The Top 10 Things to Do on the French Atlantic Coast
The Top 10 Things to Do on the French Atlantic Coast 85160 Saint-Jean de Monts
- Explore the salt marshes of the Guérande peninsula as well as its medieval town, officially recognised as a "Ville d’Art et d’Histoire" in 2004.
- Visit the Château de Gilles de Rais, alias "Blue Beard", which dominates the medieval town of Pornic.
- Be spellbound by the underwater world of the Aquarium de La Rochelle, where you can discover the largest and most beautiful species of fish in Europe.
- Take a boat trip from Boyardville or Fouras to visit Fort Boyard, a fortification built in the 19th century and now famous thanks to the French TV game show of the same name.
- In Aquitaine, take a wander through the la Winery, a contemporary architectural space made of glass and steel.
- Discover the maritime heritage of the Arcachon basin with its huts built on stilts, fishing ports and villages famous for oyster production.
- Try to scale the Dune du Pyla near Arcachon, at 114m the highest sand dune in Europe and once at the summit, treat yourself to a nice glass of Bordeaux!
- Visit the Musée de la Mer, in Biarritz, in which the 7,000m² of live displays feature 25 panoramic aquariums and the Cité de l’Océan et du Surf, opened in June 2011 and dedicated to raising awareness and knowledge of the oceans.
- Explore the Château d’Antoine Abbadie, a scientist fascinated by geography, astronomy and Oriental culture, in Hendaye. This neo-Gothic-style castle, built by Eugène Viollet Le Duc in the 19th century, is home to an old astronomical observatory and a chapel in which Antoine d’Abbadie is buried.
- Enjoy a swim in the Lac de Biscarosse, whose 25°C turquoise waters lend it the air of a lagoon in the islands of the Pacific Ocean.