The Atlantic coast, an ocean of fun activities!


Discover the Atlantic Coast's unforgettable beaches and panoramas. From île de Ré to the Basque Coast, it is the kingdom of water sports, cycling paths and lively seaside resorts. 

Europe's largest beach

With 250 kilometres of fine sand and sun, Europe’s largest beach is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine!
The Atlantic Ocean goes on for miles! Dunes, great lakes and the Landes forest are also part of the backdrop. 
The Atlantic coast means preserved nature. It is an ideal spot for all types of water sports: surfing, kite surfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, sand yachting ...


The islands of Charente

Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron: two gems on the Atlantic coast! Both offer visitors a preserved environment, remarkable historical and architectural heritage, lively seaside resorts, huge sandy beaches, a large...

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Royan and the estuary

From Coco Chanel to Pablo Picasso, in the Roaring Twenties, everyone who was anyone could be spotted holidaying in Royan. The seaside resort gave sea holidays their fame back in...


The Landes area

It was Maurice Martin, an adventurer and chronicler, who first came up with the expression "Silver Coast" when speaking of the Landes area, and more specifically, of the town of...



King Louis the 14th had Rochefort turned into a maritime arsenal town.  He asked Colbert to build « the most beautiful and largest Arsenal in the Western World ».


The Médoc area

The Médoc area is a peninsula: a triangle of land that stretches from the north to the west of Bordeaux. It is likely you have heard of its internationally famous...

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The Basque Coast

Get ready for a change of backdrop as you head southwards to the Basque Coast.  Sand, rocks, cliffs, creeks and bays : quite a change from the straight Landes beaches!


Fort Boyard

Fort Boyard is an emblematic landmark on the Charente coastine. It became famous in the 1990s thanks to the game show, set and filmed in the real fortress.  Fort Boyard is located between île...


Arcachon Bay

Arcachon Bay is a geomorphologic curiosity : a 1.500 hectare bay supplied with water from the ocean and from many waterways. An inland sea whose colours are lagoon-like, bordered by...