Take a map of the region, point at Pointe de Grave, where the Gironde estuary pours into the Atlantic ocean and draw a straight line 270 kilometres long down to Spain. Your fingers will trace fine sand, beach-grasses, well-protected nature and open spaces
And there’s plenty of diversity along the way. You can choose between tonic ocean waves and sleepy lakes just over the dunes. This is what has forged the seaside resorts’ excellent reputation since the late 19th century.
The splendours are not just natural since there’s the Cordouan lighthouse, the Ville d’Hiver in Arcachon, oyster villages, Cité de l’Ocean and Sea Museum in Biarritz. Cultural events are laid on all year round, while surfing competitions are held in late summer and the autumn.
Your index is on Hendaye, on the Spanish border? You can get back to your starting point by cycling, along the Vélodyssée for example. It is a European cycle path, one of many green ways in the region.
|• By train :
Bordeaux Saint-Jean railway station
10 minutes from the city centre by tram (line C).
25 3-hr return journeys in a high-speed train to Paris.Arcachon railway station
A 4-hr direct Paris-Montparnasse / Arcachon link by high-speed train and daily Bordeaux / Arcachon links.
Biarritz railway station
Tél. : 36 35
Some seaside resorts like Soulac-sur-Mer, Arcachon, Vieux Boucau, Bayonne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Hendaye are on the railway network.
|• By plane :
Bordeaux-Merignac International Airport
25 companies (of which 8 low cost) serving nearly 70 destinations.
Tél. : +33 (0)5 56 34 50 00
www.bordeaux.aeroport.frBiarritz–Basque country Airport
10 companies (of which 5 low cost) serving nearly 15 destinations.
Tél. : +33 (0)5 59 43 83 83
|• By road:
Resorts in Médoc, the Arcachon basin, the Landes and along the
Basque coast can be reached by motorway (Arcachon, Bayonne and Biarritz)
or local roads.For some destinations, bus lines are
laid on in the summer.
|• By boat :
If you enjoy sailing, there are 22 harbours to welcome you along the 250-km coast.