Lacanau is a sun-drenched resort town where you can swim, sunbathe and learn to surf in the Atlantic Ocean. The town hums with energy in the summer and will charm you with its pedestrianised promenades, beachside cafes and colourful souvenir shops. Rolling waves and an easy-going atmosphere make Lacanau one of the top surfing destinations on the Atlantic coast.
Things to do in Lacanau
Lacanau Beach stretches for 14 kilometres, with some sections patrolled by lifeguards and others promising a more laid-back feel. Bask on the golden sand and take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Surfing lessons are a great option for beginners, or you can rent a board and paddle out to the breakers.
Venture inland to explore the picturesque countryside surrounding Lacanau. Hike through lush pine forests and take a dip in one of the tree-lined lakes. Tours of nearby Reserve Naturelle de l'Etang de Cousseau offer a chance to spot turtles, otters and migrating birds. The Medoc winemaking region is an easy day trip from Lacanau and is dotted with picturesque vineyards and chateaux.
There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained in Lacanau, including family-friendly activities like mini golf and paintball. Most surf schools offer kid-friendly lessons that will have your little ones squealing with delight.
Lacanau is brimming with atmospheric cafes and bistros where you can try traditional dishes from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Sit on a sunny terrace and enjoy classics like “mouclade” mussels cooked in cream and white wine sauce, “tourin” garlic soup and Basque-style chicken spiced with French peppers.
Getting around Lacanau
Lacanau is compact and easy to get around on foot, while rental cars offer the freedom to visit surrounding sights and attractions at your own pace. The resort is a one-hour drive from Bordeaux and three hours from Toulouse. Bordeaux Airport is a 40-minute drive away.