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Biscarrosse Plage = Biscarrosse Beach
If you are travelling in France and you love the ocean, then “plage” is a French word that should be on your radar. It’s definitely on mine.
France is gifted with coastlines. To name a few, the Bay of Biscay, the Celtic Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the English Channel. And what about the Mediterranean Sea? Craggy cliffs, wide expansive beaches, and hidden coves are all part of the allure of France.
How much time is too little time at the beach?
I had that decision to make last summer when I was unable to extend my car rental without paying a hefty ransom. I decided to make a dash for the Atlantic coastline. Biscarrosse Plage was highly recommended to me by a well-travelled woman. Her favourite beach in the world, Biscarrosse Beach, needed to be sussed out by me!
It was a temptation that was impossible to turn down. A whirlwind visit to Biscarrosse Beach on the Landes coast west of Bordeaux, the wild Atlantic Coast of France.
With that in mind, I raced through the country roads of the Aquitaine region past lush vineyards, verdant fields, passed many a donkey (my fav!), horses and scooted through one round-about after another as I wound my way on an extremely windy route to Biscarrosse Plage. Did I mention that driving solo in a foreign land can be a challenge? That is a story for another day!
1. How Does the Ocean Make You Feel?
And why did I make the dash to the coast when I was definitely short on time and prefer slow travel? It was all about the feeling. I know how even a short dose of the ocean feeds my soul. How does the ocean make you feel?
I always jump at the chance to be near the ocean. Do you?
Cold days and hot ones alike, I savour winds blowing salty air across my cheeks,
I dream of wave crests colliding with my shins and the relentless crash of breaking surf.
Gulls dip and soar.
Tide pools wait expectantly to be explored.
I reach some magical grounded place,
I breathe easier, rhythmically.
I find a moment to treasure life.
How does the ocean make you feel?
As I drove my circuitous route to the coast, I wondered if the Atlantic beach Biscarrosse would be any different?
2. Biscarrosse Beach |Wide Open
This is how Biscarrosse Plage greeted me upon arrival. Four kilometres of expansive golden oceanfront wearing blue evening hues. I immediately knew the rush had been worth it.
This part of France’s coast is called the Silver Coast or Côte d’Argent. It stretches from the tip of the Parc Régional de Landes et Gascogne all the way to Biarritz near the Spanish border. This glorious beach is, of course, no secret. It is very popular in the summertime with surfers and families.
3. Biscarrosse Plage |Surf’s Up
I rose early to saunter along Biscarrosse beach and only shared it with a few dog-walkers and a couple of eager surfers dashing back to carve up another wave.
Word on the street is that Biscarrosse Plage is a reliable place to learn how to surf as there are good waves all year long. Maybe surf camp is on your agenda for the summer. Look no further than right here.
Don’t let the photos fool you. This Atlantic beach Biscarrosse is a highly popular destination in the summer and even this wide-open area can get crowded.
4. The Town Of Biscarrosse
Behind the dunes is the town of Biscarrosse which is full of bistros, bars and even a casino. Get into the coastal spirit and enjoy some mussels and fries, followed up with ice cream! It’s a little touristy with shops selling souvenirs and beach gear but the croissants make up for it!
5. The Lakes By Biscarrosse
As you can see on the map, aside from the crashing Atlantic Ocean there are also two large lakes by Biscarrosse Plage. Lac de Biscarrosse et de Parentis and Étang de Cazaux et de Sanguinet are perfect for family camping and adventures!
6. Beyond Biscarrosse Plage
Biscarrosse Plage can be your ultimate destination or a place to use as a base for exploring. There are beaches all along the Atlantic coast waiting to be explored with a beach towel and a picnic basket.
Have you heard of Mimizan? This beach is also great for surfers and the town has a lively atmosphere. Just south of Mimizan is Plage L’Éspecier. You can ride a bicycle to this beach from Mimizan.
Pay attention to which beaches have supervised swimming areas in the summer as the Atlantic currents can catch you off guard.
There are multiple bike rentals locations around Biscarrosse Plage and plenty of bike paths for exploring. The mixed scent of the Landes Forest and the salty air will accompany you along your ride. Try riding all the way to the Dune du Pilat (just over an hour on a bicycle). Keen for more? Ride the bike path past the Dune du Pilat all the way to Arcachon.
And while you are in Arcachon, how about sampling the oysters? Arcachon is known for its deluxe oysters. Here is How to Eat Oysters Like the French if you are thinking of diving into a platter of these briny molluscs.
For me, even a short window of time is an invitation to breathe deeply and connect with the vast ocean. Would you make a mad dash to spend 24 hours at Biscarrosse Plage?
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