Mimizan offers the best of both worlds – a lively seaside resort lined with sandy beaches and a charm-soaked historic town. From water sports and hiking to museums and cultural sites, choose from a wide range of activities and attractions. Mimizan is also a great base for exploring the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, where you’ll find lush pine forests and shimmering lakes.
Things to do in Mimizan
Enjoy a day of sun, sand and saltwater at Mimizan Plage, a lively resort on the Atlantic coast. A short drive from the Mimizan town centre, the resort attracts sunseekers from across the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Relax on the sand or test your skills on a surfboard. The main shopping street is lined with cafes, bistros and ice cream parlours. There are also plenty of bars to keep you entertained after dark.
Aureilhan Lake is located just outside the town centre and offers family-friendly nature trails and scenic picnic spots. The Promenade Fleurie trail skirts the western banks of the lake and takes you past beautifully manicured gardens. Rental boats are a great way to enjoy Aureilhan Lake from a different perspective.
A few kilometres inland, the historic town centre recalls Mimizan’s ancient past. Peer into the 11th-century church with its UNESCO listed belltower and visit a small museum that charts the rich history and heritage of the town.
With more than 50 kilometres of bike trails to explore, Mimizan is a dream destination for cyclists. Some trails hug the coastline and others wind through sun-dappled pine forests. Bikes are also a great way to visit picturesque towns like Aureilhan, Pontenx les Forges, St Paul en Born and Bias.
Getting around Mimizan
Both Mimizan Plage and the Mimizan town centre are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. It takes 10 minutes to drive between the two settlements. Bordeaux Airport is a 1.5-hour drive north.