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Explore holidays in Hossegor & The Landes Coast

Once entirely marshland, this region is now a natural playground of sand dunes and beaches, pine forests and picturesque lakes, where walking and cycling are the most pleasurable ways of getting around. An idyllic meeting of France and California with truly spectacular waves and wide-ranging cuisine, upmarket Hossegor thrives on a surfing culture of stylish, laid-back living. However, in authentic Capbreton next door, and many of the towns and villages no more than an hour away, the historical roots go deeper and there’s much to explore.   

Visit our collection of handpicked villas in Hossegor and the Landes Coast to complete your luxury holiday on the Aquitaine Coast. 

Read our guide to Hossegor & The Landes Coast

Our guide to Hossegor & The Landes Coast

Introduction to Hossegor & The Landes Coast

The lie of the land

The deep green of pine forests, the blue of the sea and the pale gold of endless beaches: these are the colours of the Aquitaine Coast – and Hossegor is a flag bearer. It’s part of Les Landes, an area that, long ago, was marshland until Napoleon ordered the planting of maize and pines to soak up the water. As a result of his influence, the landscape evolved: lakes and sand dunes became permanent fixtures, and the vast expanse of wetland wilderness was distilled into peaceful wildlife reserves, such as the Étang Noir and the beautiful Marais d’Orx. It’s idyllic cycling country, crossed by over 160km of marked trails ranging from sedate to sporty.

An ocean experience

For those who thrive outside, Hossegor feels like coming home, with miles of walking and biking trails and the hills and mountains of the Pays Basque less than an hour’s drive away. The loudest siren’s call of all comes from the ocean, which tumbles onto a gloriously unbroken 10km stretch of sand. Here the tide marks time for an international surfing community hanging on the moment of a perfect wave. But it’s also a coastline for beginners to find their feet (if you choose the right spot) – and body boarders and even tiny tots who can paddle in the shallow lagoons that are left between silk-smooth sandbanks when the waters are low.

Linger lakeside

If the ocean’s wildness makes you wary, Hossegor’s salt-water lagoon soothes away anxieties with its child-friendly beaches and tranquil waters, which allow you to swim, kayak or paddleboard with impunity. This protected nature reserve is encircled by a 6km sandy track through pine forests and past sumptuous private residences. You can dine in one of the restaurants en route or taste oysters fresh from the water at the northern end. For little ones, lakeside Parc Rosny, nearest Hossegor town, is a clean, green space for a run around and the children’s club nearby has trampolines – useful for parents tempted by a healthy brunch from the Mango Tree van just a short walk away. 

Soak up the atmosphere

Hossegor is where France and California meet and mingle. No one is ever in a hurry and the laid-back surfer vibe soaks into sun-filled days where all formality flutters away on the ocean breeze. And it’s all underpinned by the easy elegance of French living: the restaurants, food halls, wine bars and chic boutiques, plus the more traditional notes of Capbreton in the south, Les Landes’ only port. Take a wander past the men casting a line off the bridge, and around the marina with its bustling restaurants and morning fish market, and you’ll find echoes of the simple village it once was.

The epitome of family friendly

This is a natural playground where children can frolic in the waves like exuberant fishes, chase winding trails into pine forests or paddle away the hours on the lake: in terms of entertaining your offspring, your work is done. And this is just the beginning. Discover, too, the joys of cycling, horseriding, tennis, karting, quad-biking or hunting down designer swimwear for style-conscious teens. You can take your tribe to meet the monkeys of Pinède des Singes, 8km south of Capbreton, or embark on a full-scale adventure game in Hossegor’s Time Lapse – if, that is, the aqua parks of Seignosse and Labenne-Océan leave you the time.

At a glance

Currency
Euro (€)
Flight Time
1h40
Time difference
+1 hour
Language
French
Visa required
Not for UK citizens

Map and other regions

Food & drink

A taste of Hossegor

California healthy, rustic Basque and abundantly, undeniably French, the Hossegor diet can take you on a journey from gluten-free granola to foie gras, depending on your preference.

A Napoleonic legacy, sweetcorn appears on many menus, often as corn bread served with traditional duck pâté, and there are plenty of opportunities to sample fresh-from-the-ocean seafood or oysters from the cabanas around the Seignosse end of the lagoon.

