Bordeaux’s California

MILES OF BEACH, FOREST, VINEYARDS AND WATER EVERYWHERE!

Going on holiday in the Médoc Atlantique at the Slow village Lacanau campsite is selecting a region where all things are possible, on the edge of the ocean, marked by a surfing culture, just like on the other West Coast!

Large natural spaces, a surfing destination with miles of wild beaches and waves that break with a continuity adored by surfers, the well-named “Bordeaux California” invites you to spend your holidays in this fabulous, inspiring natural environment. Completely “Slow”!

 

Varied moods, festive alongside the ocean, rejuvenating alongside the lake and original alongside the estuary, which offer you the possibility to wander freely as your desires and the mood of the moment takes you!

124kms of beaches
200kms of cycle tracks

The Malibu of the Médoc

If there is one spot that is worth a visit to get a taste of “Californian” coastal atmosphere, it’s the beach at Vendays-Montalivet, a few kilometres from Lacanau. With its colourful lifeguard huts, vintage wetsuits, and surfboards lined up on the dunes, it’s like being in an episode of Baywatch. In “Monta”, as the locals call it, you could still believe you’re in California’s golden age of surfing!

The Arcachon basin

SOUTH OF LACANAU, DISCOVER THE FAMOUS VILLAGES OF THE
ARCACHON BASIN

The must-sees of the basin

1 – Embark on a trip to the “tchanqué” cabins (on wooden piles), of the Île aux Oiseaux (Bird Island)

2 – Rise at dawn to see fishermen unloading at the Arcachon fish market

3 – Alight at the Banc d’Arguin

4 – Taste oysters in the Lège-Cap-Ferret oyster huts

5 – Discover the colourful fishermen’s huts at the Port of Biganos

6 – Take in the sights at the tip of Lège-Cap-Ferret

Behind the scenes of Arcachon fish market

An extraordinary show: the arrival of fishing boats, unloading and auction of fish at the Arcachon fish market. An exciting behind-the-scenes tour of the local fishery.

The Médoc wine route

30 MINUTES FROM LACANAU, DISCOVER THE “ROUTE DES CHATEAUX”, ITS EXCEPTIONAL VINEYARDS, AND ITS NEW TEMPLE, THE FAMOUS CITE DU VIN IN BORDEAUX

In the land of a thousand and one châteaux

From beautiful mansions to magnificent Renaissance style buildings, from the “Medoc Versailles” to the oriental palace, they are everywhere! From Bordeaux to the Pointe de Grave, there is a driving route where you can experience this world unique, architectural diversity. You will learn all about the history and know-how of the 8 protected label appellations (AOC) and the Médoc winegrowers. From north to south Médoc, Haut Médoc, Saint Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint Julien, Listrac, Moulis en Médoc and Margaux form a remarkable dominion that you can enjoy visiting.

Circles of vines at Château Le Queyroux

Dominique Léandre-Chevalier is reinventing his vineyard in search of purity and intensity with a slightly eccentric natural wine project near Anglade, in the Blaye area. Seven separate plots, including vines planted in a circle; some reaching a planting density of 33,000 vines per hectare resulting in rarely more than two bunches of grapes per vine.

Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

MORE THAN 350 CLASSIC BUILDINGS, A MONUMENTAL WORK OF THE 18th CENTURY, THE FIRST URBAN ARCHITECTURAL ENSEMBLE DISTINGUISHED IN SUCH A VAST AREA

A magnificent tour of private mansions, imposing residences, monumental doors, facades with a programme that shows the extent of the great work undertaken by the Tourny Intendant and his successors in the 18th century.

To stroll around the UNESCO area

1- Grand Théatre
Along with the Grand Théâtre, the Cours du Chapeau-Rouge is clearly the most “royal” thoroughfare on this circuit, where the neo-classical canons of architecture are displayed.

2- Place de la Bourse
Overlooking the river, the Place de la Bourse was the first great achievement of Bordeaux’s urban planning in the 18th century.

3- Porte Cailhau
Then, along the quays, stands the Porte Cailhau, a Renaissance triumphal arch built in 1494 in honour of King Charles VIII.

4- Grosse Cloche
The highlight of this tour, the ‘Grosse Cloche’ (big bell) symbolises the municipal authority and the arms of the city in medieval times.

5- Tour Pey-Berland
Free from traffic, the Saint André cathedral and the Tour Pey-Berland, two complex monuments of the city, form a particularly attractive ensemble.

6- Palais Rohan
Going up towards the Place Gambetta, we leave on the left the former archiepiscopal palace, the Palais Rohan, built between the courtyard and the garden, which became the Town Hall in 1835.

The Pilat Dune

THE HIGHEST DUNE IN EUROPE
IN THE SOUTH OF THE ARCACHON BASIN

Just an hour’s drive from Lacanau and the Slow Village campsite, don’t miss the chance to climb this immense sand dune which stands opposite the Banc d’Arguin, children will love it!

It’s only when you get to the top that you realise the immensity of the Pilat Dune, your superb reward is seeing the breath-taking view of the Banc d’Arguin and the dune line that runs along the beaches of Pilat sur Mer, along with the paragliders in the distance, floating aloft.

Another delight is to run down the slope towards the beach, as fast as possible, in giant leaps, falling down several times, simply for the pleasure of rolling around in the sand. All too soon you have to go back up, because you are parked on the other side, and you slowly climb the dune again in the other direction, “slowly”, in the happy certainty that you will have to hurtle down the slope again. Simply magical!

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