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Fun on the beach
The Atlantic coast of South West France, stretching from the Spanish border right up to Bordeaux, is really just one long sandy beach. There are hardly any coves or rocky outcrops, just miles upon miles, or kilometres upon kilometres if you prefer, of sand. Indeed much of the hinterland of the Landes is sand, supporting the pine forests, which is why the river Adour changed its course so often in medieval times.
The lack of rocky features mrans that the Atlantic surf crashes in from the Bay of Biscay unhindered. Surfers love it, but especially when the weather has whipped up the waves it is not so easy for swimming - it is better just to play on the edge of the surf.

Guarded beaches
During the summer the beaches of the resorts are patrolled by life-guards - part of the gendarmarie - who designate the areas they are watching with baignade surveillée signs. The unwary or foolish swimmer who strays outside these limits is quickly drawn to heel by a fierce whistle or, if he or she persists, a vigorous Gallic invocation to behave. Surfers, wearing wet-suits and carrying their boards, are however ignored.

With so much sandy coastline the sun-bather can easily find a spot away from it all. There are a number of nudist beaches, but away from the resorts who cares what happens?

The resorts where bathing is watched can become crowded during the summer, especially in the few sheltered coves such as the one at Ciboure, opposite St Jean de Luz. Inland there are beaches on some of the many lakes, where the calmer water permits swimming, snorkelling, skin-diving and other fun water activities.


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Towns - Beaches

Argeles-Gazost.
Beach on large lake, under construction.
Biarritz. Major tourist centre on the Basque coast with English connections
Sandy beaches on coast.
Bidache. Small village with spectacular ruins
Beach on lake with giant water-slide.
Capbreton. Important sea-side resort and old port
Coastal beach.
Hendaye. Border town on the Basque coast
Sandy beaches at Hendaye-Plage.
Hossegor. Landes holiday centre once beloved of the French arty set
Coastal beach.
Isle-Jourdaine.
Beaches around lake, 150m long with water-slides.
Lectoure.
Beaches on lake with water-slides.
Masseube.
Beaches on Lake.
Mielan.
Beaches on lake.
Moliets. Typical neat Landes coastal resort
Nudist Beaches.
Montreal.
Small beach at lake with water-slide.
Orthez. Market town and one of the old capitals of the Béarn
Beaches on lake.
Plaisance.
Small beach on lake.
Pouillon. Small but dynamic town with a welcoming atmosphere.
Beaches on lake.
Saint Clar.
Beach on lake.
Saint Jean-de-Luz. Most important Basque fishing port
Large, sheltered bay very popular.
Samatan.
Beaches along river.
Vieux Boucau. Popular coastal resort on the Landes coast
Coastal beach.

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