Bayonne is the lesser-known chocolate capital of France and the place to sample the handiwork of Europe’s most established chocolatiers. However, this historical town is also famous for its ham and a picturesque spot to sample a few Basque staples, including sheep’s milk cheeses, axoa veal and the sweetly ubiquitous gâteau Basque – which also takes pride of place in every Basque village café.

This being France, fine dining is always an option, but to appreciate the true spirit of Hossegor, buy a takeaway pizza and enjoy it with a sunset on the dunes. Or, for barbecues and picnics in the pine forests, the covered food market of Les Halles is a treasure trove of local delicacies. Lovers of seafood will also appreciate the Capbreton fish market, open until midday, where each stall is named after the boat that brought in the catch – although, if it’s been a stormy night, save your visit for another day: the boats will have stayed safely in the port.

Hossegor tipples

Sundowners with a view of the waves are an essential Hossegor experience and most supervised beaches also have a pop-up beach bar for a laid-back, end-of-day wind-down. The town centre and lakeside bars encourage you to linger over an aperitif and perhaps a little plate of pintxos.

Bordeaux, just a two-hour drive away populates local wine lists with some exquisite reds, but for something closer to home (and quirkier) there’s Egiategia (‘the workshop of truth’), a white wine aged in barrels under St Jean de Luz bay, whilst Capbreton’s ‘vins de sable’, also push a few boundaries, the grapes grown from vines planted in the dunes.

Beaches

Things to do

Events

Throughout the summer

The Place du Landais behind Hossegor’s Plage Central hosts a variety of events, from jazz to sports screenings.

What's on in May

End of April, beginning of May

The Fêtes de Bibi Beaurivage in Biarritz carries you from one event to the next: Basque dances to omelette competitions; farmers markets to a vintage car show.

What's on in June

Mid June

For fans of motorcycles, surfing and retro culture, Biarritz’s Wheels and Waves has plenty of community spirit with races, concerts and exhibitions. Find out more at www.wheels-and-waves.com/en/ 

Mid June

The Fête de la Musique takes place in multiple venues across France, although, in this particular area, Bayonne takes the lead with a line-up of rock, pop, jazz, classical and hip-hop as well as traditional acts.

21 June

Amid a sea of black and red, the colours of the town’s patron saint, the Fête de la Saint Jean de Luz is a lively celebration with concerts, street food, pelota basque and the toro de fuego (bull of fire).

What's on in July

14 July

Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a turning point in the French Revolution. Expect music, firework displays and plenty of food and wine.

End of July

The riotous five-day Fête de Bayonne is the largest city celebration in France and a lively celebration of local traditions with music and dancing. Wear red and white!

What's on in August

Mid August

Capbreton’s August of Jazz is actually three days of live music from morning ‘til night in various locations around town.

Mid August

The Dax Feria is a five-day celebration of history and heritage, with food, folk music, horse shows and the bloodless bullfights known as Course Landaise.

End of August

The Latinossegor Festival in Hossegor’s Place du Landais draws the crowds with live music and dancing that makes the most of the balmy evenings.

What's on in September

End of September

The QuikSilver and Roxy Pro international tournament rolls into town and stays for about ten days: a chance to watch the world’s best surfers in action.

The Road Less Travelled

Sunset drinks at a beach shack

The Sud Landes beaches do a nice line in beach shack bars, offering a variety of tempting dishes on the side. Choose your shack for tapas, pizza, oysters or local seafood and wash it down with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc as the sun sets over the yardarm.

Discover your own beach

Whether it’s on foot or VTT (vélo tout terrain), one of the joys of Aquitaine is to take a chance on a forest trail connecting the D79 main road to the never-ending beaches of Sud Landes. Try the forest just to the north of Casernes, but remember to respecter la dune and stick to the designated footpath.

Rise early for the fish market

On the south side of the marina is Capbreton’s celebrated fish market where you can watch the morning catch as it’s sold directly to local restauranteurs. And if you’ve culinary aspirations of your own, take some fresh fish back to your villa and indulge your inner-chef.

Back to nature

Leave the bustling coastline behind for the day and hike along one of the many forest trails linking Hossegor & Seignosse Ocean to the nature reserves of ÉtangBlanc and Étang Noir. Pack some local produce for a lakeside picnic or enjoy a fixed price lunch menu at one of the auberges at ÉtangNoir.

Get in the zone

A retail village for discounted swim and surfwear from all the big brands, La Zone Pédebert near Hossegor has the prerequisite bars and restaurants, but also a number of artisan stores, breweries and a wine merchant so you can stock up for the week.

Towns & Villages