Bordeaux, wines? nahh beaches!!!

Lacanau Ocean Lacanau Ocean Lacanau Ocean Carcans plageOk I am on a roll, grey rainy, humid, cool 6C not fun to go out although we plan something later in the afternoon. Right now is memory lane and reminiscent of the wonderful place I posted on my blog going back to 2011!

Bordeaux has a mythical name to it, for most it means the best wine in the world and rightfully so, I agree. Extensive (all my life) work in the wine industry from bartender to management and diploma of France and Spain on wine connoisseurs level, even right now worked for a big multinational with wine distribution division.

However, what most visitors do not know, is that the Bordeaux, especially the best wine areas of the Médoc are also,home to some of the best beaches in France, and the summer hangout of my family especially when younger ages.

I will give you my previous post on the subject of Bordeaux here:
https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2017/11/03/the-wines-of-bordeaux-france-simply-the-best/

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2016/10/20/the-wines-of-bordeaux/

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2011/02/19/bordeaux-its-wines-its-beaches-sublime/

Of course, plenty of wine info there and some beach. These towns we have zigzag for many years with the kids and beach activities that are second to none in France. These are Lacanau-Océan,Carcans-Maubisson, Hourtin,especially, but also Le Verdun-sur-Mer, Soulac-sur-Mer ,and Montalivet.

The place for beaches in France with info on each is plagetv here: http://en.plages.tv/beaches/b-gironde

The special Médoc tourism page in French has more on them: http://medoc-tourisme.com/fr/incontournables/les-plages-a-linfini/

The one we prefer of all is Lacanau-Océan and even thus is in French, you can give yourselves a good idea from the pictures to know this is really good beach town: https://lacanauocean.com/fr/lacanau-plage.htm

Here we have done house rental and camping park rental. The house is fine but for ambiance and group activities the camping are best. Our all time favorite camping is the 5 star Camping Yelloh! village Les Grands Pins just 300 meters from the beach at North side or plage nord. The house was Villa “Gré des flots” more expensive and like I said more isolated even if in city center. WE like more the camping.

The house Gré des flots is here: https://www.sejour-lacanau.com/room/villa-gre-des-flots/

The camping site is here;https://www.lesgrandspins.com/en/

This camping is tops you can walk to the city center and the beaches and plenty of family activities inside! As well as cheaper for a family than the house.

The beaches at Lacanau-Océan are 16 km long or about 10 miles and are three south, central, and north (sud, central, nord).

From the city center you go down steps into the sand for the plage Centrale or central beach, and very close to all shops restos bars etc. So,therefore ,the most crowded part. The others are reach on foot from city center too but on neighborhood more residentials. So you still close to all amenities but less crowded. The plage Super Sud or south has a huge parking for 2000 cars/autos with pines shades, need to cross a dune of sand on wooden trails with a spectacular view over the beach; been the more open nature beach. The plage nord or north beach is the one we access from the camping and is so wide and wild and much less crowded as the part of the camping made it private beach. This is super tranquility and good ambiance with the camping folks.
More on the city page here in French:http://www.mairie-lacanau.fr/decouvrir/presentation/507-lacanau-ocean.html

Enjoy the fact that on the ocean side you have wonderful beaches and on the river side you have the best wines in the world, the center is full of pine trees landscape and farms you have the real France at your fingertips or wheelstip. Plublic transport is available even bus from Bordeaux to Pauillac but here the car is king. For the daring ones, here are the buses : http://www.mairie-lacanau.fr/decouvrir/32-transport.html#c2280

By car from Bordeaux you have several alternatives depending on which beach you are going to . Driving by car go into the Bordeaux beltway A630 direction Le Lac take exit 8 on the road D215 direction Sainte Hélène, here take the road D6 Route de Lacanau direction lacanau and then past the lake lacanau-ocean, after the traffic circle of the Casino of Lacanau bear right into the next road Pénetrante later boulevard Franchet until the entrance to the Camping well posted.

Hope it helps enjoy some beach family time in the Médoc, and maybe a tour of the Chateaux of Bordeaux/Médoc! Cheers
ps some personal photos here for the memories and souvenirs.

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