Aquitaine - Land of Water

Although inland, there are plenty of places for the lovers of water and water sport enthusiast. If you want to travel further afield or are interested in surfing, Arcachon is a must to visit, with miles and miles of stunning beaches.

Lakes for sunbathing & swimming

The area is dotted with lakes and man-made beaches, around which are facilities for eating and enjoyment. Close to Duras, is Lac de Castelgaillard. Here there are activities to suit everyone. There are sandy beaches, swimming, watersports, slides, cafes and picnic sites. There are also lakes at Pomport-Sigoules and Miramont, both again with beaches and watersports and well worth a visit.

The Atlantic Coast

Arcachon is west of Bordeaux, about an hour and half west of Bergerac. The area has two hundred and fifty kilometres of fine sandy beaches and the 105-metre high Great Dune of Pyla. The dune has been classified since 1978 as a Major National Site, and is an example of nature at its best. The Atlantic coastline provides some interesting water conditions for the swimmer, body boarder and surfer.

The River Dordogne

The River itself is regarded as the cleanest river in Europe and plays host to a myriad of sports enthusiasts. Hire a canoe, go water ski-ing or sailing, row, fish - or simply admire its beauty.