Summer activities on the Gironde coast

The Gironde is very varied and therefore very popular among tourists who love to spend their holidays there.   
Sun, sea, beach, nature and culture, it's all possible here. Add to this the many possibilities for water sports,
the extensive cycling routes and hiking trails through forests and vineyards, the basin of Arcachon,
tourist villages with cozy terraces and the culinary qualities of this region,
all of this is what makes a holiday in the area so successful!

Seaside resorts on the Atlantic coast

On the Atlantic coast there are several pleasant seaside resorts. Arcachon is a popular place on the Bassin d'Arcachon. From the Boulevard you have a nice view over the basin. Arcachon  is a beautiful place: terraces, boutiques, an old town, sun, sea and beach, it's all there. More information...
A little further south is Biscarrosse, where many forms of water sports are practiced. There is a surf school and you can rent surfboards. In the village and on the Boulevard are nice shops and boutiques. Often they are souvenir shops or shops that sell (bath) clothing. More information...


FranceComfort - Château de Salles is half an hour's drive from Bordeaux. Bordeaux is known as the most beautiful city in France after Paris. Bordeaux’s historic city center is full of authentic buildings. One of its highlights is the Place de la Bourse, with the Fontaine des Trois-Grâces and the Miroir d'Eau, the largest shallow water basin in the world. The largest square in France is the Place de Quinconces and is full of statues of celebrities. Bordeaux is located in the middle of a wine region with large wineries, exhibitions and tastings. The Musée des Vins and La Cité du Vin are two of the best and nicest wine museums in the city. More information...

Must-visits in Bordeaux

  • Place de la Bourse
  • Miroir d’Eau
  • Place de Quinconces
  • Cathedrale Saint André
  • Tour Pey-Berland
  • Musée des Vins

Entertainment in the area

In the Gironde there are many possibilities for entertainment. There are amusement parks, aqua parks, zoos,
adventure parks, rope climbing courses and playgrounds. For both young children and teenagers,
these parks are suitable and give you a fun day out during the holidays.


Aqualand Arcachon

This is  the largest water park on the Atlantic coast. Are you going to race your friends in the eight lane wide slide Surf Racer? Or will you pretend you’re in a spaceship when you get into the Black Hole? For the real daredevils there is a Tornado. More information...


Adventure park with Free-jumps, a tree climbing course, laser tag, climbing walls and giant catapult. It is one of the largest parks in France. There is also a huge catapult that shoots you to a height of up to 15 to 18 meters in 2 seconds. More information...

Parc zoologique

Large elephants, strong lions, monkeys clambering into the trees, it all remains rather impressive. South of the Arcachon Basin in La Teste-de-Buch there is a beautiful zoo with over 800 animals. It is one of the largest zoos in France.
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Playground Coccinelle

Between Bordeaux and Arcachon lies Coccinelle, a park specially made for young children. The playground is a combination of an amusement park and a zoo with various farm animals. Great to visit with your family during the holiday. More information...

Popular wine region

The Bordeaux region is internationally renowned for its excellent wines. Especially the Médoc, north of Bordeaux, is a world-famous wine region with extensive vineyards and beautiful wine castles. Two of the most famous vineyards are Château Latour and Château Margaux. Another well-known wine estate is Château de Sales, a very well maintained castle with beautiful vineyards. This wine estate is open for visitors. The region also has the following renowned wineries: Lafite, Palmer, Lafite – Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Clément-Pichon.


Saint-Émilion is a beautiful medieval place situated on the banks of the Dordogne river. It has been inhabited since the 8th century and therefore has a long history which can be seen and discovered in the historic city centre. Saint-Émilion is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is so for a good reason. The city remind you a medieval city with its beautiful houses centered around stone squares. When hearing the name Saint-Emilion most people think of the famous red wines that come from this region. These wines are often of high quality and have a Grand Cru Classe classification. More information...

Cycling and walking

For cyclists, the Gironde is an ideal destination. The landscape is fairly flat and is very varied in nature. There are many cycling routes with a combined length of over 700 km. The Gironde is covered in beautiful, wide, cycle paths and paved roads along the Atlantic coast, through the forests, the dunes and the vineyards. Bike rental is available at the park.

The Gironde has a very varied landscape which allows you to make a different kind of walk every time. One day you’ll walk through the woods, along the coast or through a vineyard, another day you’ll explore a castles garden or a neighboring lovely village. Also be sure to climb the highest dune in Europe: Dune du Pilat.


  • Route Velodyssee
  • Route Bassin d’Arcachon
  • Route “Le Canal des Deux Mers à vélo”
  • Route Médoc
  • Route "Parc Naturel Régional des Landes”
  • Route Voie Verte

Sports activities

Your holiday doesn't only need to be spent by resting, many seek their relaxation in sporting activities such as:

  • Surfing and kiting
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Jet skiing
  • Horse riding
  • Golfing
  • Mountain biking

Cultural attractions

Château de la Brède

A beautiful castle in the town of La Brède which used to be where the philosopher Montesquieu lived. The castle is surrounded by canals and English gardens.

Abdij Sauve - Majeure

This Abbey was built in 1079 and is no longer in use. This Abbey is part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

Citadel de Blaye

This is a huge defensive work that protected Bordeaux. Now there is a village with shops and restaurants in it.

Palais Gallien

This amphitheater is the oldest remnant of the city of Bordeaux and was once used by gladiators to fight with wild animals.

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