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Lacanau is a real boardsports mecca, with more than 14 km of huge, white sand beaches. Everywhere you look there are wide open spaces stretching away into the distance, gently-undulating sand dunes covered with marram grass and huge expanses of blue water!
Very close to the campsite, holidaymakers will also be able to enjoy surfing, bodyboarding or just bathing in patrolled areas (from mid-June to early September).

Lacanau lake is just a few kilometres from the campsite, and comprises an area of 2,000 hectares, with a watersports centre for people who enjoy kitesurfing, watersports, canoeing and standup paddleboarding.

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Lacanau Océan

A seaside resort with character and some lovely beaches!

You'll love the atmosphere here, with pastimes that include surfing, relaxation, golf, horse riding and trips to the casino. Come and discover the region's seaside and forest on foot or by bike, and don't forget to visit the Étang de Cousseau nature park. Wander through the discovery circuit that takes in the former seaside villas, or why not try a night-time outing in the bustling town?

Further information : www.medococean.com

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UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bordeaux is the world's wine capital and is an amazing place, with a rich history and some remarkable architecture. Sixty kilometres away from the ocean, it owes its fortune and influence to its harbour and its wines.

Enjoy a boat trip along the Garonne, take the family to see the Miroir d'Eau, stroll along the quaysides, wander through the public gardens and explore the old city of Bordeaux and its 18th century architecture. This is a city that is overflowing with museums to come and visit as soon as you can.

Further information: www.bordeaux-tourisme.com

Nearby: come and explore Bordeaux-Pessac zoo with the family. www.zoo-bordeaux-pessac.com

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Cité du Vin, Bordeaux

Set sail for an immersive experience finding out about wine cultures and civilisations! The world famous Cité du Vin lies in the city of Bordeaux, and provides an opportunity for an amazing journey around the world, through the ages and through the cultures. Its architecture is a journey in itself! By going there you will discover vineyards from all over the world, via a permanent tour with a rich and varied cultural programme, tasting workshops and educational workshops for children!

On the menu are tastings, sensory installations and areas dedicated to art and wine. Bordeaux's Cité du Vin has 700m² of temporary exhibition space. From its belvedere you'll enjoy amazing views over Bordeaux while enjoying a glass of wine!

For further information, please go to: http://www.laciteduvin.com

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Bassin d’Arcachon

Close to LACANAU, the Bassin d’Arcachon is a whole new destination, with hugely varied scenery! So make the most of your stay at the Yelloh! Village Les Grands Pins by coming to explore this unique region. Step aboard a boat and discover the Île aux Oiseaux with its huts on stilts: this is a genuinely wild area home to various different species of bird. And in front of it stand the huts on stilts (cabanes tchanquées), which are so symbolic of the Bassin d’Arcachon.

Come and visit Arcachon and the Dune of Pilat, Europe's highest, reaching 105 metres. From here there are amazing views over the Banc d’Arguin, the entry to the Bassin d'Arcachon, and Cap Ferret.

During your holidays at the Yelloh Village Les Grands Pins, try the unmissable boat trip and set sail to explore the landscapes of the Bassin d’Arcachon: the Île aux Oiseaux, Cabanes Tchanquées (cabins on stilts) and the oyster-farming villages of Cap Ferret, where you'll be able to try the oysters right beside the water. Book at the Info Kiosk in the Village Square.

Further information: www.bassin-arcachon.com

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Dune du Pilat

The Dune du Pilat lies between the Atlantic Ocean and a pine forest, and has won fame as the tallest sand dune in continental Europe. It is also the only one that's still moving! Created by the erosion of the mountain massifs, this extraordinary natural monument, 2.9km long, 616m wide and 110m high, will prove a winner with the whole family!

People use different methods to climb this splendid pile of sand, with some using the stairway and others climbing directly up the sand. And once you reach the top, this listed location, which sees 2 million visitors every year, provides amazing views, including the huge ocean beaches, the forest of La Teste de Buch, the Bassin d’Arcachon, l’Ile aux Oiseaux, and the Cap Ferret peninsula. This is a climb that really takes your breath away!

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The Cap Ferret peninsula

The Cap Ferret peninsula is a real bit of paradise that separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Bassin d’Arcachon, and forms a gorgeous and authentic location in which nature rules supreme. Fringed by the pine forest, the beaches and the sand dunes, this seaside resort with its laid-back atmosphere has some down-to-earth times in store for you, with the emphasis on relaxation and being together. The 25km that make up this peninsula pass through no fewer than 10 villages, including Lège and Cap Ferret.

