well as a mountain of activities for the little ones and access by cycle track, in addition to the classic water sports, it is a famous spot for windsurfing. Managed by the ONF, the Bombannes estate is also a very family-friendly place with numerous leisure facilities such as a climbing wall, tennis courts, water-skiing, paddle, canoeing and sailing.


Lac de Carcans-Hourtin
Lac de Carcans-Hourtin© IStock


Plage de Lacanau
Plage de Lacanau© IStock


And to treat yourself...

The numerous Médoc wine estates, ranging from Cru Bourgeois to Cru Artisan, and its sixty Grands Crus classified in 1855, are a real invitation to taste. The Médoc wine route is one of the most famous in the world, and is also a moment of communion and learning about an exceptional terroir. It stretches over a territory 80 kilometres long and is filled with wine estates called "châteaux" that are a pleasure to visit, whether they are grandiose buildings or simple family homes. The Médoc vineyards cover 16,500 hectares of land. You can choose to be accompanied by a professional to learn the ideal pairing of a dish with a wine, the different tasting techniques or to recognise all the aromas of the same wine. Once you have travelled the wine route from the north to the south of the Médoc, the terroirs of Haut-Médoc, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Listrac, Moulis and Margaux will hold no secrets for you.


Vignoble du Médoc
Vignoble du Médoc© IStock




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