Whether you're travelling on foot or by bike, come and enjoy some lovely strolls and explore the variety of gems you'll find here, which include the oyster-farming village of Le Canon, la Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Prés Salés (saltings), the village of l’Herbe, the Cap Ferret lighthouse and 25km of beaches too!

You'll also be able to see the Cap Ferret lighthouse and its permanent exhibition. And when you get to the top, you can take in the 360° views over the inlet called the Mimbeau sandbank, the Dune du Pilat and the oyster beds, which make for some great photos. What more could you ask!

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The Cordouan lighthouse, guardian of the Estuary

In the middle of the estuary, halfway between Royan and Le Verdon-sur-Mer, stands the majestic Cordouan lighthouse. Surrounded by a vast sandbank at low tide, this is the oldest operational lighthouse in France and the last remaining offshore lighthouse open to the public.  So if you've ever dreamed of visiting the Cordouan lighthouse don't miss the opportunity of a boat trip! The journey takes 45 minutes, with the timetables changing daily according to the tides. The lighthouse keepers welcome visitors to Cordouan from April to 1 November, delighted to open the doors to what many describe as the Versailles of the seas!

One of the most striking aspects of Cordouan is the beauty of its stone and its rich decoration, notably in the chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Cordouan. After landing, you cannot help but admire both the monument itself and its setting, as you follow the small stone causeway that leads to the lighthouse. With 311 steps to reach the top, the most spectacular view in the region requires a little effort, but the reward is breathtaking. And not simply the view itself, but the calm serene atmosphere and the uniqueness of the experience, the impression of being suspended between the estuary and the Atlantic Ocean! 

More information: www.phare-de-cordouan.fr

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Saint Emilion is a pretty little mediaeval village in the Gironde, just a 40 minute drive from Bordeaux.

It is famous worldwide for its prestigious red wines, its very well known wine appellations which include grands crus classés, and its splendid winemaking châteaux in the surrounding region. Despite its small scale, this village is home to all sorts of wonderful features, including its underground area (catacombs, the Ermitage cave etc.), as well as having a rich historic and religious heritage. Saint Émilion is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historic and unique winemaking areas.

Make the most of it by spending a few days camping at the Yelloh! Village Saint-Emilion, which lies just 3km from the mediaeval village, in the heart of a tree-filled 10 hectare setting, with a lake and a lovely heated aquapark!

Further information: www.camping-saint-emilion.com/en/

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Citadel of Blaye

Looking out over the Gironde estuary, the Citadel of Blaye is one destination you just have to see on holiday. Built between 1685 and 1689 by Vauban to monitor shipping, today it is emblematic of his works. Awarded historic monument status in 2009, this fortification, with its ramparts stretching for 1.5 km, plus its other gates and buildings, will be a hit with visitors of all ages. Set off to explore its underground tunnels, stroll through its alleyways, meet the local craftsmen etc. Or just take in the fantastic views over the Gironde estuary. It really is breathtaking, as you'll see! Your visit here will really be a journey back in time, with its disused convent, prison, barracks and more. Walk in the footsteps of the 1500 or so soldiers who lived here in days gone by.

Further information available at www.tourisme-blaye.com

Varied gastronomy

You'll love our fertile region, with its unrivalled produce and fantastic food! Lying at a point at which the best dishes of south-western France come together, it's a real festival of flavours, with oysters, fish and seafood from the sea, and Pauillac lamb, Bazas beef and steak with marrow cooked on vine shoots from the land. Seasonal dishes include cèpe mushrooms, truffles, foie gras and grapes, duck breast and duck confit, speciality cheeses and plenty more!

In Aquitaine, cooking is also a way of life! Come and discover our regional produce at Lacanau-Océan market, which is held on Wednesday mornings throughout the year.

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The vineyards of the Médoc

Come and wind your way through the Route des Châteaux, a journey that takes you through some of France's greatest winegrowing areas. Here, there are 8 Appellations d'Origine Contrôlée that include Margaux, Saint Julien and Pauillac, whilst the prestigious wine stores and estates of more than 750 slightly less renowned producers also await you, as well as the region's vine-centric châteaux and monasteries! With tastings, cellar tours and wine discovery, there's a whole world of things to discover! This is your opportunity to meet some passionate winemakers and to visit Château Paloumey, with which we have a longstanding partnership. This family-owned property is one of the big names in the Haut-Médoc appellation, and every day it opens its doors to visitors from all over the world. Your visit starts with the vineyards, after which you'll be heading for the cellars, followed by a tasting of 3 wines, hosted by a multilingual, friendly and knowledgeable team. For families, there's a treasure hunt on the estate too, which people of all ages will love.

To book these options, head for the Info Kiosk in the Village Square during your stay at the camping Les Grands Pins.

Further information : www.medoc-bordeaux.com

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